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August 30, 2011

Chicago Council on Global Affairs Names Urban Studies Director to Class of Emerging Leaders

Dr. Noah Toly, Director of Urban Studies and Associate Professor of Politics & International Relations at Wheaton College, was recently named to the 2011 Class of Emerging Leaders by the Chicago Council on Global Affairs. The program identifies people who will help Chicago compete and thrive in the global era.

Toly is one of 22 individuals from the government, private, and nonprofit sectors who have been selected for the two-year program. During the first year, he will participate in a year of seminars and study opportunities related to understanding and advancing Chicago’s role on global issues such as energy, transportation, the environment, and the economy. During the second year, Toly will produce a report on a global challenge alongside fellow members of the program and CCGA staff. Past reports have concerned topics including the privatization of municipal infrastructure and immigration.

“This will be a great opportunity for me to learn from leaders who will shape the future of Chicago and the Chicago metro area,” Toly says. “I’m looking forward to working with this year’s cohort, and I believe that my participation will translate into enhanced learning opportunities for the students in Wheaton’s Urban Studies and Wheaton in Chicago programs."

Toly has co-edited three books and has authored numerous other publications on topics such as global cities, environmental issues, and religion. He is an editor of the Routledge series on “Cities and Global Governance.” Toly has also worked on energy and sustainable development issues with the University of Delaware and conducted field research in Costa Rica and Mexico.

Founded in 1922 as The Chicago Council on Foreign Relations, the Council is one of the oldest and most prominent international affairs organizations in the United States. It provides nonpartisan forums for the discussion of national and international issues, migration, agricultural development and food security, and energy and climate change.


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