Cook County Presents: Open Lectures for Residents, in partnership with the University of Chicago

July 20, 2020

Today, Cook County announces a partnership with the University of Chicago Office of Civic Engagement to offer seven weeks of curated educational content for the public during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We are excited to offer this unique educational opportunity to residents of Cook County and hope to empower learning during a difficult time when people are at home and looking for something new to do,” said Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle, an alum of the University of Chicago.

The curated educational content will feature a combination of past lectures and interviews by University of Chicago faculty and staff in audio and video formats. Themes for each week of the content include: Racial Justice Movement, COVID-19, Humanities, Community and Education, Democracy and Citizenship, Science and Discovery, and Law and Policy. Additionally, Career Development webinars, originally developed for UChicago students, will be available during the seven-week period.

“The Office of Civic Engagement is pleased to partner with Cook County and share a unique cross-section of offerings from our faculty and experts throughout the University with our neighbors,” says Derek Douglas, Vice President of Civic Engagement and External Affairs at the University of Chicago. “We commend President Preckwinkle for her work to provide educational enrichment to County residents during these unprecedented times and hope the new perspectives on topics from economics to philosophy, and medicine to political science spark deeper understanding of the world around us.”

While new content will be published each week, participants can enjoy the lectures and interviews at their own pace. The courses will be available on the University of Chicago’s civic engagement website and linked from the County’s website.

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