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Special Events

In addition to its colloquia, lectures and briefings, we also organize conferences, fora, symposia and talks on various social policy topics and often with other partners across the year.

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N3 2021 Symposium on Street Outreach

December 8, 2021

As the country wrestles with a rise in gun violence and urgent calls to rely less on harsh criminal justice strategies to reduce crime, street outreach is becoming an increasingly central violence prevention strategy. This symposium, Advancing the Science and Practice of Street Outreach: Lessons Learned and the Future of Street Outreach in Illinois, highlights emerging research on outreach, featuring the work of local experts who are building the infrastructure to strengthen the field.

See videos of the symposium.


Special Lecture - The Greatest Anti-Poverty Success Story I Know

February 26, 2020

Jason DeParle, New York Times reporter and author of "A Good Provider Is One Who Leaves: One Family and Migration in the 21st Century"

New York Times reporter Jason DeParle met 40-year-old Tita Comodas in 1987 when she welcomed him into her home in Leveriza, a Manila shantytown. Eight months of sleeping on her floor turned into a lifelong friendship. DeParle went on to trace the family’s economic and social trajectory over three generations —and with it, the rise of global migration. During that time, nine of Tita’s 11 siblings and 24 of her 41 nieces and nephews left the Philippines to work abroad. Rosalie, Tita’s second daughter and a nurse, eventually achieves her most cherished dream—one held by many—of emigrating to the United States with her family. In his latest book, A Good Provider Is One Who Leaves, DeParle recounts the family’s fortunes—and misfortunes—within the larger contexts of global migration and U.S. immigration policy. He follows, and celebrates, Rosalie and her family as they climb out of Manila’s “shantytown poverty” and into Galveston’s suburban middle class. In doing so, he captures their immense sacrifices and the remarkable benefits of immigration and assimilation to both the newly arrived and the nation itself.


IPR@50 Anniversary Conference

June 6, 2019

IPR@50 was a year-long celebration that involved public lectures by IPR faculty, former PhD students, and others and culminated in a two-day conference on June 6–7, 2019. IPR’s 50th anniversary offered a unique moment to take stock of what we know about key research areas, to look at how IPR research has contributed to that knowledge base, and to chart a course for studying it in the years to come.