‘Future of Chicago’ Lecture Series Begins Sept. 12

The University of Illinois at Chicago’s annual “Future of Chicago” lecture series, which brings civic leaders to campus to examine issues with students and the community, starts Sept. 12.

Topics focus on the social, economic, and political conditions of the Chicago metropolitan region. Former Chicago alderman Dick Simpson, UIC professor of political science, moderates the series, hosted by the UIC department of political science since 1976.

The program begins with the Pierre de Vise Memorial Lecture presented by Janet Smith, UIC associate professor of urban planning and policy and co-director of UIC’s Nathalie P. Voorhees Center for Neighborhood and Community Improvement. Smith’s presentation will examine the racial transformation of Chicago’s housing market.

The Pierre de Vise Memorial Lecture honors the acclaimed urbanologist and demographer, who was known for declaring Chicago America’s most segregated city in the 1967 study, “Chicago’s Widening Color Gap.” de Vise, who died in 2004, taught in the UIC College of Urban Planning and Public Administration, where he earned his doctoral degree.

All lectures are free and open to the public. Unless otherwise noted, lectures are from noon to 12:50 p.m. in Lecture Center C3, 802 S. Morgan St. (directly west of Student Center East, 750 S. Halsted St.). For more information call (312) 413-3780.

Additional presenters will be announced later. Scheduled lectures include:

Sept. 12
“Racial Change in Housing in Chicago”
Janet Smith, UIC associate professor of urban planning and policy and co-director of UIC’s Nathalie P. Voorhees Center for Neighborhood and Community Improvement

Sept. 17
“The First Amendment and the U.S. Supreme Court”
George Anastaplo, professor of law, Loyola University Chicago
To be held at Student Center East, 750 S. Halsted St., Room 302, as part of Constitution Day events.

Sept. 21
“The Future of Business in Chicago”
Rita Athas, president, World Business Chicago

Sept. 26
“The Chicago City Council and the Future of Chicago”
Edward Burke, 14th Ward alderman

Oct. 1
“Homelessness in Chicago”
Hannah Willage, Chicago Coalition for the Homeless

Oct. 3
“Campaigns in Chicago”
Peter Nolan, author of “Campaign!: The 1983 Election that Rocked Chicago”

Oct. 10
“Reform of Cook County Government”
Toni Preckwinkle, Cook County Board president

Oct. 17
“The Future of Corruption in Chicago”
Joe Ferguson, City of Chicago Inspector General

Oct. 24
“Corruption in Chicago”
James Laski, former Chicago city clerk and alderman

Oct. 26
“Reform of Cook County Government”
Larry Suffredin, Cook County Board commissioner

Nov. 16
“The Future of the Metropolitan Region”
Randy Blankenhorn, executive director, Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning

Nov. 28
“The State of the State After Elections”
Jim Edgar, former Illinois governor

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