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On the Front Lines of Human Rights Activism

May 15, 2015

The vote on May 6 in the Chicago City Council was historic and unanimous.

Dorothy Burge testifying

Chicago Program faculty member Dorothy Burge testifying in City Council for the Chicago Reparations Ordinance.

The Council passed an ordinance making a formal apology and setting up a $5.5 million reparations fund for more than 100 African American survivors of torture and abuse by Chicago police.

In Mayor Rahm Emanuel's words, the vote was aimed at "removing a stain" on the city's reputation caused by the reign of terror unleashed by Chicago Police Commander Jon Burge and officers under his command from 1972 to 1991.

Among the many people packed into the City Council chambers that day was ACM Chicago Program faculty member Dorothy Burge — no relation to Jon Burge — who has spent more than two decades on the front lines of the activism against police torture and brutality that finally led to the unprecedented ordinance. Read more


Building the Experiential Learning Cycle Building the Experiential Learning Cycle Feb 18, 2015
Action, reflection, and what’s next. The Chicago Program’s orientation week plunges students into the city and experiential education.
Site Visit Will Give Faculty an Inside View of Chicago Program's Connections and Resources Site Visit Will Give Faculty an Inside View of Chicago Program's Connections and Resources Dec 12, 2014
Chicago & Innovation is theme of the April 8-10 visit designed to show how the program’s pedagogy combines theory and practice.
Welcome to Hyde Park! Now Start Walking ... Welcome to Hyde Park! Now Start Walking ... Mar 25, 2014
On the Chicago Program, a neighborhood tour tells the story of what students have discovered about their neighborhood.
So Many Ways to Unleash the Entrepreneur Within So Many Ways to Unleash the Entrepreneur Within Oct 15, 2013
Chicago Program adjunct faculty Dima Elissa and Parissa Behnia draw on extensive business experience to mentor students in their independent study projects and to spark the entrepreneurial mindset.
Strong Voice, Warm Heart, Strong Voice, Warm Heart, "My Chicago Mom" Jun 28, 2013
Students, colleagues, friends, and family honored Mary Scott-Boria, a long-time faculty member at Urban Studies and the Chicago Program, at her retirement party.

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Site Visit Presents a Sampler of Classes and Activities on the Chicago Program Apr 7, 2015
Five faculty and staff from campuses will engage with program’s experiential approach to learning on April 8-10.
Students Produce Video to Promote the Chicago Program Nov 26, 2013
Video grew out of the program's workshop for independent study projects focused on entrepreneurship.
Exhibit by Chicago Program Arts Faculty Jason Pallas Is Encyclopedic in Scope Nov 15, 2013
Solo art show at Dittmar Gallery explores how technology has changed our relationship to knowledge.
ACM Has Moved! Jun 25, 2013
The consortial office, Chicago Program, and Urban Education Program are together in new space at 11 E. Adams Street in Chicago.
Research Ethics Are Focus of New Review Process for Students’ Independent Projects Jan 16, 2013
Faculty collaboration and Symposium on Protecting Human Subjects created a process for ethical oversight of student research on ACM off-campus programs.
Chicago Program's Mary Scott-Boria to Speak on Movement to End Violence Against Women Nov 15, 2012
Panel will discuss Arrested Justice, the latest book by scholar activist Beth Ritchie at event on December 1 in Chicago.

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Election Season in Chicago

Election season in Chicago! Students meet mayoral challenger Jesus "Chuy" Garcia.

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Shea Love Each day that I lived in Chicago I was able to snatch a piece of an entirely new perspective; that of Fred Hampton Jr., the son of the young activist and Black Panther member who was murdered by Chicago Police in 1969; the young high school student who thrives on spoken word poetry, using each Tuesday night open-mic at Young Chicago Authors to keep her interested in life; the Latino man in his late 20’s paralyzed by gun violence from his involvement in a gang, now only to have feeling above his waist. Every day I consumed story after story, learning about the complex identities that helped to create the city. Simultaneously, I learned about my own story and responsibility to all of these identities. And within the vast and beautifully diverse streets of Chicago, I had the opportunity to explore and discover the need for creative expression and restorative justice. I was able to truly engage with all sorts of communities while mapping the city, not only by its structural flaws but also by its incredible assets. My experience in Chicago was like no other academic experience I have ever had. The ACM Chicago Program pushed me to engage with both the community and myself in ways I never imagined possible.

—Shea Love, Chicago Program (Urban Studies), Fall 2012

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