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Welcome to Hyde Park! Now Start Walking ...

Mar 25, 2014
On 53rd Street

On 53rd Street, where a Chicago Program student talks about the Hyde Park Bank.

On a bright, late-winter Friday that gave off hints of spring (in between cold gusts of wind off nearby Lake Michigan), the Chicago Program's Hyde Park group showed off their neighborhood to their classmates.

The day-long tour, organized and presented by the students as part of the program's Core Course, focused on Hyde Park's "assets" – the organizations and clubs, institutions, parks, schools and churches, businesses and enterprises, residents, and resources that make up the fabric of the community.

"Neighborhood exploration is a thread that's woven throughout the program, building the students' understanding of the city from the ground up," said Program Director Robyne Hart, who co-teaches the Core Course with Program Faculty Dorothy Burge. Read more

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.
Hearing People's Stories and Getting Involved in Chicago Hearing People's Stories and Getting Involved in Chicago May 21, 2013
Chicago Program alumni Taylor Shelton, Sam Sekulich, and Shea Love found opportunities on the program to pursue their passions for poetry, art, education, and social justice.
A Politician and a Journalist Give Students an Insider's View on Chicago Issues A Politician and a Journalist Give Students an Insider's View on Chicago Issues Feb 23, 2012
Alderman Joe Moore and journalist Ben Joravsky, veterans of Chicago's political scene who just happen to share an ACM connection, square off (though politely) for Chicago Program students.
For Business Students, Leaping into an Internship Brings Big Rewards For Business Students, Leaping into an Internship Brings Big Rewards Mar 22, 2011
Whether they're working at a start-up or an established company, Business, Entrepreneurship, & Society students gain valuable experience on internships.

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Polls Are Open for Fans' Choice Voting in Off-Campus Study Photo Contest for Students Dec 9, 2013
Give a thumbs up to your favorite entries on the ACM Facebook page.
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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Happy Holidays from the ACM!

Seasons Greetings from all of us at the Associated Colleges of the Midwest! Click for our 2012 holiday greeting.

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John Brendan Horgan The Urban Studies program provided an excellent opportunity to learn and experience beyond the normal realm of a classroom. Not only did we visit numerous neighborhoods throughout Chicago, but we talked with the individuals leading, working with, or volunteering at the non-profits and organizations working for social change and social justice. We found out about their passion, their framework of seeing injustice in the world, and the angle at which they are trying to address it. We also developed community within our precept group, and with students from within the other Chicago Programs. We once had a session on race which started with a great discussion about our readings. We then met with a blues artist who played for us and we continued our discussion with him. We capped off the day by attending a real Chicago blues club, and saw in-person what we had been talking about - it was a day that represented all that I enjoyed about the Chicago Programs.

—John Brendan Horgan, Chicago Program (Urban Studies), Fall 2009

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