UIC Urban Forum examines threats to ’60s social contract

Urban Forum 2015Policymakers, civic leaders, researchers and journalists and will discuss real and potential shifts in health care, environmental, and energy policies at the University of Illinois at Chicago’s 2015 Urban Forum. They will examine the remaking of social contracts, especially in metropolitan regions.


Sept. 17, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
(Doors open at 8:15 a.m. Lunch served, 12:30-1:30 p.m.)


UIC Forum
725 W. Roosevelt Road


The social and political tumult of the 1960s brought about a new social contract in the form of policies for subsidized health care (Medicaid and Medicare in 1965), rehabilitation of our deteriorating environment (the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969), and energy independence (fuel efficiency standards in 1975).

That contract is now contested. Attacks on government regulation of health care, energy, and the environment have been sharpened by the recent recession and skepticism about the validity of scientific inquiry.

The challenges to the old social compact are played out most visibly in the nation’s metropolitan areas, which generate 85 percent of the gross domestic product. The 2015 UIC Urban Forum focuses on the substantive and philosophical shifts in the urban social contract and examines the remaking of urban social contracts today.

The agenda, speakers and white papers are on the Urban Forum website.

Admission is $25 for the general public (including lunch) and free for all Chicago-area teachers, faculty and students with a valid school ID. Registration is required for all attendees. Walk-in registration will be allowed with credit card or check payment only.

Toni Preckwinkle

Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle at the 2013 Urban Forum. (Click on image for larger file.)

Co-chairs of the 2015 UIC Urban Forum are Toni Preckwinkle, Cook County Board president; Terry Mazany, president and CEO of the Chicago Community Trust; and Michael D. Amiridis, chancellor of UIC. Michael A. Pagano, dean of the UIC College of Urban Planning and Public Affairs, serves as program director.

This year’s Urban Forum is sponsored by the MacArthur Foundation, WBEZ 91.5, and The Chicago Community Trust.

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