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Fall 2013 Newsletter

From the Director, Joseph K. Hoereth, Ph.D.

We have jumped headfirst into a new UIC academic year, and IPCE is already making waves in and around the University. We have plenty of exciting programs, events, and activities to look forward to this fall, but I also want to take a moment and acknowledge the busy summer we experienced full of wonderful learning opportunities for staff, students, and community members alike. Earlier in the summer, IPCE staff attended the American Democracy Project National Meeting in Denver and the Frontiers of Democracy Conference in Boston and had the chance to interact with leading practitioners and scholars from across the country on themes of citizenship and civic vitality More from the Director

Putting Our Children First: A Community Dialogue on Child Well-Being in North Lawndale

On Tuesday, September 10 IPCE hosted, "Putting Our Children First: A Community Dialogue on Child Well Being in North Lawndale" with our community partners. This community forum will offer residents and social service providers the opportunity to come together to reason and talk - to build a shared understanding and search for common ground on what we can do to help our youngest children thrive. Click here to read more.  

IPCE Awards Funding to UIC Faculty for Civic Engagement Projects

IPCE is proud to announce the recipients of the 2013-2014 Civic Engagement Research Fund Award. Five UIC faculty members have been chosen by the Institute to be funded for their work that either furthers our understanding of civic engagement theory and the practice of facilitating engagement or provides tools that enhance the efforts of civic engagement in community change initiatives. Each recipient is awarded up to $20,000 and must submit a report of their work to the Institute for online publication.  Click here to view the award recipients.

IPCE Inducts 25 Undergrads into UPPF Program

IPCE in partnership with the African American Network (AAAN) and the Latin American Recruitment and Educational Services (LARES) are pleased to welcome the 2013-2014 Urban Public Policy Fellows to the Urban Public Policy Fellowship program (UPPF).  Click here to view the list of the 2013-2014 UPPF cohort.

Upcoming Civic Engagement Events on Campus:

Watch your email and the IPCE website for notice of the following events/activities and more.

For All/Public Event: Constitution Day: Guantanamo, Torture, and the Constitution, with guest speaker Mahmoud Cherif Bassiouni, Professor Emeritus, DePaul University, College of Law. Tuesday, September 17, 2013 at 12:30 p.m. at the University of Illinois at Chicago, Student Services Building, 1007 West Harrison Street.

For All/Public Event: Participatory urban planning. How can we get real engagement to build a future we all want? with Tim Merry, co founder of Art of Hosting, a powerful blend of conversational processes. The combination of participatory events, online platforms and arts-based street engagement have created a multidisciplinary model that has the potential to surface the collective opinion of citizens across cities, regions and nations. Thursday, October 3, 2013 at 9 a.m. at the University of Illinois at Chicago, College of Urban Planning and Public Affairs, Great Cities Institute Conference room – 418, 412 S. Peoria Street.

For All/Public Event: 'The Arc that Bends Toward Justice' Requires an Accelerator: Engaged Learning as the Bridge to Civic Engagement with guest speaker Troy Duster, PhD, Chancellor's Professor University of California, Berkeley; Emeritus Silver Professor, New York University. Thursday, October 10, 2013 at 6:30 p.m. at the University of Illinois Chicago, Student Center East, Room 302, 750 S. Halsted Street.

For All/Public Event: Leadership and Civic Engagement: Reflections on 40 years of public service with Emil Jones, Jr., Distinguished Public Servant. Wednesday, October 16, 2013 at 2 p.m. at the University of Illinois Chicago, Student Center East, Room 302, 750 S. Halsted Street.

For All/Public Event: Civic Engagement Lunch Talk Series: Learn more about how civic engagement can transform democracy. Great Cities Institute Conference Room 418, 12:00 p.m. to 1 p.m. Light lunch will also be served.

Wednesday, November 13, 2013 – New African Diasporas with Lynette Jackson, Department of Gender and Women's Studies, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

Wednesday, February 12, 2013 - Civic Engagement and Food Justice with Angela Odoms-Young, kinesiology and Nutrition, College of Applied Health Sciences.

Wednesday, March 19, 2013: Nonprofit Organizations and Voter Mobilization in the U.S. & Chicago: Findings from the 2012 Election with Kelly LeRoux, Department of Public Administration, College of Urban Planning and Public Affairs.

For All/Public Event: UIC Urban Forum - Technology and the Resilience of Metropolitan Regions. December 5, 2013 at the UIC Forum. Visit for more information.

See more events at IPCE calendar

Summer Highlights (Photos)

Youth Jazz Camp Town Hall
IPCE had a great discussion on the power of music in the community with students in the Chicago Jazz Philharmonic / UIC Jazz Academy and special guest speaker Jeanne Warsaw-Gazga of MEMA Music.

American Democracy Project/The Democracy Commitment Conference
IPCE staff attended American Democracy Project/ Democracy Commitment Annual Meeting - "21st Century Citizens: Building Bridges, Solving Problems".

Frontiers of Democracy Conference
IPCE staff attended and presented at "Frontiers of Democracy: Innovations in Civic Practice, Theory, and Education", a conference on the state of democracy, civic life, and public engagement in the U.S. and around the world. Conference was sponsored by the Jonathan M. Tisch College of Citizenship and Public Service at Tufts University in Medford, Mass.

Dialogue and Deliberation Community of Practice Networking Reception
The Chicago D&D Community of Practice held its first networking event for the Dialogue and Deliberation Community of Practice group at Zapatista's in June. Great conversation, amazing people, and good food and drinks! It was great to continue to meet and get to know Chicagoland dialogue and deliberation practitioners.

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