Sydney Paul: April 2012 Archives


By: Chicago Studies Staff

On Wednesday, April 25th, the Committee on Creative Writing and Chicago Studies held the second annual reception for the winners of the undergraduate Writing About Chicago Contest. The winners, announced on April 11th, are Michael Lipkowitz, Naseem Jamina and Caroline O'Donovan. They were awarded for their work in fiction, poetry, and non-fiction respectively. At the reception, which was held in the Performance Penthouse on the 9th floor of the Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts, winners read their pieces to an audience of faculty, staff, and students. 

Giving on a Global Scale

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By Sydney Paul, Class of 2012

It's safe to say today's college students and young adults are notably more engaged socially, politically, and civically.  All you have to do is look at efforts like the Occupy Movement, the national campaign against bullying, or the 2008 and current 2012 presidential campaigns.  Even on an international scale, Invisible Children's "Kony 2012" campaign has gained a huge following and created a vigorous national dialogue.  This generation has certainly become increasingly connected and engaged with global communities.

On the University of Chicago's campus, there are over 20 out of the 58 community service student organizations who collaborate with external non-profit organizations, local, international or otherwise.  The University has recently added another exciting organization to that roster--GlobeMed.

By: Madalyn Frigo, Class of 2014

Washington Park Conservancy

Credit: Madiem Kawa, Washington Park Conservatory Facebook Page

           On Tuesday, April 10, students at the University of Chicago gathered at the International House Assembly Hall for an interesting discussion about jobs, manufacturing, and green economy in black communities.  Leading the talk titled "At Your Own Risk: What Is To Be Done?" were environmental advocate Van Jones and artist Marc Bamuthi Joseph. Jones is a former Green Jobs advisor to the Obama Administration and co-founder of "Rebuild the Dream", a jobs initiative to help fix the U.S. economy.  Bamuthi is the Artistic Director of the Living World Project, which works to artistically tell stories about important social issues and movements taking place today. The talk may have inspired some of the attendees to start thinking not only about their role in helping keep the environment clean, but also about the community's role as a whole in being environmentally friendly and creating sustainable communities within Chicago.  In fact, Chicago has more than a few of its own environmental advocates and organizations that are already providing a great example.