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How to Improve Civic Engagement in Chicago and Beyond

Image of a farm with yellow flowers and a mural with a yellow hand and a seedling growing

The farm at El Paseo Community Garden in July 2022. Courtesy of Maggie Sivit / WBEZ


Leading up to the 2024 presidential election, WBEZ, the Chicago Sun-Times and the University of Chicago’s Center for Effective Government have teamed up on “The Democracy Solutions Project.” The occasional series examines some of the threats to American democracy and ways we can strengthen our union and our political system.

In this latest installment, Reset explores how to strengthen democracy by improving civic engagement.

GUESTS: Cathy Cohen, David and Mary Winton Green Distinguished Service Professor and the inaugural chair for the Departments of Race, Diaspora, and Indigeneity and Political Science at the University of Chicago, Principal Investigator and Founder of the GenForward Survey

Will Howell, Sydney Stein Professor in American Politics at the Harris School of Public Policy at the University of Chicago, director of the Harris School’s Center for Effective Government