07/20/2020

University of Chicago partners with Cook County to offer seven weeks of educational content during COVID-19

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Today, University of Chicago Office of Civic Engagement announced a partnership with Cook County to offer seven weeks of curated educational content for the public during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We are excited to offer this unique educational opportunity to residents of Cook County and hope to empower learning during a difficult time when people are at home and looking for something new to do,” said Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle, an alum of the University of Chicago. 

The curated educational content will feature a combination of past lectures and interviews by University of Chicago faculty and staff in audio and video formats. Themes for each week of the content include: Racial Justice Movement, COVID-19, Humanities, Community and Education, Democracy and Citizenship, Science and Discovery, and Law and Policy. Additionally,  Career Development webinars, originally developed for UChicago students, will be available during the seven-week period. 

“The Office of Civic Engagement is pleased to partner with Cook County and share a unique cross-section of offerings from our faculty and experts throughout the University with our neighbors,” says Derek Douglas, Vice President of Civic Engagement and External Affairs at the University of Chicago. “We commend President Preckwinkle for her work to provide educational enrichment to  County residents during these unprecedented times and hope the new perspectives on topics from economics to philosophy, and medicine to political science spark deeper understanding of the world around us.”

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.
 
 
Click on a title to select a piece of 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.

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