OPC Symposium

Critical Inquiry is an interdisciplinary, peer-reviewed journal devoted to the best critical thought in the arts and humanities. Founded in 1974, it has been called “academe’s most prestigious theory journal” (New York Times).  Combining a commitment to rigorous scholarship with a vital concern for dialogue and debate, the journal presents articles by eminent and emerging scholars, critics and artists on a wide variety of issues in contemporary criticism and culture.  Associated with no single school of thought, tied to no single discipline, Critical Inquiry is dedicated to providing a forum for cutting-edge thought while reconsidering traditional concepts and practices. Nullam sit amet nisi condimentum erat iaculis auctor.


The Chicago Center for Contemporary Theory (3CTis an interdisciplinary space for sustained, comparative discussion of social and political processes in the contemporary world. Founded in 2004 by seven faculty members from the Divisions of the Humanities and the Social Sciences, our collective has grown to include 11 fellows, enhancing the Center’s intellectual strengths and enabling imaginative collaborations across the disciplines of anthropology, English, history, political science, and sociology.


he Mansueto Institute will bring together relevant programs in the social, natural, and computational sciences, along with the humanities, to develop an understanding of the fundamental processes that drive, shape, and sustain cities.The Institute will take a comprehensive, interdisciplinary approach to address the challenges and opportunities of an increasingly urbanized society. The Institute will be a central place where scholars, students, policymakers, practitioners, and visitors come together. The Institute will serve as both a physical and virtual destination by establishing:


Mellon Foundation Sawyer Seminar on Urban Art and Urban Form, which seeks to establish a conversation—across the arts and disciplines—about how art contributes to the formation and transformation of urban space. What role has art played and what role can it play in shaping the urban environment? How do built spaces and public artworks interact with one another or converge? How do we conceive the aesthetic dimension of urban design (from architecture and landscape design, to pedestrian networks, place-making, and city planning)?

Preservation Chicago is an activist organization that advocates for the preservation of historic architecture, neighborhoods and urban spaces throughout the city of Chicago.
Preservation Chicago achieves its mission by:Partnering with communities, providing advice and assistance for their advocacy efforts; Advocating for responsible public policy; and Educating citizens about at-risk historically significant buildings and urban spaces.