Dear Friends of GCI,

With this issue of the GCI Monthly we begin our regular reports to you on the new academic year at the Great Cities Institute. The seven Great Cities faculty scholars are now fully in residence and they have begun a series of fall workshops that will prepare for a full Spring series of public lectures to be held both at GCI and at sites around the city.

The GCI Neighborhoods Initiative has also begun a full range of activities in and around the city of Chicago, which kicked off with the Fall semester retreat on Friday, September 15th. New Vice Chancellor of External Affairs Warren Chapman was the guest speaker and representatives from many academic departments and community partners were in attendance.

At the international level we are continuing our comparative research in the areas of “universities as developers,” and “contested cities,” as well as adding a new research unit on comparative China studies under the guidance of GC Fellow Tingwei Zhang. We will have more to report on all these projects in future issues of the GCI Monthly.

As you can see below, we have a full complement of graduate students at GCI this fall. Fourteen new assistants—both Master’s and Ph.D. students—started with us this fall. Twenty-four students are with us, in total, and they are working on over a dozen different research projects.

As you can see, our GCI Monthly is being sent to you every other month. Readers have written us to suggest changes to the Monthly including a somewhat revised format which you will see with this edition and a schedule that keeps you up to date, but not overburdened with issues. We will continue to send you the Monthly every other month until either the schedule or the readers require change.

Please send us your comments on the Monthly. Let us know what you think and what you would like to see in coming issues. Finally we hope we will see you at coming events at GCI. Our event calendar is on our website at http://www.uic.edu/cuppa/gci/calendar/october06.htm. We will also send on new notices of major activities as they emerge. Please come by. The coffee pot is on, there is often a good conversation going on in one of the seminar rooms and there is ALWAYS a place for you at the table.



David Perry
Professor and Director


Calendar for Upcoming Events


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

Recent Past Events


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
UIC Student Center East, 3rd floor
750 S. Halsted St.

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


Tuesday, September 12th,3 PM
The HistoryMakers: A New Primary Source for Scholars
Julieanna Richardson,Vernon D. Jarrett Senior Fellow
President and Founder, The HistoryMakers Great Cities Institute


GCI’s online certificate in Nonprofit Management (CNM) program has opened registration for its Marketing Management and Nonprofit Governance courses, which run October 26 – December 5, 2006.

In Nonprofit Governance, participants interact with peers from a wide range of nonprofit organizations to discuss common misunderstandings about nonprofit boards and explore strategies for increasing board effectiveness.

Marketing Management examines the basic elements of the marketing process for nonprofit organizations; compares and contrasts the role and function of sales and marketing and examines the key elements of a marketing plan.

To register online, visit: http://cnm.cuppa.uic.edu/ynpn.htm To register by phone, call (312) 355-0423 during business hours (M - F, 9 - 5 p.m. Central Time). Registration ends October 16, 2006.

GCI has posted a new paper on the Chicago Politics webpage. To view the paper, "The New Chicago School -- Not New York or LA and Why it Matters for Urban Social Science," by Terry N. Clark click here

GCI has posted a new working paper:
Regionalizing the Global-Local Economic Nexus: A Tale of Two Regions in China by former GCI faculty scholar Xiangming Chen


Over the course of the summer, Great Cities faculty and students were very active…

David Perry spent much of the early summer at the Queens University in Belfast Northern Ireland, working on the “Contested Cities and Urban Universities Project.” With GCI international Faculty Fellow Frank Gaffikin of Queens he participated in a major invitation-only program at the Council of Europe in Strousborg, France on “Universities and Civic Engagement.”

Urban Planning and Geography Professor Daniel Felsenstein of the Hebrew University spent July and August at GCI as a GCI Fellow, conducting research on urban political economy and consulting with UIC economics professor Joseph Persky. As a founding member of the “Contested Cities Seminar” and research project, Professor Felsenstein will be working with the institute in the fall on further research funding and the upcoming seminar.

Early in the summer, four members of the spring term Contested Cities Seminar reported on their work at the national Planners Network Conference. Maya Evans, Ratoola Kundu, Monique Lehman, and Valerie Warner each presented papers at the national meeting as part of a panel on “contested cities.”

On October 6, 2006, the Worcester Telegram in Massachusetts reported on a forum led by David Perry, professor and director of the Great Cities Institute, and Wim Wievel, a former UIC dean who now serves as provost of the University of Baltimore. The forum at Worcester Polytechnic Institute addressed the growing role of universities in urban neighborhood development, as set forth in Perry's and Wiewel's recent book, "The University as Urban Developer Case Studies and Analysis" (M.E. Sharpe Publishers)

On October 3rd, 2006, the Chicago Tribune quoted Janet Smith, co-director of the Nathalie Voorhees Center for Neighborhood and Community Improvement and associate professor in the College of Urban Planning and Public Affairs, in an article on the numbers of Chicago-area residents paying a disproportionate amount of their income for housing. Smith and co-director Yittahyih Zelalem announced similar findings in a May report, "Affordable Housing Conditions and Outlook in Chicago."

On September 30, 2006, the Chattanooga Times Free Press quoted Janet Smith in an article on the reduction of public housing. The article was also run by MSNBC.

On September 13, 2006, TIME.com quoted Dick Simpson, professor in the Department of Political Science and GCI faculty scholar 2004-2005, in an article on Mayor Daley’s veto of Chicago city council-approved bill to improve wages of workers at big-box retailers.

Congratulations to the new GCI Faculty Scholars for 2006-2007:

Dynamics of Neighborhood Change in the Era of Globalization
John Betancur
Associate Professor, Urban Planning and Policy Program
College of Urban Planning and Public Affairs

University and Community/Lawndale and Heritage
Robert Bruegmann
Professor and Chair, Department of Art History
College of Architecture and the Arts

The Space We Share: A Community Based Public Art Investigation
Olivia Gude
Associate Professor, School of Art and Design
College of Architecture and the Arts

Researching Distributed Leadership Practice for Special Education Reform
David Mayrowetz
Assistant Professor, Policy Studies
College of Education

Embedded Phenomena: Technology Support for Embodied Learning in Urban Science
Thomas Moher
Associate Professor, Department of Computer Science
College of Engineering

Arresting Attrition: Spanish Language Maintenance in Chicago's Elementary Schools
Kimberly Potowski
Assistant Professor, Department of Spanish, French, Italian, and Portuguese
College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Eslanda Robeson and the Multi-Cultural Urban Arts Communities of Harlem, Paris, and London, 1920s-1940s
Barbara Ransby
Associate Professor, Department of African American Studies/Department of History
College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Congratulations to the 2006-2007 recipients of the GCI Faculty Seed Fund Awards:

Characterizing Accessible Pathway Surface Smoothness in the Built Environment
Glenn Hedman
Clinical Associate Professor, Disability and Human Development
College of Applied Health Sciences

Understanding the Paths of Homelessness: Narratives of People with Mental Illness
Christine Helfrich
Assistant Professor, Occupational Therapy
College of Applied Health Sciences

From 'Thin' to 'Thick' Trust? After-School Networks and the Development of Latino Student Identities as 'Math Learners'
Pamela Anne Quiroz
Associate Professor, Policy Studies
College of Education

Chicago City Council Report and Great Cities Chicago Politics Web Site
Dick Simpson
Professor, Political Science
College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Faculty Scholar Spotlight

John Betancur, Associate Professor, Urban Planning and Policy Program, College of Urban Planning and Public Affairs

Dynamics of Neighborhood Change in the Era of Globalization

John Betancur is an associate professor in Urban Planning and Public Policy. His research projects in Chicago have focused on economic development issues as they relate to minority and disadvantaged populations. He has also been involved in community work throughout Latin America. He received his Ph.D. in Public Policy Analysis and his Master’s degree in Urban Planning and Public Policy from University of Illinois at Chicago. Prior to that, he received degrees from Universidad Pontifica Bolivariana and Universidad San Buenaventura in Medellin, Columbia. Dr. Betancur recently published a book co-edited with Dr. Doug Gills, titled The Collaborative City: Opportunities and Challenges for Blacks and Latinos in U.S. Cities. He has also published in many academic journals. His teaching focuses on community and international development courses.

University and Community/Lawndale and Heritage
Robert Bruegmann
Professor and Chair, Department of Art History
College of Architecture and the Arts

Robert Bruegmann is a department chairperson and professor in the Department of Art History, as well as a professor in the School of Architecture. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania. He joined UIC after teaching at various colleges in Pennsylvania, and has been here nearly 30 years. He has also acted as a visiting professor for both the Massachusetts Institue joined UIC after teaching at various colleges in Pennsylvania, and has been here nearly 30 years. He has also acted as a visiting professor for both the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Columbia University Architecture Departments. Dr. Bruegmann recently published the book Sprawl: A Compact History, which has gained attention for being one of the few books defending the build environment of the suburbs, and the choices of those living in it. He is also the author of the award-winning, The Architects and the City: Holabird & Roche of Chicago 1880-1918, published in 1998.

GCI welcomes our new research and graduate assistants:

Nicholas Crite
Yochai Eisenberg
Yamini Jha
Ksenia Khovanova
Francis Lefor
Sarah Morton
Matthew Panfil
Nathan Podrid
Tashana Stoudamire
Meng Sun
Thomas Vanderwoude
Rupa Venkateshwaralu
Kristina Wallig
John West