Alumni College in Chicago

Join Johns Hopkins Alumni College for a three-day adventure in the Windy City. Dine your way through Chicago's downtown, celebrated for its architecture, world-class museums, iconic-sports teams, and famous food, while hearing from local and Hopkins experts along the way. 

The focus of this getaway is food, food, food! As we dine our way through the weekend, we will explore food through two lenses: climate and history.  We’ll kick off the weekend with a welcome reception where you’ll meet your fellow adventurers and Bloomberg Distinguished Professor, Dr. Jessica Fanzo. On Saturday, we’ll enjoy family-style lunch while Dr. Fanzo helps us explore the impact of our food choices on the environment, exploring the question that her new book asks - “Can Fixing Dinner Fix the Planet?”* and end the day with an evening river tour of Chicago’s famous skyline. Sunday brings us to the Field Museum with Dr. Nathaniel Dominy, alumni award winner and a professor of anthropology at Dartmouth, to dive into one of the museum’s most famous exhibits – the man-eaters of Tsavo. End the day with a walking tour of Chicago-style pizzerias – save room for those deep-dish delights.

Interested in joining us but can't make it for the entire weekend? Register for the individual events that match your schedule and interest.

*use code HJAY for 30% off Jessica's book

While participating in off-campus events and meetings sponsored by the JHAA/JHM/JHHS participants must follow all public health guidelines mandated by the local jurisdiction and venue at the time of the event, including vaccination and masking and distancing guidance. Johns Hopkins strongly suggests that attendees who join in person be fully vaccinated. This is subject to change. 

Schedule of Events


6:00 - 8:00 PM: Welcome reception at Beatrix. Mix and mingle with your fellow travelers and our Chicago area alumni. Includes beverages and lite fare.


8:00 AM: Meet fellow alumni for breakfast at the iconic Lou Mitchell's diner.
*This activity is optional. Reservations are not accepted.

12:30 - 2:30 PM: Lunch and lecture with Jessica Fanzo, Does Fixing Dinner Fix the Planet? at il Porcellino

4:15 PM: Evening river cruise & cocktails


10:00 AM - 12:00 PM: Brunch

1:00 - 3:00 PM: Field Museum visit and lecture by Nathaniel J. Dominy, The man-eaters of Tsavo 

5:30 - 8:00 PM : Let’s Talk Pizza! Tasting tour of Chicago’s iconic pizza scene (beer/wine and transportation included)

*Itinerary subject to change without notice


A room block and group rate have been secured at The Palmer House, a Hilton hotel. If you are interested in staying at the Palmer House, you must book here by May 11, 2022.

Alumni College registrants may choose to stay at any hotel of their choice.

ABOUT Jessica Fanzo
Bloomberg Distinguished Associate Professor of Global Food and Agriculture Policy and Ethics at the Berman Institute of Bioethics, the Bloomberg School of Public Health, and the Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS)

Jessica Fanzo, PhD is the Bloomberg Distinguished Associate Professor of Global Food and Agriculture Policy and Ethics at the Berman Institute of Bioethics, the Bloomberg School of Public Health, and the Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) at the Johns Hopkins University in the USA. She also serves as the Director of Hopkins’ Global Food Policy and Ethics Program. From 2017 to 2019, Jessica served as the Co-Chair of the Global Nutrition Report and the UN High Level Panel of Experts on Food Systems and Nutrition. Before coming to Hopkins, she has also held positions at Columbia University, the Earth Institute, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, the World Food Programme, Bioversity International, and the Millennium Development Goal Centre at the World Agroforestry Center in Kenya. Jessica has a PhD in nutrition from the University of Arizona.

ABOUT Nathaniel J. Dominy
Charles Hansen Professor at Dartmouth College

Nathaniel J. Dominy, PhD is an anthropologist and evolutionary biologist who studies the behavior, ecology, and functional morphology of humans and nonhuman primates. His research philosophy is to integrate tropical fieldwork with mechanical, molecular, and isotopic analyses in order to better understand how and why adaptive shifts occurred during primate evolution.

Dr. Dominy is a graduate of the Krieger School of Arts & Sciences and was a Distinguished Alumnus Award recipient in 2017.

 Event Date
Friday, June 10, 2022

Sunday, June 12, 2022

Office of Alumni Relations
Krystle Ongaco
Sr. Associate Director
(800) JHU-JHU1

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