Harris celebrates Black History Month.

The University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy is proud to host several events in honor of Black History Month. The series convenes prominent speakers, activists, practitioners, community members, and University of Chicago alumni, faculty, students, and staff.

The events seek to facilitate meaningful conversations about the Black experience in higher education and the fight for equality and social justice, and to highlight the policy contributions made by Black policymakers, thinkers, and activists.

All events are virtual, free, and open to the public.


Black Mayors Leading America’s Cities: Path-breaking Approaches to Tackling Urban Policy

Monday, February 1, 2021 | 6:30-7:30 p.m. CST

Register for Black Mayors Leading America's Cities: Path-breaking Approaches to Tackling Urban Policy

Movements in the streets. Schools shut down due to COVID-19. Fights for fair housing and quality transportation. Even before the uncertainty brought on by the coronavirus pandemic and the racial reckoning that came to the fore in 2020, America’s cities were leading the nation to address the wide-range of issues facing their communities, from big concepts like equity and social justice, to smaller but still important issues like fines and fees, potholes, and basic city services. Join an esteemed panel of Black mayors who are at the forefront of governance for a discussion of race, politics, and policy in some of the county’s most diverse and dynamic cities.

This virtual event, moderated by Derek Douglas, VP for Civic Engagement and External Affairs, will feature Karen Freeman-Wilson (Gary, IN), Michael Nutter (Philadelphia, PA), Steven Reed (Montgomery, AL) and Michael Tubbs (Stockton, CA).


Women of Color Advancing Peace & Security 

Wednesday, February 24, 2021| 6-7pm. CST

Register for Women of Color Advancing Peace & Security

The Pearson Institute's February Lunch and Learn, cosponsored with Harris Public Policy'sMAIDP Program, will feature Ambassador Bonnie Jenkins, Founder, Executive Director, and Chair of Women of Color Advancing Peace, Security, and Conflict Transformation (WCAPS).

The Black Experience in the Field of Economics

Thursday, February 25, 2021 | 6-7 p.m. CST

Register for the Black Experience in the Field of Economics

Economics is one of the most important fields in academia, government, and finance – yet it is also one of the least representative. Join a community of Black economists – emerging scholars and those more advanced in their careers – for a discussion on the Black experience in economics: entering and progressing within the discipline, the academy’s racial and cultural blind spots, and what the future brings for Black economists, both with respect to the profession and the ultimate goal of driving policy change and impact. 

Harris After Hours: Black History Month Celebration

Thursday, February 25, 2021 | 7:30-9:30 p.m. CST

Register for Harris After Hours: Black History Month Celebration

Join your fellow Harristas to celebrate Black History Month at Harris After Hours as we host Ashlee Haze. Haze is a poet and spoken word artist from Atlanta by way of Chicago. She is one of the most accomplished poets in the sport of poetry slam. She has been a part of the Atlanta poetry circuit for over a decade and has been writing for over 15 years. She recently appeared on NPR's Tiny Desk series alongside Blood Orange.