‘City/Cité’ addresses race in U.S. and France

Thomas Sugrue

Thomas J. Sugrue, professor of social and cultural analysis and history, New York University, will give a keynote talk.


The Great Cities Institute at the University of Illinois at Chicago presents “City/Cité: A Transatlantic Exchange,” a symposium organized by UIC, Cultural Services of the French Embassy, and the University of Chicago, featuring urban historian Thomas J. Sugrue.


Nov. 3 & 4, 9 a.m.- 5:30 p.m.


Nov. 3:
University of Illinois at Chicago
Jane Addams Hull-House Museum, Residents’ Dining Hall
800 S. Halsted St.

Nov. 4:
University of Chicago
School of Social Service Administration
969 E. 60th St.


Leading scholars, policymakers, artists, community organizers and activists from both sides of the Atlantic will explore inequality, race and the state of urban democracy in the U.S., France and beyond.

On Nov. 3, Thomas J. Sugrue, professor of social and cultural analysis and history at New York University, will deliver a keynote address on “The Urgency of a Transatlantic Exchange.”

On Nov. 4, Mary Pattillo, professor of sociology at Northwestern University, will speak on “The Future of Black Metropolis.”

Each day will feature three panel discussions. Topics include:

  • Employment and community development in an era of austerity
  • Building bonds of trust across racial and ethnic lines
  • Neighborhoods in transition
  • Police-community relations in transatlantic perspective
  • Youth programs in the arts
  • Racial discrimination and anti-discrimination in the U.S. and France

For detailed information on topics and speakers, please refer to the complete agenda.

Admission is free and open to the public. Continental breakfast and lunch will be provided. Please register, as space is limited. For more information on the Nov. 3 program, email gcities@uic.edu.

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