Over 30 GCI lectures available on YouTube and website


As we prepare for another exciting year of Great Cities’ events, we wish to remind you that video recordings of GCI lectures and panels from the past year are available for viewing at your leisure. Additionally, CAN TV accepted our invitation to record several of our higher profile lectures and panels. Between our own and CAN TV’s documentation, more than thirty lectures and panels are available on our website and YouTube channel.

Some of the most viewed recordings from our archive include:

  • Susan Christopherson, Professor in the Department of City and Regional Planning, Cornell University, considering if advanced manufacturing can thrive in post-industrial economies
  • Moises Gonzales, Assistant Professor of Community and Regional Planning, University of New Mexico, advancing a theory of urban evolution through his examination of Mexico City
  • Dave Ranney, Professor Emeritus of Urban Planning and Policy, University of Illinois at Chicago, sharing about his most recent book New World Disorder: the Decline of US Power
  • Sanjeev Vidyarthi, Associate Professor of Urban Planning and Policy, University of Illinois at Chicago, questioning who does and who should make plans as he examines development in Jaipur, India
  • Sean Wiedel, Assistant Commissioner for the Chicago Department of Transportation (CDOT), speaking about the DIVVY bike share program

In addition to this content from last year, in the coming weeks we will be posting interviews with this year’s GCI scholars. This summer, UIC faculty Lynette Jackson, Nadine Naber and Laurie Schaffner all generously spoke with us about their research and insight into pressing problems affecting Chicago communities as well as communities in other national and global cities. As the new school year begins, we are thrilled to be able to share a preview of their scholarship.

We are always eager for you to attend our events and join in the conversation. However, if in the coming year you must miss one, remember you can usually find a recording of the event on our website.