Loyola University Chicago

Center for Urban Research and Learning


  • CURL and Cook County Domestic Violence Court Release Report

    CURL and the Circuit Court of Cook County Domestic Violence Division have completed the research and evaluation of the Family Court Enhancement Project (FCEP) and have now released the report documenting their findings.
  • CURL Alum Speaker Series

    Immigration: The Long Walk to Freedom

    Lawrence Benito, CEO of Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights (ICIRR) | Thursday March 26th | 7:00PM | Jo Ann Rooney Hall
  • CURL Hosts Successful Events

    This March CURL hosted two events with speakers addressing the issues of immigrant and racial justice: Lawrence Benito and Ta-Nehisi Coates.
  • Speaker

    The Case for Reparations: A University Response

    Ta-Nehisi Coates, a National Corresponded for the Atlantic, will present and be part of a panel discussion. Tuesday March 31 | 6:30 PM | Jo Ann Rooney Hall
  • HEART and CURL publish research on sexual violence education in Religions

    After many years of hard work, we are thrilled to congratulate Alia Azmat and Nadiah Mohajir from HEART and Yasmeen Khayr, Gina Spitz, and Monica Reyna from CURL for publishing an article in the journal Religions.
  • Ensuring Success In School, Supporting Survivors

    In collaboration with the Sargent Shriver Center for Poverty Law, CURL contributed to an extensive report on Illinois Schools’ responses to elementary and secondary school survivors of domestic and sexual violence. Read more about the report, the collaboration, and subsequent media coverage here.
  • CURL's 25th Anniversary

    We turn 25 this year! Learn more about how to celebrate.
  • Outstanding Pro Bono Service Award from LCBH

    This past fall, Lawyers’ Committee for Better Housing (LCBH) honored CURL and Dr. Peter Rosenblatt (Sociology) for the collaborative work we have done on eviction research with LCBH.
  • Disrupt Disparities: Challenges & Solutions for 50+ Illinoisans of Color

    CURL was approached to utilize Loyola’s expertise in a variety of interdisciplinary topics in order to conduct a literature review and analysis of the existing research and data focused on African American/Black, Hispanic/Latino, and Asian American/Pacific Islander older adults in Illinois.
  • Jack Macnamara (1937 - 2020)

    It is with great sadness that we share the news of the death of our friend and colleague, Jack Macnamara.
  • Cura Scholars Program

    With a generous $300,000 investment from the Arthur Vining Davis Foundations, the Cura Scholars program will provide undergraduate students of color with "service, fellowship and research opportunities aimed at promoting their overall academic and career success with a special emphasis on future study at the graduate and professional school level.”
  • Discrimination at Loyola

    A report by Moriah Johnson, CURL Graduate Fellow
  • New Funding

    Office of Violence Against Women Grant Award: Evaluating the Effectiveness of the Family Court Enhancement Project in the Cook County Circuit Court Domestic Violence Court, Chicago, IL

    This fall, Loyola University Chicago's Center for Urban Research and Learning (CURL), in partnership with the Circuit Court of Cook County Domestic Violence Division (DVD), was awarded a U.S. Department of Justice Office on Violence Against Women (OVW) Research and Evaluation Initiative (R & E) grant. This three-year, $428,838 grant will evaluate Cook County Circuit Court’s Family Court Enhancement Project (FECP), which was a demonstration project funded by OVW in 2016.
  • CURL in the Press

    Our community partner Community Organizing Family Issues (COFI) recently shared with us an update on press coverage of their recently released policy report on the indebtedness of poor families, primarily headed by women. Learn more about the report and the press coverage.
  • "Healing Our Divided Society: Investing in America Fifty Years after the Kerner Report"

    Ron Grzywinski, a CURL Visiting Scholar, co-wrote a chapter in the newly published book, "Healing Our Divided Society: Investing in America Fifty Years after the Kerner Report."
  • Announcement

    CURL Director Phil Nyden retiring

    After serving as CURL Director for 20 years, this coming summer (2016) I will be stepping down from the directorship as part of my phased retirement from Loyola.
  • Higher Education: Collateral Damage in the Budget Battle

    Friday, January 27, 2017 8:30 am: Registration 9:00 am - 11:00 am: Program Loyola University Kasbeer Hall – 15th Floor, Corboy Law Center 25 East Pearson, Chicago, 60611
  • Recent Publications

    Our colleague Christine George has been busy co-publishing chapters in two separate books over the past few months. Click here to learn more and read the chapters.
  • Film

    70 Acres in Chicago: Cabrini Green. Film Screening and Panel Discussion

    Wednesday February 24 | Damen Student Center Cinema | 6:30pm Join us for a film screening and panel discussion for 70 Acres in Chicago: Cabrini Green. Shot over the course of 20 years, the film documents this upheaval, from the razing of the first buildings in 1995 to the clashes in the mixed income neighborhoods a decade later.
  • Music-based Services for Young People Experiencing Homelessness

    Brian Kelly an Assistant Professor with the School of Social Work at Loyola University Chicago presented the findings of his research with youth and recreational music production through a local youth agency.
  • Explore research connections with the Jesuit university in Cali, Columbia

    Learn more about international research collaboration.
  • Eminent Domain Exhibition at LUMA in partnership with CURL: Panel Discussion and Reception

    Tuesday April 12th: 4:30-5:30pm Panel Discussion, 5:30-7:30pm Reception at LUMA, Water Tower Campus
  • Advance Healthy Homes & Healthy Communities

    June 19th, 2014: A day-long summit to develop a blueprint for the City and County to advance a healthy homes agenda.
  • CURL’s Community Partnerships Featured in Jesuit Video

    CURL’s community partnerships featured in July 2015 Melbourne Australia Jesuit Higher Education conference. At this conference leaders of Jesuit higher education institutions from around the world spent three days discussing current collaborative projects and seeking future opportunities. Watch Video
  • CURL research from 1998 HUD study finding renewed interest

    CURL’s past research on what produces stable racially, ethnically, and economically diverse communities is of renewed interest to policy makers following the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s new rules aimed at addressing persistent segregation in America’s cities.
  • Catherine Gillis Wins Horowitz Foundation Research Award

    Congratulations to CURL Graduate Fellow Catherine Gillis who just received a Research Award from the Horowitz Foundation for her ongoing work on the Detroit land bank and urban redevelopment in that city.
  • Kale Williams Award 2015

    Emily Nethercott and Leah Durst-Lee recipients of Kale Williams Award for Exceptional Work in Promoting Human Rights and Social Justice.
  • Explorations of Neighborhood Designs Promoting Equity, Democracy, and Livable Communities

    Posters by Emily Talen: Urban Planner, Professor, Arizona State University. Display will be in Damen Hall, second floor, from February 10th - 25th.
  • David Van Zytveld Wins the 2014 Megs Langdon Award

    It is an honor to all of us at CURL to have David recognized for his very impressive work with hundreds of students and community partners in his two decades of shaping CURL’s mission and impact.
  • Chicago Ethnography Conference

    CURL is sponsoring two sessions at the 17th Annual Chicago Ethnography Conference on March 14th. The 2015 conference theme is “The Worlds of Ethnography: Critical Perspectives and Social Justice.” The CURL sessions are: “Encountering Urban Poverty” and “Spotlight on Collaborative Qualitative Research.”
  • New CURL Study on Expanding Housing Opportunities

    In partnership with the Washington DC-based Poverty & Race Research Action Council and the Metropolitan Milwaukee Fair Housing Council, CURL released a national report, Take a Chance on Me: A Review of the Milwaukee County Security Deposit Assistance Program in January 2015.
  • Journal of Poverty -- Christine George and Jennifer Chernega Co-Edit a volume

    CURL Research faculty, Christine George, and former CURL Fellow, Jennifer Chernega, co-edited Volume 18, Issue 3, 2014 of the Journal of Poverty with a special focus on homelessness policy. Within the issue they also published an article, “Works in Progress: Searching for Solutions to the Difficulty Problems of Homelessness.”
  • Evaluation of security-deposit assistance program for low-income residents in Milwaukee.

    This project examines a security deposit assistance program in Milwaukee that uses the incentive to encourage low-income residents to move to higher opportunity, lower poverty neighborhoods.
  • Fefu and Her Friends: Performance as a Method of Interdisciplinary Inquiry

    Friday, March 15th | 10:30 am -12:30 pm ** Special Time!** | Piper Hall, 1st Floor **Special Location!** | Loyola University Chicago faculty members participating in the Women’s Studies and Gender Studies Research Seminar will present “‘Fefu and Her Friends': Performance as a Method of Interdisciplinary Inquiry.”
  • Kale Williams Award 2014

    Congratulations to Risa Visina and Michael Janusek, CURL Undergraduate Fellows, who have been named as recipients of the 2014 Kale Williams Award for Exceptional Work in Promoting Human Rights and Social Justice.
  • What if Hewlett and Packard had started a band instead?... Music scenes as economic clusters and their broader implications for urban economies.

    Friday Morning Seminar, November 8th | 10:30 am -12:00 pm | Cuneo Hall, 417 | Using Denton, Texas' internationally recognized music scene as a starting point, Michael Seman, doctoral candidate in Urban Planning and Public Policy at University of Texas at Arlington, will offer a better understanding of the structural dynamics and potential economic externalities of a music scene. Discussion will detail the level of competition and cooperation amongst scene members, how the process of innovation unfolds, the role of public and quasi-public goods in scene development, and a scene's value as catalyst for urban economic development.
  • Kale Williams Award 2013

    Congratulations to Maureen Sullivan, CURL Undergraduate Fellow, who was awarded the 2013 Kale Williams Award for Exceptional Work in Promoting Human Rights and Social Justice from CURL.