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February 2019

The World is Watching Book Signing

February 20 @ 5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Jane Addams Hull-House, 800 S. Halsted Street
Chicago, IL 60607 United States
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Being Black in America is a journey and a quest for self-affirmation and alliance and place. Black Americans have refused to be acquiescent, and our cry, in the words of Maya Angelou, “And Still We Rise”, has left an indelible imprint at home and abroad. In The World is Watching, notable world figures talk about their personal experiences with African Americans and the impacts these experiences have had on them. Join us for this book signing and discussion which will…

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UTC Event: ON TO 2050: Exploring the Plan’s Digital Implementation Tools

February 21 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Great Cities Institute, 412 South Peoria Street
Chicago, IL 60607 United States
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Digital tools developed from the ON TO 2050 regional plan for northeastern Illinois will be the focus of the debut UTC 2019 Seminar Series presentation Thursday February 21.  Tina Fassett Smith, Communications Principal at the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning, will lead participants on an exploration of the ON TO 2050 website with a focus on tools meant to guide implementation of the plan’s recommendations. The presentation will begin at noon and will be held in the Great Cities Institute Conference Room at CUPPA Hall.…

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Youth Job Center presents: Multiple Choice Panel Discussion

February 21 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
111 S. Wacker Drive, Suite 2700, 111 S. Wacker Drive
Chicago, IL 60606 United States
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March 2019

Disassembled Cities: Social and Spatial Strategies to Reassemble Communities

March 15 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Great Cities Institute, 412 South Peoria Street
Chicago, IL 60607 United States
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Join Great Cities Institute for a discussion with the editor, Elizabeth L. Sweet, and several chapter authors of the recently released book Disassembled Cities: Social and Spatial Strategies to Reassemble Communities. Authors in attendance will include Iván Arenas, Associate Director, UIC Institute for Research on Race and Public Policy; Tarini Bedi, Associate Professor, Anthropology; John J. Betancur, Professor, UIC Urban Planning and Policy; Andy Clarno, Associate Professor, Sociology & African American Studies; Teresa Córdova, Director and Professor, UIC Great Cities…

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UTC Event: Chicago Region Environmental and Transportation Efficiency: Keeping the Nation’s Economy Moving

March 21 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Great Cities Institute, 412 South Peoria Street
Chicago, IL 60607 United States
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The Chicago Region Environmental and Transportation Efficiency (CREATE), is the first of its kind consortium. The partnership between the U.S. DOT, State of Illinois, Cook County, City of Chicago, Metra, Amtrak, and the nation's freight railroads are guiding the investment of billions of dollars into improving freight and passenger rail infrastructure. On March 21, Samuel Tuck III, the Bureau Chief of Freight Rail Management at the Illinois Department of Transportation, will lead a presentation, “Chicago Region Environmental and Transportation Efficiency: Keeping the…

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April 2019

Living and Dying on the Factory Floor – Book Discussion and Signing

April 10 @ 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Jane Addams Hull-House, 800 S. Halsted Street
Chicago, IL 60607 United States
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David Ranney’s vivid memoir describes his work experiences between 1976 and 1982 in the factories of southeast Chicago and northwest Indiana. The book opens with a detailed description of what it was like to live and work in one of the heaviest industrial concentrations in the world. The author takes the reader on a walk through the heart of the South Side of Chicago, observing the noise, heavy traffic, the 24-hour restaurants and bars, the rich diversity of people on…

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Contested City: From the Lower East Side of New York City to the West Side of Chicago

April 11 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Jane Addams Hull-House, 800 S. Halsted Street
Chicago, IL 60607 United States
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UTC event: The 78: Chicago’s Next Great Neighborhood

April 18 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Great Cities Institute, 412 South Peoria Street
Chicago, IL 60607 United States
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WHAT: UTC April 18 Seminar Series presentation on “The 78: Chicago’s Next Great Neighborhood” WHEN: Thursday April 18 from noon to 1 pm WHERE: Great Cities Institute Conference Room, CUPPA Hall, 412 S. Peoria St., 4th Floor, Chicago WHO: Featured speaker will be Mike Pfeffer, AIA, LEED AP, Vice President of Architecture at real estate development firm Related Midwest LEARN MORE:  The 78 is an ambitious plan to transform the largest parcel of undeveloped land in downtown Chicago into the city's 78th neighborhood.  When completed, this 62-acre,…

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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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