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A Busy Spring for Chicago Studies
by Sydney Paul, Class of '12

reunion1935baseballbtw.jpgSpring 2012 is already shaping up to be a busy time in the city with events like the NATO Summit in May.  We here at Chicago Studies plan to help students make the most of it.  We have the pedal to the metal with collaborations with a variety of faculty, the Sustainability Office, ORCSA, OMSA, the Creative Writing Program, the Human Rights Program,  the Logan Center, the Film Studies Center, and more. 

Here is a wrap-up of exciting events Chicago Studies has planned for Spring 2012:

NATO: Where It Came From and Where It's Going

(April 19th)  - 6:30pm Stuart Hall 101
mearshimerbtw.jpgJoin us for a discussion with Professor John Mearsheimer, who is the R.  Wendell Harrison Distinguished Service Professor of Political Science and the co-director of the Program on International Security Policy at the University of Chicago, as  lectures on NATO's history and its relevance to the U.S.  and the world going forward.  Co-sponsored by the Human Rights Program. 
Writing About Chicago
(April 25th) - 5-7pm, Logan Center for the Arts
Hear readings from the winners of the about Chicago Writing Contest, created by the Chicago Studies and the Creative Writing Program.  Writers were asked to create poems, and short nonfiction and fiction pieces about the Chicago.  Come out, here their unique perspectives on the city and celebrate their achievement!.  

The Plant Tour
April 26 - 2:30 - 4:30pm, participants meet in front of Pick Hall
Join us for a tour of The Plant, a once abandoned meatpacking facility that is now being repurposed into a net-zero energy vertical farm and food business incubator.  A complex and highly interrelated system, one-third of The Plant will hold aquaponic growing systems and the other two-thirds will incubate sustainable food businesses, such as a brewery and a commercial kitchen, by offering low rent and low energy costs.  The Plant will create 125 jobs in Chicago's economically distressed Back of the Yards neighborhood and will eventually divert over 10,000 tons of food waste from landfills each year to meet all of its heat and power needs.  RSVP by Friday, April 20.  Space is limited on this tour.  Transportation provided.

South Side Arts Bike Tour
April 28 - 11am-3pm, meet at Logan Center for the Arts
Interested in the South Side arts scene? Like to ride bikes? Come explore the South Side landscape while learning about some of the wonderful art programs and organizations the
community has to offer!  Presented by the UChicago Arts Pass Program, in collaboration with Chicago Studies and the University Community Service Center.  Space is limited on this special tour.  Please RSVP to by 5pm on Wednesday, April 25.

Asian Americans in Chicago Politics
May 3 - 6pm Community Lounge, 5710 S.  Woodlawn
Although there has been a substantial Asian American presence in Chicago since the 19th Century, there has been a strong surge of political activity from Asian American communities in recent years. We're bringing together a distinguished panel involved in a variety of roles in Asian American communities to talk about this movement. Confirmed panelists include Tuyet Le, Executive Director of the Asian American Institute and Theresa Mah of the Coalition for a Better Chinese American Community. A collaboration between the Office of Multicultural Student Affairs and the Chicago Studies Program at the University Community Service Center (UCSC). Contact for more information.

Discover Chicago: The Improv Play

(May 3) - 7pm, Storefront Theatre (downtown) -
For this Discover Chicago trip, co-sponsored by Arts Pass, see this play which follows the story of three aspiring improv comedians as they make their journey towards success on the many stages of Chicago.  Includes a post-show discussion with the actors.  Tickets available at Reynolds Club 001.

Soup and Bread: Radical Hospitality One Pot at a Time
May 5 - 5pm - 7pm, Logan Center for the Arts
Soup & Bread is the final piece in "Of Hospitality", a two-day symposium the Smart Museum is holding at the Logan Center for the Arts and the Hull House Museum.  Soup and Bread: Radical Hospitality will be held on Saturday, May 5 from 5 pm to 7 pm.  If you don't know about Soup and Bread, it's a popular event started by Martha Bayne at the Hideout Bar held every Wednesday during the winter.  The basic outline: cooks (both professional and amateur) donate soup - and bread, we pass the crockpot for voluntary contributions to benefit a local hunger relief organization.  Then we lift spoons and rampant community building breaks out.  RSVP to the symposium:  Questions about Soup & Bread - email

The Killing Floor: An Evening with Elsa Rassbach

May 17th - 7pm at the Film Studies Center, Cobb 307
Praised by The Village Voice as the most "clear-eyed account of union organizing on film,' The Killing Floor is a powerful dramatic feature that tells the little-known true story of the struggle to build an interracial labor union in the Chicago Stockyards.  Join us for a screening of this award winning film with an introduction by producer Elsa Rassbach and Michael Dawson, Director of the Center for the Study of Race, Politics, and Culture.  

But wait, there's more!  
(To quote adopted Chicagoan Ron Popeil.)  We've also got a Faculty Fireside Chat on Green Chicago Restaurants with Economist Sabina Shaikh, more Social Justice confabs, and an ice cream social to close out the year.  On top of that, the Chicago Studies Calendar continues to recommend events both on campus and throughout the area that help you connect what you're learning in the classroom to the Windy City.

Email for more information on any of these events.

Photo at top of story is "Reunion 1935" from
Archival Photographic Files, [apf3-02036], Special Collections Research Center, University of Chicago Library.


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Movers said:

Creative Writing Program is what captivated me the most during the NATO Summit in Chicago. I attended the event last year and was amazed by the wide array of arts shown there. But, reading really were special to me. I was born here and I feel a deep and genuine conncetion withthe city.

Dave said:

Elsa Rassbach is an inspiration to us all. Thanks for posting this.

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