The Civic Knowledge Project (CKP) is the community connections wing of the Humanities Division, and it works in close collaboration with the Department of Philosophy.
The CKP's Mission Statement reads:
The Mission of the CKP is to develop and strengthen community connections, helping to overcome the social, economic, and racial divisions among the various knowledge communities on the South Side of Chicago. We believe that the free and reciprocal flow of knowledge is empowering. Working with our many local collaborators, we (1) Provide educational and humanities programming linking the University of Chicago to other knowledge communities surrounding it; (2) Develop institutional policy for the exchange of knowledge among different local knowledge communities; and (3) Serve as an educational and organizational resource for our community. Ultimately, our Mission is to apply, through meaningful community connections, the motto of the University of Chicago: Let knowledge grow from more to more; and so be human life enriched.
Through the CKP, students, faculty and staff are afforded opportunities to do meaningful work with community partners in the South Side neighborhoods around the University. Philosophy, like other disciplines in the Humanities, lends itself to larger forms of academic and intellectual life, including service learning, participatory research, and project-based community engagement. For example, the power of philosophy to foster critical thinking and inquiry makes it an ideal tool for developing rich educational programming in cooperation with local schools and community centers, fostering a type of community engagement that can also enrich the practice of academic philosophy itself, making it that much more of a way of life.
Working with the CKP, UChicago students, faculty and staff have been involved in:
For more information please visit the Civic Knowledge Project , especially the Winning Words program page at http://civicknowledge.uchicago.edu/winningwords.shtml , or contact CKP Director Bart Schultz at 773.702.6007. We welcome your participation!