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March 2020

The Danube River and Its Cities: A Viewpoint from Budapest

March 5 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Great Cities Institute, 412 South Peoria Street
Chicago, IL 60607 United States
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The River Danube, flowing between the Black Forest and the Black Sea, is one of the world’s most international rivers. Connecting, as well as separating, human life; it crosses 10 European countries and 4 capital cities (Vienna, Bratislava, Budapest and Belgrade) while serving as the national border along 39% of about an 1,800 mile long journey. This presentation will begin with an overview of major cities on the Danube, highlighting their distinct contexts and geopolitical backgrounds. Melinda will then turn…

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A Just Transition: What it is and Why?

March 12 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Great Cities Institute, 412 South Peoria Street
Chicago, IL 60607 United States
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Back by popular demand! José Bravo is the Executive Director for the Just Transition Alliance (JTA), where he works directly with Environmental Justice (EJ) Communities and Labor (organized and unorganized) to develop best practices and build meaningful and impactful alliances. José is also the National Campaign Coordinator of the Campaign for Healthier Solutions (CHS), a community driven campaign towards healthier discount stores. Bravo’s work in social justice issues is rooted from his upbringing in the Southern California fields alongside both…

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Back on the Bus: Advocating for Faster and More Reliable Buses

March 17 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Great Cities Institute, 412 South Peoria Street
Chicago, IL 60607 United States
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Join Jeremy Cuebas and Zair Menjivar of the Northwest Side Housing Center and the Belmont Cragin Youth Leadership Council, Professor Kate Lowe of UIC’s College of Urban Planning and Public Affairs, and Julia Gerasimenko of the Active Transportation Alliance for a discussion on bus service and ridership in Chicago, youth-led transportation advocacy, and a national perspective for how Chicago stacks up nationally when it comes to prioritizing buses on city streets. The discussion will begin hyper-locally focusing on youth-led bus…

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UTC Event: Causes and Impacts of Car-Dependency on Health and Quality of Life

March 19 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Great Cities Institute, 412 South Peoria Street
Chicago, IL 60607 United States
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March 19, 2020 — Noon to 1:00 pm UTC Spring Seminar Series Speaker: Melody Geraci, Interim Director, Active Transportation Alliance Topic: Causes and Impacts of Car-Dependency on Health and Quality of Life Venue: Great Cities Institute Conference Room, Suite 400, 412 S. Peoria St., Chicago ABSTRACT: Experts agree: Our transportation system impacts individual and population health. From the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the UIC School of Public Health, research confirms that communities with robust walking,…

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Views from the Streets: The Transformation of Gangs and Violence on Chicago’s South Side

March 20 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Great Cities Institute, 412 South Peoria Street
Chicago, IL 60607 United States
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Join us as Roberto R. Aspholm discusses his new book, Views from the Streets: The Transformation of Gangs and Violence on Chicago’s South Side. Chicago has long served as a symbol of urban pathology in the public imagination. The city’s staggering levels of violence and entrenched gang culture occupy a central place in the national discourse, yet remain poorly understood and are often stereotyped. Views from the Streets explains the dramatic transformation of black street gangs on Chicago’s South Side…

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Fair Fares Chicagoland: Advocating for Equitable Transit

March 31 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Great Cities Institute, 412 South Peoria Street
Chicago, IL 60607 United States
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Join Lynda Lopez, advocacy manager at the Active Transportation Alliance, alongside Andrea Reed and Linda Thisted, co-chairs of the Coalition for a Modern Metra Electric for a discussion on Fair Fares. Last November, Active Trans released the Fair Fares report, offering recommendations for fare equity in the region. Some of the recommendations include fare-capping, discounted fares for low-income residents, and testing the South Cook Fair Transit Pilot. This conversation will feature an overview of the report and a conversation with…

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April 2020

UTC Event: Transportation Planning to Improve Access to Healthcare

April 16 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Great Cities Institute, 412 South Peoria Street
Chicago, IL 60607 United States
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April 16, 2020 — Noon to 1:00 pm UTC Spring Seminar Series Speaker: Erin Aleman, Executive Director, Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning Topic: Transportation Planning to Improve Access to Healthcare Venue: Great Cities Institute Conference Room, Suite 400, 412 S. Peoria St., Chicago

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Building Bridges: Community and University Partnerships in East St. Louis

April 29 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Great Cities Institute, 412 South Peoria Street
Chicago, IL 60607 United States
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Join us as Professor Kenneth Reardon discusses his new book, Building Bridges, which tells the 10-year saga of how an inspired group of women activists from East St. Louis established a long-term partnership with students and faculty from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) to revitalize their community. It is an uplifting story of a small group of women, inspired by the Civil Rights work of Ella Baker, Fannie Lou Hamer, and Katherine Dunham, who organized a highly effective…

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May 2020

Climate Justice Meets Global Health

May 4 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Great Cities Institute, 412 South Peoria Street
Chicago, IL 60607 United States
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