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February 2020

UTC Seminar: Community Mobility Among People with Disabilities

February 20 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Great Cities Institute, 412 South Peoria Street
Chicago, IL 60607 United States
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UTC Seminar Series Presentation February 20 People with disabilities encounter numerous barriers to community mobility that span across travel modes of fixed route, paratransit, ridesharing, and the pedestrian network. At the first UTC Seminar Series presentation of the Spring 2020 semester, Dr. Yochai Eisenberg of the UIC College of Applied Health Sciences will explain how community mobility is related to health outcomes and healthcare access. He will share research that addresses barriers to community mobility by examining GPS derived travel patterns…

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March 2020

The Danube River and Its Cities: A Viewpoint from Budapest

March 5 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Great Cities Institute, 412 South Peoria Street
Chicago, IL 60607 United States
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The River Danube, flowing between the Black Forest and the Black Sea, is one of the world’s most international rivers. Connecting, as well as separating, human life; it crosses 10 European countries and 4 capital cities (Vienna, Bratislava, Budapest and Belgrade) while serving as the national border along 39% of about an 1,800 mile long journey. This presentation will begin with an overview of major cities on the Danube, highlighting their distinct contexts and geopolitical backgrounds. Melinda will then turn…

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A Just Transition: What it is and Why?

March 12 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Great Cities Institute, 412 South Peoria Street
Chicago, IL 60607 United States
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Back by popular demand! “Just Transition” is a principle, a process and a practice. The principle of just transition is that a healthy economy and a clean environment can and should co-exist. The process for achieving this vision should be a fair one that should not cost workers or community residents their health, environment, jobs, or economic assets. Any losses should be fairly compensated. And the practice of just transition means that the people who are most affected by pollution…

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POSTPONED: Radical Alternatives: A Live Podcast

March 14 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Student Services Building Meeting Rooms a-C, 1200 W. Harrison Street
Chicago, IL 60607 United States
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This event has been postponed. A new date will be announced in the Fall semester.  

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POSTPONED: Back on the Bus: Advocating for Faster and More Reliable Buses

March 17 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Great Cities Institute, 412 South Peoria Street
Chicago, IL 60607 United States
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This event has been postponed. A new date will be announced at a later time. Join Jeremy Cuebas and Zair Menjivar of the Northwest Side Housing Center and the Belmont Cragin Youth Leadership Council, Professor Kate Lowe of UIC’s College of Urban Planning and Public Affairs, and Julia Gerasimenko of the Active Transportation Alliance for a discussion on bus service and ridership in Chicago, youth-led transportation advocacy, and a national perspective for how Chicago stacks up nationally when it comes…

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POSTPONED: Views from the Streets: The Transformation of Gangs and Violence on Chicago’s South Side

March 20 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Great Cities Institute, 412 South Peoria Street
Chicago, IL 60607 United States
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This event has been postponed. A new date will be announced at a later time. Join us as Roberto R. Aspholm discusses his new book, Views from the Streets: The Transformation of Gangs and Violence on Chicago’s South Side. Chicago has long served as a symbol of urban pathology in the public imagination. The city’s staggering levels of violence and entrenched gang culture occupy a central place in the national discourse, yet remain poorly understood and are often stereotyped. Views…

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POSTPONED: Fair Fares Chicagoland: Advocating for Equitable Transit

March 31 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Great Cities Institute, 412 South Peoria Street
Chicago, IL 60607 United States
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This event has been postponed. A new date will be announced at a later time. Join Lynda Lopez, advocacy manager at the Active Transportation Alliance, alongside Andrea Reed and Linda Thisted, co-chairs of the Coalition for a Modern Metra Electric for a discussion on Fair Fares. Last November, Active Trans released the Fair Fares report, offering recommendations for fare equity in the region. Some of the recommendations include fare-capping, discounted fares for low-income residents, and testing the South Cook Fair…

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April 2020

CANCELLED: UTC Event: Transportation Planning to Improve Access to Healthcare

April 16 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Great Cities Institute, 412 South Peoria Street
Chicago, IL 60607 United States
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April 16, 2020 — Noon to 1:00 pm UTC Spring Seminar Series Speaker: Erin Aleman, Executive Director, Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning Topic: Transportation Planning to Improve Access to Healthcare Venue: Great Cities Institute Conference Room, Suite 400, 412 S. Peoria St., Chicago

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POSTPONED: Building Bridges: Community and University Partnerships in East St. Louis

April 29 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Great Cities Institute, 412 South Peoria Street
Chicago, IL 60607 United States
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Join us as Professor Kenneth Reardon discusses his new book, Building Bridges, which tells the 10-year saga of how an inspired group of women activists from East St. Louis established a long-term partnership with students and faculty from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) to revitalize their community. It is an uplifting story of a small group of women, inspired by the Civil Rights work of Ella Baker, Fannie Lou Hamer, and Katherine Dunham, who organized a highly effective…

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May 2020

ONLINE WEBINAR: Climate Justice meets Global Health in the time of COVID-19

May 4 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Great Cities Institute, 412 South Peoria Street
Chicago, IL 60607 United States
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This event is moving online to a Zoom webinar. To receive the link to participate, please RSVP below. Jonathan Patz, M.D., MPH, is director of the Global Health Institute at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He is a professor and the John P. Holton Chair in Health and the Environment with appointments in the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies and the Department of Population Health Sciences. For 15 years, Patz served as a lead author for the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel…

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