2012 Artist-in-Residence Cecil McDonald, Jr. and 2013 Artist-in-Residence Krista Franklin featured at this year's Chicago Humanities Festival "Springfest/17." On Sat, Apr 29, at 12pm, McDonald will be joined by photographer Dawoud Bey for a "probing presentation of the way photography can diminish or enhance our experience of others." At 4pm, Franklin will moderate a discussion with Damian Duffy and John Jennings on Octavia E. Butler's novel Kindred, and "what it takes to translate a novel into a graphic novel."
"A series of projects by faculty members in the UChicago’s Department of Sociology are bringing new attention to the method, putting a spotlight on the University as a leading proponent of ethnography. Those efforts now include the Chicago Ethnography Incubator, a two-day, annual symposium bringing together scholars and graduate students from around the country to advance ethnographic methods, provide hands-on mentoring and further build an interdisciplinary community of ethnographers."
In this New York Times op-ed, CSRPC affiliate Eve Ewing examines how authoritarian leaders have sought, throughout history, to control and sllence an often dissenting cultural class.
Mar. 20 | Doctoral student Anjanette M. Chan Tack examines how violence affects childhood friendships
Doctoral student and frequent CSRPC Research Grant Awardee, Anjanette M. Chan Tack, examines how violence affects childhood friendships in a new Sociological Science article co-authored with sociologist Mario L. Small of Harvard University.
"Two UChicago undergraduates are spearheading a project to honor alumna Georgiana Simpson, one of the first black women to receive a PhD in the United States.
Launched by third-years Asya Akca and Shae Omonijo, the Monumental Women Project seeks to honor historical figures who have contributed to the University. For their first project, the students hope by this fall that a bronze bust of Simpson will be installed in the Reynolds Club—the first monument of its kind on campus."
Forrest Stuart’s first book, Down, Out, and Under Arrest: Policing and Everyday Life in Skid Row (University of Chicago Press, 2016), focused on police harassment of the poor in the Skid Row neighborhood of Los Angeles. In his first year of fieldwork, Stuart himself was stopped by police 14 times. His current project—working title “Hashtags and Handguns”—focuses on poverty, violence, social media, and hip-hop on Chicago’s South Side. During a year of intense fieldwork, Stuart discovered that music and social media play a significant part in the city’s “balkanized gang violence.”
The event, a panel discussion titled “My Sister’s Keeper: Acknowledging Violence, Trauma and Resilience Among Black Women and Girls,” highlighted issues such as punitive school discipline, sex trafficking and domestic violence. Panelists and attendees discussed the roles of schools, churches, and government agencies and the importance of collaboration in addressing these problems. CSRPC Faculty Affiliate Cathy Cohen moderated the discussion.
In this Boston Review forum, Kenneth Warren responds to Martha Nussbaum’s reading of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Hamilton.
CSRPC Faculty Affiliate Forrest Stuart reflects on the president's interest in federal law enforcement as a way to help address the homicide epidemic in Chicago in this Newsweek article.
Postdoc and CSRPC Affiliate Eve Ewing urges community benefits agreement for Obama library.
Jan. 11 | CSPRC Faculty Affiliate Monica Peek discusses nutrition strategies to avoid health problems
Two Chicago studies are showing that following a few basic nutrition principles can keep your brain agile and your heart strong as well as keeping your weight down. Dr. Monica Peek discusses her study on WTTW's Chicago Tonight.
ArtHouse is a partnership project bringing together Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson, Gary city departments and community organizations, Place Lab, and Harris Public Policy. In November, the public opening attracted more than 300 attendees who had the chance to sample confections from local bakers, enjoy entertainment from local performers, tour the 15,000-square-foot space and witness the unveiling of the installation.
Jan. 5 | Rudy Nimocks, CSRPC Faculty Affiliate Margaret Beale Spencer, Jamil Khoury named diversity leadership winners
Each year the Diversity Leadership Awards recognize members of the faculty, staff and alumni communities who display leadership in fostering diversity and advance social justice and equity, both within the University and beyond into the broader community. President Robert J. Zimmer will present the awards at a Jan. 9 reception, and the recipients will be recognized at the University’s Martin Luther King Jr. celebration in Rockefeller Memorial Chapel.
"Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel speaks at a news conference on Nov. 14, 2016, in Chicago. Emanuel said the outcome of the U.S. presidential election will not impact Chicago's commitment as a sanctuary city for immigrants. We take a step back to explain what a sanctuary city is, what Chicago’s policies currently are, and how plausible the President-elect’s threats are with Angela Garcia, a professor of Social Service Administration at the University of Chicago."
Nov. 15, 2016 | CSRPC Director Michael C. Dawson partners with SSRC for the “Reading Racial Conflict” series
With guidance from Michael Dawson and Megan Ming Francis of the Race and Capitalism project, the Social Science Research Council launches the Reading Racial Conflict series. Over the coming months, series contributors will read the present moment of racial tensions and demands for racial justice through classic texts in the political economy of race. Professor Dawson begins the series with a piece titled, "Then & Now: On Racial Capitalism and Racial Conflict."
Nov. 1-3, 2016 | Darby English to Deliver the Richard D. Cohen Lectures at the Hutchins Center at Harvard
Oct. 28, 2016 | Assoc. Prof. Micere Keels discusses role of graduation rates in college applications
"I have spent the past three years tracking more than 500 black and Latino students across their first three years of college to better understand the factors that could increase their likelihood of degree attainment. Over the course of this work, one question kept coming to mind: How did so many of them arrive on a campus having thought so little about why go to college -- and why that college in particular?"
The Interim Dean and CSRPC Faculty Affiliate discusses research and the future of Harris Public Policy.
AUT 2016 | Debate on safe spaces and trigger warnings at UChicago
"We believe that part of our 20th Anniversary year has to include not only a serious assessment of the state of race in our city and country, but also continued efforts to address institutional racism and racial conflict in our scholarship and on our campus."
-Professor Michael C. Dawson
John D. MacArthur Professor of Political Science and the College
Director, Center for the Study of Race, Politics, and Culture
Toward this end, we would like to draw your attention to the recent press on the University of Chicago's stance on safe spaces and trigger warnings, and the response from some students and faculty members:
Aug 24, 2016 | The Chicago Maroon: "University to Freshmen: Don’t Expect Safe Spaces or Trigger Warnings"
Sep 10, 2016 | The New York Times: "Trigger Warnings, Safe Spaces and Free Speech, Too"
Sep 13, 2016 | The Chicago Maroon: "Letter: Faculty Respond To Ellison With A Letter Of Their Own"
"This year, Newcity’s Art 50 honors the artists who inspire all of us to see our city in a better, more beautiful light. From social practice doyens to venerable painters and sculptors, the city on the make keeps making better art each day. Careful historians of Chicago’s art will notice many former names missing from this list. Scraping down the palimpsest has made room for a few more of the myriad makers who deserve our collective recognition and thanks."
Sept. 18, 2016 | CSRPC Faculty Affiliate Salikoko S. Mufwene on how technology can help save indigenous languages
Stewart's efforts are profiled in the Chicago Tribune. "The University of Chicago professor, who teaches in the cinema and media studies department and heads the South Side Home Movie Project, strives for ways to 'build a bridge between scholarly work and a much wider audience.'"
AUT 2016 | Sarah Gaither joining faculty of Duke University's Psychology and Neuroscience Department
Sarah E. Gaither, 2014-16 Provost's Postdoctoral Scholar, will be joining the faculty of Duke University's Psychology and Neuroscience Department as an Assistant Professor in the Fall of 2016.