Earth Month 2022

Our "Earth Month" programming is a collaboration between Chicago Studies and the Program on the Global Environment. Join us this Spring for a diverse set of in-person and virtual events focusing on climate issues, including Urban Hikes, signature lectures, restoration workdays, and more! Participants are encouraged to engage not just the intellectual components of climate thought, but also the greater natural opportunities Chicago has to offer as a celebration of Earth Month. 

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Upcoming Events

Earth Week Kick-Off Plant Swap (Monday, 4/18)

Kick off Earth Week with the Chicago Studies and PGE Plant Swap! In preparation for Spring, bring in your plant cuttings and take some new plants home with you. Simply propagate a healthy section of your houseplant, or grab some extra seeds, and stop by the Urban Lounge at 1155 E. 60th street from 12:00-1:30 PM! Light refreshments will also be served. Registration required.

Alisa Singer: Environmental Graphiti (Tuesday, 4/19)

Join Chicago Studies and the Program on the Global Environment in the Urban Lounge from 5:00-6:00pm as we unveil new art, including a special presentation by artist Alisa Singer on two works in the space from her series, Environmental Graphiti, moderated by PGE student Grace Lee. Light refreshments will be served.

The Fire This Time: City Mayors Grapple with Climate Change Cost to Their Communities (4/20)

Many of America’s most populous regions are reeling from the effects of climate change, from rising sea levels, increased flooding, extreme heat, and a surge in wildfires and hurricanes. At the same time, the nation’s biggest cities within those regions are home to a higher proportion of communities of color. This event is co-sponsored by the IOP. Registration required. 

UChicago Green Careers: Earth Week Alumni Panel (4/20)

UChicago Green Careers presents a special Earth Week alumni panel! We'll hear about a variety of career pathways and how to get involved locally in environmental-focused careers. Participants will include PGE alumni: Claire Costelloe, LEED Green Associate at the Delta Institute, Edward Warden, Conservation Stewardship Coordinator at the Shedd Aquarium, and Leah Song, Environmental Law Fellow at Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law.

CEGU: Environment, Democracy, and Social Movements (Thursday, 4/21)

The Committee on Environment, Geography and Urbanization (CEGU) is a proposal currently under development by a faculty working group at the University of Chicago. Join us for Environment, Democracy, and Social Movements with Alyssa Battistoni (Barnard College) and Megan Black (MIT), moderated by Fredrik Albritton Jonsson and Lisa Wedeen (UChicago). Registration required.

Earth Day Restoration Workday at Kickapoo Woods (Friday, 4/22)

Join Chicago Studies and PGE for an Earth Day restoration workday with Professor Alison Anastasio! Learn more about the ecology of the Calumet region while working to protect and preserve this local hidden gem. All are invited to join, no prior experience necessary! Registration required.

Urban Hike: Birding with the Chicago Ornithological Society (Sunday, 4/24)

New to birding or a full-fledged “birder”? All experience levels are welcome to join us for our Earth Week bird walk in Jackson Park with the President of the Chicago Ornithological Society, and UChicago Alum, Edward Warden! Step just outside of campus and witness the dazzling number of species that call Chicago home. Join us 9:30-11:00 AM in Jackson Park. Registration required.

    Urban Hike: Historic Jackson Park with Julia Bachrach (Wednesday, 4/27)

    Join Chicago Studies and Open Studio for an Earth Week Urban Hike in Jackson Park with Julia Bachrach, Chicago historian and author of City in a Garden: A History of Chicago's Parks. This Urban Hike with focus on landscape design and the historic features of neighboring Jackson Park. Registration required.

    Expositions Magazine Spring Issue Launch (Thursday, 4/28)

    Join the Program on the Global Environment and Chicago Studies for the launch of the Expositions Magazine Spring Issue. Expositions aims to highlight environmental and urban scholarship through creative forms. Stop by the Urban Lounge (1155 E. 60th Street) on April 28th from 12:00-1:30PM to grab a copy and celebrate with live readings from the authors and light refreshments. 

    CEGU: Animals, Territories, Environments (Friday, 4/29)

    The Committee on Environment, Geography and Urbanization (CEGU) is a proposal currently under development by a faculty working group at the University of Chicago. Join us for Animals, Territories, and Environments with Matthew Gandy (University of Cambridge) and Mindi Schneider (Wageningen University), moderated by Neil Brenner and Victoria Saramago (UChicago). Registration required.