Urban Readers

About the Urban Readers Series:

The Urban Readers Series invites the curious public to meet the university's faculty, staff, and alumni who think and write about cities. The series is sponsored by UChicago Urban, the university's commitment to enhancing urban life and bringing our work into conversation with the public.

Below, you'll find a listing of upcoming Urban Readers events, as well as an archive of past events.

Spring 2017 Events:


Tue. 5/2 6pm: Stephen W. Raudenbush, Lisa Rosen & Elizabeth McGhee Hassrick - The Ambitious Elementary School

Mon. 5/8 6pm: Johanna Ransmeier - Sold People: Traffickers and Family Life in Northern China 

Tue. 5/16 6pm: Derek Hyra - Race, Class and Politics in the Cappucino City - Natalie Y. Moore

Mon. 5/22 6pm: Michaela Soyer - A Dream Denied: Incarceration, Recidivism, and Young Minority Men in America

Previous Events:

Winter 2017:

Wed. 1/18 6pm: Pamela Robertson Wojcik - Fantasies of Neglect: Imagining the Urban Child in American Film and Fiction - Jacob Smith

Thu. 1/26 6pm: Eugene Raikhel - Governing Habits: Treating Alcoholism in the Post-Soviet Clinic - William Nickell

Tue. 1/31 6pm: Timothy J. Gilfoyle - Scenescapes: How Qualities of Place Shape Social Life - Terry Nichols Clark


Wed. 3/1 6pm: Kimberly Hoang - Dealing in Desire: Asian Ascendancy, Western Decline, and the Hidden Currencies of Global Sex Work - Michael D. Kennedy

Fall 2016:

Wed 10/12 6pm: Forrest Stuart - Down, Out, and Under Arrest: Policing and Everyday Life in Skid Row

Mon. 10/17 6pm: E. Summerson Carr and Michael Lempert - Scale: Discourse and Dimensions of Social Life - Karin Knorr Cetina

Tue. 11/22 6pm: Niall Atkinson - The Noisy Renaissance: Sound, Architecture, and Florentine Urban Life - Sarah Geis

Tue. 11/29 6pm: Shannon Lee Dawdy - Patina: A Profane Archaeology - Kate Ingold