Our Community

The Department of Black Studies takes great pride in our faculty, staff, students, and alumni.  We have an amazing group of individuals in our space that are doing hard work at the University and beyond. Here you will find various interviews conducted throughout the years. We talk everything from personal, professional, and academic life to the hard realities facing the city of Chicago. More importantly, we get an inside look at how our faculty and staff are creating positive impacts on students at UIC and residents of the city.

Faculty Spotlights

A person in a black shirt that reads Peoples against Colonialism is photographed while speaking in a lecture
David Stovall
An interview with Prof. Stovall covering his research and work with Chicago Public Schools.
A person with glasses on their head, holds a paper and pen while they deliver a lecture
Amanda Lewis
Speaking with Prof. Lewis about her new co-authored report on Black people in Chicago and her research on education.
A person stands before a white brick wall to be photographed
Mario LaMothe
Asst. Prof. LaMothe talks about his path to the Department and research on Vodou.
Two people hug and a set of people smile behind
Helen Jun
Dissucsion with Assoc. Head, Helen Jun's background at UIC and her goals for the Department.

Alumni Spotlight: Amanda McDonald

Hearing from McDonald, winner of the 2019 Grace Holt Memorial Award.

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Alumni Spotlight: Terrion L. Williamson, Ph.D.

Hearing from Williamson, 2018 Grace Holt Memorial Keynote Speaker, about her academic career at UIC.

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