Engaging Emeriti Faculty
Emeriti Lecture Series
Retirement has become an increasingly fluid experience over the past few decades, with many Emeriti faculty still teaching the occasional course and/or continuing to use the resources of UIC in their research. The UIC Administration felt that many Emeriti faculty would welcome the opportunity to interact with their fellow Emeriti faculty and with the university administration beyond the Annual Emeriti Faculty Reception. Starting fall semester 2020, the Emeriti Lecture Series meets the last Tuesday of every month via Zoom during fall and spring semesters (except December) from 1:00 – 2:00 pm.
One project in which Emeriti faculty are involved is the Provost’s Mid-Career Faculty Writing Program in which they volunteer to work with Associate Professors who request advice in becoming full professors in activities ranging from time management and the setting and meeting if deadlines all the way to detailed comments on drafts of their writing.
If you are interested in attending the Lecture Series or mentoring an Associate Professor, please email Malia Heath at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone (312) 355-3561.
Fall 2020 Lecture Series
The Noble Room: Frank Lloyd Wright’s Unity Temple
Join David Sokol, Professor Emeritus of Art History on September 29, 2020 from 1:00 – 2:00 pm via Zoom
Frank Lloyd Wright stated that “Unity Temple is my contribution to modern architecture,” and it is certainly one of the most frequently illustrated American buildings of the 20th century. Join us for this presentation on the Unity Temple by David Sokol. This talk will take us from the destruction of the earlier church by a lightning-caused fire, through the planning and construction, and end with a look at the building after restoration.
David Sokol, PhD is Professor Emeritus of Art History at University of Illinois at Chicago where he taught courses in American Art, Museology, and Historic Preservation. He currently serves on the Oak Park Historic Preservation Commission and on the Board of the Illinois Supreme Court Historic Preservation Commission. He is a past member of the Board of the Illinois State Museum.
Lightning Kills! Save a Life in Africa -- Development of ACLENet.org
Join Mary Ann Cooper, Professor Emerita of Emergency Medicine on October 27, 2020 from 1:00 – 2:00 pm via Zoom
There is a much higher risk of injury, death, and property damage from lightning in tropical countries than in the US, especially in developing countries, and there are many barriers to decreasing this risk which will be discussed. In addition to what is being done in Africa, we will touch on how Covid-19 has enabled rapid expansion of lightning safety efforts worldwide.
Mary Ann Cooper, MD, holds a BS in Biochemistry and an MD from Michigan State University. Trained in emergency medicine (EM), she was one of the early leaders, also being the first woman to be elected president of any of the national EM societies. She has a forty-year career in injury prevention and working with lightning and electrical injury survivors and has been active in the United States as well as internationally. She is the only physician to be elected a Fellow of the American Meteorological Society and is recognized as an international expert in lightning injury and safety.
Muslim Family Law and the Muslim Women's Movement in India
Join Sylvia Vatuk, Professor Emerita of Anthropology on November 24, 2020 from 1:00 – 2:00 pm via Zoom
In India distinct codes of family law apply to citizens of different religions. In the Muslim family code, several of the provisions that pertain to marriage and divorce code are markedly biased against women. In recent decades a number of activist Muslim women’s rights organizations have formed with the goal of bringing about changes in these laws. This talk will discuss this movement and assess what it has been able to accomplish to date.
Sylvia Vatuk is Professor Emeritus of Anthropology. She taught undergraduate and graduate courses in social anthropology at UIC from 1970 until 2002, with a focus on kinship, family, intergenerational relations, gender, and the law in cultures around the world. During her career she conducted many seasons of ethnographic research in India and published extensively on various aspects of the society and culture of that country.