Welcome new Urban Network Doctoral Fellows for 2015-2016

The Urban Network welcomes its new doctoral fellows for the 2015-2016 academic year.  Fellows meet twice a month for one year, for informal presentation and disucssion of their works in progress.  At the end of the year, fellows are awarded $750 for conference expenses, in order to present the work they've developed during the fellowship year.

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2015 Urban Network Forum focuses on how mega-events shape cities

Conference examines effects of 2014 World Cup, 2016 Olympics in Brazil

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Brazil Is Coming to Chicago

Next weekend, the Urban Network will host 23 presenters at the Cities and Spectacle in Modern Brazil conference, including our own faculty affiliates Brodwyn Fischer, Rob Chaskin, Loren Kruger, and Urban Network scholar Aiala Levy.

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Ten Days til Cities and Spectacle in Modern Brazil

There are only ten days until the Urban Network's 2015 Urban Forum, Cities and Spectacle in Modern Brazil.  The conference is bringing experts from Rio de Janeiro, Sao Paolo, London, Princeton University, and Brown University, to name a few, to discuss Brazil's cities and the ways in which spectacle - from Olympic bids to favela tours - are affecting urban identity, practice, and policy.  

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Welcome Anne Dodge to the Urban Network

Anne Dodge joined the Urban Network as the new Program Director in April, 2015.  Anne has a background in urban planning, non-profit management and the arts, and she most recently worked as an instructor in the Harris School, teaching a graduate seminar about creative placemaking as an emerging cultural policy and practice.

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All Out in the Streets Photos & Recap

The University of Chicago's most recent conference, All Out in the Streets: The American City and Photographic Media, 1960-1980, took place from November 20-22, 2014. Distinguished scholars from across the country came together for a three-day symposium to discuss the representation of architecture and urban spaces in photographs and other media. 

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University of Chicago Launches Civic Leadership Academy

The University of Chicago recently announced the launch of the Civic Leadership Academy, a development program targeting rising professionals in nonprofit organizations and local government agencies within the city of Chicago and Cook County. Over the course of six months, the Civic Leadership Academy will teach a cohort of participants how to think broadly, rigorously, and practically through coursework designed around cutting-edge approaches to common challenges faced by public service leaders in the 21st

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The 2014 Urban Forums: A Video Recap

At the 2014 Urban Forums a who’s who of urban scholars and experts shared the latest research in neighborhood history, culture, and design. If you missed any of this year’s panels, you can watch them below. Learn why neighborhood matters today and what it means for the future.

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From Hyperpolicing to Housing

The evolving approach to cleaning up LA’s Skid Row offers clues to solving chronic homelessness.

By Heidi Moore | For decades, LA’s Skid Row has epitomized the problem of homelessness in the United States. Once a hub for day laborers in the late 19th century, the 50-block area now sustains one of the country’s largest concentrations of homeless people.

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The Recession and Public Funding for the Arts in 13 Cities

Did cities that rely on state funding for the arts suffer more during the recession than those that rely on local (city) sources of funding?

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