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Eric Whitaker leads a discussion on the social detriments of urban health

Eric E. Whitaker of the University of Chicago Medical Center led the December 1 public discussion on the social detriments of urban health.

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Taking on Poverty Together

A University of Chicago Convening on Poverty and How to Combat It

At the University of Chicago, creating new knowledge for the benefit of present and future generations is at the core of our mission. Addressing some of society’s most pressing problems—poverty and related issues chiefly among them—is the target of research by many scholars at the University. As a leading urban research university, we are well situated to address issues of poverty, education, jobs, health care, and public safety, and we collaborate with community leaders and citizens every day on creating innovative solutions. UChicago students contribute to this mission by volunteering in our community and by pursuing careers after graduation that improve the lives of those living in poverty across the nation and the world.

Poverty, Promise, and Possibility aims to highlight the usable knowledge available through the University for the purpose of illuminating both the pressing problems of poverty in our area and the practical steps that local communities can take to address such issues.

The events, to continue through March 2012, include: 

To RSVP or Register

To RSVP for the public discussions, contact Bart Schultz, Director of the Civic Knowledge Project, at or 773.702.8821. To register for courses or workshops, visit the Graham School of General Studies.


Community Forum: Ethics, Happiness, and Poverty

Featuring Bart Schultz, Director of the Civic Knowledge Project, Dr. Richard Perry, Lutheran School of Theology, Prof. Michael Hogue, Meadville-Lombard Theological School, and Rev. Janette Wilson, RainbowPUSH Coalition

March 1, 2012
6:30-8 pm
Panel Discussion

Community Forum: Education and Engagement

Oct. 6, 2011
6:30-8 pm
Community Forum

Poverty, Inequality, and the Role of Government: Politics, Practices, and Possibilities

October 20
6:30-8 p.m.
Free Public Discussion

Poverty, Underemployment and Family Hardship: The Realities of Today's Labor Market for Chicago's Families

Nov 10
6:30-8 p.m.
Free Public Discussion

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