Events

Spring 2021 Events

    April 19, 4:10-5:10PM CST 

    The Data in Dialogue series offers participants a "behind the scenes" look at a Chicago-relevant dataset, archive, or other resource for research about the city. As the work of Miranda Fricker and others have taught us, data are not neutral. How we construct our episteme—that is, what we consider to be knowledge and what we reject from consideration—is often as important to the conclusions we reach as the rigor with which we pursue our research methods and the incisiveness of our analyses. Sessions in this series will open critical conversations with Chicagoans responsible for making decisions about data at all stages in its "life-cycle," from collection to curation to publication to representation.

    Join Chicago Studies for an interactive conversation where students and staff alike will have the opportunity to directly experience a deep dive into the ENERGY STAR data portal, and take a look at how the University’s environmental impact is displayed within the campus’ energy use benchmarking. This event is co-sponsored by Chicago Studies and Environmental FrontiersRegister on zoom.

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    April 21, 9:00-11:00AM CST 

    Now that the snow has melted, this upcoming Earth Week (April 19 – 23) is a great time to get outside to clean up the trash that has collected over the winter before it interferes with new plant growth; give back to our campus and neighboring communities; and play a part in combatting environmental injustices and inequities. Join the Phoenix Outdoor Program (part of College Programming and Orientation) and Chicago Outdoors (a series of Chicago Studies and the Program on the Global Environment) for a campus and community clean up on April 20, 2021!  Register now to help clean up campus and for the chance to win a free houseplant!

    April 22, 4:10-5:10PM CST

    Spend your Earth Day learning more about how to protect one of Chicago's most important pollinators! We know monarch butterflies for their striking orange and black wings and impressive migratory journey from Canada to Mexico. They also play an important role as pollinators in ecosystems. But monarch populations are in trouble—they’ve decreased more than 80 percent over two decades, as their habitat of milkweed and nectar plants declines throughout North America. Chicago and other cities play a critical role in helping monarchs recover. Individuals, communities, researchers, and cities and government officials can all contribute to building urban conservation networks.

    Join Erika Hasle, Conservation Ecologist for the Field Museum, and Professor Alison Anastasio, Urban Ecologist and environmental steward, for a special Earth Day presentation on monarch butterflies, their migration patterns, and their impact on Chicago's ecosystems. This presentation will also include information on the Field Museum's Monarch Community Science Project, an initiative that invites volunteers like you to help collect data on monarch butterflies right here in the city, and includes a free plant giveaway! 

    This event is co-sponsored by the Program on the Global Environmentand organized as part of UChicago ECo, a platform aimed at fostering connection among and support for the University of Chicago’s Environmental Community.  Register on Zoom.

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    April 27, 11:20-12:40PM CST

    For this event, travel back in time to early Chicago to see how the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago reversed the Chicago River and developed wastewater treatment technology. Go behind the scenes and under water to see how MWRD transforms the water you use every day; descend 300 feet into the deep tunnel system, and watch the electrofishing crew at work sampling fish on the Chicago River. This event is co-sponsored by the Program on the Global Environmentand organized as part of UChicago ECo, a platform aimed at fostering connection among and support for the University of Chicago’s Environmental Community. Register on Zoom.

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    April 29, 11:20-12:40PM CST

    A Conversation with MWRD Commissioner Kimberly Du Buclet and WBEZ's Monica Eng

    This discussion explores the relationship between Chicago’s water and environmental justice, or injustice through the lens of storm and waste water management as climate change intensifies in Chicago. Commissioner Kimberly Du Buclet will discuss the role of the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District in managing water infrastructure and hazards, the use of green infrastructure and the importance of equity and social justice in water planning across neighborhoods in Chicago. This event is co-sponsored by the Program on the Global Environmentand organized as part of UChicago ECo, a platform aimed at fostering connection among and support for the University of Chicago’s Environmental Community. Register on Zoom

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    April 29, 4:30-5:30PM CST

    Do you have questions about the BA process? Would you like to know more about what happens during the BA colloquium? Do you need help filling out your BA thesis topic form? Join us for a BA Brainstorm session on Thursday, April 29, from 4:30-5:30pm to meet with Environmental and Urban Studies preceptors to answers questions and think through ideas.

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    Wednesday, May 19, 2021 | 6:00 PM — 7:00 PM
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    This year’s Harris Common Read delves into one of the greatest dereliction of duties in modern political history. What the Eyes Don’t See by Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha is a firsthand account of the Flint water crisis and its effect on countless lives, revealing how misguided policies, failed democracy, and bureaucratic indifference placed an entire city at risk.

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    June 1, 9AM-1:30PM CST

    Join the graduating class of 2021 as they present their BA thesis research. Students will be presenting their research by topic, and the schedule is as follows:

    1. 9-10:15am: Agriculture, Environment and Health 
    2. 10:30-12pm: Environment, Economics and Governance
    3. 12:15-1:30pm: Place and Space

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