Join us for a series of in-person events featuring the University of Chicago and Harris School of Public Policy centers and institutes making an impact in Chicago. Each event will feature a different topic and UChicago center.

Upcoming Events

We are currently planning more upcoming events. Please check out previous events at the bottom of this page.

Chicago Centered Series

Make your impact in Chicago

Meet Our Faculty

Jens Ludwig

Jens Ludwig is the Edwin A. and Betty L. Bergman Distinguished Service Professor, director of the University of Chicago’s Crime Lab, codirector of the Education Lab, and codirector of the National Bureau of Economic Research’s working group on the economics of crime.

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Meet Our Faculty

Christopher Berry

Christopher R. Berry is the William J. and Alicia Townsend Friedman Professor at the University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy and the College. He is the academic director of the Center for Municipal Finance.

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Meet Our Faculty

Justin Marlowe

Justin Marlowe is a Research Professor in the University of Chicago, Harris School of Public Policy. His research and teaching are focused on public finance, with emphasis on public capital markets, infrastructure finance, state and local budgeting, and financial disclosure.

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Past Events

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Chicago Centered Series: Center for Municipal Finance

THURSDAY, AUGUST 25, 2022 | 5:15–7 PM (CDT)

This event will feature a panel discussion with Christopher Berry, Professor and Academic Director of the Harris School's Center for Municipal Finance, and Justin Marlowe, Research Professor and the Center's Associate Director. They will present findings from their research on how Chicago and many other localities incorporate sustainability and equity into crucial decisions about collecting taxes, spending money, and planning for their financial futures. 


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Chicago Centered Series: UChicago Crime Lab

WEDNESDAY, JULY 25, 2022 | 5:15–7 PM

Join us for an in-person discussion with Edwin A. and Betty L. Bergman Distinguished Service Professor Jens Ludwig to learn more about the work of the University of Chicago Crime Lab.

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Chicago Centered Series: Kickoff and Happy Hour

WEDNESDAY, MAY 25, 2022 | 5:15–7 PM

Our first event featured alumni from across our programs at Harris discussing their work with various centers including: The Center for Municipal Finance, The Inclusive Economy Lab, The Community Programs Accelerator with the Office Of Civic Engagement.


Chicago Centered: 2022 Midterms—What Happened and What Lies Ahead

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 9, 2022 | 5:45–8 PM (CDT)
With a political landscape featuring President Joe Biden’s sagging approval ratings; former President Donald Trump’s struggle to retain control of the Republican Party; the reversal of Roe v. Wade; and record inflation, the 2022 U.S. midterm elections are set to challenge historical assumptions and set the stage for the upcoming presidential race.

Join Professor Anthony Fowler, a leading scholar studying elections and voter turnout; BallotReady co-founder Aviva Rosman, AB’10, MPP’16; former US Representative Luis Gutierrez; and Isabelle Dienstag, MPP'17, as they unpack what the 2022 elections say about the current state of American politics and what it means for the future of the country. Afterwards, join alumni including Deputy Budget Director for the City of Chicago Carrianne Carallis, CLA'18, Director of ePay and Illinois Funds Division at the Office of the Illinois State Treasurer Thomas Gary, AM'21, and President of Herrera Strategy Andrew Herrera, AM'20, for an intimate conversation to discuss the importance of local issues and civic engagement following midterm elections.