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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


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On the Chicago Program, a neighborhood tour tells the story of what students have discovered about their neighborhood.
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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.
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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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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.

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Tirzah Blair I was thrilled to have such an experiential education as part of the ACM Chicago program. Living in the city and working an internship gave me a taste for life after college. Attending the variety of art, theatre, music, dance, and literary events in Chicago with my encouraging professors and classmates inspired a greater thirst for the arts, and left me feeling fulfilled after the program. I couldn't imagine a better way to explore myself and the world around me during my undergraduate education!

—Tirzah Blair, Chicago Program (Arts), Spring 2013

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