Lecture series focuses on Chicago politics, civic issues


The Future of Chicago lectures focus on social, economic and political issues.

The University of Illinois at Chicago presents the annual “Future of Chicago” lecture series, which brings civic leaders to campus to examine issues with students and the community.

Topics focus on the social, economic and political conditions of the Chicago metropolitan region. Former Chicago alderman Dick Simpson, UIC professor of political science, moderates the series, hosted by the UIC department of political science since 1976.  Series co-sponsors are UIC Honors College and the UIC Institute for Policy and Civic Engagement.

All lectures are free and open to the public. Unless otherwise noted, lectures are from noon to 12:50 p.m. in Lecture Center F3, 807 S. Morgan St. (directly west of UIC Student Center East, 750 S. Halsted St.) For more information call (312) 413-3780.

Additional presenters will be announced later. Scheduled lectures include:

Sept. 17
“The Hidden Constitution: National Security, Electronic Surveillance and Privacy in the Age of Terror”
Matthew Lippman, UIC professor emeritus of criminology, law and justice
Student Center East, 750 S. Halsted St., Room 302, as part of Constitution Day events.

Sept. 24
“The Chicago City Council and the Future of Chicago”
Edward Burke, 14th Ward alderman

Sept. 29
“Homelessness in Chicago”
Hannah Willage, Chicago Coalition for the Homeless

Oct. 1
“The War on Millennials”
Pete Seat, syndicated columnist and former deputy assistant press secretary to President George W. Bush

“Rahm Emanuel and the 2015 Election”
Kari Lydersen, journalist and author of “Mayor 1%: Rahm Emanuel and the Rise of Chicago’s 99%”

Nov. 12
“Reform of Cook County Government”
Toni Preckwinkle, Cook County Board president

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