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The City as CampusUrbanism and Higher Education in Chicago$
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Sharon Haar

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780816665648

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816665648.001.0001

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Classrooms off the Expressway: A New Mission for Higher Education

Classrooms off the Expressway: A New Mission for Higher Education

(p.69) 4 Classrooms off the Expressway: A New Mission for Higher Education
The City as Campus

Sharon Haar

University of Minnesota Press

This chapter discusses the conflicted history behind the construction of the University of Illinois at Chicago Circle (UICC). During the 1950s, Mayor Richard J. Daley opted to construct a school in an act meant to modernize the city, however, the ideal site for the new university was on Halsted Street, in an area known as the Hull-House Social Settlement—a campus representing the old neighborhood-based traditions of higher education. The dispute over the Hull-House property illustrates the tension between the old and new forms of pedagogical projects, as well as the pressing need for the mass production of higher education that can keep pace with the city’s progress. Despite protests, however, the UICC was eventually installed over Hull-House land, albeit the original Hull House itself remains intact, now integrated into the UI campus.

Keywords:   Hull-House Social Settlement, University of Illinois at Chicago Circle, UICC, Richard J. Daley, higher education

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