Winter 2013 Newsletter

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

Wow. What a busy fall semester we had here at IPCE! We awarded our 2012-2013 Discourse Awards to five UIC faculty and staff who are hosting events that engage the public in dialogue on policy issues or topics important to Chicago communities. With the help of the McCormick Foundation, the author of No Citizen Left Behind, Harvard's Meira Levinson, was our guest on campus as featured speaker in October. Inspired by the release of our report on dialogue and deliberation in Chicago, we brought together Chicago-area dialogue and deliberation practitioners in December to discuss the ways to help broaden and deepen the engagement of Chicago-area residents in community building and local policy-making processes. The convening helped us explore our potential role in that work and has resulted in an initiative among practitioners to create a community of practice network around dialogue and deliberation. Our goal is to launch a new program of dialogue and deliberation in partnership with this community of practice next fall.

We do not expect things to slow down very much this spring. As usual, we are planning a series of brown bag discussions on civic engagement research, a campus lecture in the Civic Engagement and Democracy series, and research poster presentations by our Urban Public Policy Fellows. This spring we also anticipate running our Civic Engagement Days workshop in partnership with Chicago Public Schools (CPS) high schools. Please watch our website for announcements about spring events and activities.

I am excited to share that I have been appointed to the position of Interim Director of Urban and Public Affairs (UPA) major here in the College of Urban Planning and Public Affairs. Adding this role to my responsibilities is an opportunity to explore connections among IPCE programs, undergraduate students,
and course offerings in new and exciting ways. With this new role for me, new programming in dialogue and deliberation, and our regular set of spring events there is certainly plenty of opportunity for students, concerned citizens, and faculty to connect and stay engaged with us. We hope to see you at one of our events this spring.


Joseph K. Hoereth, Ph.D

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