Lori Danielle Barcliff Baptista

    Email Address: baptista@uic.edu
    College: Architecture and the Arts Department: Theatre and Music
    Secondary Department: Art History
    Title: Director, African American Cultural Center/Adjunct Asst. Prof, School of Theatre & Music; Faculty Affiliate, Museum & Exhibition Studies
    Office: 209 Addams Hall Phone: 312-413-2705
    Webpage: https://aacc.uic.edu/
    Participating in the Chancellor’s Undergraduate Research Awards program: Yes

    Research Interest:
    I conduct archival and applied research that examines the relationships between culture, aesthetics, and everyday life. My research focuses on how members of Immigrant and migrant communities use aspects of material and expressive culture - especially food, nature and religious iconography - to honor, validate or convey their sense of connectedness to multiple places or traditions. I am most interested in how members of marginalized communities use innovative or creative practices to improve their quality of life.

    I am looking for students interested in adapting research on the history of the African American Cultural Center, the Center's arts-based programs and initiatives, and the history of campus and community based programs and organizations related to the Black experience at UIC into visual and performance based formats.

    Minimum time commitment in hours per week: 10

    Qualifications of a Student:
    -Sophomore or higher standing with a strong academic record
    -Ability to work independently and as a member of a team
    -Any major with an interest in African-American or African-Diaspora culture, education, visual and performing arts, social justice
    -Experience or interest in interdisciplinary, archival, ethnographic or participatory research methods
    -Organized and detail-oriented with exceptional writing and multi-tasking skills -Familiarity with Excel, wordpress preferred

    Brief Summary of what is expected from the student:
    Working under the direction of the AACC Director and in collaboration the the University Archivist, student researchers will identify, access and log archival materials and develop a finding aid for the official African-American Cultural Center archive that is being established in the UIC Daley Library Special Collections. Students will also have an opportunity to help plan and participate in the Center's 2017 - 2018 academic year programs, which will include asset mapping exercises and creative activities – such as participatory photography, storytelling, arts making and performance.

    Student researchers will contribute to the writing project summaries for the Cultural Center website and other social media outlets. These materials will be adapted into a number of formats that can serve as the basis for scholarly publications, presentations, documentary film, exhibitions and to engage stakeholders in the work and mission of the AACC.

    Student researchers will present their research in a public forum. They will also be acknowledged and credited for their work.

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