From the Director, Joseph K. Hoereth, Ph.D.
Friends of IPCE,
Happy New Year! Our 2013 closed on a high note after a wonderful fall semester featuring empowering lectures, impactful dialogues . . . and a fellow from abroad! In October, IPCE and the Great Cities Institute (GCI) were pleased to host Elif Kalan from Istanbul, Turkey, through the U.S. Department of State's Professional Fellows Program. Elif's interests in youth issues and developing their civil capacity to participate in decision-making processes aligned with many of our Institute goals and programs, making her a valuable addition to our team. In addition to Elif, IPCE welcomed three guest speakers to campus for lectures on civic engagement. Traveling to Chicago from Nova Scotia, Tim Merry, co-founder of the Art of Hosting, presented a model of participatory urban planning. Through a partnership with GCI, Troy Duster, Chancellor's Professor at the Warren Institute on Law and Social Policy at the University of California, Berkley, delivered remarks on engaged learning as the bridge to civic engagement. And finally, Emil Jones, Jr. headlined IPCE's fall Civic Engagement and Democracy Lecture Series, reflecting on his 40 years of public service.
This fall we awarded our 2013-2014 discourse grants to six UIC faculty and staff. We also kicked off our annual Lunch Talk series, with presentations by 1) Elif Kalan on why youth matter in local governance; 2) Pia Hunter (Senior Library Specialist at University Library) on navigating copyright in a digital world; and 3) Lynette Jackson (Professor of Gender and Women Studies & African American Studies, LAS) on 'New African Diasporas' in Chicago. And not slowing down at all, we wrapped up the semester by holding our first student dialogue on jobs and the economy in November and organizing the second annual dialogue and deliberation convening in December.
We're keeping the momentum going with our planning for spring. We'll continue hosting a series of lunch talks featuring recent civic engagement research, and we'll hold another campus lecture in continuation of our Civic Engagement and Democracy Lecture Series. We'll also have research poster presentations from our Urban Public Policy Fellows, and we'll hold two more student dialogues—one on community violence and another on healthcare. Please watch our website for further information.
One last announcement: IPCE is excited to be collaborating with the Chicago Community Trust on their upcoming "On the Table" project in celebration of the Trust's 99th anniversary. The goal of the project is to convene more than 10,000 Chicagoland residents at 1,000 dinners across the metropolitan area for conversations on how to shape the public agenda to build better communities. IPCE has been asked to assist with assessing the conversations and determining their impact. We're thrilled to play a role in a dialogue project of such breadth and scale.
I hope to see you soon at one of our spring events.
Joseph K. Hoereth, Ph.D