"Black Belts and Ivory Towers: The Place of Race in U.S. Social Thought, 1892-1948"

Davarian Baldwin's article uses the University of Chicago as a case study to examine how foundational sociological thought influenced and was influenced by prevailing social norms about race. Baldwin argues that the Chicago School of Sociology's intellectual projects were not "disinterested" or "neutral," but largely informed how "Chicago’s Black residents theorized themselves, their neighborhoods and the larger world." Specifically, "“there has been a direct and dangerous racial line from ‘scientific’ theories of ‘disorder’ and ‘dysfunction,’ to ‘culture of poverty’ to ‘underclass.’" Baldwin's article offers a critical lens through which to view academic institutions and their relationship to surrounding communities. 

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What Makes an Ideal Reparations Package?: A Typological Examination of Reparations for Jon Burge Torture Survivors

In Maddie Anderson’s BA Thesis, she “explores the question “how effective was the Burge reparations package?” I define reparations and create a typology of reparations based on international and national case studies. I then use that, as well as interviews with torture survivors, the mothers of torture survivors, and the authors and implementers of the Burge reparations package, to judge the efficacy of the Burge reparations package and make recommendations about what work should still be done to improve the plight of torture survivors."

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Motherhood en Acción: Gender, Latinidad, and Community Action in Pilsen, 1973-1987

From her research description, Elizabeth Dia’s thesis “offers a history of Mujeres Latinas en Acción, a women’s community organization in Chicago’s Pilsen neighborhood. This thesis begins by describing the gender norms and views of ethnic identity in the neighborhood in the early 1970s, before turning to the organization’s founding and early programs serving young women. This paper argues that Mujeres used community activism to broaden practices associated with motherhood to include supporting the whole Latina/o community. “

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"Chicago On the Aisle: Claudia Cassidy's Music Criticism and Legacy"

Hannah Edgar’s B.A. thesis explores explores the life and influence of art critic, Claudia Cassidy. From a section of Hannah’s description of her thesis: “For most of her life, Claudia Cassidy (1899–1996) was Chicago’s most prolific and widely read critic, and, as this paper argues, one of the most influential arts critics of the twentieth century. She began her career at the Chicago Journal of Commerce (1924–1941), moving from there to the Chicago Sun (1941–42) and then to the Chicago Tribune (1942–65), where she reached the height of her influence. After leaving the Tribune, Cassidy wrote for numerous local and national publications as a critic-at-large. In total, her career spanned five beats (music, theater, dance, books, and film), two continents (North America and Europe), and nearly seven decades, giving her a uniquely privileged vista of the twentieth century’s performing arts.” Click below to read further.

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CPD Civil Asset Forfeiture Data

Civil asset forfeitures occur when police and prosecutors keep property seized during an arrest, such as money, cars, or other valuables. In Illinois, civil asset forfeitures can occur in the absence of conviction, or even the filing of charges. Lucy Parsons Lab has analyzed over 23,000 civil asset forfeitures in Cook County, determining most occur in heavily policed, predominantly black and brown communities

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Chicago Collections Consortium

Chicago Collections is a consortium of libraries, museums, and other institutions with archives that collaborate to preserve and share the history and culture of the Chicago region. Explore a wealth of digitally archived resources, from the history of sports in Chicago to Pilsen-centered data to social services records across time.                                                                                                                                                                            

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Chicago Torture Archive

The Chicago Torture Archive was created by the Pozen Family Center for Human Rights in conjunction with the People's Law Office. Visit the archive to view testimonies of torture victims, torture cases findings, documents of police officers sued for torture, media articles, special reports, summaries of evidence, City Council hearings, and more. 

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