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11/04 - University of Chicago ( 969 E. 60th Street) -8:30am - 5:00pm Free  

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Cultural Services of the French Embassy

University of Chicago

University of Illinois at Chicago

City/Cite: A Transatlantic Exchange

An exploration of inequality, race, and the state of urban democracy in the United States, France and beyond with leading scholars, policymakers, artists, community organizers, and activists from both sides of the Atlantic.

Two Countries, Two Days, A World of Ideas

November 3 - 4, 2015

Admission is Free and open to the public. Continental breakfast and lunch will be provided.

Day 1- Tuesday | November 3, 2015 | University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) | Great Cities Institute | Jane Addams Hull House | 800 S. Halsted Street

Poverty Amidst Plenty: Discrimination and Inequities
in the Modern Metropolis

9:00 a.m. Welcome, Introductions and Opening Remarks 

Teresa L. Córdova, Great Cities Institute, University of Illinois at Chicago 
Andrew Diamond, HDEA, Université Paris-Sorbonne


9:30 a.m. Employment and Community Development in an Era of Austerity  

Exploring dynamics of ethno-racial inequality in metropolitan United States and France, panelists discuss strategies for dealing with the crisis in employment marked by the rise of chronic unemployment especially among youth.


Amy Bailey, Sociology, University of Illinois at Chicago
Anne Charpy, Voisin Malin
Victor Dickson, Safer Foundation, Chicago
Céline Evita, Association Réponses Citoyennes
Lu Rocha, Women for Economic Justice (WEJ), Chicago

Moderator: Robert Bruno, School of Labor and Employment Relations, University of Illinois


11:15 a.m. Keynote Address: Cité/City: The Urgency of a Transatlantic Exchange

Thomas J. Sugrue, Social & Cultural Analysis & History, New York University


12:00 p.m. Complimentary Lunch


1:00 p.m. Building Bonds of Trust across Racial and Ethnic Lines                                                            

Scholars, policymakers, and community organizers discuss how to surmount institutionized dynamics of racial discrimination and intergroup conflicts in order to build trust and solidarity among different urban communities and pave the way for transformative social action.


Houda Asal, McGill University/Centre
Maurice Halbwachs (ENS)

Frédéric Callens, Office for the Prevention of and Campaign against Discrimination, Commissariat Général à 'Egalité des territoires (CGET)
Yazid Kherfi, Médiation Nomade  
Barbara Ransby, Social Justice Initiative (SJI), University of Illinois at Chicago
Thomas Sugrue, Social & Cultural Analysis & History, New York University                

Moderator: Amanda Lewis, Institute for Research on Race and Public Policy (IRRPP), University of Illinois at Chicago


3:00 p.m. The Sociology of Community: Neighborhoods in Transition                                                   

Scholars and grassroots activists from both sides of the Atlantic weigh in on pressing issues facing urban communities while examining theoretical, methodological and political tools used to assess and affect neighborhood change.


Marie-Hélène Bacqué, Urban Studies, Université Paris Ouest Nanterre La Défense                                    
Xóchitl Bada, Latin American and Latino Studies, University of Illinois at Chicago

J.R. Fleming, Chicago Anti-Eviction Campaign
Janet Smith, Nathalie P. Voorhees Center for Neighborhood and Community Improvement, University of Illinois at Chicago
Sylvie Tissot, Political Science, Université Paris 8

Moderator: Rachel Weber, Urban Planning and Policy, University of Illinois at Chicago

5:00 p.m. Adjourn Symposium


Day 2- Wednesday | November 4, 2015 | University of Chicago | School of Social Service Administration (SSA Lobby) | 969 E. 60th Street

Race and Youth in the Twenty-First Century Metropolis:
A Comparative Reflection on the United States and France


8:30 a.m. Welcome, Introductions and Opening Remarks


8:45 a.m. Keynote Address: “The Future of Black Metropolis”

Mary Pattillo, Sociology, Northwestern University


10:00 a.m. Police-Community Relations in Transatlantic Perspective

In a context of increasingly tense relations between police and communities of color, academics and practitioners from the US and France investigate the circumstances surrounding police violence, the dynamics of systemic racism in criminal justice systems, and the efforts being made to respond to these problems.

Panelists :

Shannon Bennett, Kenwood Oakland Community Organization (KOCO)
François Bonnet, Sociology, Pacte/CNRS
Craig Futterman, Law School, University of Chicago
Yazid Kherfi, Médiation Nomade
Alonzo Moore, Kenwood Oakland Community Organization (KOCO)
Cathy Schneider, International Studies, American University (DC)
Forrest Stuart, Sociology, University of Chicago

Moderator: Robert Chaskin, Social Service Administration, University of Chicago


12:00 p.m. Complimentary Lunch


1:00 p.m. Arts & Culture: Art and Community Engagement / Youth Programs in the Arts

Arts and cultural activities have proven to have a powerful social impact, in addition to their economic role, and disenfranchised youths are particularly in need of effective programs for engagement. Panelists reflect on how such programs and projects can build skills of creative expression, critical thinking, and empowerment.


Salah Amokrane, Association Tactikollectif
Céline Evita, Association Réponses Citoyennes
David Feiner, Albany Park Theater Project
Monica Haslip, Little Black Pearl Workshop
Emily Lansana, Logan Center for the Arts, University of Chicago
Lisa Yun Lee, Art History, University of Illinois at Chicago

Moderator:  Betty Farrell, Cultural Policy Center, University of Chicago

3:00 p.m. Racial Discrimination and Anti-Discrimination in the United States and France

Exploring how discrimination manifests itself differentially across different segments of minority communities in France and the United States, panelists interrogate the changing role of the state in both reinforcing and undermining regimes of racial inequality and the diverse strategies that have developed to combat new and old forms of racial domination.


Houda Asal, McGill University/Centre Maurice Halbwachs (ENS)
Frédéric Callens, Office for the Prevention of and Campaign against Discrimination, Commissariat Général à l'Egalité des territoires (CGET)
Cathy Cohen, Political Science, University of Chicago
Jasson Perez, Black Youth Project 100
Julien Talpin, Political Science, CERAPS/Université Lille 2

Moderator: Michael Dawson, Political Science, University of Chicago

5:00 p.m. Closing Remarks




What are my transport/parking options getting to the event?

University of Chicago at Illinois ( 800 South Halsted, Chicago IL)

Parking is available in the Halsted and Taylor Street Parking Structure (760 West Taylor Street). The entrance to this parking structure is on Taylor Street. Upon entry‚ guests should take a ticket and upon exit‚ guests should present this ticket to the cashier and pay the appropriate total (cash‚ debit cards‚ and credit cards are accepted at this lot).

For transit:

Jane Addams Hull-House is a short walk from the UIC-Halsted Blue Line station via the Halsted exit/entrance and is located near the 8 Halsted and 7 Harrison busses. Public transit is encouraged.

For disability accommodations: Please contact Christiana Kinder, (312)

University of Chicago SSA ( 969 East 60th Street, Chicago IL 60637).

- The campus is accessible by public transit via CTA and Metra ( The following CTA busses service the area: #2 HYDE PARK EXPRESS :  #4 COTTAGE GROVE ;  #6 JACKSON PARK EXPRESS; #10 MUSEUM OF SCIENCE & INDUSTRY;   #15 JEFFERY LOCAL ;  #28 STONY ISLAND;   #55 GARFIELD; #59 59th/61st STREET; #63 63rd STREET ). 

- Paid visitor parking is available at the Ellis Garage (Campus North Parking - 55th Street and Ellis ). Effective October 1, 2015, visitor parking rates at Ellis Garage are: 0-2 hours - $8; 2-3 hours - $16; 3-4 hours - $20 ; 4-24 hours - $25

- Limited street parking may be available.

For additional information on parking and transportation please visit:


Where can I contact the organizer with any questions?

  • For questions regarding Day 1 at UIC please contact
  • For questions regarding Day 2 at the University of Chicago , please email 



Day 1 - University of Illinois at Chicago ( 800 S Halsted) ; Day 2 - University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration (969 E. 60th Street)

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