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September 2018

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

September 28, 2018 @ 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, 2018 @ 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, 2018 @ 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, 2018 @ 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, 2018 @ 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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February 2019

Till We Have Built Jerusalem: Architects of a New City

February 20 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Great Cities Institute, 412 South Peoria Street
Chicago, IL 60607 United States
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Essayist and biographer Adina Hoffman writes often of the Middle East, approaching it from unusual angles and shedding light on overlooked dimensions of the place, its people, and their cultures. Her books include House of Windows: Portraits from a Jerusalem Neighborhood, My Happiness Bears No Relation to Happiness: A Poet’s Life in the Palestinian Century, and Till We Have Built Jerusalem: Architects of a New City, which the Los Angeles Times called “brave and often beautiful” and Haaretz described as…

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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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