UChicago Engages

UChicago Engages

UChicago Engages is a new series of civic engagement events on the South Side of Chicago. It will encompass neighborhood-focused conversations, forums for the broader community, and larger events that bring together UChicago faculty, staff, students, and community members around important urban and social issues. UChicago Engages will include collaborative efforts across the UChicago campus and with civic partners.

Past Events

Cornel West addresses the audience in Rockefeller Chapel

Watch CSRPC Annual Public Lecture with Dr. Cornel West

On Sunday, February 1, more than 1,000 people braved a blizzard to attend the Center for the Study of Race, Politics and Culture’s Annual Public Lecture featuring Dr. Cornel West.

Watch a video of Dr. West’s speech, discussing his new book, “The Radical King,” about Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The event was co-sponsored by the Office of Civic Engagement's UChicago Engages series, Seminary Co-op Bookstore, and Beacon Press.

Dr. Cornel West - CSRPC Annual Public Lecture

Dr. Cornel WestDate: February 1, 2015
Time: 2 - 4:30 p.m.
Location: Rockefeller Memorial Chapel, 5850 South Woodlawn Avenue

The Center for the Study of Race, Politics and Culture presents its Annual Public Lecture featuring Dr. Cornel West discussing his new book, The Radical King. West's book illustrates Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s revolutionary vision, underscoring his identification with the poor, his unapologetic opposition to the Vietnam War, and his crusade against global imperialism. This event is co-sponsored by the Office of Civic Engagement's UChicago Engages series, Seminary Co-Op Bookstore, and Beacon Press. There will be a book signing following Dr. West’s talk.

Culture Worrier: Reflections on Race, Politics, and Social Change

Date: October 20, 2014
Time: 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Location: International House Assembly Hall, 1414 E. 59th Street, Chicago, IL 60637

Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist Clarence Page discusses his new book with Michael Dawson, Professor at the University of Chicago. This new column collection is published to coincide with the 30th anniversary of Mr. Page’s first Chicago Tribune column.

The discussion will be followed by a book signing and community reception. Free and open to the public.

Midweek @ the Midway

Date: Wednesdays, June 25, 2014 to August 13, 2014
Time: Dusk
Location: Midway Plaisance Center, 1130 Midway Plaisance (59th St. between Ellis and Woodlawn)

Pack some snacks and enjoy a lively selection of family-friendly movies with your neighbors this summer. Selections include Monsters University, Frozen, The Butler, and Man of Steel.

To see a list of movies and a map of the location, download the flyer.

Annual Public Lecture with Danny Glover

Date: May 4, 2014
Time: 4PM
Location: Rockefeller Memorial Chapel, 5850 South Woodlawn,
Chicago, IL 60637

The Center for the Study of Race, Politics and Culture, in partnership with the Office of Civic Engagement, will host internationally acclaimed actor, director, producer and activist Danny Glover for a public discussion with Jacqueline Stewart, Professor of Cinema & Media Studies at the University of Chicago.

The event commemorates the 50th anniversary of the 1964 Freedom Summer Project, a massive campaign that took Northern college students to Mississippi to register African Americans who were being denied the right to vote through local customs, laws and violence.

This event is free and open to the public. Seating is on a first-come, first served basis, and doors will open at 3:30PM. People with disabilities who may need assistance can contact 773-702-9936 in advance.

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Human Trafficking Informational Open House & Discussion

Date: November 6, 2013
Time: Noon - 4PM
Location: The University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration (SSA), Lobby & Classroom E-1, 969 East 60th Street, Chicago, IL 60637
If you have questions or for more information about the event, email Nika Levando or call 773-702-9123.

Neighborhood Conversations

As part of UChicago Engages, the Office of Civic Engagement will host regular Neighborhood Conversations in communities in which the University of Chicago is actively engaged. These meetings will provide opportunities for community members to hear updates on University efforts in each neighborhood and for the University to hear from the community about the work we are doing and about ways we can strengthen our relationship with surrounding neighborhoods.

Discussions at each meeting will focus on the neighborhood where the meeting is being held.

Past meetings

Hyde Park

Date: Monday, May 12, 2014
Time: 6:00-7:30 p.m.
Location: Earl Shapiro Hall
5800 S. Stony Island Avenue, Chicago
Download Hyde Park Conversation


Date: Thursday, May 8, 2014
Time: 6:00-7:00 p.m.
Location: School of Social Service Administration
929 E. 60th Street, Room E-1, Chicago
Download Woodlawn Conversation

Washington Park 

Date: Saturday, May 3, 2014
Time: 10:00-11:00 a.m.
Location: Washington Park Arts Incubator
301 E. Garfield Blvd., Chicago
Download Washington Park Conversation

Washington Park

Date: Saturday, September 14, 2013
Time: 10:00-11:00 a.m.
Location: Washington Park Arts Incubator
301 E Garfield Blvd, Chicago 60637


Date: Monday, August 19, 2013
Time: 6:00-7:00 p.m.
Location: School of Social Service Administration Building Classrooms W-I A and B
969 East 60th Street, Chicago 60637
Download Woodlawn meeting presentation (PDF)

Hyde Park

Date: Thursday, August 15, 2013
Time: 6:00-7:00 p.m.
Location: Nichols Park Fieldhouse Multipurpose Room
1355 E. 53rd St, Chicago 60637
Download Hyde Park meeting presentation (PDF)

For questions about Neighborhood Conversations, email civicengagement@uchicago.edu, or call the Office of Civic Engagement, Neighborhood Initiatives, at (773) 702-6062.