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Is Congress Obsolete?

5707 S Woodlawn Ave, Chicago, 60637

Feb 22, 2024 3:30pm – 4:30pm CST

Is the United States Congress – envisioned by the founders as a check on the executive branch to reflect the will of the people – becoming as outdated as flip phones and MySpace? Under the Constitution, Congress is compelled to pass laws, but it no longer seems to do much of that, beyond keeping[...]
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Denmark-US Relations and Climate Diplomacy

5707 S Woodlawn Ave, Chicago, 60637

Feb 20, 2024 3:30pm – 4:30pm CST

The student-led International Policy Program presents Denmark-US Relations and Climate Diplomacy. As long-standing cross-Atlantic allies, the United States and Denmark have collaborated over a wide array of foreign policy challenges, ranging from women’s rights to European security to[...]
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Illinois Bails on Cash Bail: Public Safety Beyond Jails

5707 S Woodlawn Ave, Chicago, 60637

Feb 19, 2024 12:00pm – 1:00pm CST

In September 2023, Illinois made history when it became the first state in the US to completely abolish cash bail. Featuring Briana Payton (Chicago Appleseed Center for Fair Courts) and Quinn Rallins (Loevy + Loevy), this speaker panel presented by Chicago Style will discuss the past, present,[...]
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Who votes in 2024? Literally half the world!

1307 E 60th St, Chicago, 60637

Feb 13, 2024 5:30pm – 6:45pm CST

This year, an estimated 4 billion people from over 60 nations — almost half the world’s population — will head to the polls in national elections. From Mexico to South Korea to the European Union to South Africa, the consequences of these outcomes will be significant and potentially impact the[...]
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Church & State: Christianity and American Politics in 2024

1212 E. 59th Street, Chicago, 60637

Feb 08, 2024 5:30pm – 6:45pm CST

What role will Christian faith leaders play in the 2024 election and ongoing social movements? Faith leaders have played vital roles in politics in America since its inception, from the Calvinist ministers in New England and Black church leaders during abolitionism, the Civil Rights and the Black[...]
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Free Trade in the Balance: A Discussion with US Trade Representative Katherine Tai

1212 E. 59th Street, Chicago, 60637

Feb 06, 2024 5:30pm – 6:45pm CST

A rare chance to hear from United States Trade Representative Katherine Tai, at a time when political parties have become more skeptical of traditional free trade agreements. What will happen to the once-unimaginable tariffs put in place by former President Donald Trump as a weapon against a rising[...]
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Southeast Asia in an Era of Strategic Competition

5707 S Woodlawn Ave, Chicago, 60637

Feb 02, 2024 12:00pm – 1:00pm CST

The student-led International Policy Program and the Society of International Relations jointly present, ASEAN Affairs in an Era of Strategic Competition. As geopolitical tensions rise and global powers reassess their priorities, the strategic significance of the Association of Southeast Asian[...]
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Houthis Who? An Inside Look at the Militia Disrupting the Globe

5707 S Woodlawn Ave, Chicago, 60637

Feb 01, 2024 3:30pm – 4:30pm CST

How have the Houthis, a Shi’i organization with ties to Iran, moved from a faction in Yemen’s protracted civil war to the center of widening conflict in the Middle East? In response to Israel’s strikes on Gaza, this group of Yemeni militants has launched a series of attacks on ships in the Red Sea,[...]
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Endless Wars, Weapons and Force: But is there another purpose for the American military?

5707 S Woodlawn, Chicago, 60637

Jan 26, 2024 12:30pm – 1:30pm CST

For generations, American taxpayers have spent trillions of dollars toward a military that has largely been focused on global military operations, often with failed results,and support for operations abroad is decreasing in every political direction. But how else does – and could – the Pentagon[...]
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Meet the Winter-Spring 2024 Pritzker Fellows

1212 E. 59th Street, Chicago, 60637

Jan 23, 2024 5:30pm – 6:45pm CST

Join us as we welcome the Winter-Spring 2024 cohort of Pritzker Fellows! Each of our Fellows will introduce themselves and seminar topics, followed by a brief chat with IOP director Heidi Heitkamp. They’ll then rotate around to meet students and field their questions! Snacks will be provided.[...]
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Better Elections, Better Politics?

1212 E. 59th Street, Chicago, 60637

Jan 18, 2024 5:30pm – 6:45pm CST

One thing Americans across political divides believe is that the nation’s election processes are deeply flawed, though the prescriptions vary deeply. Time for a deep dive into the history of election laws and reforms that have been tried, succeeded and failed, and an examination of what else can be[...]
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Inside the Progressive Prosecutors Movement: An Assessment

1212 E. 59th Street, Chicago, 60637

Jan 16, 2024 5:30pm – 6:45pm CST

Progressive prosecutors – who sought to reform the criminal justice system through methods like the elimination of cash bail, reduced incarceration and increased prosecutorial discretion – have come under fire, especially by Republican governors and lawmakers. Hear the perspective of three recent[...]

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