News and Announcements

Chicago Studies Quarter: Spring 2019

The Right to the Second City: The Immigrant Experience in Chicago

Founded in 1833, by the end of the 19th century Chicago was the 5th largest city in the world—with much of that growth coming from immigration from Southern and Eastern Europe. The statue in New York Harbor welcomed these strangers, and in Chicago they found work in factories and created new neighborhoods, but they also faced prejudice, poverty, alienation—and eventually, restrictive quotas limiting their number. Using East European immigration as a case study, we will examine mass movement to Chicago from the late 19th century to the present. Guest speakers and field trips will explore other significant migrations within the Americas and beyond, and a practicum will be devoted to methods of documenting and studying immigrant experience and memory throughout the world.  


Environmental Studies Workshop

Now accepting submissions for the Fall 2018-2019 session of the Environmental Studies Workshop. The Fall 2018 schedule will be structured around the theme of energy, however we also welcome presentations and papers from students with diverse interests relating to other thematic subjects. 

Please submit an abstract detailing your project and its current status to the workshop coordinator acoombs@uchicago.edu by September 26th.

September 11, 2018


Join the PGE Student Advisory and Research Council

The Program on the Global Environment (PGE), home of the Environmental and Urban Studies major/minor program, Chicago Studies Quarter, Frizzell Learning & Speaker Series, and Environment, Agriculture and Food (EAF) Working Group seeks applications from undergraduate students across all years and majors to join the PGE Student Advisory and Research Council (SARC) for the 2018-19 academic year. Application will go live on September 24. Read more here.

September 1, 2018


Inaugural Chicago Studies Research Prize Awarded

The Chicago Studies Undergraduate Research Prize was created to recognize the outsanding BA thesis or independent research projects from 2018 that takes the city or region of Chicago as its primary subject of inquiry.

May 31, 2018


PGE Director Sabina Shaikh Publishes Paper in Current Diabetes Report

Congratulations to PGE Director, Dr. Sabina Shaikh, on recently publishing a paper in Current Diabetes Reports with former Frizzell keynote speaker Rob Sargis, UIC professor Jyotsna Jagai, and two UChicago Harris students Colette Ashley and Shuhan Zhou! The paper, entitled "Underutilized and Under Threat: Environmental Policy as a Tool to Address Diabetes Risk" discusses the policy implications of endocrine disrupting environmental chemicals on diabetes risk. Check out the paper here!

April 6, 2018


2018-2019 CISSR Dissertation Support Grants

PGE Preceptor Matthew Knisley was selected for a CISSR Dissertation Grant for his work, 'An Archaeology of the 'Natural': Landscapes of the Sandawe Homeland, Central Tanzania.' Read more about his project here!


Project Update: Alan Kolata and Sabina Shaikh in Cambodia

February 21, 2018

2017-18 CISSR Faculty Fellows Alan Kolata and Sabina Shaikh have been conducting fieldwork for their project to measure human activities in the Cambodian Region of the Mekong River floodplain and examine how those activities may change given climate change and other human-made developments.