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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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Mayo Sonko The ACM Chicago Urban Studies program provided me with a new perspective of the city. I was able to observe city dynamics through the lens of a resident rather than someone who was just passing through. More than anything I appreciated the opportunity to talk to people, some of whom were a part of the program syllabus and others whom I met by chance. Traveling through all parts of the city enriched my experience that much more. The authenticity of my experience is what has made it so memorable. The program has changed me and my thinking in ways that I have still not been able to fully appreciate and I believe that speaks to the depth the program and its curriculum. Chicago is an unbelievably dynamic city and what is most important is to recognize that. There are so many things to consider when trying to understand how the city operates, both politically and socially, in the manner that it does.

—Mayo Sonko, Chicago Program (Urban Studies), Fall 2011

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