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May 2019

150 years of Jewish Community Building in the City of Budapest

May 2 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Great Cities Institute, 412 South Peoria Street
Chicago, IL 60607 United States
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Social Work and Jewish Studies Scholar Zoltan Haberman from ELTE University in Budapest will share his research on  trauma, resilience and community building among the Jewish community in Budapest. This community always looked for new paths, was ready for change, but at the same time preserved tradition and the ancient heritage. Dr. Haberman depicts the struggles involved in building and sustaining the Jewish Theological Seminary, and how it has reinvented itself, survived, and progressed over the years. He will show…

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June 2019

The Jam and Justice Project: Innovative Co-Research to Address Complex Urban Issues

June 6 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Great Cities Institute, 412 South Peoria Street
Chicago, IL 60607 United States
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Jam and Justice is a research project which aims to create a unique space for social innovation to co-produce, test and learn from new ways of governing cities. ‘Jam’ is about trying to bring together different partners in the city to innovate to address shared problems. ‘Justice’ is about re-connecting with those who have been disenfranchised and excluded from the search for solutions. We are particularly interested in the value and practice of coproduction to address complex urban problems and…

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July 2019

Talking to North Korea: Ending the Nuclear Standoff

July 25 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Great Cities Institute, 412 South Peoria Street
Chicago, IL 60607 United States
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Despite recents attempts at ‘negotiation’, the attitudes of both Kim Jong-un’s regime and the West seem unchanged. North Korea is still shrouded in mystery, and there are no clear plans for the future ... Can we trust either side to bring about peace? And if so, how? This provocative insider’s account blasts apart the myths which paint North Korea as a rogue state run by a mad leader. Informed by extraordinary access to the country’s leadership, Glyn Ford investigates the…

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September 2019

UTC Seminar: O’Hare 21 and Midway Modernization

September 26 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Great Cities Institute, 412 South Peoria Street
Chicago, IL 60607 United States
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The O’Hare 21 program and Midway modernization will drive metro Chicago’s growth for years to come. Learn more about the impact Chicago’s two international airports will have on the economy and more by attending the first Fall 2019 Seminar Series presentation of the semester hosted by the Urban Transportation Center at UIC. The event will be held September 26 from noon to 1 p.m. in the Great Cities Institute Conference Room, 412 S. Peoria St., 4th floor. The featured speaker is Jeffrey…

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The Craft of City Design

September 27 @ 4:00 pm - 6:30 pm
CUPPA Hall Lower Level, 412 S Peoria Street
Chicago, IL 60607 United States
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Join the Department of Urban Planning and Policy and the Master of City Design program for the first City Design Conversation of the Fall 2019 semester. RSVP: citydesign@uic.edu

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October 2019

National Parks in Your Neighborhood

October 8 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Great Cities Institute, 412 South Peoria Street
Chicago, IL 60607 United States
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The National Park Service maintains more than 400 parks, trails, recreation areas, and historic sites...many of which are a lot closer to home than you may realize.  On October 8th hear from a National Park Superintendent and Park Service staff on the role the National Park Service has in the Chicago metropolitan region and other urban areas. Paul Labovitz, Superintendent, Indiana Dunes National Park Paul started his National Park Service career in the Rivers & Trails Program and would go…

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Water Diplomacy and the Water-Energy Nexus

October 8 @ 5:00 pm - 6:15 pm
Great Cities Institute, 412 South Peoria Street
Chicago, IL 60607 United States
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Gidon Bromberg is the co-founder and Israeli Director of EcoPeace Middle East, the only regional organization that brings together and works with Jordanian, Palestinian and Israeli environmentalists. Their main goal is “the promotion of cooperative efforts to protect our shared environmental heritage,” that furthers sustainable development and fosters peace in the region. Ecopeace Middle East’s Water-Energy Nexus Project aims at researching and advocating for a Water and Sustainable Energy Nexus approach to counter the effects of climate change and its…

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Modern Mayors of Chicago: From Harold Washington to Lori Lightfoot

October 11 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Student Services Building Meeting Rooms a-C, 1200 W. Harrison Street
Chicago, IL 60607 United States
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Learning from the Basque Country: Building a Sustainable and Inclusive Society

October 16 @ 9:00 am - 11:00 am
Great Cities Institute, 412 South Peoria Street
Chicago, IL 60607 United States
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Join Manufacturing Renaissance and the Great Cities Institute as we learn from and discuss with a delegation from the Basque Country in northern Spain. The Basque Country is the home of Mondragon—a world leader in the development of worker cooperatives.They’ve had deep experience in dramatically increasing the role of workers in developing globally competitive companies. The Basque Country is a semi-autonomous region in northern Spain that represents a model of development that is inspirational and provides an excellent example of…

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UTC Event: Capital Funding and Financing

October 17 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Great Cities Institute, 412 South Peoria Street
Chicago, IL 60607 United States
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The impact of the Illinois capital bill on the long-term future of transportation in the state will be the focus of the second Fall 2019 Seminar Series presentation of the semester hosted by the Urban Transportation Center at UIC. Featured speaker will be Doug House, IDOT Deputy Secretary and a transportation professional with more than 35 years in the industry. Mr. House was appointed in April of this year, and his primary responsibilities are federal and state legislation and communications for IDOT.…

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