May 3-4, 2019 in Chicago

Thank you for your interest in attending Harris Connect Weekend. Registration for the event is now closed. If you would still like to attend Harris Connect Weekend events, you can walk-in and we will do our best to accommodate you. Only cash and checks are accepted for walk-in registration.

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Date & Time:

Friday, May 3: Events start at noon. Check-in opens at 11 am

Saturday, May 4: Events start at 10 am. Check-in opens at 9 am

Location:

The Keller Center 

1307 E 60th Street, Chicago, IL 60637

Thursday, May 2 - Saturday, May 4

Thursday, 6:30pm – 9:30pm: Minorities in Public Policy 19th Anniversary Celebration and Awards Presentation

Thursday, 6pm – 9pm: Minorities in Public Policy 19th Anniversary Celebration and Awards Presentation

Venue: Chicago Theater Works1113 W Belmont Ave, Chicago, IL 60657

Join MiPPs current students for a very special evening to celebrate 19 years as a Harris Student Organization. We encourage all alumni and friends of MiPPs to join us for a celebratory event where we will honor our 16th Alumni Award Recipient.

Friday, 12pm – 1pm: Artist Talk and Lunch

Friday, 12pm – 1pm: Artist Talk and Lunch

Venue: The Keller Center Cafe, 1307 E 60th St, Chicago, IL 60637

Meet artist Mohamad Hafez and discuss his installation “UNPACKED: Refugee Baggage”. UNPACKED: Refugee Baggage seeks to humanize the word “refugee.” Created during the summer of 2017, this multi-media installation is the work of Syrian-born, New Haven CT artist and architect Mohamad Hafez and Iraqi-born writer and speaker Ahmed Badr. For UNPACKED: Refugee Baggage Hafez sculpturally re-creates rooms, homes, buildings and landscapes that have suffered the ravages of war. Each is embedded with the voices and stories of real people—from Afghanistan, Congo, Syria, Iraq and Sudan—who have escaped those same rooms and buildings to build a new life in America. Their stories are collected by Badr, who attends Wesleyan University and is himself an Iraqi refugee. Visitors experience short audio clips through headphones and can continue reading the stories online and on exhibit placards.

Friday, 1pm – 2:15pm: Keller Center Grand Opening: Opening Session

Friday, 1pm – 2:15pm: Keller Center Grand Opening: Opening Session

Venue: The Keller Center, 1307 E 60th St, Chicago, IL 60637

Examining fresh opinion data from the UChicago Harris/AP-NORC poll on public attitudes towards democracy and government effectiveness, leading academic experts and policy voices will explore the state of democracy and the possibilities for meaningful reform.

Friday, 2:30pm – 4:40pm: Keller Center Grand Opening: Afternoon Workshops

Friday, 2:30pm – 4:40pm: Keller Center Grand Opening: Afternoon Workshops

Venue: The Keller Center

Thanks to advances in technology and data science, we have more data at our disposal than ever before. But harnessing these tools to drive evidence-based policy requires dedication both to uncovering innovative solutions and to connecting that work to real-world impact.

Join Harris Public Policy faculty and leading experts for a series of flash talks and impact labs to explore how pioneering, data-driven approaches are being used to address vital policy questions: 

  • Strengthening democracy and our institutions 
  • Fighting poverty and inequality 
  • Building a sustainable future 

Learn more about the Keller Center Grand Opening here.

Friday, 5pm – 7pm: Keller Center Dedication and Reception

Friday, 5pm – 7pm: Keller Center Dedication and Reception

Venue: The Keller Center, 1307 E 60th St, Chicago, IL 60637

Join University of Chicago leaders at a dedication and reception recognizing the transformative gifts of Dennis and Connie Keller and King and Caryn Harris. 

Friday, 7pm – 9pm: Harris Alumni and Dean’s Award Dinner   

Friday, 7pm – 9pm: Harris Alumni and Dean’s Award Dinner   

Venue: The Keller Center Tent, 1307 E 60th St, Chicago, IL 60637

Join Harris' Dean, Katherine Baicker, for a dinner ceremony honoring recipients of the 2019 Alumni Awards for Career Achievement, Rising Star, Alumni Service, and the Dean's Award.

Saturday, 11:30am - 2pm: Harris Reconnect

Saturday, 11:30am - 2pm: Harris Reconnect

Venue: The Keller Center, Sky Suite, 1307 E 60th St, Chicago, IL 60637

Take advantage of your time on campus through this suite of programs and interactive sessions aimed to get alumni more involved with the life of the school. Participants can elect to participate in a number of options from:

  • Tours of The Keller Center. 
  • Harris Student Organizations Showcase and Volunteer Fair: Meet with students and staff representing different programs and learn about what might be a right fit for you as a volunteer.
  • Career Development Office Hours. 
  • Shop the pop-up bookstore. 

Saturday, 12pm – 2pm: Open Alumni Council Meeting + DIAB Meeting

Saturday, 12pm – 2pm : Open Alumni Council Meeting + DIAB Meeting

Venue: The Keller Center, 1307 E 60th St, Chicago, IL 60637

All alumni are welcome to participate in the Spring Alumni Council Meeting to learn about what the Council has accomplished in the past year and to celebrate the alumni leaders rolling off and on to the Council. 

The Alumni Council meeting will be followed by Diversity & Inclusion Advisory Board (DIAB) meeting.

Saturday, 2pm - 3pm: Leadership Development Showcase

Saturday, 2pm - 3pm: Leadership Development Showcase

Venue: The Keller Center, 1307 E 60th St, Chicago, IL 60637

Join Terri Brady, Executive Director of Leadership Development at Harris where she conceptualizes, creates and manages the School’s leadership programming.  Terri oversees an annual Leadership Symposium, a regular leadership newsletter, The Harris Writing Program, and aligned leadership events and activities and will lead alumni in a workshop on communicating with impact. She’ll also share tips on how alumni can stay engaged with leadership programming at Harris both as volunteers and participants.

Saturday, 2pm - 3pm: Policy Labs Showcase

Saturday, 2pm - 3pm: Policy Labs Showcase

Venue: The Keller Center, 1307 E 60th St, Chicago, IL 60637

Join Paula Worthington, Senior Lecturer and Academic Director, Harris Policy Labs, and Policy Lab students for an interactive session that includes student presentations on policy issues they’ve addressed for government and nonprofit clients, and how alumni may engage with and benefit from Policy Labs, either as clients or collaborators.

Saturday, 3pm - 4pm: Have You Heard? The UC3P News Quiz

Saturday, 3pm - 4pm: Have You Heard? The UC3P News Quiz

Venue: The Keller Center, 1307 E 60th St, Chicago, IL 60637

Have You Heard? The UC3P News Quiz, where a panel competes to answer entertaining trivia about recent news events! Similar to Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!, NPR's news quiz, we will quiz panelists and a special guest about hilarious but true stories from the news. Select audience members also get the chance to compete for special prizes!

Saturday, 4pm - 5pm: A conversation with the 2019 Alumni Award Recipients

Saturday, 4pm - 5pm: A conversation with the 2019 Alumni Award Recipients

Venue: The Keller Center, 1307 E 60th St, Chicago, IL 60637

Career Achievement Award Recipient
Michelle M. Garcia, MPP’05
Director, Office of Victim Services and Justice Grants,
Executive Office of the Mayor, Washington, DC


Rising Star Award Recipient
Jacob Russell Plummer, MPP’07, MBA’10
Chief Executive Officer, Health Data Link

Saturday, 6:30pm - 9pm: Milestone Reunion Dinners

Saturday, 6:30pm - 9pm: Milestone Reunion Dinners

Venue: The Keller Center, 1307 E 60th St, Chicago, IL 60637

Celebrate your milestone reunion with classmates who graduated in:

  • EMP Cohort 1
  • 2018
  • 2014
  • 2009
  • 2004
  • 1999
  • 1994
  • 1989
  • 1984
  • 1979