March Events

Women’s History Month – March 2017 #BeBoldForChange  *events sponsored by the iSchool Diversity Committee

*Scavenger hunt! Visit our FB to see the revolutionary women we are celebrating all month long and on posters throughout the building!!  Co-sponsored by  Progressive Librarians Guild, Stich’n’Bitch, FemTechNet, Center for Digital Inclusion

*MARCH 18th-26th Spring Break Reading Group

LIVE CHAT Wed 3/22/17 11am-12pm CST Missed the LIVE chat? Check out the Storify link. (You can still participate through Sunday!!)

We will be reading We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie transcripted from her TEDx Talk (so you can either read the book (60pp) or watch the video!)

How to participate:

  • Make sure you have a free Twitter account!
  • Follow us on Twitter during the time of the chat by searching for “#iSchoolinColor” in the search field, then clicking on the “live” tab to see the most recent tweets.
  • You’ll need to refresh your search periodically to see the most recent tweets pop up.
  • The first five minutes of the chat are a chance for introductions: you might tweet,
    • [“Hi #iSchoolinColor I’m Kathryn and I’m the Chair of the iSchool Diversity Committee.”]
    • Providing the hashtag #iSchoolinColor on your tweets allows for collocation of all tweets in the discussion.
    • After people have had a chance to introduce themselves, moderators will tweet a question, such as:
      • [Q1. XX #iSchoolinColor. ]
      • You would then reply with: [A1. Answering that question. #iSchoolinColor]

Questions for the chat:
(Q1) Prior to watching the video/reading the book, did you identify as a feminist? Why or why not?

(Q2) The author recently made controversial statements about transgender people does this change the way you think about her approach to feminism?

(Q3) What messages does society send about differences in gender behaviour? How do these expectations affect us?

(Q4) Did her definition “a person who believes in the social, political, and economic equality of the sexes” change whether or not you identify as a feminist?

(Q5) What is one key takeaway from this you want to share?

(Q6) Have you ever felt invisible? What did you do about it? What would you do today?
Shamelessly adapted from :

When the chat is over, all tweets with the #iSchoolinColor hashtag will be gathered together in a Storify, which provides a digital archive of the conversation. [Adapted from CritLib – which gave me the idea to give this a try for iSchool in Color!]


Discussion Guide

Huffington Post Article

Buy the book or get it from your local public library 🙂



 History Salon: Vanessa Rouillon – “Racialized Archives, Local Histories, and Black Women’s Genealogies in Champaign-Urbana”

“To enter black homes in my childhood,” bell hooks has observed, “was to enter a world that valued the visual, that asserted our collective will to participate in a noninstitutionalized curatorial process” (61). bell hooks’ image of the black home as a non-institutionalized curatorial space advances a concept of archives beyond institutional collections or public records, beyond sanctioned venues where official documents are expected to be stored. She further encourages attention to the rich historical traces produced and guarded in black communities that haven’t made it to the official record yet.  More about the talk: . More about the series: 

When: Wednesday, March 29th, 12-1pm

Where: 46 LIS & Online 

CIRSS Seminar  Rescuing Lost History: Using Big Data to Recover Black Women’s Lived Experiences with Ruby Mendenhall and Harriet Green

Big data and computational analysis are often far from neutral processes and sites unimpeded by the political, social and economic context in which they emerged and are utilized. The methods, theories, perspectives and the related digital tools developed often reproduce the social divisions that exist in society. This study is an effort to recover Black women’s history from the digital minefield by searching approximately 800,000 books, newspapers, poems, diaries and articles in the HathiTrust and JSTOR Digital Libraries between 1740 and 2014 for documents written by or about Black women. Latent Dirichlet allocation (LDA) algorithms and comparative text mining are used to explore latent themes in collections written within and across different time periods. Data visualization techniques, such as tree maps, are used to identify spikes in certain topics during various historical contexts such as slavery, reconstruction, Jim Crow, etc. The goal is to identify perceptions and lived experiences of Black women and the resulting knowledge (standpoints) that developed. In addition, we hope to create a new database with the recovered documents. Contact with questions

Ruby Mendenhall is an Associate Professor at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. She holds joint faculty appointments in Sociology, African American Studies, Urban and Regional Planning, Social Work and Gender and Women’s Studies. She is currently a faculty member at the Carl R. Woese Institute for Genomic Biology and a faculty affiliate at the Institute for Computing in the Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences, Women and Gender in Global Perspective, and Gender and the Cline Center for Democracy. She is the recipient of the Richard and Margaret Romano Professorial Scholar for outstanding achievements in research and leadership on campus. Mendenhall’s research focuses on racial microaggressions in higher education. She examines how living in racially segregated neighborhoods with high levels of violence affects Black mothers’ mental and physical health using surveys, interviews and genomic analysis. She studies how to recover Black women’s lost history using topic modeling and data visualization to examine over 800,000 documents from 1740 to 2014. Mendenhall also does research on the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC).

Harriett Green is the interim Head of Scholarly Communication and Publishing, English and Digital Humanities Librarian, and associate professor, University Library, at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Her research and publications focus on use and users of digital humanities tools and resources, digital pedagogy, digital publishing, and humanities data curation. Her research has been supported by grants awarded from the Institute for Museum and Library Services, XSEDE, and the National Endowment for the Humanities. Her current research projects include serving as  Principal Investigator for the IMLS-funded “Digging Deeper, Reaching Further: Libraries Empowering Users to Mine the HathiTrust Digital Library” project and for the “Humanities Collaborations and Research Practices” project.

WHEN: Friday 31 March, 4-5pm,

WHERE: Room 126 IS


*REEL Feminism: “Wonder Women! The Untold Story” Film Screening + panel discussion

REEL FEMINISM is a documentary series sponsored by the Women’s Resources Center at the University of Illinois, the University Library and the iSchool Diversity Committee.  This movie traces the fascinating evolution and legacy of Wonder Woman. From the birth of the comic book superheroine in the 1940s to the blockbusters of today, WONDER WOMEN! looks at how popular representations of powerful women often reflect society’s anxieties about women’s liberation.  Panelists include Carol Tilley, Mara Thacker, and Rachel Storm. Refreshments will be provided. All films will be closed-captioned.
More information:

When: Tuesday February 28, 2017; 5:00-6:30 pm
Where: Women’s Resource Center: 703 S Wright St, 2nd Floor, MC-302

Screening for “We Break Things”

The C-U node of FemTechNet will host a free screening of “We Break Things: Hacking the Surveillance State”, a film by Rebecca Wexler. The screening will be about an hour long. Please let Sharon Irish know if you are planning to attend:

WHEN: Friday, March 3, 2017,  5 – 6 pm

WHERE: Room 131, iSchool 

Note: Later in March, on Tuesday, March 28, at 4:30 CT and on Th, March 30, at 11:30 CT, there will be online discussions with the filmmaker, Rebecca Wexler, and Hailley Fargo (Tuesday only), a GSLIS alum and author of a resource guide to the film (linked on the website.) More information on those discussions is forthcoming.

Art+Feminism Wikipedia Edit-a-thon

In honor of Women’s History Month and the Art+Feminism Wikipedia Project, the Ricker Library is joining a number of libraries and organizations around the world hosting Art+Feminism Wikipedia Edit-a-thons. Please join us on Saturday, March 4 from 1 to 5pm for a communal afternoon of creating and updating Wikipedia to increase diversity, especially articles related to women in the arts—art, architecture, design, landscape architecture, and related fields. We’ll meet in the Architecture Building, rooms 102 A&B.

We hope you can attend our edit-a-thon or just help us spread the word to students and others! No previous Wikipedia editing experience necessary. We will be providing tutorials as well as reference resources. You don’t have to stay for the entire afternoon; stop at your convenience to participate or merely show your support. Snacks provided!

Stop by for a little bit or stay for the whole afternoon. Bring your laptop, power cord, and ideas for entries that need updating or creation. No Wikipedia editing experience necessary! More details coming soon.

Get started now and create your own Wikipedia account:

When: MARCH 4th  1-5 PM

Location and Sponsor: Ricker Library of Architecture and Art at the University of Illinois  

*REEL Feminism – Reflections Unheard: Black Women in Civil Rights

REEL FEMINISM is a documentary series sponsored by the Women’s Resources Center at the University of Illinois, the University Library and the iSchool Diversity Committee Refreshments will be provided. All films will be closed-captioned. Through the personal stories of several former black female Civil Rights activists, Reflections Unheard: Black Women in Civil Rights unearths the lesser-known story of black women’s political marginalization between the male-dominated Black Power movement, and the predominantly white and middle class Feminist movement during the 1960s and 70s, as well as the resulting mobilization of black and other women of color into a united Feminist movement. Reflections Unheard is a feature length documentary, and the first of its kind to focus exclusively on black women’s contributions and experiences during the Civil Rights era. Running Time: 81min More information

When: March 7, 2017, 5-6:30

Where: Women’s Resource Center 703 S Wright St, 2nd Floor, MC-302

*Kickoff event! Celebrate Women’s History Month +  International Women’s Day

Come gather to celebrate women and International Women’s Day. This year’s theme is #BeBoldForChange. The Love Handles will play feminist-powered songs, there will be an open mic afterward (be sure to bring something to read that inspires you!). We’ll have tabling by local groups – including Sanctuary for the People, Center for Digital Inclusion, Champaign-Urbana Librarian’s Meet UP, Mortenson Center for International Library Programs (more to be announced soon)!

FB event:

Audio stream (starts at 5:30 CST)

BBC room (if you want to join in the open mike readings that start at 6:15 CST)

When: Wednesday, March 8th from 5-7pm

Where: Room 126, 131 and East Lobby

Co-sponsored by the Mortenson Center for International Library Programs, iSchool Progressive Librarians Guild, Center for Digital Inclusion

*Day 50 Report Back on the 10 actions / 100 days Women’s March initiative

Gathering to discuss activities relating to: Co-sponsored by the UCIMC Zine Library

FB event: 

When: Tuesday March 14th, 12-12:50 pm

Where: iSchool Room 126 and online

*REEL Feminism Movie screening of She’s Beautiful When She’s Angry. 

REEL FEMINISM is a documentary series sponsored by the Women’s Resources Center at the University of Illinois, the University Library, and the iSchool Diversity Committee. This movie resurrects the buried history of the outrageous, often brilliant women who founded the modern women’s movement from 1966 to 1971. SHE’S BEAUTIFUL takes us from the founding of NOW, with ladies in hats and gloves, to the emergence of more radical factions of women’s liberation; from intellectuals like Kate Millett to the street theatrics of W.I.T.C.H. (Women’s International Conspiracy from Hell!). Artfully combining dramatizations, performance and archival imagery, the film recounts the stories of women who fought for their own equality, and in the process created a world-wide revolution.Refreshments will be provided. All films will be closed-captioned. More information: 

When: Tuesday, March 14, 5:00-6:30pm

Where: Women’s Resource Center 703 S Wright St, 2nd Floor, MC-302