Loyola University Chicago

Center for Urban Research and Learning


  • Kimberly Ocampo, CURL's First Kale Williams Scholarship Recipient

    We are pleased to announce that Kimberly Ocampo, a senior majoring in Education and Spanish, has been selected as CURL’s first Kale Williams Scholarship recipient. Kim has been a key member of the CURL team since joining us in the summer of 2016.
  • CURL's New Director

    We are pleased to announce the appointment of David Van Zytveld as the next Director of the Center for Urban Research and Learning (CURL) at Loyola University Chicago.
  • Announcement

    CURL Director Phil Nyden retiring

    After serving as CURL Director for 20 years, this coming summer (2016) I will be stepping down from the directorship as part of my phased retirement from Loyola.
  • Higher Education: Collateral Damage in the Budget Battle

    Friday, January 27, 2017 8:30 am: Registration 9:00 am - 11:00 am: Program Loyola University Kasbeer Hall – 15th Floor, Corboy Law Center 25 East Pearson, Chicago, 60611
  • Recent Publications

    Our colleague Christine George has been busy co-publishing chapters in two separate books over the past few months. Click here to learn more and read the chapters.
  • CURL Alum Speaker Series

    Immigration: The Long Walk to Freedom

    Lawrence Benito, CEO of Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights (ICIRR) | Thursday March 26th | 7:00PM | Mundelein Auditorium
  • Film

    70 Acres in Chicago: Cabrini Green. Film Screening and Panel Discussion

    Wednesday February 24 | Damen Student Center Cinema | 6:30pm Join us for a film screening and panel discussion for 70 Acres in Chicago: Cabrini Green. Shot over the course of 20 years, the film documents this upheaval, from the razing of the first buildings in 1995 to the clashes in the mixed income neighborhoods a decade later.
  • Music-based Services for Young People Experiencing Homelessness

    Brian Kelly an Assistant Professor with the School of Social Work at Loyola University Chicago presented the findings of his research with youth and recreational music production through a local youth agency.
  • Eminent Domain Exhibition at LUMA in partnership with CURL: Panel Discussion and Reception

    Tuesday April 12th: 4:30-5:30pm Panel Discussion, 5:30-7:30pm Reception at LUMA, Water Tower Campus
  • Speaker

    The Case for Reparations: A University Response

    Ta-Nehisi Coates, a National Corresponded for the Atlantic, will present and be part of a panel discussion. Tuesday March 31 | 6:30 PM | Mundelein Auditorium
  • Advance Healthy Homes & Healthy Communities

    June 19th, 2014: A day-long summit to develop a blueprint for the City and County to advance a healthy homes agenda.
  • CURL’s Community Partnerships Featured in Jesuit Video

    CURL’s community partnerships featured in July 2015 Melbourne Australia Jesuit Higher Education conference. At this conference leaders of Jesuit higher education institutions from around the world spent three days discussing current collaborative projects and seeking future opportunities.
  • CURL research from 1998 HUD study finding renewed interest

    CURL’s past research on what produces stable racially, ethnically, and economically diverse communities is of renewed interest to policy makers following the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s new rules aimed at addressing persistent segregation in America’s cities.
  • Catherine Gillis Wins Horowitz Foundation Research Award

    Congratulations to CURL Graduate Fellow Catherine Gillis who just received a Research Award from the Horowitz Foundation for her ongoing work on the Detroit land bank and urban redevelopment in that city.
  • Kale Williams Award 2015

    Emily Nethercott and Leah Durst-Lee recipients of Kale Williams Award for Exceptional Work in Promoting Human Rights and Social Justice.
  • CURL Hosts Successful Events

    This March CURL hosted two events with speakers addressing the issues of immigrant and racial justice: Lawrence Benito and Ta-Nehisi Coates.
  • Explorations of Neighborhood Designs Promoting Equity, Democracy, and Livable Communities

    Posters by Emily Talen: Urban Planner, Professor, Arizona State University. Display will be in Damen Hall, second floor, from February 10th - 25th.
  • David Van Zytveld Wins the 2014 Megs Langdon Award

    It is an honor to all of us at CURL to have David recognized for his very impressive work with hundreds of students and community partners in his two decades of shaping CURL’s mission and impact.
  • Chicago Ethnography Conference

    CURL is sponsoring two sessions at the 17th Annual Chicago Ethnography Conference on March 14th. The 2015 conference theme is “The Worlds of Ethnography: Critical Perspectives and Social Justice.” The CURL sessions are: “Encountering Urban Poverty” and “Spotlight on Collaborative Qualitative Research.”
  • New CURL Study on Expanding Housing Opportunities

    In partnership with the Washington DC-based Poverty & Race Research Action Council and the Metropolitan Milwaukee Fair Housing Council, CURL released a national report, Take a Chance on Me: A Review of the Milwaukee County Security Deposit Assistance Program in January 2015.
  • Journal of Poverty -- Christine George and Jennifer Chernega Co-Edit a volume

    CURL Research faculty, Christine George, and former CURL Fellow, Jennifer Chernega, co-edited Volume 18, Issue 3, 2014 of the Journal of Poverty with a special focus on homelessness policy. Within the issue they also published an article, “Works in Progress: Searching for Solutions to the Difficulty Problems of Homelessness.”
  • Evaluation of security-deposit assistance program for low-income residents in Milwaukee.

    This project examines a security deposit assistance program in Milwaukee that uses the incentive to encourage low-income residents to move to higher opportunity, lower poverty neighborhoods.
  • Fefu and Her Friends: Performance as a Method of Interdisciplinary Inquiry

    Friday, March 15th | 10:30 am -12:30 pm ** Special Time!** | Piper Hall, 1st Floor **Special Location!** | Loyola University Chicago faculty members participating in the Women’s Studies and Gender Studies Research Seminar will present “‘Fefu and Her Friends': Performance as a Method of Interdisciplinary Inquiry.”
  • Kale Williams Award 2014

    Congratulations to Risa Visina and Michael Janusek, CURL Undergraduate Fellows, who have been named as recipients of the 2014 Kale Williams Award for Exceptional Work in Promoting Human Rights and Social Justice.
  • What if Hewlett and Packard had started a band instead?... Music scenes as economic clusters and their broader implications for urban economies.

    Friday Morning Seminar, November 8th | 10:30 am -12:00 pm | Cuneo Hall, 417 | Using Denton, Texas' internationally recognized music scene as a starting point, Michael Seman, doctoral candidate in Urban Planning and Public Policy at University of Texas at Arlington, will offer a better understanding of the structural dynamics and potential economic externalities of a music scene. Discussion will detail the level of competition and cooperation amongst scene members, how the process of innovation unfolds, the role of public and quasi-public goods in scene development, and a scene's value as catalyst for urban economic development.
  • Kale Williams Award 2013

    Congratulations to Maureen Sullivan, CURL Undergraduate Fellow, who was awarded the 2013 Kale Williams Award for Exceptional Work in Promoting Human Rights and Social Justice from CURL.