About the Civic Knowledge Project
The Civic Knowledge Project (CKP) is the community connections branch of the Division of the Humanities at the University of Chicago, and it generates, often in collaboration with the Graham School of Continuing Liberal and Professional Studies, a wide range of special projects, including courses, workshops, lectures, tours, and volunteer/internship opportunities. The CKP’s mission is to develop and strengthen community connections through top quality, humanities-based educational programming, helping to overcome the social, economic, and racial divisions among the various knowledge communities on the South Side of Chicago.
The Civic Knowledge Project provides an extraordinary array of ways for students of all ages to learn more about Chicago and the issues its confronts, and to get involved in actively working to make it a better place, advancing the forms of civic friendship that matter most. The CKP works with an exceptionally diverse range of students, offering learning opportunities that include:
- Researching and recording in innovative and participatory ways the rich history of Chicago’s South Side
- Helping to learn about and support the arts and humanities in the communities surrounding the University
- Working in the local public schools to foster the verbal arts of philosophical conversation and ethical debate, and to promote the humanities
- Collaborating with local community leaders and organizations to create a greener and more sustainable South Side, advancing such creative initiatives as the Timuel D. Black Edible Arts Garden, located at 5710 S. Woodlawn
- Collaborating with the Illinois Humanities Council and the Clemente Course in the Humanities to provide a wealth of courses and activities in the humanities for disadvantaged adults
- Participating in rich, interdisciplinary educational programming that addresses key social issues by connecting scholars and students from a wide and diverse range of knowledge communities both within and without the University
Working with many local institutions, the CKP combines a commitment to academic excellence with a sense of social justice. For more information, please visit civicknowledge.uchicago.edu or contact CKP Director Bart Schultz at 773-834-3929. We welcome your participation!