As part of our work to advance digital equity, especially as  COVID-19 continues to disrupt our daily lives and educational opportunities, Cook County is proud to partner with the University of Chicago Office of Civic Engagement to launch a new open learning platform for all 5.2 million Cook County resident called – Cook County Presents – Open Lectures for Residents: in partnership with The University of Chicago Office of Civic Engagement. 

The 7-week series of engaging lectures has been curated by the University of Chicago’s Office of Civic Engagement and Cook County Offices Under the President and made easily available and accessible on the University of Chicago's Cook County Open Lectures webpage

“We are excited to offer this unique educational opportunity to residents of Cook County and empower learning during this difficult time,” 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: Justice, COVID-19 Response, Humanities, Community and Education, Democracy and Citizenship, Science and Discovery, and Law and Policy. 

Additionally, several Career Development webinars, initially developed for UChicago students, will now be available free for all Cook County residents 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,” said 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.”