9 am - 3 pm
Towner Fellows Lounge
Cities represent spatial and temporal transformations of the physical environment. Their location and subsequent patterns of growth are dependent in part on the characteristics of the physical environment. In this seminar, we will explore the theme of transformation through the lens of Chicago’s physical environment—in particular its geology, geography, and hydrology—and how these elements influenced its founding and subsequent growth from an isolated fur trading outpost on the western frontier into a major commercial metropolis. We will also investigate how human agency has altered Chicago’s physical environment to accommodate a growing population. The focal point of this seminar will be a one-day field trip along the Chicago lakefront from Jackson Park to Montrose Harbor to learn more about Chicago’s natural and human-altered physical environment, with particular emphasis on our world-class urban shoreline. A customized reader containing excerpted chapters from various sources, including Donald Miller’s City of the Century and William Cronon’s Nature’s Metropolis, will be distributed to all seminar participants. We will also investigate historic maps displaying various features of Chicago’s physical environment.
Seminar led by Jim Montgomery, DePaul University and Michael Chrzastowski, Illinois State Geological Survey
This seminar is sponsored by Peoples Gas.
Chicago Teachers as Scholars is a program exclusively for Chicago Public Schools teachers.