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Submitted By Sara MaillacheruvuMonday, June 4, 2018 - 10:45am

Jeanne Lieberman, who was featured in a blog post earlier this year, is currently working with program director Chris Skrable to restructure and reorient Chicago Studies’ (CS) ideals, mission, and goals. As the academic year winds down, Lieberman took time to reflect on the direction of the program, as well as on how her journey as a University of Chicago undergraduate informed the new vision for the program.

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Submitted By Sara MaillacheruvuTuesday, May 29, 2018 - 1:19pm

Jeanne Lieberman, who was featured in a blog post earlier this year, is currently working with program director Chris Skrable to restructure and reorient Chicago Studies’ ideals, mission, and goals. As the academic year winds down, Lieberman took time to reflect on the direction of the program, as well as on how her journey as a University of Chicago undergraduate informed the new vision for the program.

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Submitted By Sara MaillacheruvuTuesday, April 24, 2018 - 1:01pm

Louder Than a Bomb (LTAB) Chicago is the largest youth poetry festival in the world. Over 1,000 young poets aged twelve to nineteen compete in a series of four elimination bouts, the final an unparallelled culmination of hard work, energy, and style. Founded in Chicago in 2001 by poets Anna West and Kevin Coval, LTAB has grown exponentially in its seventeen years, with competitions now held in thirteen cities across the United States and Canada. Its popularity makes sense: young people are making art, so why not give them a stage—and a goal—to work toward.

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Submitted By Sara MaillacheruvuMonday, April 2, 2018 - 5:37pm

A long-time Chicagoan, Maddie Anderson’s time at UChicago has been driven by community-focused work, from writing for the South Side Weekly to interning for the Invisible Institute. Maddie, now a fourth year majoring in Public Policy major and minoring in Creative Writing, is about to turn in her undergraduate thesis, which evaluates the $5.5M reparations package awarded to victims of police torture under CPD Detective Jon Burge.

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Submitted By Sara MaillacheruvuWednesday, March 28, 2018 - 1:06pm

This past summer, fourth-year Andrew Yin worked for Teach for America (TFA), serving as an Accelerate Fellow. “It was kind of like a game show,” he said. “It’s thirty-six interns traveling around the country to three different parts of the country. In each region, we [were] matched into new teams of interns, and we [were] paired with a nonprofit run by a TFA alum who’s working in educational equity. Thankfully,” he said with a laugh, “all thirty-six of us were around at the end of this—no one was eliminated.”

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Submitted By AnonymousTuesday, February 27, 2018 - 11:59am

I’ve only been in Chicago for a few months, having moved here from New York this past August. In making my decision to move here, I knew that getting to know the city was important. Chicago is complicated and unique, and definitely different from my Midwest upbringing in Michigan and my past two years spent in Manhattan. It was important to me that I understand the city’s beauty, diversity, and challenges. This was part of the reason I accepted a position as a graduate assistant with Chicago Studies—to be connected with more experiential learning opportunities in the city.

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Submitted By Sara MaillacheruvuTuesday, February 20, 2018 - 10:50am

Steam swirls against your skin. Sweat drips from your pores. Snippets of Russian float in the heavy air. Kak dela. Nichivo. Zdrastvooyte. This is Red Square Spa.

In operation since 1906, Red Square has been a staple of Wicker Park for over a century. Over the years, its ownership has changed hands and modern additions—a spa, a restaurant, bar—have been made. But it still has retained traditional elements of the Russian bathhouse: the banya (sauna rooms), the cedar benches, the banny venik (bundles of twig branches with leaves).

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Submitted By Sara MaillacheruvuThursday, February 15, 2018 - 1:56pm

This photo essay contains images of performers from People's History of Chicago, a group poetry night on Friday, January 19 that featured Chicago's own Kevin Coval alongside local poets, including a group of student-poets from Rebuild FoundationA People's History of Chicago is Coval's collection of poems on the Chicago that was published in 2017 and offers seventy-seven poems, for t

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Submitted By Sara MaillacheruvuMonday, February 12, 2018 - 9:49am

Jeanne Lieberman has been back in Chicago for a little over a month. Over the course of the past year and a half, the 2016 graduate was working in Colombia. She helped make an educational video with the Afro-Colombian Community Council of Alsacia Village, community organized, and did advocacy work.

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Submitted By Sara MaillacheruvuThursday, January 25, 2018 - 1:24pm

Christina likes Chicago for its weather, for its jazz, for its Latinx neighborhoods. She likes it for the CTA, for the literature, for the brownstones. But a list, however long, could never quite capture what the city means to her. She feels at home here, in large part, because of Chicago's diversity. She said, “Chicago has so many different populations. It just seems like there is a wider variety of scenes going on here.”

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