11/18/2020

Cook County and University of Chicago Office of Civic Engagement to offer a second round of Open Lectures for Residents

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Today, Cook County and the University of Chicago Office of Civic Engagement are excited to announce an additional seven weeks of curated educational content for the public during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We were pleased to see so much interest and engagement with our first seven weeks of Open Lectures for Residents and I am excited that we’re able to extend this partnership for another round,” said Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle, an alum of the University of Chicago. “I know that I’ve certainly enjoyed listening to the lectures and I’m glad that we can provide this unique opportunity for residents during a difficult time.” 

The free, curated educational content will be organized around seven themes: COVID-19 and Health, Economics, Elections, History, Philosophy, Environment, and Racial Bias. The content will feature a combination of past lectures and interviews by University of Chicago faculty and staff in audio and video formats. 

“We are proud to partner with President Preckwinkle to extend this educational content to residents of Cook County” said Derek Douglas, Vice President for Civic Engagement and External Affairs.  “As winter approaches and the pandemic worsens, our goal is for residents to be able to explore lectures and interviews from a variety of disciplines from across the University.  The topics featured are on the minds of many as the country contends with a public health crisis, the racial justice movement and a change in presidential administrations. Our faculty and staff are thrilled to share their research and perspectives with learners in our shared community of Chicago and suburban Cook County.”

While new content will be published each week, participants can enjoy the lectures and interviews at their own pace. 

Would you like to learn more about additional UChicago opportunities like this series? Click here to sign up.

 

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Bonus Content: Virtual Harper Lecture: COVID & Beyond: Understanding Vaccine Adjuvants, with Aaron Esser-Kahn

 

Bonus Content: Polsky On Demand: an online portal that provides access to some of Polsky's world-class business and entrepreneurship educational workshops
 

January 4 – January 10: Racial Justice

 

Big Brains: How Can We Achieve Real Police Reform? with Sharon Fairley

 

Big Brains: The Way you Talk and What it Says About you

 

UChicago George E. Kent Lecture: "The New Jim Crow" - Author Michelle Alexander

 

UChicago Summer 2020 Recommended Viewing: "Minding the Racial Wage Gap: Prejudice in Black Wages" with Kerwin Charles

 

UChicago Summer 2020 Recommended Viewing: In Studio With Forrest Stuart: Violence, Policing, and Poverty
 

Bonus Content: Career Development

 

UChicago Alumni Career Programs: Mind Your Career | Four Steps to Becoming an Effective Mentor
 

UChicago Alumni Career Programs: Mind Your Career | The Transformative Power of Job Crafting

 

UChicago Alumni Career Programs: Mind Your Career | Navigating the First 90 Days of a New Job

 

 

December 28 – January 3: Environment

 

UChicago Urban Network: Using Technology to Map the Galapagos Islands

 

TEDx UChicago: Sabina Shaikh ­– Should you get paid to protect the environment?

 

Argonne National Laboratory: Seth Darling – The End of Water as We Know It

 

UChicago Geophysical Sciences Researcher Spotlight: Liz Moyer

 

Harper Lecture: Of MOOCs and Global Warming


Bonus Content: Career Development

 

UChicago Young Alumni Career Development: Preparation, Presence & Practice | Fundamentals of Public Speaking

 

University of Chicago Alumni Career Programs: Mind Your Career | Enhanced Executive Presence
 

 

December 21 – 27: Philosophy

 

UChicago Civic Knowledge Project: Leon Depres at 100 interviewed by Bart Schultz

*Scroll down to ‘The Civic Knowledge Project Remembers’ and select ‘Leon Despres at 100’

 

UChicago Department of Philosophy: Night Owls ­– Economics and Philosophy

 

UChicago Department of Philosophy: Night Owls – Philosophy of Divorce

 

UChicago Department of Philosophy: Night Owls – Let's get Philosophical about Sex

 

Big Brains: Correcting History – Native Americans Tell Their Own Stories (Ep. 55)

 

Bonus Content: Career Development

 

University of Chicago Alumni Career Programs: Mind Your Career | Going Beyond Networking Coffees – 3.5 Tips to Turbocharge Your Networking Skills

 

University of Chicago Alumni Career Programs: How to Succeed as a First Time Executive

 

 

December 14 – December 20: History
 

PBS NewsHour: What Trump’s response to white supremacist groups means
 

Harper Lecture with Michael Dietler: A Social History of the Chicago Blues
 

TEDxBroadway: They are Children – How Posts on Social Media Lead to Gang Violence | Desmond Patton
 

Conversation with Ruth Bader Ginsburg: US Supreme Court Justice Live at UChicago
 

Harper Lecture with Mario L. Small: Are Some Cities More Punishing than Others?
 

Bonus Content: Career Development
 

UChicago Career Month: Building Your Brand on Social Media
 

University of Chicago Alumni Career Programs: Mind Your Career | Build Your Leadership Resilience: Extreme Self Care
 

 

December 7 – December 13: Elections

 

UChicago: The Most Historic U.S. Election in a Generation

 

Mind of State: The Politics of Care

 

Not Another Politics Podcast: Should We Make It Illegal Not To Vote?

 

John Mark Hansen Virtual Harper Lecture: American Politics Before and After Trump

 

Big Brains: The Future of Voting And The 2020 Election, with Assoc. Prof. Anthony Fowler

 

Bonus Content: Career Development
 

UChicago Young Alumni Career Development: Preparation, Presence & Practice ­­– Fundamentals of Public Speaking

 

University of Chicago Alumni Career Programs: Mind Your Career | Beat Impostor Syndrome – Strategies for Career Confidence

 

 

November 30 – December 6: Health and COVID-19

 

UChicago Virtual Harper Lecture with Susan Stokes: Protests and the Pandemic

 

Big Brains Podcast: Why Coronavirus Could Send China’s Economy Back to the 1980s, w/ Chang-Tai Hsieh

 

UChicago Urban Education Institute: Supporting Student Learning and Healing through Trauma-Responsive Teaching Practices

 

UChicago Medicine: Racism as a Public Health Crisis: Rep. Lauren Underwood, Dr. Melissa Gilliam & Brenda Battle

 

Big Brains: COVID 2025: How COVID-19 Will Change Cities: Prof. Luis Bettencourt

 

Bonus Content: Career Development

 

UChicago Young Alumni Career Development Series | How to Network to Your Next Job

 

University of Chicago Alumni Career Programs: Unlocking Your Leadership Potential

 

 

November 18 – 29: Economics

 

UChicago Urban Labs: Crime and Poverty in Chicago
 

Harris Public Policy: Labor Markets, Public Policy and Racial Inequality in America
 

UChicago 531st Convocation Address: "Mind the Gaps"
 

Big Brains Podcast: Revolutionizing Economics By Studying People In The Real World
 

Capitalisn't Podcast: Coronavirus a cost benefit analysis of the economic shutdown

 

Bonus Content: Career Development

 

Young Alumni Career Development Series | Budgeting for People Who Hate Budgeting

 

Career Month | Résumé 2.0: Strategies and Tools Supported by Data

 

 

Phase 1 Content

 

Week of August 31: Law and Policy

 

Big Brains Podcast: Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg On Polarization, Discrimination and Her Favorite Dissent

 

Big Brains Podcast: U.S. Immigration and Hidden Abuse with Claudia Flores

 

TEDxUChicago: Mother-in-Law – Representing children accused of crime | Herschella Conyers

 

Ryerson Lecture: Sexing the Constitution – Getting to Gay Marriage?, Geoffrey R. Stone

 

Seattle Harper Lecture with John Mark Hansen: Polarized Politics – Past, Present, Future

 

Bonus Content: Career Development

 

Mind Your Career | Resumes that Resonate

 

 

Week of August 24: Science and Discovery

 

Big Brains Podcast: Why talking to strangers will make you happier with Nicholas Epley

 

Uncommon Core: The Ethics of an Outbreak with Emily Landon

 

Knowledge Applied Podcast: The Psychology of Trees, with Marc Berman

 

The Big Question – Chicago Booth Review: Why is there still a gender pay gap?

 

Big Brains Podcast: Nature’s Design Secrets with Rama Ranganathan

 

Bonus Content: Career Development

 

LEADERSHIP LAB: Writing Beyond the Academy 1.23.15

 

 

Week of August 17: Democracy and Citizenship

 

Big Brains Podcast: Why Your Social Life is a Matter of Life and Death

 

Big Brains Podcast: Rise of the White Power Movement

 

Harper Lecture: Challenge of Citizenship

 

Race and Capitalism: Flip'n the Script – Michael Dawson, Beyond Linked Fated, and the Roots to Racial Capitalism

 

Harper Lecture: How to Save a Constitutional Democracy

 

Bonus Content: Career Development

 

LEADERSHIP LAB: The Craft of Writing Effectively

 

 

Week of August 10: Community and Education

 

Big Brains Podcast: How Students and Schools Can Recover From Coronavirus, with Elaine Allensworth

 

Big Brains Podcast: How the Loss of Community Threatens Society with Raghuram Rajan

 

WBEZ: Chicago Sociologist Eve Ewing Talks ‘Ghosts In The Schoolyard’

 

Big Brains Podcast: What Rats Can Teach Us About Empathy and Racism, with Peggy Mason

 

TEDxBroadway: "They are Children: How Posts on Social Media Lead to Gang Violence" - Desmond Patton

 

Bonus Content: Career Development

 

Decision Making in Tough Environments

 

 

Week of August 3: Humanities

 

Big Brains Podcast: Why Chasing The Good Life Is Holding Us Back, With Lauren Berlant

 

UChicago Division of the Humanities: Agnes Callard, What Good Is Public Philosophy?

 

The Oriental Institute: Irving Finkel | The Ark Before Noah: A Great Adventure

 

UChicago Division of the Humanities: Jacqueline N. Stewart, Home Movie Day: Personal Archives Lost and Found

 

CAN TV: The Life and Times of Timuel D. Black: A Centenary Symposium

 

Bonus Content: Career Development

 

Negotiating in Times of Change

 

 

Week of July 27: COVID-19

 

Virtual Harper Lecture: The American Presidency in a Time of COVID, featuring William Howell

 

Big Brains Podcast: Coronavirus Shows Why We Need To Rethink Health Care, with Katherine Baicker

 

Big Brains Podcast: The Science of Conspiracy Theories and Political Polarization with Eric Oliver

 

Big Brains Podcast: How Coronavirus Is Exposing Our Racial Disparities, with Monica Peek

 

Berlin Family Lectures: Democracy in the Time of Coronavirus

 

Bonus Content: Career Development
 

Leadership and Skyscrapers

 

 

Week of July 20: Racial Justice Movement

 

Big Brains Podcast: Black Lives Matter Protests: Hope for the Future?

 

NPR: Poet Eve Ewing Connects 1919 Chicago to Today's Racial Unrest

 

MacLean Center for Bioethics: Peggy Mason – Racism: Is it Biological?

 

New Dawn Podcast: Creating a Caring World

 

Growing up in Chicago’s “Black Belt” - Timuel Black


Bonus Content: Career Development

 

Learning Leadership: Lessons from a Pop-Up Choir

 

 

In a conversation with Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle, UChicago Vice President for Civic Engagement and External Affairs Derek Douglas discusses the Open Lectures for Residents series and the University’s Civic Leadership Academy.

 

Bonus Content: South Side History Bike Tour

For over 20 years, UChicago students, staff, and community members have been learning the history of some of UChicago's neighboring communities on their bicycles, guided by notoriously avid bikers College Dean John W Boyer (author of The University of Chicago:  A History) and Professor John Mark Hansen (Charles L. Hutchinson Distinguished Service Professor in the Department of Political Science, and author of The City in a Garden: A Guide to the History of Hyde Park and Kenwood). This 20-mile self-guided tour reproduces this annual event, as our guides take us on deep dives into the stories of key figures and significant places across the South and Near West Sides. Click here to check out the tour.

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