Previous Programs from the 2017-2018 Academic Year

Previous Programs from 2017-2018

Tuesday, September 12, 2017
Luncheon, The Standard Club
Selwyn Rogers, MD
Founding Director of the University of Chicago Medicine Trauma Center
Addressing Violence through a Public Health Lens

The University of Chicago made headlines by announcing the establishment of a new level 1 adult trauma center-the only such center currently planned for the South Side of Chicago. Society recognizes trauma as physical injury, but over the past 30 years, the medical profession in the U.S. and accross the globe has recognized and studied violence not merely as incidental but as disease.

But beyond the physical manifestation and implications of violence, mental trauma from exposure to violence has been scientifically shown to increase a person's risk of adopting violent behavior themselves, meaning that violent behavior transmits and spreads based on exposure, just like an epidemic disease.

Join Dr. Selwyn Rogers as he discusses the ways in which violence acts as an epidemic disease in society - and as such can be treated and perhaps even cured.

Thursday, October 12, 2017
Dinner, The Casino Club
Charlie Catlett, Director of the Urban Center for Computation and Data
Kathleen Cagney, Director of the Population Research Center at the National Opinion Research Center (NORC) at the University of Chicago
Small World, Big Data: The Array of Things Project in Chicago

In late 2016, Chicago became the first city to launch the Array of Things Project, a groundbreaking urban sensing venture that will eventually install 500 nodes on the city’s streets. By measuring data on air quality, climate, traffic, and other urban features, these nodes will support an innovative partnership among the University of Chicago, Argonne National Laboratory, and the City of Chicago to better understand, serve, and improve cities.

Array of Things is designed as a “fitness tracker” for the city, collecting new streams of data on Chicago’s environment, infrastructure, and activity. This hyper-local, open data will help researchers, city officials, and software developers address critical urban challenges, such as preventing urban flooding, improving traffic safety, and assessing the impact of climate change.

Join us for a conversation between Array of Things director Charles Catlett and sociologist Kathleen Cagney as they discuss the ways in which this data can help researchers address Chicago’s most critical urban challenge.

Thursday, November 9, 2017
Luncheon, The Univeristy Club
Jacqueline Stewart, Professor, Department of Cinema and Media Studies and the College
The L.A. Rebellion: Black Cinema and Social Change

Join Jacqueline Najuma Stewart, Professor of Cinema and Media Studies and Director of the Richard and Mary L. Gray Center for the Arts and Inquiry, as she explores the films and legacy of the L.A. Rebellion, a group of fiercely independent Black film and video artists that formed at UCLA in the 1970s and 1980s. The group - including Charles Burnett, Julie Dash, Haile Gerima, Billy Woodbury, Jamaa Fanaka, Barabar McCullough, Ben Caldwell, and Zeinabu Irene Davis - shared a desire to create alernatives to the mainstream and Blaxploitation modes of cinematic narrative, style, and practice. 

Thursday, December 14, 2017
Cocktail Reception, The Casino Club
George Wu
John P. and Lillian A. Gould Professor of Behavioral Science at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business
Get Smart: Smart Decision Making Means Better and Faster

Decision making is hard. This is true whether the choices are personal or professional or involve business, legal, medical, household, or governmental issues. A stream of research, often popularly known as behavioral economics, has been recognized with Nobel Prizes in Economics awarded to Daniel Kahneman at Princeton and the University of Chicago’s Richard Thaler. Although this work has only recently captured public attention, the University has been a pioneer since the establishment of the Center for Decision Research in 1977. Since then, scholars at the Center have conducted groundbreaking research designed to understand why decision making is often flawed and how we can do better.

Join us for a brief presentation from Professor George Wu on the decision biases that lead decisions to take too long and be too risk-averse. Although many of us believe that there is a tradeoff between better or faster, Professor Wu demonstrates that smart decision making means better and faster.

Thursday, January 25, 2018
Annual Dinner, The Four Seasons
Ann Marie Lipinski, curator of the Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard University, and David Axelrod, Director of The Institute of Politics at the University of Chicago, in conversation with Goli Sheikholeslami, chief executive officer of Chicago Public Media
Hold the Press! Journalism and Politics in a "Post-Truth" Era

Politicians have long been chided for bending the truth - for taking objective facts and manipulating them in service of a particular message. But in our comtemporary moment, what once was a tacit tenet of political discourse has warped into something else, in which the whole concept of truth has been turned on its head.

Used for political gain, the concept of "fake news" has injected doubt and suspicion into the very bedrock of democracy, the free press, with strident criticism coming not only from members of the public but from elected officials in the highest echelons of American government. Today, in an era when the political landscape has destabilized the notion of truth, we have to ask ourselves: Where do we go from here?

Join political strategist David Axelrod, jounalist Ann Marie Lipinski, and media leader Goli Sheikholeslami for an in-depth discussion of the interplay of politics and the media today.