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Throughout the next several weeks, the IUR website will be revamped in order to make it more user friendly. During this time, links may be broken, information may be missing, and the site may look disorganized. We apologize for the mess, and hope the finished product will more clearly represent the great work of the IUR. So, please visit us again soon!

2014 SLACO’s 19th Annual Regional Neighborhood Conference

The IUR is a proud sponsor!

Saturday, November 1st

8:45 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

At Harris-Stowe State University.

The theme "Strong Neighborhoods: Regional Prosperity" will be developed through workshops and conversation.The annual conferences represent prime learning and networking opportunities for people active in their neighborhoods, as well as the governments and non-profits that serve them. The conference space last year resonated with energy and the happy sounds of people re-connecting. Plan to be part of the excitement this year!

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Slaco's 19th Regional Neighborhood Conference

Interdisciplinary Minor in Urban Studies Now Available at SIUE

The newly approved interdisciplinary minor in Urban Studies is now available as an SIUE program of study for students to pursue starting this semester.

Encompassing coursework in 12 different departments, the Urban Studies Minor is dedicated to the cultivation of knowledge and skills pertaining to urban issues at the local, national, and global scales.

A minor in Urban Studies will help prepare students to be informed, thoughtful, and engaged participants in an urban world by providing a broad program of study encompassing the social, cultural, geographical, historical, political, economic, and planning dimensions of cities and urban life.

The Institute for Urban Research Welcomes New Director

After seven years, Dr. Andrew Theising has stepped down from the role of director at the Institute for Urban Research at SIUE. Dr. Theising will be on sabbatical for the 2014-2015 school year where he will complete his publication on former St. Louis Mayor Raymond Tucker. However, he will continue his involvement with the IUR as Senior Research Fellow. 

The IUR welcomes former Assisstant Director Dr. Jim Hanlon to the role of director. Dr. Hanlon is an Assisstant Professor in the Geography Department at SIUE. He studies urban, cultural, and historical geography, public and affordable housing, urban policy, racial segregation and inequality, and social theory. Dr. Hanlon brings a wealth of experience and enthusiasm to the IUR and will lead the IUR to continue to do great things!

The IUR Has Temporarily Relocated

In order to accomodate ongoing renovations in Rendleman Hall, the Institute for Urban Research has temporarily relocated to the East St. Louis Campus, Building A. You can still reach us at Campus Box 1246, and at (618) 650-5262. Thank you to the SIUE East St. Louis Center for welcoming us – we look forward to working beside you for the next several months

The Virtual East St. Louis Historical Society Website has Launched!

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In honor of East St. Louis' 152nd birthday, the Institute for Urban Research is officially launching the Virtual East St. Louis Historical Society Website!

The Virtual East St. Louis Historical Society is an online portal that provides digital access to a variety of first and second-hand historical sources about the city of East St. Louis. The site gives users an interactive way to explore the rich history of East St. Louis through a variety of photos, videos, articles, newspapers, and facts about the city.

Click here or follow the "History" link on the navigation bar at the top of the page to access the site.



"The High School Question" survey data coming soon

Coming later this spring will be an analysis of the survey data of Dr. Sarah VanSlette's research into the effects of the age-old St. Louis question "Where did you go to high school?"

Dr. VanSlette's findings will report on the effect of the "high school question" on non-native St. Louisians, with information such as how many times they've been asked the question, how being a transplant influences employee relationships in workplaces, and how the question in general makes them feel about the St. Louis area.

Please stay tuned for the full analysis!

In the meantime, you can check out the Riverfront Times article about Dr. VanSlette's research, and their interactive flowchart to find out which school you might have attended had you lived in St. Louis at that time.

(flowchart snapshot courtesy of the Riverfront Times, article author Aimee Levitt)

IUR Publications

An East St. Louis Anthology: The Origins of a River City
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The Making of an All-America City - East St. Louis at 150
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East St. Louis, Illinois (Images of America Series)
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