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September 19, 2018 @ 12:30 pm - 2:30 pm

Catalyst on Campus: Market Cities, People Cities, and the Implications for the Criminal Justice System

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“Market cities are focused on wealth, jobs, individualism, and economic opportunities. People cities are more egalitarian, with government investment in infrastructure and an active civil society. Analyzing the practices and policies of cities with two separate foci, markets or people, has substantial implications both for everyday residents and future urban planning and city development.”

Synopsis Excerpt: Market Cities, People Cities by Dr. Michael Emerson and Dr. Kevin Smiley

On April 26, 2017, Mayor Rahm Emanuel declared on his @Chicagosmayor Twitter account: “Chicago is #1 metro for corporate relocations for 4 years in a row. In 2016: 350 expansions; $2.8 billion investment; 14,000 new jobs.” As City Hall touts more corporate growth and investment, what are the implications? In his new book Market Cities, People Cities, Provost Michael Emerson suggests that a city’s priorities can have a deep impact on its residents through many different sectors.

As a pre-event for the Justice Institute (hosted by The Justice Conference, September 21-22 at North Park University) which will focus on the criminal justice system, a panel of North Park faculty and local clergy will respond to Provost Emerson’s framework and examine its implications for their work and research on the criminal justice system. Open to the general public and all students, faculty, and staff. Admission is free.


Michael Emerson, Provost, North Park University:


Michelle Clifton-Soderstrom, Professor of Theology & Ethics, NPTS:

Dominique Gilliard, Director of Racial Righteousness & Reconciliation, ECC:

Chris Griffin, Local Pastor

Gwendolyn Purifoye, Assistant Professor of Sociology, NPU

Peter St. Jean, Moderator, Associate Professor of Sociology, NPU:


About Catalyst on Campus

Our city-centered distinctive is a core part of who we are at North Park. This means “we engage Chicago as a dynamic place of learning and service.” Catalyst on Campus consists of activities held at North Park on Wednesday afternoons 12:30pm-2:30pm to invite the city of Chicago to the campus for those faculty, staff, and students who are not out in the city at that time.

For more information contact:

Rich Kohng, Director of Civic Engagement

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