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The Civic Knowledge Project

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The Civic Knowledge Project (CKP) is the community connections branch of the Division of the Humanities at the University of Chicago.

Mission Statement: The Mission of the CKP is to develop and strengthen community connections, helping to overcome the social, economic, and racial divisions among the various knowledge communities on the South Side of Chicago. We believe that the free and reciprocal flow of knowledge is empowering. Working with our many local collaborators, we (1) Provide educational and humanities programming linking the University of Chicago to other knowledge communities surrounding it; (2) Develop institutional policy for the exchange of knowledge among different local knowledge communities; and (3) Serve as an educational and organizational resource for our community. Ultimately, our Mission is to apply, through meaningful community connections, the motto of the University of Chicago: Let knowledge grow from more to more; and so be human life enriched.

Recent and Upcoming Events

The Civic Knowledge Project has some amazing events lined up for 2015! Our community-oriented programs highlight the vital role of the humanities in public life, as a key part of the public good demonstrating the virtues of civic friendship and communities of inquiry.

Please join us on Saturday, April 11th, from 6:30-9:30 pm, as we celebrate the culture and legacy of Chicago’s South Side with this event honoring Timuel D. Black, the great South Side civil rights activist and author of the Bronzeville oral history Bridges of Memory. Come to Bronzeville’s historic Parkway Ballroom for the inaugural Timuel D. Black Bridges of Memory Distinguished Guest Lecture, followed by a reception and jazz concert, and a presentation from the CKP's South Side Arts and Humanities Network, a capacity-building resource for local non-profit organizations. The inaugural Bridges of Memory guest lecture will be delivered by Kenneth Warren, Fairfax M. Cone Distinguished Service Professor in the Department of English, and author of such works as What Was African American Literature? and So Black and Blue: Ralph Ellison and the Occasion of Criticism. The Parkway Ballroom is located at 4455 S. Martin Luther King Jr. Drive in Chicago’s Bronzeville neighborhood. From 1940 to 1974, the Ballroom was the destination of choice for Chicago's African American community, and featured such performers as Count Basie, Sarah Vaughn and Nat King Cole. Now a beautifully restored Parkway Ballroom is once again a cultural hub. For more information or to RSVP, please contact Bart Schultz, at or 773.834.3929, ext 1. Free Admission and Free Food!

The Sun-Times features the Civic Knowledge Project's historic event, The Life and Legacy of Dr. Julian Herman Lewis

Tyrone Haymore, John O. Lewis, and Bart Schultz featured on WBEZ's Morning Shift discussing The Life and Legacy of Dr. Julian Herman Lewis

Please be sure to join us for the following:

Children together with a trophy

The Civic Knowledge Project gratefully acknowledges the generous support it has received from the Joyce Foundation, the Chicago Community Trust, and the Illinois Arts Council Agency.