Chicago Research Colloquium

Join us on Thursday, May 18, 2023 from 2:30 - 5 PM

The Chicago Research Colloquium is an annual event that highlights exceptional undergraduate scholarship that focuses on Chicago and Chicagoland issues.  Presentations are made by student finalists for the annual Chicago Studies Undergraduate Research Prize, which is awarded at the conclusion of the Colloquium.  The Spring 2023 event will be held at the Mansueto Institute for Urban Innovation (1155 E. 60th Street, Room 101) from 2:30-5 PM on Thursday, May 18 (week 9).  The event will be followed by our "City in a Garden" Party/reception, featuring food and drink and the opportunity to socialize with the presenters, other graduating fourth years who've studied Chicago, and those faculty/course instructors who have taught about Chicago in the previous year.  All are welcome!

Schedule of events:

2:30 PM – Welcome, Deputy Dean of Research and Teaching Innovations Emily Osborn

2:35 PM – “The Perplexing Middlemen: Private Employment Agencies in the Web of Lives of Seasonal Workers in Early Twentieth Century America” by Zhengying Tian (HIST), advised by Gabriel Winant

3:00 PM – “The Woodlawn Organization and the Trauma Center Campaign: The University They Faced and the Terrains They Fought on from an Accumulation Perspective” by Warren Wagner (SOCI/CRES), advised by Gabriel Winant

3:25 PM – “The Worker Center Movement”: Reimagining Organizing and Policy for Chicago’s Migrant Workers” by Sanjana Natesan (HMRT/PBPL), advised by Susan Gzesh

3:50 PM – “Major ‘L’: How the Chicago Transit Authority Gentrified its Elevated Trains” by Micah Wilcox (ENST/SOCI), advised by Emily Talen

4:15 PM – “A Tale of Two Rivers: Zoning Policy Conflict and the Production of Public Space on the Chicago River” by Isadora Kron (ENST/PBPL), advised by Neil Brenner

4:45 PM – Concluding remarks and presentation of the Chicago Studies Research Prize, College Dean John W. Boyer

5:00 PM – All Colloquium attendees are invited to join us for our "City in a Garden" party in the courtyard.

Visit this page to register!