Category Archives: history

100 Years Ago, Humanity Exterminated the Passenger Pigeon

Today, 1 September 2014, marks the final passing of a iconic species: the passenger pigeon, which in the 19th century was the most populous bird in North America. This editorial by conservation scientist Stanley Temple, of the Aldo Leopold Foundation … Continue reading

Posted in biodiversity, conservation, ecology, ethics, history, news, wildlife

Learn about the Earliest Chicagoans at the Chicago Portage on March 29

Chicago Portage Lecture March 29th 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM The Friends of the Chicago Portage would like to announce the 3rd in their series of 5 free public presentations in their “Earliest Chicagoans”series for 2014. Please join Friends Founder … Continue reading

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The Newberry Library Marks 100 Years of Carl Sandburg’s “Chicago” on March 12

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The Newberry Library Marks 100 Years of Carl Sandburg’s “Chicago” on March 12

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Mapping the Expansion of Chicago

This is a cool story from WBEZ public radio’s Curious City desk on the development and growth of Chicago from its founding to the present day. Also included is a really neat visual: an animated map of the city’s growth … Continue reading

Posted in cities, history, humanities, Illinois, planning

Sustainability Studies Professor Brad Hunt Publishes New Book, “Planning Chicago”

Sustainability Studies faculty member D. Bradford Hunt has just published a new book entitled Planning Chicago, co-authored with Jon B. DeVries, head of Roosevelt’s Real Estate Program, and published by the American Planning Association. Planning Chicago traces the work of … Continue reading

Posted in faculty, history, humanities, planning, policy, publications, research, Roosevelt

Steel and Community in Chicago: Exit Zero Film, Exhibit, Discussion at the Field Museum Saturday (Apr 13)

Exit Zero is a documentary film that tells a personal story of the lasting social and environmental impacts of “deindustrialization” in Southeast Chicago.  Interweaving home movies, found footage, and first-person narrative, the film traces the stories of multiple generations of … Continue reading

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