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The University of Chicago Spring 2011
What is Civic Knowledge?

Chicago as Friend and Representation
BPRO 21500, HUMA 24906, LLSO 24906, PBPL 21500, PHIL 21006

What is civic knowledge? Although civic rights and duties are supposedly universal in “liberal democratic” nations, their recognition and realization often depend on the strength of community connections and the circulation of knowledge across racial, class, and social boundaries. Focusing on the city of Chicago – and on the University of Chicago – we examine a number of key historical episodes in democratic experimentation and community organizing in order to shed light on how citizens, in their roles as citizens, can or could make democracy a way of life, forge communities, devise urban plans, and participate in urban affairs. How does the city construct the public spheres of its residents? Are the social practices of Chicagoans truly “democratic”? Could they be? What does “Chicago” stand for, as a political and cultural symbol? For both Chicagoans and their representatives, the circulation of knowledge depends not only on conventional media but also on how the city is constructed and managed through digital media.


Instructors:

Margot Browning. JRL S118A (in the Franke Institute for the Humanities).



m-browning@uchicago.edu. 702-5657. Office Hours: MW 4:00-5:00pm.

Bart Schultz, Gates-Blake 126. rschultz@uchicago.edu. 702-6007. Office hours: F 12:30-2pm.


Requirements:

• Three short (600-800 word) papers spaced throughout the quarter (due dates are April 18, May 9, and May 23).

• A final project/paper. This may take a number of different forms, from a longer paper (2000-2500 words) to a mapping project, to a multi-media exhibition. Original proposals are welcome, but these are subject to approval.
Required text purchases (available under PHIL 21006 at the Seminary Coop Bookstore):

• Addams, Jane. Twenty Years at Hull House. Dover Publications, 2008 (1910).

• Alinsky, Saul. Reveille for Radicals. Vintage Books, 1946, 1969.

• Allen, Danielle. Talking to Strangers: Anxieties of Citizenship since Brown v. Board of Education. University of Chicago Press, 2004.

• Bachin, Robin F. Building the South Side: Urban Space and Civic Culture in Chicago, 1890-1919. University of Chicago Press, 2004.

• Bennett, Larry. The Third City: Chicago and American Urbanism. University of Chicago Press, 2010.

• Moore, Natalie and Lawrence Williams. The Almighty Black P Stone Nation: The Rise, Fall, and Resurgence of an American Gang. Lawrence Hill Books, 2011.
Week 1:

Tuesday, March 29: Civic Knowledge, Nation and City

• “100 Civic Knowledge Questions” (CUNY website, 2008)



http://portal.cuny.edu/cms/id/cuny/documents/informationpage/002887.htm

• William Galston, “Political Knowledge, Political Engagement, and Civic Education,”



www.publicpolicy.umd.edu/files.php/ippp/vol25winterspring05.pdf

Tuesday, March 29: Civic Knowledge, Nation and City, continued:

• Representing Chicago (selected representations)


Thursday, March 31: Political Knowledge and Civic Knowledge, Invisibilities and Sacrifices

• Danielle Allen, “Prologue” and Part 1: “Loss” (chapters 1-4: “Little Rock, a New Beginning,” “Old Myths and New Epiphanies,” “Sacrifice, a Democratic Fact,” “Sacrifice and Citizenship”) in Talking to Strangers, pp. xiii-xxii and pp. 3-49

• Danielle Allen, “The Civic Knowledge Project – Origins” http://civicknowledge.uchicago.edu/grounding.shtml

• William Galston, “Political Knowledge, Political Engagement, and Civic Education,”



www.publicpolicy.umd.edu/files.php/ippp/vol25winterspring05.pdf
Week 2:

Tuesday, April 5: Civic Knowledge as Civic Friendship

• Danielle Allen, Part III: “New Democratic Vistas” (chapters 8-9: “Beyond Invisible Citizens,” “Brotherhood, Love, and Political Friendship”) in Talking to Strangers, pp. 101-139

• Danielle Allen, “The Power of Education”: UC ‘Aims of Education’ Address, 2001

http://www.uchicago.edu/about/documents/aims_of_education/200109_allen.shtml

• “The Civic Knowledge Project Remembers 1942-43” http://civicknowledge.uchicago.edu/media.shtml
Thursday, April 7: Sacrifice, Invisibility, and the South Side

• Danielle Allen, Part III: “New Democratic Vistas” (chapters 10-11: “Rhetoric, a Good Thing,” “Epilogue”) in Talking to Strangers, pp. 140-186

• Leon Despres, chapter 10: “Getting Reelected: An Even Tougher Battle” and chapter 13: “Our City’s Basic Problem” in Challenging the Daley Machine (Northwestern University Press, 2005), pp. 65-74, 81-9

• “Leon Despres at 100” - http://civicknowledge.uchicago.edu/media.shtml


Week 3:

Tuesday, April 12: Then and There, Town and Gown

• Robin Bachin, Introduction and Part One: “The University and the City” in Building the South Side, pp. 1-124


Thursday, April 14: Ruthless Chicago Pragmatists?

• Robert Westbrook, chapter 4 (“No Mean City”) in John Dewey and American Democracy, pp. 83-113

• Jane Addams, chapters 5-6 (“First Days at Hull House” and “Subjective Necessity for Social Settlements”), chapters 8-9 (“Problems of Poverty” and “A Decade of Economic Discussion”), and chapter 11 (“Immigrants and Their Children”) in Twenty Years at Hull House, pp. 58-84, 102-28, 149-65

• “Hull-House Maps, 1895” in Holland’s Chicago in Maps


Week 4:

Monday, April 18:

due: short paper (600-800 words): topics tba


Tuesday, April 19: Field trip to Jane Addams Hull-House Museum

• A tour of Hull House on the UIC campus, 800 S. Halsted St.



Tuesday, April 19: Field trip to Jane Addams Hull-House Museum, continued:

http://www.uic.edu/jaddams/hull/_museum/visitors.html

• Jane Addams, chapters 14-18 (“Civic Cooperation,” “The Value of Social Clubs,” “Arts at Hull House,” “Echoes of the Russian Revolution,” “Socialized Education”) in Twenty Years at Hull House, pp. 198-288

• Gerald D. Suttles, “Anatomy of a Slum” (1969) in City Scenes: Problems and Prospects, ed. J. John Palen, pp. 68-79


Thursday, April 21: Plans and Greens

• Robin Bachin, Part Two: “Parks as Public Space” in Building the South Side, pp. 127-201

• “The Burnham Plan,” Encyclopedia of Chicago

http://www.encyclopedia.chicagohistory.org/pages/10537.html

• Map of “City Parks and Boulevards, 1886” in Holland’s Chicago in Maps

• Map of “The World’s Columbian Exposition of 1893” in Holland’s Chicago in Maps

• Map of “The Mature City, 1898” in Holland’s Chicago in Maps

• Map of “The Burnham Plan, 1909” in Holland’s Chicago in Maps
Week 5:

Tuesday, April 26: Devil in the Grey City

• Robin Bachin, Part Three: “Commercial Leisure and Civic Culture,” and “Conclusion” in Building the South Side, pp. 205-307

• Carl Sandburg, “Chicago” in Chicago Poems (Dover Publications, 1994; 1916)

• “Map of Sin, 1894” in Holland’s Chicago in Maps

• Map of “Chicago’s Jazz Spots, 1914-1928” (1946) in Holland’s Chicago in Maps

• “Gangland Map” (1931) in Holland’s Chicago in Maps


Thursday, April 28, 5:30-7:30pm: Here and Now: History and Challenges of Liberal Education

• John Boyer, text about the UC College - tba

• A field trip to UC’s downtown campus: “Great Conversations on the Higher Learning in America: An Evening with John Boyer” at the UC Gleacher Center, 450 North Cityfront Plaza

http://civicknowledge.uchicago.edu/#/?i=1
Week 6:

Tuesday, May 3: Community Organizing and Civic Friendship on the South Side

• Saul Alinsky, chapters 1-7 (“What is a Radical?” “Where is the Radical Today?” “The Crisis,” “The Program,” “Native Leadership,” “Community Traditions and Organizations,” and “Organizational Tactics”) in Reveille for Radicals, pp. 1-131

• Barack Obama, part two on “Chicago” (chapters 7-8) in Dreams from My Father, pp. 133-163

• “Ethnic Neighborhood Map, 1982” in Holland, Chicago in Maps


Thursday, May 5: Community Organizing and Chicago Politics

• Barack Obama, part two on “Chicago” (chapters 9-10) in Dreams from My Father, pp. 163-206

• Edward McClelland, Prologue and Chapters 1-3 (“The Gardens,” “Harold,” and “The Asbestos Piece” in Young Mr. Obama: Chicago and the Making of a Black President, pp. 1-61.

• Barack Obama, Speech on Race



http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=88478467

• Ryan Lizza, “Making It: How Chicago Shaped Obama,” The New Yorker, July 21, 2008: 48-65.



Week 7:

Monday, May 9:

due: short paper (600-800 words): topics tba


Tuesday, May 10: Coalition and Confrontation: Mass Organization, Street Gangs

• Saul Alinsky, chapters 8-11 (“Conflict Tactics,” “Popular Education,” “Psychological Observations on Mass Organization,” and “Reveille for Radicals”) and “Introduction” in Reveille for Radicals, pp. 132-235, vii-xvii

• Natalie Moore and Lance Williams, “Introduction and chapters 1-3 (“Big Chief and Little Chief,” “Birth of the Blackstone Rangers,” and “Presbyterian Patrons”) from The Almighty Black P Stone Nation, pp. 1-68

• selections from the DVD entitled “The Democratic Promise: Saul Alinsky and his Legacy”


Thursday, May 12, 6:30-8:00pm: Community Forum: Promise Zone Initiatives

• A field trip on campus: A panel discussion featuring distinguished representatives from leading community organizations in Chicago involved in the development of Promise Zone initiatives and other innovative approaches to the problem of urban poverty - at the UC School of Social Service Administration 969 East 60th Street.

http://povertyinitiative.uchicago.edu

• South Side Health and Vitality Studies http://www.southsidehealth.org/

• America's Most Literate Cities, 2010 http://www.ccsu.edu/page.cfm?p=8140
Week 8:

Tuesday, May 17: From Woodlawn to Libya: Black Nationalism, Civil Rights, Domestic Terrorism?

• Natalie Moore and Lance Williams, chapters 4-11 (“1968,” “Things Fall Apart,” “Ushering in Islam,” “Angels of Death,” “Qaddafi and the Domestic Terrorism Trial,” “Prosecutorial Misconduct,” “The Legacy of Terrorism on Street Gangs,” and “The 8-Tray Stones”) from The Almighty Black P Stone Nation, pp. 69-259

• Winston Moore, Charles P. Livermore, and George F. Galland, Jr., “Woodlawn: The Zone of Destruction” (1973) in City Scenes: Problems and Prospects, ed. J. John Palen, pp. 226-237

• http://www.chicagogangs.org/index.php?pr=GANG_MAPS

• Guest speaker: Rudy Nimocks, Director, Community Partnerships, Office of Civic Engagement, University of Chicago
Thursday, May 19: A Series of Chicagos: Ideal or Existing?

Larry Bennett, chapters 1 and 2 (“The Third City” and “Renditions of Chicago”) in The Third City: Chicago and American Urbanism, pp. 1-76

• Thomas Bender, “Reflections on the Culture of Urban Modernity” in Urban Imaginaries: Locating the Modern City (2007), pp. 267-277.

• Thomas Reiner and Michael Hindery, “City Planning: Images of the Ideal and the Existing City” in Cities of the Mind: Images and Themes of the City in the Social Sciences (1984), pp. 133-147

• The Chicago Democracy Project (Prof. Michael Dawson) http://www.michaeldawson.net/projects/chicago-democracy-project/
Week 9:

Monday, May 23:

due: short paper (600-800 words): topics tba


Tuesday, May 24: Neighborhoods and Networks: Place, Space, Time

• Larry Bennett, chapter 4 (“City of Neighborhoods”) in The Third City: Chicago and American Urbanism, pp. 115-145

• Manuel Castells, “Space of Flows, Space of Places: Materials for a theory of urbanism in the information age” in New Urbanism and Beyond, ed. Tigran Hass, (Rizzoli, 2008), pp. 314-21

• Peter Calthorpe, “The Urban Network” in New Urbanism and Beyond, ed. Tigran Haas, pp. 67-69.

• Alan Ehrenhalt, “Trading Places: The demographic inversion of the American city” in The New Republic: August 13, 2008 (Vol. 239, Issue 2) pp. 18-22
Thursday, May 26: Chicago and New Urbanism

• Larry Bennett, chapters 3, 5 and 6 (“The Mayor Among His Peers,” “Wresting the New from the Once Modern” and “Chicago and American Urbanism”) in The Third City: Chicago and American Urbanism, pp. 79-112, 147-201

• Ray Oldenburg, “The Third Place” in New Urbanism and Beyond, pp. 234-37

• Robert Putnam and Lewis Feldstein, “Creating Common Spaces” in New Urbanism and Beyond: Designing Cities for the Future (Rizzoli, 2008), pp. 232-33


Week 10:

Tuesday, May 31: The Power of Place: A Global Chicago as Green Town?

• Harm de Blij, chapter 8 (“Power and the City”) in The Power of Place: Geography, Destiny and Globalization’s Rough Landscape, pp. 182-206.

• William McDonough, “Something Lived, Something Dreamed” in New Urbanism and Beyond, pp. 58-63.

• William McDonough and Michael Braungart, “From Principles to Practice: Creating a Sustainable Architecture for the 21st Century” at http://www.mcdonough.com/writings/from_principles.htm

• The Hannover Principles: See page 5: http://www.mcdonough.com/principles.pdf
Thursday, June 2:

• No class – Reading Period


Week 11:

Wednesday, June 8 at noon:

due: Final paper/project





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