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October 2023

At Home with the Collective: A Summit on Communal Housing

October 19, 2023 @ 10:00 am - October 20, 2023 @ 5:00 pm CDT
UIC School of Architecture, 845 W Harrison St (1100 Architecture + Design Studios)
Chicago, IL 60607 United States
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This 2-day summit will gather speakers from around the world, local stakeholders and activists, as well as city officials who have radically rethought established norms of living, models of homeownership, and the formal, programmatic, material, and legal parameters of housing.

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November 2023

Talk: “City of Dignity: Catholic Social Justice Activism in Postwar Los Angeles”

November 1, 2023 @ 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm CDT
1501 University Hall, 601 S. Morgan St.
Chicago, IL 60607 United States
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This talk charts the development of distinctly Catholic social justice activism in Los Angeles in the decades after WWII until the 1990s. This was at a time of tumultuous change in both the city and the Church, as Los Angeles witnessed the uprisings of 1965 and 1992, welcomed millions of new immigrants from Central America and Asia, and grappled with the effects of globalization. In this ever-shifting context, Catholics committed to the Church’s social teaching and the reforms of Vatican II sought to adapt their faith to address a wide range of urban issues, with a view toward making Los Angeles a “city of dignity.”

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Latino Environmental Justice Leadership Along Industrial Waterways

November 7, 2023 @ 2:00 pm - 4:30 pm CST
Great Cities Institute, 412 South Peoria Street
Chicago, IL 60607 United States
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The Freshwater Lab and the Great Cities Institute are co-hosting the Latino Environmental Justice Leadership Along Industrial Waterways event, featuring several prominent environmental justice leaders from Chicago and Joliet as event speakers. We would like to invite all who are interested to join us on November 7 to hear more from these speakers about environmental justice issues/actions in Chicago and the Greater Chicagoland Area.

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Book Talk with Helen Shiller, the Author of “Daring to Struggle, Daring to Win”

November 8, 2023 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm CST
Great Cities Institute, 412 South Peoria Street
Chicago, IL 60607 United States
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Helen Shiller will be coming to the Great Cities Institute to talk about her new autobiography book, “Daring to Struggle, Daring to Win.”

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February 2024

Mother Earth Meets the Anthropocene (“The Age of Man”): An Ecofeminist/Environmental Justice Assessment Talk Event

February 20 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm CST
UIC Student Center East, Cardinal Room, 750 S. Halsted Street
Chicago, IL 60607 United States
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“The Anthropocene,” or “Age of Man,” is a proposed name for the current geological age, one, its proponents claim to be a new era where “humans” have become a vast force capable of overwhelming the vast forces of “Nature.” This illustrated talk considers the sexed, gendered, racialized and otherwise political concept of “The Anthropocene” in dialogue with concept with the ancient reality of “Mother Nature” or Mother Earth, common to indigenous ecological knowledge as well as contemporary ecofeminist and environmental justice perspectives. This talk event will be held in the afternoon (from 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM CST) of February 20, 2024, at Student Center East at UIC (750 S. Halsted) in the Cardinal Room.

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Spring 2024 Political Science Distinguished Speaker Series: “Tyranny of the Minority: Why American Democracy Reached the Breaking Point”

February 21 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm CST

Steven Levitsky, David Rockefeller Professor of Latin American Studies and Professor of Government at Harvard University, will speak by Zoom (click here to access Zoom on the day of the talk) next Wednesday, Feb. 21, from 11 AM to 12 PM CST on his new book with Daniel Ziblatt, Tyranny of the Minority: Why American Democracy Reached the Breaking Point, as part of the political science department's speaker series. Professor Stephen Engelmann, UIC, will serve as a discussant. The Speaker Series is organized and moderated by Professor Alba Alexander and sponsored by UIC's Department of Political Science.

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March 2024

The Workers Cottage: Past, Present, and Future

March 14 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm CDT
Great Cities Institute, 412 South Peoria Street
Chicago, IL 60607 United States
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Join us for an enlightening bag lunch lecture as we delve into the rich history, present challenges, and future prospects of Chicago's iconic workers cottages. These modest yet historically significant homes have been at the heart of Chicago's urban landscape for over a century, embodying the aspirations and struggles of working-class families throughout the city's rapid growth. The event will be held on Thursday, March 14th, 2024 from 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM CST at the Great Cities Institute, Large Conference Room (412 South Peoria Street, Suite 400, Chicago, Illinois 60607-7067).

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April 2024

Honoring the Life and Work of John Hagedorn

April 1 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm CDT
UIC Student Center East, 750 S. Halsted Street
Chicago, IL 60607 United States
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On Tuesday morning, October 31st, 2023, John Hagedorn died peacefully in his home with his family at his side. We deeply mourn the loss of our dear friend and colleague. John had a long-time affiliation with the Great Cities Institute and in 2016 was given the official title of James J. Stukel Senior Faculty Fellow. He was also Professor Emeritus from the Department of Criminology, Law, and Justice. We offer our deepest condolences to his wife, Mary, and to his family. On the afternoon (from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM) of April 1, 2024, at Student Center East at UIC (750 S. Halsted), we will be hosting, with the family, an event honoring John and his work. We will feature many of his colleagues as well as former students who themselves have gone on to do incredible work in multiple arenas.

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Deploying Financial Solutions for Businesses and Real Estate Development in Low-Income Communities: A Conversation with Roy Alston

April 16 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm CDT
Great Cities Institute, 412 South Peoria Street
Chicago, IL 60607 United States
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Join us for an insightful conversation with Roy Alston, the esteemed Executive Director of Five Points in Austin, TX. Delve into the critical topic of deploying financial solutions for businesses and real estate development in low-income communities. Roy brings a wealth of experience and expertise to the table, offering invaluable insights into fostering economic growth and prosperity in underserved areas. Don't miss this opportunity to gain valuable knowledge and perspectives that can drive positive change and empower communities. The event will be held on Tuesday, April 16th, 2024 from 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM CDT at the Great Cities Institute (412 South Peoria Street, Suite 400, Chicago, Illinois 60607-7067).

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June 2024

100th Street Calumet River Community Design Meeting

June 13 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm CDT
Calumet Park Fieldhouse, 9801 South Avenue G
Chicago, IL 60617 United States
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The Blue Marble design team will be back to work with us to create a 100th Street Calumet River community design plan. They will be looking for community input. Please join us for the upcoming design meeting.

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