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Building the Experiential Learning Cycle

Feb 18, 2015
Gateway to Chinatown

At the Gateway to Chinatown.

It was barely 24 hours after they had arrived in the city, and the Chicago Program students were huddled in small groups figuring out how to tackle the scavenger hunt, a staple of the program's orientation week.

Each group was getting set to head off to its assigned neighborhood — Hyde Park, Chinatown, Wicker Park, or Uptown — with just a few basic instructions to follow: travel by public transportation, taking both buses and trains; find the four "notable sites" listed for their neighborhood; ask a local resident to describe their community; and be back at the program office in three hours or less. Read more

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.
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.

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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.
Schumptoberfest 2012 Focuses on Entrepreneurship and Innovation Across the Liberal Arts Curriculum Sep 17, 2012
ACM faculty and students are invited to free conference at Grinnell College on October 13-14.

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Isaac Stewart-Silver The spring that I spent on the ACM Chicago Program was one of the most valuable semesters I have had during my time in college. The grounding in experiential and place-based learning provided opportunities for growth personally and as a community member/citizen, which was a big part of what I was looking for in an off-campus program. I was encouraged to immerse myself in the complex and vibrant city of Chicago and, even more importantly, I felt supported in trying to engage with all the complications, injustice, inspiration, struggles, and hope I came in contact with. It was not just as an intellectual exercise but also as a human-being in relation to the people and communities around me.

—Isaac Stewart-Silver, Chicago Program (Urban Studies), Spring 2014

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