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INI 437Y: Chicago Expedition

4th year Urban Studies Program students participate in five day exploration of one of the world’s great cities, Chicago.

INI 437Y: Experiential Learning in Toronto and the GTA is a 4th year Urban Studies course in which students are placed at internships across the city in urban focused, non profit organizations, and also attend weekly seminars to discuss material related to four themes:

1)    Local governance

2)    Economic development

3)    Urban planning

4)    Community

During Reading Week 2014, 14 of the 19 nineteen students enrolled in INI 437Y participated in a five day ‘expedition’ to Chicago, almost entirely paid for by the UofT’s Internationalized Course Module program which is aimed at providing undergraduate students with international experiences.

We tweeted and instagrammed about our trip (@INI437) which took us to Chicago’s Loop, South Side, West Side, Cabrini Green and more.  After beginning with a guided tour of the Chicago History Museum to learn about the city’s early development, we explored Chicago’s South Side by ‘L’ (ie: the subway), visited the famed Bean in Milennium Park, met with the Chicago Recovery Alliance and Prof Greg Scott of DePaul University, had a tour of Chicago’s Pedway system that included visits to the State of Illinois Building, Chicago City Hall and the Chicago Cultural Centre, heard poet Kevin Coval perform at the Art Institute of Chicago (who knew there was hip-hop poetry about urban renewal, race and gentrification?) and walked through Cabrini Green alongside Prof. Janet Smith of University of Illinois at Chicago.  We ended our trip  with a deep dish pizza dinner at Giordano’s!

The students will present a poster on their reflections from the Chicago expedition at the upcoming Faculty of Arts and Science Research Forum, March 6th from 4-6pm in the Great Hall at Hart House.

USP_Chicago trip

Submitted by Shauna Brail

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