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June 2018

Inclusion and Industry 4.0 Summit

June 6 @ 9:00 am - 3:30 pm
UIC Student Center East, 750 S. Halsted Street
Chicago, IL 60607 United States
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Hear remarks from Illinois State Treasurer Michael Frerichs, other major regional leaders, and new research presented by The Century Foundation and the Great Cities Institute at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) that examines the untapped potential of skills training programs and strong manufacturing jobs to expand economic opportunities for diverse communities. Industry 4.0 envisions a fourth industrial revolution that harnesses the power of technology and aims to place diverse communities at the heart of this transformation. To register,…

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July 2018

‘When Will the Punishment End?’: Formerly Incarcerated Women Rebuilding Their Lives

July 20 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Great Cities Institute, 412 South Peoria Street
Chicago, IL 60607 United States
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This talk will be about Professor Garza’s work with formerly incarcerated women in both the academic and community arenas. She will speak about a new organization of formerly incarcerated students at the CSUN campus along with her work in the Watts neighborhood of south Los Angeles with A New Way of Life and Susan Burton, a group of formerly incarcerated women activists who are not only committed to changing their lives but also, most importantly, changing the regressive policies at the…

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August 2018

The Whole World is Still Watching

August 28 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Great Cities Institute, 412 South Peoria Street
Chicago, IL 60607 United States
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Social Protest 50 Years after the 1968 Democratic National Convention On the night of August 28, 1968, thousands of young, primarily white, activists headed for the Democratic National Convention in downtown Chicago, intent on protesting the Vietnam War. Mayor Richard J. Daley dispatched an army of police officers and called upon the National Guard and U.S. Secret Service. Activists appealing for peace were greeted by nightsticks and tear gas, as were reporters and Eugene McCarthy convention delegates, as they tried…

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September 2018

Campus Conversation: The Past 50 years of US Nuclear Policy

September 4 @ 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
UIC Student Center East, 750 S. Halsted Street
Chicago, IL 60607 United States
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Visiting Scholar Lectures – The Policies of “Post-Truth” Politics & The Gender Regime of Neoliberal Neo-Patriarchy

September 6 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Great Cities Institute, 412 South Peoria Street
Chicago, IL 60607 United States
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Free

This visiting scholars' lecture is co-sponsored by the Department of Urban Planning & Policy. The Policies of “Post-Truth” Politics "Post-truth” is an adjective defined by the  Oxford Dictionary as ‘denoting circumstances in which objective facts are less influential in shaping public opinion than appeals to emotion and personal belief’. I decided to use this expression as the title of my lecture since it is my impression that this reflects more or less (rather more than less) satisfactorily our current political…

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Deportation and Detention: Addressing the Psychosocial Impact on Migrant Youth and Families

September 28 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
UIC Student Center East, Illinois Room, 750 S. Halsted Street
Chicago, IL 60607 United States
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The event will feature first person accounts, practitioners’ reports, and existing research that document the traumatic impacts of deportation and detention upon migrant youth, families and communities. It brings together migrants, practitioners, advocates, and researchers to share knowledge and strategies on preventing and ameliorating these impacts. Loading... If the above RSVP form is not working, please email gcities@uic.edu to RSVP.   Keynote Speaker Luis H. Zayas, Ph.D., is Dean of the Steve Hicks School of Social Work and the Robert…

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October 2018

A Sustainable Nation in Four Generations

October 5 @ 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
Great Cities Institute, 412 South Peoria Street
Chicago, IL 60607 United States
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Author and urbanist Douglas Farr’s bestselling first book, Sustainable Urbanism: Urban Design with Nature, helped shift the focus of urban sustainability from the stand-alone building to the high-performance neighborhood. Now, Farr returns with Sustainable Nation: Urban Design Patterns for the Future, in which he seeks to move the conversation even further—and faster—forward. Farr proposes more than 70 specific, aspirational urban design patterns, each of which provides guidance on a key aspect of a neighborhood, and all of which can be immediately applied. Join Farr as he provides a hopeful…

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RTCA: Rivers, Trails, and Conservation Assistance

October 16 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Great Cities Institute, 412 South Peoria Street
Chicago, IL 60607 United States
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As part of the Real Time Chicago speaker series, National Park Service Community Planner Michael Mencarini will discuss the mission and work of the Rivers, Trails, and Conservation Assistance Program.  His presentation will detail how the National Park Service plays an important role in rural and urban communities across the country, and how current projects have utilized urban planning processes and techniques to promote outdoor recreation and natural resource conservation. Michael Mencarini joined the National Park Service in April, 2016 as…

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November 2018

Natives in Chicago

November 14 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
UIC Student Center East, Cardinal Room, 750 S. Halsted Street
Chicago, IL 60607 United States
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These lands, currently named Chicago, have always been home to Indigenous Peoples. Native people continue to live, work, and raise families here despite many challenges. Local leaders continue to work to provide services and programs that contribute to cultural and communal thriving. Join us and hear first voice narratives on growing up, working, and living in Chicago. We will explore how national, local, and tribal policies impact urban Native people and the ways in which institutions can positively engage and contribute…

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UTC Event: A Rapid Pace for Chicago’s Suburbs

November 15 @ 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Great Cities Institute, 412 South Peoria Street
Chicago, IL 60607 United States
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DATE – Thursday November 15, 2018 TIME – 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. SUBJECT – “A Rapid Pace for Chicago’s Suburbs.” SPEAKER -- Charlotte Obodzinski, Pace Supervisor of the Rapid Transit Program VENUE – Great Cities Institute Conference Room, Suite 400, CUPPA Hall, 412 S. Peoria St., Chicago DETAILS -- Proposed Pace Pulse Express Bus Service Along I-90 Corridor Topic at UTC Fall Seminar Series Presentation November 15 In 2019, Pace plans to debut Pulse, a new bus rapid transit network that’s…

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