Dear Friends of GCI,

Welcome to the November/December Issue of GCI Monthly. While the holiday season and end of semester usually means that the pace slows a bit at the Institute, we still want you to know about some exciting upcoming lectures, including one by visiting Faculty Fellow Annette Steinacker on November 28 on “Transaction Costs and Cooperation in Economic Development Venture” The lecture by Professor Steinacker, who is visiting us this year from the Politics and Public Policy faculty of the Claremont Graduate University, is the first lecture in GCI’s Governance Studies Series. On November 29, Professor Thomas Homer-Dixon, of the University of Toronto, will give a lecture on the finding in his new book, The Upside of Down.

Perhaps the biggest internal event of the fall semester is the completion and institute-wide acceptance of “New Directions: GCI 2007-2012” the new strategic plan of GCI with a reaffirmation of our mission of engaged research and the streamlined refocusing of our in-house research agenda into three core areas of “governance,” “health,” and development. For more on this exciting new set of directions please visit the GCI website to read about the new plan and stay tuned for good descriptions of each of the key elements of the plan in future issues of the Monthly.

Finally, we hope you will join us for an early winter holiday celebration of our activities, our employees, the end of the academic semester and the beginning of winter festivities, at noon on Wednesday, December 6th, in the large conference room of the Great Cities Institute, 412 S. Peoria Street, Suite 400.



David Perry
Professor and Director


Calendar for Upcoming Events


Wednesday, November 29th,3:00 pm
A discussion by Thomas Homer-Dixon, University of Toronto, author of The Upside of Down
Great Cities Institute
412 S. Peoria Street, Suite 400


Wednesday, December 6th,12:00 pm
Winter Holiday and Employee Recognition Celebration
Great Cities Institute
412 S. Peoria Street, Suite 400

Recent Past Events


Tuesday, November 28th, 1:00 PM
Transaction Costs and Cooperation in Economic Development Ventures, a discussion by
Annette Steinacker, visiting fellow at UIC Great Cities Institute
Great Cities Institute
412 S. Peoria Street, Suite 400

Friday, November 17th,3:30 pm
Yamuna Gently Weeps film screening, followed by discussion with Ph.D. student Ratoola Kundu
Great Cities Institute
412 S. Peoria Street, Suite 400

Monday, November 13th,10:00 am and 2: 00 pm
The History Makers Interviews, by Julieanna Richardson, Vernon D. Jarrett Senior Fellow
Interview with Joyce Owens at 10:00 am, Interview with Dr. Herman White at 2:00 pm
Great Cities Institute
412 S. Peoria Street, Suite 400

Wednesday, November 1st,9:00 am
Faculty/Staff New Directions Breakfast
Great Cities Institute
412 S. Peoria Street, Suite 400

Thursday, October 19,3:00 - 4:30 pm
2007-2008 Faculty Scholar Competition Proposal Workshop
Great Cities Institute, large conference room
412 S. Peoria Street, Suite 400


Monday, October 23, 10:00 am
Seminar to Address U.S. Population Impacts in 2050
John D. Landis, Professor of City and Regional Planning, University of California at Berkeley
Great Cities Institute
412 S. Peoria Street, Suite 400

Thursday, October 19th, 3:00 - 4:30 pm
2007-2008 Faculty Scholar Competition Proposal Workshop
Great Cities Institute
412 S. Peoria Street, Suite 400

Friday, October 13th, 3:00 - 6:00 pm
Discussion with the editors and authors of Where Are Poor People to Live? Transforming Public Housing Communities
Edited by: Larry Bennett, DePaul University, Janet Smith, University of Illinois at Chicago, and Patricia Wright, University of Illinois at Chicago former director of Voorhees Neighborhood Center
UIC Student Center East, 3rd floor
750 S. Halsted St.


This past month saw the unfortunate passing of international Great Cities Institute collaborator Arie S. Shachar, who will be greatly missed. Born in Israel , Arie Shachar was a successful academic throughout his life. He received his B.A.(with distinction), M.A.(with distinction), and Ph.D. (Summa Cum Laude) in Geography from Hebrew University , where he went on to work as an instructor, lecturer, and professor. He acted as a visiting professor to the School of Architecture at UCLA in six different years throughout the 1970s and 1980s. He was a visiting professor to the Federal University in Rio de Janeiro in 1982. Arie Shachar was a research fellow at several institutions throughout the world, including the University of London (1964-1965), the U.N. Centre for Human Settlement in Vancouver (1978), the Netherlands Institute of Advanced Studies (1992-1993). In Israel he acted as senior investigator of several research studies from the 1960s through the 1990s funded by large grants from the Ford Foundation, the National Academy of Science, and the German-Israel Fund (GIF).

Aside from acting as a professor and researcher, Arie Shacher was also very involved with other activities such as consulting and planning, acting as a member or chair of various boards, and editing journals. He acted as a consultant to both the U.S. and the U.N. on plans for Ecuador and Panama in the 1970s. From 1992-1999 he was director of various planning teams for Jerusalem, Tel-Aviv, and Israel. Professional memberships and appointments Arie Shacher held were in organizations ranging from the Association of Environmental Planning (vice president, 1996-1997) to the Israel Association for Canadian Studies (president, 1988-1997). He authored or co-authored over 75 articles and reports in the duration of his career.

On October 26th, 2006 the National Academy of Public Administration announced that Michael A. Pagano, professor and director of the Public Administration program, as well as GCI faculty fellow and co-editor of the Urban Affairs Review, was elected as one of the new NAPA fellows. On November 16th and 17th, all new NAPA fellows were inducted at the annual meeting in Washington, DC. On their website, NAPA describes themselves as “an independent, non-partisan organization chartered by Congress to assist federal, state, and local governments in improving their effectiveness, efficiency, and accountability.” The NAPA fellows provide their insight gained from personal experience and research as they oversee and guide academy projects.

GCI has posted two new working papers:
The New Chicago School—Not New York or LA, Why it Matters for Urban Social Science by Terry Nichols Clark , University of Chicago. Click here to view

Urban Aesthetics and the Excess of Fact by Helen Liggett, Cleveland State University. Click here to view.

Register now for UIC's upcoming courses in the Online Certificate in Nonprofit Management program:

Fundraising Management & Operations Management, January 25 - February 28, 2007 Registration deadline: January 16, 2007

Fundraising Management examines how fundraising fits into nonprofit management as a whole. The course enables you to identify board, staff and volunteer roles and responsibilities, assess an organization's readiness to begin the fundraising process, assess long-range fundraising strategies and develop ways to monitor progress that will guide a nonprofit organization toward creating a sustainable fundraising effort.

Operations Management introduces the fundamentals of effective operations management in the areas of program design and evaluation, managing staff and volunteers, team building and communication skills.


From November 9th to 12th, the Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning (ACSP) Annual Conference themed "Borders and Cores: What is Planning in the Global Era?" convened in Fort Worth, Texas. GCI Faculty Fellow and Urban Planning and Public Policy Director Marty Jaffe hosted a UPP reception at the conference on November 10th. GCI research assistant and UPP Ph.D. student Ratoola Kundu presented her paper titled Marginal spaces or Third spaces? Examining the claims of the urban poor to the city and in the remaking of the urban fabric in the International Development Track session called "Community Based Planning in Developing Countries.” She also received a $250 travel scholarship award from the ACSP Scholarship competition to attend.

On November 12th, the Chicago Tribune cited a study conducted by the Center for Urban Economic Development in an article on the possibility of a minimum wage increase in Illinois.

On November 5th, the New York Times quoted Charles Hoch, GCI Faculty Scholar 1997-1998 and Professor of Urban Planning and Policy at UIC, in an article on Helmut Jahn’s design of an apartment building for the homeless. Hoch serves on the board of directors of Mercy Lakefront Housing, the nonprofit developer of the building.

On Thursday November 2nd, Chicago Public Radio interviewed Nik Theodore, director of the Center for Urban Economic Development in the College of Urban Planning and Public Affairs, on the gubernatorial candidates' plans for job creation.

On Sunday October 29th, the Chicago Tribune quoted David Perry, director of the Great Cities Institute, on Chicago's image as a potential Olympics site.

On Friday October 27th, Reuters quoted Louise Cainkar, senior research fellow at Great Cities Institute, in an article on an expected increase in Muslim participation in the 2006 elections. The article ran in several publications, including The Washington Post.

On October 25th and 26th, David Perry, director of Great Cities Institute, attended a conference on urban growth engines in Rotterdam, Netherlands as part of his work with the Lincoln Institute for Land Policy. David Perry and Wim Wiewel, a former UIC dean who now serves as provost of the University of Baltimore, presented information from their edited book, Universities as Developers: An International Conversation. The conference was attended by invited local university administrators and municipal managers who are exploring ways to collaborate in mutually beneficial ways.

Throughout September, October, and November, Robert Bruegmann, current GCI faculty scholar and professor in the Department of Art History and the School of Architecture, gave presentations on his latest book, Sprawl: A Compact History, in Australia, Canada, and the United States. Presentation audiences include the Municipal Arts Society of New York, the Planning Institute of Australia, and the City of Saskatoon Planning Department.

Faculty Scholar Spotlight

Olivia Gude, Associate Professor, School of Art and Design, College of Architecture and the Arts

The Space We Share: A Community Based Public Art Investigationn

Olivia Gude is an associate professor in the School of Art and Design. This is her second time as a GCI Faculty Scholar, with the first appointment occurring in 1999-2000. She received her Master’s in Fine Arts degree from the University of Chicago in 1982. She has focused on community public art for over twenty years, creating over 30 large-scale murals during that time period. In addition to Chicago, Olivia Gude has created works of art in Los Angeles, California, Madison, Wisconsin, and DeKalb, Illinois. She is the director of UIC-related program Spiral, a Saturday art workshop for teens. She has published many articles and book chapters on art education and public art. In 2000 she and Jeff Huebner came out with Urban Art Chicago: a Guide to Community Murals, Mosaics, and Sculptures, the first book of its kind in Chicago.

David Mayrowetz, Assistant Professor, Policy Studies, College of Education

Researching Distributed Leadership Practice for Special Education Reform

David Mayrowetz is an assistant professor of policy studies in the College of Education. He received a M.S. in Public Policy and an Ed.D. from Rutgers University. Before attending graduate school, he worked for the U.S. Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights as an investigator for three years. His main research interests include the impact of education reform on special education students and the inclusion of children with special needs in the general classroom. He was a recipient of a Teachin Before attending graduate school, he worked for the U.S. Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights as an investigator for three years. His main research interests include the impact of education reform on special education students and the inclusion of children with special needs in the general classroom. He was a recipient of a Teaching Recognition Program Award for the 2004-2005 year. David Mayrowetz has recently co-authored publications that have appeared in Teachers College Record, Educational Administration Quarterly, and Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis.