2019 Chicago Studies Quarter

The Right to the Second City: The Immigrant Experience in Chicago


Founded in 1833, by the end of the 19th century Chicago was the 5th largest city in the world—with much of that growth coming from immigration from Southern and Eastern Europe. The statue in New York Harbor welcomed these strangers, and in Chicago they found work in factories and created new neighborhoods, but they also faced prejudice, poverty, alienation—and eventually, restrictive quotas limiting their number. Using East European immigration as a case study, we will examine mass movement to Chicago from the late 19th century to the present. Guest speakers and field trips will explore other significant migrations within the Americas and beyond, and a practicum will be devoted to methods of documenting and studying immigrant experience and memory throughout the world. 



ENST 27125: Voices of Alterity and the Languages of Immigration
Instructor: Angelina Ilieva
T 12:30-3:20pm


This course investigates the individual experience of immigration: how do immigrants recreate themselves in this alien world in which they seem to lose part of themselves? How do they find their voice and make a place for themselves in their adoptive homes? If in the new world the immigrant becomes a new person, what meanings are still carried in traditional values and culture? How do they remember their origins and record new experiences?


Cross listed with:
CMLT 27125
ENGL 27125
PBPL 27125
REES 29025
HIST 27710


ENST 27210: Where We Come From: Methods & Materials in the Study of Immigration
Instructor: Bill Nickell
W 3-5:50pm


This course provides an interactive survey of methodologies that engage the experiences of immigrants in Chicago. Exploring practices ranging from history to fiction, activism to memorialization, this course will introduce students to a variety of the ways that one can approach the Second City.


Cross-listed with:
PBPL 27210
REES 24417
HIST 27712


ENST 27330 Spaces of Hope: The City and Its Immigrants
Instructor: Nada Petkovic
Th 12:30-3:20pm


“The city is the site where people of all origins and classes mingle, however reluctantly and agonistically, to produce a common if perpetually changing and transitory life.” (David Harvey) This course will use the urban studies lens to explore the complex history of immigration to Chicago, with close attention to communities of East European origin. Drawing on anthropological theory and ethnographic materials, we will study the ways in which the city and its new citizens transform one another.


Cross-listed with:
PBPL 27330
REES 21500
HIST 27713


*The Chicago Studies Quarter courses also fulfill the Methods and Windows requirement for the Public Policy Studies major


For more information on the quarter and for details on how to apply, please visit the Chicago Studies website.