Civic Knowledge Project

The Civic Knowledge Project (CKP) is the community connections branch of the Division of the Humanities at the University of Chicago. CKP’s mission is to develop and strengthen community connections, helping to overcome the social, economic, and racial divisions among the various knowledge communities on the South Side of Chicago.

The Civic Knowledge Project provides an extraordinary array of ways for students to learn more about their city and to get involved in actively working to make it a better place, advancing the forms of civic friendship that matter most. The CKP offers opportunities to students with diverse interests, including:

  • Researching and recording the rich history of Chicago’s South Side
  • Helping to support the arts and humanities in the communities surrounding the University
  • Working in the local public schools to foster the verbal arts of philosophical conversation and debate
  • Collaborating with local activists and organizers to create a greener and more sustainable South Side