Spring 2014 Newsletter

IPCE Hosts Screening and Discussion around CNN's Chicagoland Series  

This spring, CNN debuted Chicagoland, an original eight-part, unscripted docuseries exploring the issues and challenges facing Chicago and the leaders who are trying to enact positive change. IPCE, as an epicenter of dialogue and deliberation efforts in Chicago, implemented a post-broadcast screening and discussion series on Chicagoland as a way for concerned community members to gather together and talk about the issues highlighted in each episode.

On Mondays from March 10 to April 28, IPCE, in partnership with the Great Cities Institute (GCI), screened episodes of Chicagoland, in the GCI Conference Room at 3:00 p.m. After the episode, viewers would spend upwards of an hour discussing problems raised by the series, including the public education crisis, economic disparities, and safety concerns; whether or not the producers sufficiently portrayed the issues with which our communities grapple; and ideas and solutions to combat these issues. UIC students, staff, and faculty along with community members participated in the event series. IPCE also had the privilege of welcoming Darrius Smith, a Fenger Academy High School graduate profiled for his culinary ambitions in episodes three and eight, and friends to several of its screenings.

The series was executive produced by Robert Redford and aired on CNN's cable network Thursdays through April 24.

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