Few cities better exemplify the American version of the struggle between nature and polis, pasture and skyscraper, than Chicago. Cities, however, are now universal to humanity even as we cope with their meaning for our relationship to or with nature. What stories about cities and nature do we presume? In what ways does the notion of the "city" depend upon a conception of "nature," and vice versa? How can the humanities and humanistic thinking better understand culture, nature, cities, and their complex, entangled relationships? The seminar topic is an intellectual gateway for undergraduate research students from the ACM colleges to the Newberry's collections, the rewards of humanities research, and our location in Chicago.