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Civic Engagement

The Center for Civic Engagement offers programs aimed specifically at graduate students to enhance the quality of their engagement and be more productive, engaged citizens now, as they go on to pursue their careers. 

To strengthen that engagement, making it more intelligent and effective, The Center for Civic Engagement offers discussion and debate, workshops, lectures and forums—all designed by and for graduate students with the goal of continuing the dialogue for several years to come.

GEO Community Practicum

Through the GEO Community Practicum, PhD students can spend a quarter working for a community organization while learning about the role of public intellectuals in civic life. TGS will fund participating students. Opportunities are available at (to name a few):

  • The Chicago History Museum
  • The Field Museum
  • The Newberry Library
  • Friends of the Bloomingdale Trail
  • City of Evanston 

The Center for Civic Engagement works with each student to find the placement that suits his or her individual needs. To learn more, including how to apply, please visit The Center for Civic Engagement website or contact Heidi Gross.