WBEZ | Center for Civic Reflection http://www.wbez.org/tags/center-civic-reflection Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Beyond the Vote http://www.wbez.org/news/culture/beyond-vote-104183 <p><p>Leading up to the November elections, the <a href="http://www.civicreflection.org/">Center for Civic Reflection</a> (formerly known as the Project on Civic Reflection) and <a href="http://www.mikvachallenge.org/">Mikva Challenge</a> joined with WBEZ to invite Chicago residents to think and talk together about how we participate in democracy--and what we hope for when we do. Three weeks after the election, on November 29th, a group of thirty community members, students, and civic leaders were convened to explore what happens next. Voting is one form of participation, but how does it stand next to other forms of involvement as we move forward? How else can we act to improve our city and our world, and what, however we express ourselves, are we hoping to get done?</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F83822927" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>To dig into these questions, representatives from Global Citizenship Experience, Chicago Cares, the Odyssey Project, Teach for America, Project Soapbox, Morgan Park High School, the University of Chicago&rsquo;s Institute of Politics, and several other groups (<em>full list below</em>) engaged in a participatory discussion about the power and the limits of participation in all its forms. The discussion revolved around some of the images seen here, around William Carlos Williams&rsquo; short poem, &ldquo;Election Day,&rdquo; and around what we feel, want, and work for when we participate.<br />&nbsp;</p><blockquote><p><em><strong>Election Day</strong><br /><br />Warm sun, quiet air<br />an old man sits<br /><br />in the doorway of<br />a broken house--<br /><br />boards for windows<br />plaster falling<br /><br />from between the stones<br />and strokes the head<br /><br />of a spotted dog</em></p><p align="right" style="margin-left:1.0in;">-- by William Carlos Williams,<br />from&nbsp;<em>The Collected Poems, Volume II, 1939-1962</em></p></blockquote><div class="image-insert-image "><p style="text-align: center;"><br /><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/Afghan%20Women%20Voting_ShowingID_ABC%20News_September%202010.jpg" style="width: 499px; height: 280px;" title="Afghan Women Voting by ABC News/September 2010 (PCR/file)" /></p><div class="image-insert-image "><div class="image-insert-image " style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/Banksy-Keep-Your-Coins-I-want-Change.jpg" style="width: 500px; height: 333px;" title="&quot;Keep Your Coins, I want Change.&quot; by Banksy/Meek (PCR/file)" /></div><div class="image-insert-image ">Participants included:<br /><strong>Israel Munoz</strong>, Mikva Challenge<br /><strong>Janice Thomson</strong><br /><strong>Meghan Goldenstein</strong>, Mikva Challenge<br /><strong>Joan Rothenberg</strong><br /><strong>Darren Reisberg</strong>, University of Chicago<br /><strong>Maxine Gere</strong><br /><strong>Kristin Sutter</strong>, Teach for America<br /><strong>Star Perry</strong><br /><strong>Mark Cwik</strong><br /><strong>Hamid Bendaas</strong>, University of Chicago<br /><strong>Biruk Eyesus</strong>, Illinois Institute of Technology<br /><strong>Dillan Siegler</strong>, University of Chicago Institute of Politics<br /><strong>Tim Fosbury</strong>, City Colleges of Chicago<br /><strong>Johanna Klinsky</strong>, Chicago Public Schools<br /><strong>Shayan Karbassi</strong>, University of Chicago Institute of Politics<br /><strong>Charles Bell</strong>, Mikva Challenge<br /><strong>Shalonda Cox</strong>, Mikva Challenge<br /><strong>Cristina Perez</strong>, Mikva Challenge<br /><strong>Mehak Hafeez</strong>, Mikva Challenge<br /><strong>Steve Bynum</strong>, Chicago Public Media (WBEZ)<br /><strong>Erika Grammel</strong>, University of Chicago<br /><strong>Jonathan Anderson</strong>, DePaul University<br /><strong>Catherine Alvarez-McCurdy</strong>, University of Chicago<br /><strong>Lavell Short</strong>, Mikva Challenge<br /><strong>Thomas Toney</strong>, Chicago Cares<br /><strong>Sara McElmurry</strong>, Latino Policy Forum<br /><strong>Shengxiao &quot;Sunshine&quot; Yu</strong>, University of Chicago Institute of Politics<br /><strong>Cardale Brinson</strong>, Mikva Challenge<br /><strong>Gabrielle Fitzpatrick</strong>, Global Citizenship Experience Charter School<br /><strong>Alice Welna</strong>, Global Citizenship Experience Charter School<br /><strong>Adam Davis </strong>(facilitator), Center for Civic Reflection<br /><br />&nbsp;</div></div></div><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Tue, 04 Dec 2012 14:09:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/news/culture/beyond-vote-104183 Service in an Age of Inequality http://www.wbez.org/sections/work/service-age-inequality-100259 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/PCR-Service in an Age of Inequality-webstory_photo-TP.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>As the National Conference for Volunteering and Service kicked off its annual conference in Chicago with 4,000 people in attendance, 24 civic leaders &ndash; from Chicago, Texas, Colorado, Indiana, and beyond &ndash; gathered for a discussion on the theme of &ldquo;Service in an Age of Inequality.&rdquo;&nbsp;</p><p>In 2012, in the midst of a sustained economic recession, when the socio-economic gaps appear to be wider than at any time since the 1920s, and when the Occupy Movement &ndash; with its mobilization of the 99% &ndash; has arisen in over 1,100 cities in the U.S. and across the globe to decry the increasing concentration of wealth among the top 1%, the question arises: what does service and volunteerism &ndash; one of the hallmarks of our civil society &ndash; do to address this gap?&nbsp;&nbsp;Is service reducing inequality? Is that even the goal? And how should those who are working in community to address this inequality respond to the fact that things can seem to be getting worse, not better, and may continue to get worse in the coming years?</p><p>Participants began by considering a list of statistics &ndash; on education, poverty, unemployment, income and wealth, and criminal justice &ndash; that showed a substantial increase in rates of incarceration, of long-term unemployment, of homelessness, of student debt and dropout rates, with racial disparities evident in each category. (<em><a href="http://llnw.wbez.org/PCR_Inequality_Statistics_WBEZdiscussion_June2012.pdf">Click here</a> to view the prepared handout.</em>)&nbsp; How do we respond to these statistics?&nbsp; What do they mean about the impact of the work we are doing?</p><p>Using a piece that became famous after September 11th, 2001 for its appearance in <em>The New Yorker</em>,&nbsp; participants read aloud <a href="http://llnw.wbez.org/PCR_Inequality_Zagajewski_Try%20to%20Praise%20the%20Mutilated%20World.pdf">Adam Zagajewski&rsquo;s &ldquo;Try to Praise the Mutilated World&rdquo;</a> and talked about the current state of the world. Is mutilation the right word for where we are, even if it sounds so ugly? What other ways should we describe what we see around us? Should we be sharing lists of statistics about growing inequality with our communities and partners, even if it&rsquo;s depressing or numbing to hear?&nbsp;&nbsp;And maybe just as importantly, what others things should we pay attention to?&nbsp;&nbsp;How do we &ldquo;praise&rdquo; the world even as we acknowledge its ugliness?&nbsp;</p><p>The discussion was led by <strong>Kelli Covey</strong> and <strong>Adam Davis</strong> from the <a href="http://civicreflection.org/">Center for Civic Reflection</a>.</p><p>Participants included:<br /><strong>Qween Wicks</strong>, Columbia College<br /><strong>Heather Greenwell</strong>, Executive ServiceCorps<br /><strong>Susan Fort</strong>, Executive ServiceCorps<br /><strong>Tom Lashinski</strong>, IHDA<br /><strong>Carly Siuta</strong>, City Year Chicago<br /><strong>Laurence Minsky</strong>, Columbia College<br /><strong>Amanda Helfer</strong>, United Way of Larimer County<br /><strong>Nicole Vera</strong>, CBPYT, City and County of Denvor<br /><strong>Aubrie Tossmann</strong>, Umoja Student Development Corporation<br /><strong>Laura Mulvey</strong>, CBPYT, City and County of Denvor<br /><strong>Mia Garcia-Hills</strong>, Concordia University<br /><strong>Eileen Heineman</strong>, YWCA Evanston/North Shore<br /><strong>James E. Britt Jr.</strong>, School of the Art Institute<br /><strong>Anita Caref</strong>, Asian Human Services<br /><strong>Lucia Flores</strong>, PCC AmeriCorps<br /><strong>Rebecca Brown</strong>, Literature for All of Us<br /><strong>Ellen Knutson</strong>, Northwestern University<br /><strong>Courtney Becks</strong>, Engage Wisconsin<br /><strong>Maggie Stevens</strong>, Indianan Campus Compact<br /><strong>Laura West</strong>, OneStar Foundation<br /><strong>Jerry Bertrand</strong>, OneStar Foundation<br /><strong>Gin Hooks</strong>, Teach Plus Chicago</p><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Wed, 20 Jun 2012 10:59:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/sections/work/service-age-inequality-100259 A Round-Table Discussion on Teaching, Learning, and Power http://www.wbez.org/news/education/round-table-discussion-teaching-learning-and-power-98809 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/TeachingSalon_WEB-photo.JPG" alt="" /><p><p>A group of 31 teachers, students, principals, and others in education from a wide range of schools around Chicago gathered in WBEZ&#39;s Community Room for an in-depth discussion about teaching, learning, and power.<br /><br />We have entered a strange and in some respects welcome cultural moment: people across Chicago and the nation are talking, writing, and even yelling about teachers and teaching. From the length of the school-day to the relative merits of teaching corps vs. traditional teachers to how best to measure student achievement teaching and learning are in the news.<br /><br />But for a range of reasons and from a number of perspectives, much of this talk about teaching can seem incomplete. Too often, our talk about teaching addresses outcomes without giving enough consideration to the conditions that lead toward them. Too often, our talk about teaching and learning seems to leave actual teaching and learning out of the mix. Too often discussions of power focus solely on political power, policy-making, and the opinions of &ldquo;experts&quot;, with less focus on the complexity of power dynamics or the structures that educators navigate in classrooms and communities. &nbsp;<br /><br />In a series of three &ldquo;Teaching, Learning, and Power&rdquo; discussions held at Chicago Public Media&#39;s Community Bureaus throughout March 2012, the <a href="http://civicreflection.org/"><span style="text-decoration: underline;">Center for</span> Civic Reflection</a> (formerly known as the Project on Civic Reflection), through their special program called the <a href="http://civicreflection.org/what_is_civic_reflection/audiences/teachers/" target="_blank">Teachers&rsquo; Inquiry Project</a>, partnered with WBEZ to create opportunities for teachers to explore the conditions that make learning possible. This recorded conversation was a culminating event to the discussion series, which aimed to explore this large concept of power in an educational context:&nbsp; How do we understand power?&nbsp; How does power arise in teaching and learning environments?&nbsp; What do we have control over &mdash; and what do we not have control over &mdash; in our educational work?&nbsp;<br /><br /><em>&quot;I often feel like I have to sell the value of education to students, and the value of my work to the rest of the world. Often its about going to college so that you can get a job so that you can participate in this consumerism, and its not necessarily about the value of learning or knowledge, or the beauty of art and poetry, or understanding our past or making the connections between things.&quot;&nbsp; </em>- Linda Becker, Social Justice High School</p><p>These conversations are just a beginning of what we hope will be ongoing conversations, among teachers, students, and other decision-makers, in and beyond Chicago.<br /><br />Facilitated by <strong>Kelli Covey</strong> and <strong>Adam Davis</strong> of the Center for Civic Reflection, the conversation focused on a poem, Tony Hoagland&#39;s &quot;America&quot; from <em>What Narcissism Means to Me</em> (<a href="http://llnw.wbez.org/America_Hoagland.pdf">click here to read</a>).<br /><br />To hear the complete conversation click the audio link at the top of the page.<br /><br />Participants included:<br /><strong>Donald Abram</strong>,&nbsp; Chicago Military Academy<br /><strong>Ira Abrams</strong>, Chicago Military Academy<br /><strong>Tim Barnes</strong><br /><strong>Linda Becker</strong>, Social Justice High School<br /><strong>Becca Bernstein</strong>, Center for Civic Reflection<br /><strong>Asiaha Butler</strong>, Englewood CAC<br /><strong>Kelli Covey</strong>, Center for Civic Reflection<br /><strong>Brian Damacio</strong>, Social Justice High School<br /><strong>Adam Davis</strong>, Center for Civic Reflection<br /><strong>Latesha Dickerson</strong>, Englewood CAC<br /><strong>Shanti Elliott</strong>, Francis Parker School &amp; Teachers&rsquo; Inquiry Project<br /><strong>Stephen Greenhalge</strong>, UCAN<br /><strong>Gin Hooks</strong>, Teach Plus Chicago<br /><strong>Frances Judd</strong>, Mrs. Judd&rsquo;s Games<br /><strong>Carlos Pittella Leite</strong>, GCE Chicago<br /><strong>Asucena Lopez</strong>, Social Justice High School<br /><strong>Leandre Niyokwizera</strong>, GCE Chicago<br /><strong>Teresa Onstott</strong>, Social Justice High School<br /><strong>Kaine Osburn</strong>, Niles West High School<br /><strong>Katie Osgood</strong>, Chicago Lakeshore Hospital<br /><strong>Tim Reed</strong>, Independent Scholar<br /><strong>Angela Rudolph</strong>, Education Reform NOW<br /><strong>Art Sheridan</strong>, Mother McAuley High School<br /><strong>Monica Sims</strong>, Chicago Public High Schools &amp; Teach Plus<br /><strong>Bill Singerman</strong>, Ancona School<br /><strong>Sarah Slavin</strong>, Teach Plus<br /><strong>Rachel Douglas Swanson</strong>, Teach Plus &amp; CPS<br /><strong>John Taylor</strong><br /><strong>Priscilla Vaz</strong>, GCE<br /><strong>Bonnie Wishne</strong>, The Ancona School<br /><strong>Yangyang Zong</strong>, Center for Civic Reflection</p><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Thu, 03 May 2012 08:49:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/news/education/round-table-discussion-teaching-learning-and-power-98809 Marking the Day: The Tenth Anniversary of 9-11 http://www.wbez.org/content/marking-day-tenth-anniversary-9-11 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/story/photo/2011-September/2011-09-12/Marking the Day_photo5.JPG" alt="" /><p><p>A group of 24 leaders from a wide range of civic and community organizations around Chicago gathered in WBEZ&#39;s Jim and Kay Mabie Performance Studio on Monday for an in-depth discussion about the meaning of 9/11, now and going forward.&nbsp;</p><p>Facilitated by Kelli Covey and Adam Davis of the Center for Civic Reflection (formerly known as the Project on Civic Reflection), the event was a co-production of the Center for Civic Reflection, the Illinois Humanities Council and WBEZ.</p><p>Though the event was titled &quot;Marking the Day,&quot; this particular gathering was organized not so much to commemorate the tenth anniversary of the 9/11 attacks as to explore how we <em>ought</em> to mark it: What should we remember? How should we act?</p><div class="inset"><div class="insetContent"><p><img alt="" class="caption" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/story/insert-image/2011-September/2011-09-12/Marking%20the%20Day_%20Discussion%20Picture1-TP2.jpg" style="height: 167px; float: left;" title="(File/PCR)" /></p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><img alt="" class="caption" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/story/insert-image/2011-September/2011-09-12/Marking%20the%20Day_%20Discussion%20Picture%202-TP2.jpg" style="height: 185px; float: left;" title="(File/PCR)" /><br />&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p></div></div><p>The participants represented a wide range of racial, ethnic and religious backgrounds.</p><p>&quot;I felt like today, this morning, was just an essential thing of what it means to be an American - to be able to gather together and reflect on something, how each of us have different identities, but also can come around an issue and discuss it,&quot; said Ted Gibbs of the Serve Illinois Commission.</p><p>The conversation began by having the participants reflect on three sequential objects - two photos (at left) and a poem.&nbsp; To read excerpts of the poem, &quot;September Songs: A Poem in Seven Days&quot; by Lucille Clifton, click <a href="http://www.wbez.org/page/september-songs-poem-seven-days-excerpts">here</a>.&nbsp;</p><p>&quot;Marking the Day&quot; aimed to strengthen the connections between communities, deepen understanding, and increase commitment to the democratic practice of listening to, and talking with, one another about the difficult issues and questions that define our times.</p><p>&quot;As an educator, this conversation has affirmed for me the essential role of education in achieving the promise of America,&quot; said Jill Bass of the Mikva Challenge.</p><p>To hear the complete conversation click the audio link at the top of the page.</p><p>Participants in the Marking the Day conversation included:<br /><strong>Becca Berstein</strong>, Center for Civic Reflection<br /><strong>Geoffrey Banks</strong>, Illinois Humanities Council<br /><strong>Jill Bass</strong>, Mikva Challenge<br /><strong>Ralph Cintron</strong>, Latin American and Latino Studies, UIC<br /><strong>Dan Hoffman</strong><br /><strong>Laura Garcia</strong><br /><strong>Ted Gibbs</strong>, Serve Illinois Commission<br /><strong>Adam Green</strong>, University of Chicago<br /><strong>Andrea Jett</strong>, McCormick Foundation<br /><strong>Jackie Kaplan</strong>, Avodah Chicago<br /><strong>Mallory Laurel</strong>, Illinois Humanities Council<br /><strong>Rabbi David Levinsky</strong>, Chicago Sinai Congregation<br /><strong>Hal Lewis</strong>, Spertus Institute<br /><strong>Anita Luk</strong>, Chinese American Museum of Chicago<br /><strong>Hind Makki</strong>, Inter-Faith Youth Core<br /><strong>Howard Rosing</strong>, DePaul University<br /><strong>Suzanne Ross</strong>, Raven Foundation<br /><strong>Rebeccah Sanders</strong>, Chicago Cultural Alliance<br /><strong>Jon Schmidt</strong>, Chicago Public Schools<br /><strong>Rev. Joyce Shin</strong>, Fourth Presbyterian Church<br /><strong>John Sirek</strong>, McCormick Foundation<br /><strong>Laura Washington</strong>, Chicago Sun Times &amp; ABC 7 Chicago<br /><strong>Jeff Weissglass</strong>, Political Bridge-Building Consultant<br /><strong>Kristina Valaitis</strong>, Illinois Humanities Council</p></p> Mon, 12 Sep 2011 12:53:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/content/marking-day-tenth-anniversary-9-11