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Check out CURL's events from the recent past.

Connected in Crime: Using Network Analysis to Understand Chicago’s Violence Epidemic

Andrew Papachristos

Connected in Crime: Using Network Analysis to Understand Chicago’s Violence Epidemic

Andrew Papachristos:   Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology at Yale University whose research focuses on social networks, neighborhoods, street gangs, and interpersonal violence. 

Thursday, March 13th, 2014  | 2:00 pm-4:00 pm  | Lake Shore Campus, Information Commons, 4th Floor

Loyola alum, former CURL Fellow, and current Yale professor Andrew Papachristos will explore how understanding the growing field of network science helps understand Chicago’s gun violence epidemic. Using data on fatal and non-fatal gunshot injuries for the entire city of Chicago, this presentation will describe the severe concentration of violence within small social networks and how one’s position in such networks relates to the probability of getting shot. The implications of such networked insights for policy, prevention, and enforcement efforts will also be discussed.

All are welcome: students, faculty, staff and community members.

If you have any questions, please contact Teresa Neumann at tneumann1@luc.edu

Co Sponsored:
Center for Urban Research and Learning  (CURL)
Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology
Provost Office for Social Justice Initiatives
Urban Studies Minor


View the video of the lecture.

Contract Buyers League of Chicago: Makers “Making” by “Taking” from the African American Community.

Contract Buyers League

CURL Friday Morning Seminar | November 22nd, 2013 10:30am—Noon | Cuneo Hall, Room 417

Jack Macnamara, Chief Organizer, Contract Buyers League of Chicago and CURL Scholar will be recounting the contract selling of residential real estate to black home buyers in Chicago during the 1940s, 50s, and 60s as a heinous example of systematic racial exploitation. He will also explore evidence coming to light that this is an example of continuing practices indicative of a "culture of legalized stealing from people of color."

Sustainability Bus Tour

Sustainability Bus Tour


Sustainability is about soil, air, and water as well as economic opportunity and social equity.  

  • What happens to communities when factories shut down and jobs disappear? 
  • Speak with community leaders about environmental hazards disproportionally affecting Chicago’s low-income communities.
  • Learn about environmental and social sustainability on a bus tour through Chicago’s Southeast side.

WHEN: Saturday, November 16th, 2013 9:00am-1:00pm


Funded in part by the College of Arts and Sciences.
Tour provided by People for Community Recovery.


Increasing Access, Increasing Livability: The CTA Red Line South Extension

Increasing Access, Increasing Livability: The CTA Red Line South Extension

November 1st 2013, from 10:30 to noon in Cuneo 417, FRIDAY MORNING SEMINAR.

“Increasing Access, Increasing Livability: The CTA Red Line South Extension.”  The presentation includes the following individuals: 

Phyllis Palmer, Chairperson, Developing Communities Project, Inc. Red Line Oversight Committee.
Kendra Smith,
Associate Outreach & Community Engagement, Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning.
Julie Hilvers,
University-Community Research Coordinator, CURL & PhD student, Department of Sociology, Loyola University Chicago.

Phyllis Palmer from the Developing Communities Project will discuss the long history of community organizing and advocacy in the Greater Roseland area to extend the south branch CTA Red Line train from 95th Street to 130th Street. Kendra Smith will discuss how the CTA Red Line South Extension fits into the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning’s (CMAP) GO TO 2040 comprehensive regional plan for metro Chicago. Julie Hilvers will discuss CURL’s partnership with DCP and CMAP to gather qualitative data in an effort to document community members’ experiences with public transit and document how the extension would impact the Far South Side communities.

Examining Movement Building Around the Globe: Cory Muldoon

Muldoon Presentation

In case you missed it, check out the presentation that Cory Muldoon shared with us last semester during a Friday Morning Seminar.  View interviews he conducted with organizers around the globe and here in Chicago. Learn more about the principles of organizing and how social change is possible in similar and unique contexts all over the world.  

Movement Building Around the Globe PowerPoint

Learning about Environmental Toxins

Learning about Environmental Toxins

Durin the summer of 2013 in conjunction with the Advancing Healthy Homes Initiative, youth from Erie Neighborhood House heard a presentation on environmental health by CURL fellows and visited the Lake Shore campus to witness the chemical processes of measuring the levels of heavy metals in hair samples. They also talked with our colleagues at the Institute of Environmental Sustainability about the use of mapping in presenting research findings. CURL is pleased to host such visits that expose youth in Chicago to collaborative research being done in their communities on a variety of topics. Visit our Facebook page to see more pictures of the visit.

Social Mix and the City: Challenging the Mixed Communities Consensus in Housing and Urban Planning Policies

Social Mix and the City: Challenging the Mixed Communities Consensus in Housing

Tuesday, April 16, 2013 | 3:00 pm -5:00 pm | 417, Cuneo Hall

Dr. Kathy Arthurson, Associate Professor and Director of Neighborhoods, Housing and Health @ Flinders Southgate Institute for Health, Society and Equity at Flinders University of South Australia. She will be presenting on her new book Social Mix and the City: Challenging the Mixed Communities Consensus in Housing and Urban Planning Policies.

Learn more about Dr. Arthurson's book and her discussion at http://www.publish.csiro.au/pid/6488.htm 

Panel on Michael Harrington’s The Other America, 50 Years Later

Panel on Michael Harrington’s The Other America, 50 Years Later.

Friday, April 12, 2013 | 10:30 am -12:00 pm | 417, Cuneo Hall

This Friday Morning's Seminar will feature the panel "Michael Harrington's The Other America, 50 Years Later." Harrington’s influential book, published in 1962, shone a light on poverty in America. During the seminar, panelists will use Harrington’s book as a jumping off point to assess poverty in America today, as well as relevant social policy. Panelist Nancy Shier also will reflect on her personal work with Michael Harrington and what he likely would think today about poverty in America. Panelists include:

* Ayana Karanja, Associate Professor, College of Arts and Sciences, Loyola University Chicago
* Nancy Shier, Vice President, Illinois Policy, Ounce of Prevention Fund
* Christine George, Associate Research Professor, CURL, Loyola University Chicago
* Phil Nyden, Director, CURL, Loyola University Chicago

Exit Zero: A Rough Cut Screening

Exit Zero: A Rough Cut Screening

A Rough Cut Screening   Friday, April 12, 2013 | 2:00 pm -4:00 pm | McCormick Lounge, Coffey Hall

Director Chris Boebel, Producer Christine Walley

Exit Zero offers an unusually intimate look at the lasting effects of deindustrialization in the United States, and the ways that Americans talk – and fail to talk – about social class. Using home movies, found footage, and a first person narrative, the film interweaves the stories of multiple generations of filmmaker Christine Walley’s family in the once-thriving steel mill community of Southeast Chicago. It conveys the devastation brought about by the collapse of the steel industry and its long-term social and environmental impacts. 

Crossing the Campus-Community Divide: Scholarship, Advocacy, and Trying to Do it All

Crossing the Campus-Community Divide

Crossing the Campus-Community Divide: Scholarship, Advocacy, and Trying to Do it All:  Tracy Perkins

Friday, March 22nd, 2013| 3:00 pm -5:00 pm | Information Commons, 4th floor | STREAMING LIVE

Tracy Perkins is a Ph.D. student in Sociology at the University of California, Santa Cruz.  She will present Voices from the Valley (www.voicesfromthevalley.org), a public sociology project that uses theater, photography, and digital media to raise the profile of environmental justice advocacy in California's San Joaquin Valley. She will reflect on the project's origins and continued development, its relationship to her teaching and research, and the possibilities and pitfalls of working across the campus-community divide. See more of her work at www.willworkforjustice.com

Immigration: Undocumented Students in Higher Education

Immigration: Undocumented Students in Higher Education

In the United States today, many undocumented students, bright, talented, and motivated young men and women who were brought into this country by parents without the authorization of the federal government or who entered the U.S. legally but overstayed their visas, find themselves prevented from developing their full potential, limited in their ability to contribute to the civic life of their surroundings, and living in fear of being deported.

On February 26th, 2013, findings of “Immigration: Undocumented Students in Higher Education” a major national study of undocumented students at Jesuit colleges and universities will be unveiled and discussed in Washington, DC.

This is a major, multi-year Ford Foundation-funded study to understand the issues and complex lives of undocumented students in higher education, with a focus on the 28 Jesuit colleges and universities in the United States. The three lead Jesuit institutions – Fairfield, Santa Clara, and Loyola University Chicago – each partnered with another Jesuit university in their region, doing in-depth interviews with students, staff, and community advocates.

Researchers found some undocumented students dream of becoming teachers, accountants, nurses, doctors, and engineers. However, those professions are off limits because they require certifications that undocumented students are unable to obtain. Some shared that they feel disconnected from campus life.

The research aims to:

The event will bring together Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities (AJCU) presidents, faculty, and administrators; national legislators; and students. There will be an opportunity to talk one-on-one with speakers and researchers following the event, including students. In a gesture of solidarity, a group of AJCU presidents have signed a moral statement to work together to help undocumented students. We anticipate that many of the presidents who signed it will also attend the event. Please see the AJCU Presidents’ Statement:


UPDATE! Media stories covering the event:

Root Shock and the Built Environment

Root Shock and the Built Environment

Addressing Social Dimensions of Equity and Sustainability by Dr. Mindy Fullilove

Monday, November 12th, 2012 | 7:00-9:30pm | Lake Shore Campus, Multi-Purpose Room, Simpson Living Learning Center

Dr. Fullilove, an internationally-known author and Professor of Psychiatry at Columbia University, will be the first speaker in a CURL series bridging the physical and social aspects of equitable environmental sustainability. The lecture will focus on how community reinvestment and change in the physical environment without resident voice can have detrimental social and mental health consequences.  Alternatives and solutions to these issues will also be addressed.

Co-sponsored by The Center for Urban Research and Learning (CURL) & the College of Arts and Sciences at Loyola University Chicago.


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