I S S U E
: JUNE/JULY 2005

Dear Friends of GCI,

The summer brings another pace to the university and the Great Cities Institute. With most of our scholars and students involved in research in cities as close as our own and as far away as Europe and the Middle East, we are less apt to engage in formal lectures and seminars and more likely to invite you to visit informal brownbag lunches and workshops. Summer is a time for us to work with our partners around the city and around the world in projects that at once pose new questions as well as new directions for engaged research. We hope you will join in these conversations and agenda-setting sessions.

Have a wonderful summer and I look forward to seeing you on the fourth floor of 412 South Peoria sometime this summer.

Sincerely,

 

David Perry
Professor and Director

 


News

We extend our apologies to Professor Dick Simpson, whose name was inadvertently omitted from the list of 2005-2006 Faculty Scholars in the April/May 2005 issue of the monthly. Congratulations to Professor Simpson, Department of Political Science, for being selected as one of our new faculty scholars for his project entitled “From Daley to Daley: The New Political Machine in Chicago”.

Online Certificate in Nonprofit Management Courses
July course offerings include "Operations Management for Nonprofit Organizations," and "Fundraising Management for Nonprofit Organizations," held from July 14 - August 18. The registration deadline is July 5th, 2005.
For more information on the program, please visit http://cnm.cuppa.uic.edu or contact Katie Kaminski at externaledu@uic.edu, 312.355.0423.

Calendar

SAVE THE DATE!
Great Cities Institute Winter Forum
“The Healthy City: People, Place and Policy”
Friday, December 2, 2005.

People

The May 8, 2005 edition of the Boston Globe features a book review by Eric Arnesen, former GCI Faculty Scholar, 1996-1997, and professor of history and African American studies. The review is of the book Judgment Days: Lyndon Baines Johnson, Martin Luther King Jr., and the Laws that Changed America by Nick Kotz. Click here to read the review.

Louise Cainkar, GCI Faculty Fellow, was interviewed on National Public Radio’s Morning Edition about the need for more information on Arab American culture. The story, which is about the opening of an Arab American museum in Dearborn, Michigan, can be heard by clicking here.

Xiangming Chen, GCI Faculty Scholar, 1998-1999, 2005-2006, has just released a new book, As Borders Bend: Transnational Spaces on the Pacific Rim, Rowan and Littlefield Publishers, 2005.

Claire Gron, Masters in Urban Planning in Policy May 2005, was co-recipient along with Leslie Brinson of the Urban Planning and Policy Program’s 2005 student award based on academic performance.

A May 8 Inland Daily Bulletin (Ontario, CA) article about the increased use of Wi-Fi includes comments from Steve Jones, former GCI Faculty Scholar, 2002-2003 and UIC professor of communications, regarding the "Internet Generation." To view the article, click here.

Tom Lyons, research associate in the Great Cities Institute, is quoted in an Associated Press story on the spread of crystal meth from rural areas to cities. Lyons' research has indicated that meth use is linked to the spread of HIV among gay men.

Maria Krysan, GCI Faculty Scholar 2004-2005, along with coauthors Howard Schuman, Charlotte Steeh and Lawrence Bobo, received the AAPOR Book Award for their book entitled Racial Attitudes in America: Trends and Interpretations, Harvard University Press, 1997. The AAPOR Book Award recognizes influential books that have stimulated theoretical and scientific research in public opinion and/or influenced our understanding or application of survey research methodology.

Silvia Malagrino, former GCI Faculty Scholar, 2000-2001, and Associate Professor in the School of Art and Design, discussed her film Burnt Oranges on Chicago Public Radio’s Eight Forty-Eight in May 2005.

The June 8 edition of the Washington Post featured a column about a recent study by Sharon Mastracci, GCI Faculty Scholar 2004-2005 and James Thompson, Associate Professor of Public Administration. The study recommended that government agencies consider hiring temporary, part-time workers to offset the loss of workers as baby-boomers retire.

Evan McKenzie, former GCI Faculty Scholar, 1996-1997, and Professor of Political Science, discusses race-restrictive covenants in the May 9, 2005 edition of TheVirginian-Pilot. Click here to view the article.

Michael Pagano, GCI Faculty Fellow and Director of the Public Administration Program, was quoted in the May 8, 2005 issue of the Quad Cities Times on the likelihood that local taxes will increase in response to the federal deficit. He was also quoted in the May 22, 2005 edition of the Chicago Tribune on the costs of housing demolition and redevelopment in old industrial towns such as Anderson, Indiana.

David Perry, GCI Director, and Wim Wiewel, former GCI Fellow and former dean of the College of Urban Planning and Public Affairs, have published their book, Universities as Urban Developers: Case Studies and Analysis. M.E. Sharpe Publishers. They look forward to a national book tour in the fall. David and Wim also gave two public lectures based on the book: one to a breakfast seminar sponsored by the staff of the Boston Redevelopment Authority on May 23 and a second, titled “Changing From Gowns to Suits: Universities as Urban Developers” at the May Lincoln Institute Lecture at the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy on May 23. David was also a member of the Opening Plenary Panel of the Department of Housing and Urban Development national meeting in Chicago in May. He also was the keynote speaker at the New York State Economic Development Network for Action co-sponsored by Cornell University and Syracuse University on June 3, giving a speech on “From Enclave to Urban Institution: Universities, Cities and Regions.”

Janet Smith, GCI Faculty Scholar 1999-2000, was quoted in the June 10 edition of the Chicago Reader on an ad campaign by activists criticizing the Chicago Housing Authority’s Plan for Transformation.

A recent edition of the Chicago Journal features a monthly column by Dick Simpson, UIC Professor of Political Science and GCI Faculty Scholar 2005-2006. In this issue, Simpson discusses the corruption in Chicago’s affirmative action program. Click here to view the article.

Nik Theodore, Director of the Center for Urban Economic Development, was quoted in the Chicago Tribune on increased shopping, entertainment, and tourist activity on Devon Avenue.

Roger Weissberg, GCI Faculty Scholar 2004-2005, was part of the plenary session at the Society for Prevention Research Conference in Washington, DC on May 26, 2005. His presentation was entitled, Safe and Sound: An Educational Leader's Guide to Evidence-based Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) Program.

RESEARCH SPOTLIGHT

John Hagedorn, GCI Faculty Fellow, was part of a global research study of children in organized armed violence. The report, entitled Neither War nor Peace and authored by Luke Dowdny, Director of the Children in Organized Armed Violence program (COAV), compares the involvement of children in armed groups from ten different countries. The US portion of the study was based on Chicago; Professor John Hagedorn performed this local research and wrote the Chicago report. Hagedorn was also part of a team that spent a week in Brazil organizing the study two years ago.

Neither War nor Peace is the first international study on children in armed groups in countries that are not involved in conflict. It reveals that:

■armed groups recruiting children have become more violent since the 1980s, due to growing involvement in the illicit drug trade, increased access to guns and due to persistent and often violent state repression;

■children joining are getting younger – most of the children interviewed in this report were armed and full group members by the age of 14;

■children are openly armed in parts of Brazil, Colombia, Nigeria and the Philippines, patrolling group territories; and

■members of the state security forces are directly involved with armed groups employing children in 8 of the 10 countries studied, and in Jamaica, Nigeria and the Philippines, local government is directly involved with those groups.

Hagedorn’s website, www.gangresearch.net, is the American portal for the study. The site includes all of the individual country studies as well as supplemental material.