CEGU

Committee on Environment, Geography and Urbanization

Division of Social Sciences, The University of Chicago

Student Event

Friday, March 1, 2024
6:00–7:30pm
Urban Lounge, 1155 E. 60th St.

Poster for Chaos in the Heavens: The Forgotton History of Climate Change, 15th-20th Centuries; January 2024 CEGU Colloquium with Jean-Baptiste Fressoz

Student Event

Friday, March 1, 2024, 4:30–6:00pm
Mansueto Lounge, 1155 E. 60th St.

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Join organizers and authors of CEGU's Exposions Magazine for the launch of our sixth issue. Hear from contributors, meet the team, pick up a copy, and enjoy some refreshments.

Student Event

cookie & coffee break

Wednesdays
3:00–5:00pm CT

Urban Lounge, 1155 E. 60th St.

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Join CEGU and Chicago Studies for our weekly Cookie & Coffee Break in the Urban Lounge at 1155 E. 60th Street. Students are welcome to use this time for studying, collaborating on projects, advising with faculty and staff, or simply hanging out! Free cookies and coffee will always be provided. We hope to see you there! 

PAST EVENTS

poster for Friends in High Places, October 2023 CEGU Event with Megan Black and Elizabeth Chatterjee

Student Exhibition

Objectified: Methods in Environmental Humanities

Curated by Jessica Landau and students from her Winter 2024 coures, Methods in Environmental Humanities: Yufei Chen, Jess Senger, Damary Alvarez, Jack McDonald, Mariana Reed, Justin Daab, and Owen Castle.

February 5–23, 2024
Second Floor, Cochrane-Woods Art Center
5540 S. Greenwood Ave.

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Objectified: Methods in Environmental Humanities is an exhibition featuring selections from the Joel Snyder Materials Collection and beyond. The materials and objects included in the exhibition represent a reckoning with some of the planet’s most pressing concerns, from climate change to biodiversity loss, through humanistic inquiry.

Staged in the CWAC Exhibitions space on the 2nd floor of the Cochrane-Woods Art Center during Winter Quarter 2024 in collaboration with Dr. Jessica Landau and students in the Methods in Environmental Humanities seminar offered by the Committee on Environment, Geography and Urbanization (CEGU), the exhibition foregrounds an interdisciplinary lens through which the contributors approach the environmental humanities. Students interrogate how humanistic disciplines such as art history, Indigenous studies, animal studies, comparative literature, and history serve as emerging methods through which we might understand the environment. Collectively, the student curators contemplate our everyday relationships with the built environment, natural resources, and stolen land through humanistic lines of inquiry.

To demonstrate how an interpretation can change depending on the methodological approach used or theoretical lens applied to an object, student curators were asked to produce two distinct labels using at least two different methodologies.

Student Event

Wednesday, February 21, 2024
3:00–5:00pm
Urban Lounge, 1155 E. 60th St.

Student Event

Wednesday, February 14, 2024
5:00–6:30pm
Urban Lounge, 1155 E. 60th St.

Poster for Chaos in the Heavens: The Forgotton History of Climate Change, 15th-20th Centuries; January 2024 CEGU Colloquium with Jean-Baptiste Fressoz

Student Event

Organized by Alexander Arroyo & Mary Beth Pudup

Thursday, February 1, 2024, 4:00–5:00pm
Urban Lounge, 1155 E. 60th St.

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On November 30th, 2023, the United Arab Emirates convened the 28th Conference of the Parties of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change—COP28 for short—in Dubai. Over the course of two weeks, negotiators from almost 200 nations took stock of progress made since the 2015 Paris Agreement—too slow, and not enough—and debated ways to transition away from fossil fuels—a debate influenced, no doubt, by the overwhelming presence of fossil fuel industry lobbyists and their political allies. Despite strenuous disagreement between delegates and scathing critique from activists, in his closing remarks on December 13th UN Climate Change Executive Secretary Simon Stiell proclaimed that COP28 signalled the “beginning of the end” of the fossil fuel era.

But amidst such mixed messages emerging from COP, are there other signals in the noise? What really happened offstage? What were activists and other unsanctioned participants demanding, and why? Are carbon markets and other market-based technofixes the only answer? What can we learn from COP28 from the bottom-up? Come join students from UChicago’s COP28 delegation and Professor Berit Kristofferson (UiT, Norway) to get an inside story on the politics of climate change and discuss the way forward.

Student Event

Wednesday, February 7, 2024
5:00pm
Urban Lounge, 1155 E. 60th St.

Poster for Chaos in the Heavens: The Forgotton History of Climate Change, 15th-20th Centuries; January 2024 CEGU Colloquium with Jean-Baptiste Fressoz

Student Event

Saturday, January 27, 2024
Transportation Provided from 1155 E. 60th St.

Poster for "Finding Your Audience: Using Sources, Data, and Visuals;" November 13, 2023 CEGU student event

Student Event

Friday, January 19, 2024
12:00–3:00pm
Cloister Club, Ida Noyes Hall
1212 E. 59th St.

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Energize is The University of Chicago’s largest annual networking event for undergraduate students interested in energy and the environment.

10+ employer partners from renewable energy to local non-profits will be joining us for fireside conversations, small group coffee chats, and an open, ‘career fair’ networking event. This will be your top chance in the 2023-2024 academic year to learn about internship opportunities, meet alumni working in the environmental and energy fields, and discuss full-time opportunities.

Participating Partners

  • 174 Power Global
  • Argonne National Laboratory
  • Acciona
  • Comed/Exelon
  • Field Museum
  • LanzaTech
  • Marathon Capital
  • Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago
  • New Energy Nexus
  • The Nature Conservancy
  • Urban Rivers
  • Valor Infrastructure Partners

Student Event

Wednesday, January 17, 2024
4:00–5:30pm
Urban Lounge, 1155 E. 60th St.

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Join us for a BA Thesis Alumni Panel to hear directly from recent grads about tackling the thesis process and transitioning to the professional world after college. Alumni will share insights on research, writing strategies, and overcoming common hurdles related to methodologies and data collection. They'll also discuss their career paths since graduation. This is a great chance to get personalized advice and ask questions as you progress through your own thesis and post-graduation journey. Food will be provided!

Panelists

  • Ruby Rorty, “Is There a Legal Path to Environmental Justice? Movement-Building, Strategic Litigation, and a Case Study of Chicago’s General Iron Dispute.”
  • Kimika Padilla, “Bird’s Eye View: Local Perspective from a Case Study of Aerial Cable Cars in Bogotá, Colombia.”
  • Micah Wilcox, “Major ‘L’: How the Chicago Transit Authority Gentrified Its Elevated Trains.”
Poster for "Finding Your Audience: Using Sources, Data, and Visuals;" November 13, 2023 CEGU student event
Poster for "Finding Your Audience: Using Sources, Data, and Visuals;" November 13, 2023 CEGU student event

Student Event

Tuesday, January 16, 2024
6:00–7:15pm
Assembly Hall, International House
1414 E. 59th St.

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In December, the Energy Policy Institute at The University of Chicago (EPIC) and The University of Chicago Office of Career Advancement sponsored student delegates from the College, Booth, Harris, and Law School to attend the COP28 international climate change conferencein Dubai.

Join us for an in-depth conversation about COP, the issues, the experiences of our students, and the role you can play as a climate champion.

Persons with disabilities who may need assistance should contact International House in advance of the program at (773) 753-2274 or i-house-programs@uchicago.edu

Student Event

Friday, January 12, 2024
12:00–1:00pm
Zoom

Poster for "Finding Your Audience: Using Sources, Data, and Visuals;" November 13, 2023 CEGU student event

Frizzell Learning & Speaker Series

Friday, January 5, 2024
4:00pm CT
Urban Lounge, 1155 E. 60th St.

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The summer of 2023 was the hottest ever recorded on planet earth and—wait for it—next summer is expected to be hotter. Seemingly every extreme weather event—be it wildfires, flooding, or heat emergencies—is greeted as the “new normal” instead of what it should be: a clarion call for collective study and action. This event takes up that challenge and creates a CEGU forum for student-driven conversations that grapple with the climate and nature emergency as it is happening. This is an invitation to talk about root causes of the emergency, map efforts underway to address those causes and finally and urgently, imagine alternative futures.

The event will begin with a brief introduction by CEGU faculty + students and will move on to an open discussion and brainstorm about what kinds of student-led CEGU initiatives and events we can develop to address the climate-nature emergency. Come ready to share ideas and get inspired! Snacks and drinks will be provided.

This event is part of the Frizzell Family Learning & Speaker Series.

Poster for "Finding Your Audience: Using Sources, Data, and Visuals;" November 13, 2023 CEGU student event

Student Event

Friday, December 1, 2023
4:30pm CT
Mansueto Lounge, 1155 E. 60th St.

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Join organizers and authors of CEGU's Exposions Magazine for the launch of a special issue in collaboration with the Chicago Studies research project, Century on 55th Street. Hear from contributors, meet the team, pick up a copy, and enjoy some refreshments.

Poster for "Finding Your Audience: Using Sources, Data, and Visuals;" November 13, 2023 CEGU student event

Student Event

Nina Olney, Graduate Student Research Mentor, CEGU

Monday, November 13, 2023
4:00–5:00pm CT
Room 129, 1155 E. 60th St.

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Are you a 4th year thesis or capstone writer interested in using your project to explore a future career? Are you a 3rd year student thinking about the thesis and capstone options? In this workshop, we will discuss how to tailor your BA thesis or capstone to post-graduation pathways related to cities and the environment. While the BA thesis should stand on its own in terms of research and design, it may be useful to orient your paper towards various careers, especially those that might require or allow for the submission of a writing sample. Over the course of an hour, we’ll discuss how to select sources, methods, and visualizations that signal to a given audience your understanding of the field—whether it be urban planning, academic research, policy, consulting, or beyond. The goal will be to identify a strong audience and build some next steps towards putting your thesis or capstone paper in conversation with these careers.

poster for November 1, 2023 CEGU Colloquium with Julia Mead

CEGU Colloquium, Student Event

Friday, November 10, 2023
2:00–3:00pm CT
Room 344, 1155 E. 60th St.

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All those currently seeking to earn a CEGU Doctoral Certificate are obliged to attend.  Anyone interested in the CEGU Doctoral Certificate are welcome. Attendance in person is preferred, but if you are unable to attend in person, the meeting will be also available via Zoom. You will receive a link upon submitting the registration form.

Night at the Museum

Student Event

NIGHT AT THE (SMART) MUSEUM

Thursday, November 9, 2023
6:00–7:30pm CT

Smart Museum of Art
(5550 S Greenwood Ave)

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CEGU students, faculty, and friends are invited for a night at the museum to discover and engage the work of Ruth Duckworth in the Smart Museum’s exhibition Ruth Duckworth: Life As A Unity.

This is a social event for students and faculty across the University from CEGU to the arts and humanities to the physical and biological sciences to mingle, exchange ideas, and get to know each other as well as one of UChicago’s most influential faculty artists, Ruth Duckworth, who was deeply embedded in the Department of Geophysical Sciences and Hyde Park’s burgeoning climate activist community in the 1960s.

 

Student Event

IRB Thesis Workshop

Led by Christopher Kindell

Wednesday, October 25, 2023
5:00–6:00pm CT

Room 129, 1155 E. 60th St.

Chicago Riverwalk

Student Event

CEGU Open House

Wednesday, October 25, 2023
4:00–5:00pm CT

Urban Lounge, 1155 E. 60th St.

photo of the lakefront at the Indiana Dunes; tall grass in the foreground, water in the background

Student Event

Wednesday, October 11, 2023
1:00–3:00pm CT

Social Sciences Quad

photo of the lakefront at the Indiana Dunes; tall grass in the foreground, water in the background

Student Event

Friday, September 29, 2023
10:00am–2:00pm CT

Meet in the North Courtyard at 1155 E. 60th St.

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Happy Autumn Quarter! Join us in celebrating the beginning of the academic year with our Fall social event, hiking at the Indiana Dunes. Led by UChicago Alum and President of the Chicago Ornithological Society, Edward Warden, this hike will explore the many ecosystems of the Indiana Dunes including dunes, oak savannas, swamps, marshes, and forests.

We will meet in the outdoor courtyard in front of the 1155 building, located at 1155 E. 60th Street. Our bus will leave promptly at 10:00am, so be sure to be on time!

Participants are expected to wear appropriate clothing for hiking outdoors, preferably long pants and close-toed shoes. Please bring a water bottle and preferred snacks, granola bars and other light refreshments will be provided.

Please contact Tess Conway, student affairs administrator, at tconway@uchicago.edu with any questions.

Student Event

Academic Opportunities Fair

Wednesday, September 27, 2023
3:30–6:30pm CT

Main Quad

EVENTS: 2022–23

Student Event

BA Thesis and Capstone Symposium

Tuesday, May 23, 2023
9:00am–4:30pm CT

Room 142, 1155 E. 60th St

Cover of Expositions Magazine, Issue #4, showing a low-angle photo of cabbages in the foreground with a house and blue cloudy sky in the background

Student Event

Expositions Magazine: Issue No. 4 Launch Party

Friday, May 12, 2023
4:30–5:45pm CT

Urban Lounge, 1155 E. 60th St

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Expositions Magazine, CEGU’s student publication, is hosting a launch party to celebrate the release of our latest issue on Friday, May 12. Join us in the Urban Lounge to meet and hear from the talented students who contributed to Issue No. 4! If Chicago bike lane inequities, the daily lives of Las Vegans, or the hidden spaces of Hyde Park sound intriguing to you, come join us.

Poster for May 10th CEGU Student Event, Grassroots Organizing Between Housing and Environmental Justice.

Student Event

Grassroots Organizing between Housing and Environmental Justice

Antonio Gutierrez, Autonomous Tenants Union

Wednesday, May 10, 2023
1:30–2:30pm CT

Urban Lounge, 1155 E. 60th St

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Please join CEGU for a collective discussion with representative(s) from the Autonomous Tenants Union (ATU) in regards to housing justice in Chicago and its connection to the environmental justice efforts in the city and beyond. We will look at the intersection of these two social justice movements, current impacts to tenants, and we will learn about ATU's structure and organizing model.

Frizzell Learning & Speaker Series

Michael Kimmelman, New York Times

Nootan Bharani, University of Chicago, Arts + Public Life (interlocutor)

Monday, May 1, 2023
4:30pm-6:00pm CT
The Theatre, Ida Noyes Hall (1212 E. 59th St., Third Floor)

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When climate change, aging infrastructure and an affordable housing crisis pose existential threats to our cities and society, why has it become so difficult to get big things done? Are some of the very rules and regulations put in place to solve these sorts of problems getting in the way? A look at the troubled aftermath of Hurricane Sandy in New York City, at some of the obstacles to addressing homelessness, and at some challenges to the construction of subsidized housing around the country.

Michael Kimmelman is the architecture critic of The New York Times. He has reported from more than 40 countries, was previously The Times's chief art critic and, based in Berlin, created the Abroad column, covering cultural and political affairs across Europe and the Middle East. Twice a Pulitzer Prize finalist, he is the founder and editor-at-large of a new venture focused on global challenges and progress called Headway.

Student Event

Third-year BA Thesis Workshop with CEGU Research Mentors

Wednesday, April 19, 2023
5:00pm CT

Room 129, 1155 E. 60th St

poster for CEGU Information Session, March 2023

Student Event

Friday, March 31, 2023
12:00pm-1:00pm
Urban Lounge, 1155 E. 60th St.

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As of Autumn 2023, the Major and Minor in Environmental and Urban Studies will become the Major and Minor in Environment, Geography and Urbanization. We invite all interested students to join us for an information session on these updated program requirements, including the opportunity for Q&A. Lunch will be provided!

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BA Capstone Production Workshop

Wednesday, March 29, 2023
5:00–6:00pm
Urban Lounge, 1155 E. 60th St.

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ENST students on the Capstone track are invited to join us for a workshop to discuss tools and techniques for audiovisual production. Light snacks will be provided.

Student Event

BA Thesis Chat and Alumni Panel

Friday, February 24, 2023
12:30–1:30pm CT
Room 129, 1155 E. 60th St.

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Join CEGU staff, ENST alumni, and fellow thesis writers for an informal discussion on undergraduate research in the Environmental and Urban Studies major. Light refreshments will be served, and students will have an opportunity to share ideas and receive feedback on their projects.

This event is open to all UChicago undergraduates. Third- and Fourth-Year ENST majors are encouraged to attend.

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BA Thesis Brainstorm Session with CEGU Research Mentors

Wednesday, February 15, 2023
12:00pm CT
Room 129, 1155 E. 60th St.

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Join CEGU research mentors and fellow students to brainstorm together about the BA Thesis in the Environmental and Urban Studies major.

This event is optional (but encouraged) for Third-Year ENST majors.

ENERGIZE Career Event graphic, February 13, 2023

Student Event

Monday, February 13, 2023
6:00pm CT
Cloister Club, Ida Noyes Hall (1212 E. 59th St.)

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Join EPIC, CEGU, and UChicago Career Advancement for the annual Energize event to network with professionals from across the sustainability, environmental, and energy fields. You will be able to meet with experienced professionals from organizations and companies such as the Invenergy, Green City Market, Shedd Aquarium, the Delta Institute, and more. Students will speak to panelists in small groups about their career experiences and how to succeed in various fields.

If you have any questions about access or to request any reasonable accommodations that will facilitate your full participation in this event such as ASL interpreting, captioned videos, Braille or electronic text, food options for individuals with dietary restrictions, etc. please contact the event organizer or Career Advancement at careeradvancement@uchicago.edu.↗

Student Event

BA Thesis and Capstone Project Information Session

Wednesday, February 8, 2023
12:00pm CT
Math Lounge (first floor), 1155 E. 60th St.
& Zoom (hybrid event)

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Join CEGU staff and fellow students to learn about the newly revised BA Thesis and BA Capstone process in the Environmental and Urban Studies major. Lunch will be provided.

This event is required for Third-Year ENST majors.

Student Event

BA Thesis Chat

Wednesday, January 18, 2023
3:30–5:00pm CT
Room 129, 1155 E. 60th St.

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Join CEGU staff and fellow thesis writers for an informal discussion on undergraduate research in Environmental and Urban Studies. Light refreshments will be served, and students will have an opportunity to share ideas and receive feedback on their projects.

This event is open to all UChicago undergraduates. Third- and Fourth-Year ENST majors are encouraged to attend.

Student Event

Breakfast in the Urban Lounge

Wednesday, January 18, 2023
10:00am–12:00pm CT
Urban Lounge, 1155 E. 60th St.

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Please join CEGU staff and faculty in the Urban Lounge on the first floor of 1155 E. 60th St. for a light breakfast and coffee as a welcome back to kick off Winter Quarter 2023. All are welcome.
Cover of Expositions Magazine Issue #3, showing an overhead view of a crowd on a brick paved area
Cover of Expositions Magazine Issue #3, showing an overhead view of a crowd on a brick paved area

Student Event

Expositions Launch Party

Friday, January 13, 2023
4:30pm CT
Urban Lounge, 1155 E. 60th St.

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BA Thesis Chat

Wednesday, November 9, 2022
12:00–1:30pm CT
Room 129, 1155 E. 60th St.

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Join Instructional Assistant Xixi Jiang and fellow thesis writers for an informal discussion on undergraduate research in Environmental and Urban Studies. Light refreshments will be served, and students will have an opportunity to share ideas and receive feedback on their projects.

This event is for third- and fourth-year ENST majors.

Student Event

Architectural Studies Open Studio: Built Environment Open House

Wednesday, November 2, 2022
5:00–8:00pm CT
MADD Center, Crerar Library

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Meet faculty and course instructors who teach about the built environment from across the curriculum, and learn about upcoming classes in which you can enroll for Winter/Spring.

Open Studio is un-programmed time for students interested in architecture/urban design and related disciplines to meet one another, work together on projects, share ideas and techniques, and build community. While the space is designed mostly for students enrolled in, or interested in, architecture studio classes, all are welcome, and no registration is required. You're welcome just to drop in, or to stay for longer. Food will be served, and some Wednesdays will feature optional workshops/events alongside the free space to work. 

 

Student Event

IRB Workshop

Wednesday, October 26, 2022
5:00–6:00pm CT
Room 129, 1155 E. 60th St.

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Join Research Mentor Kristi Del Vecchio for a 60-minute workshop on the IRB (Institutional Review Board) application process. This session is especially relevant for ENST thesis writers who intend to conduct research with human subjects (e.g. surveys, interviews, participant observation, etc.). The main goal of the workshop is to review the procedures and requirements for the IRB application in order to help students prepare for this process.

This event is open to all current UChicago undergraduates. Snacks will be provided.

Student Event

BA Thesis Chat

Friday, October 21, 2022
1:30–2:30pm CT
Room 129, 1155 E. 60th St.

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Join Research Mentor Kristi del Vecchio and fellow thesis writers for an informal discussion on undergraduate research in Environmental and Urban Studies. Light refreshments will be served, and students will have an opportunity to share ideas and receive feedback on their projects.

This event is for third- and fourth-year ENST majors.

Student Event

Lunch Workshop on Qualitative Methods: Examples from Research on "Eco-Reproductive Ethics"

Kristi Del Vecchio

Friday, October 21, 2022
12:00–1:00pm CT
Room 129, 1155 E. 60th St.

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Join CEGU Research Mentor Kristi Del Vecchio for an interactive session on qualitative methods in environmental studies research. Her dissertation focuses on “eco-reproductive ethics," interrogating the ways in which environmental concerns (such as climate change and biodiversity loss) are impacting reproductive choices and kinship practices in the U.S. In this session, Kristi will summarize her process for data collection and analysis, and discuss some of the literature that informs her approach. This lunch-n-learn is especially relevant for students who are interested in qualitative methods in their current or future research.