PLEASE NOTE CORRECTED DATE - THIS EVENT IS OCTOBER 24, NOT SEPTEMBER 24.
Real World Perspectives on Poverty Solutions introduces the key issues regarding the causes and consequences of poverty through a lecture series featuring experts in policy and practice from across the nation. This lecture series course features different guest speakers each week. Speakers are national and global experts drawn from university, business and community contexts who explore interdisciplinary real-world poverty solutions from a wide variety of perspectives. Free and open to the public. More info here.
Eve L. Ewing will read from her new book Ghosts in the Schoolyard, followed by a Q&A and book signing. The event will also feature comments and context from voices in local Detroit education organizing.
Free and open to the public, but registration is required.
Born in Mississippi within a year of emancipation, journalist and activist Ida B. Wells lit up the lynching-laden, injustice-soaked Jim Crow-era south with boycotts, legal battles, and scorching editorials. As a fierce investigative journalist, she unveiled racist violence and humanized the stories of the victims. Despite her remarkable impact, Wells never received an obituary in The New York Times—until now. As part of a project called Overlooked, Wells’ newly penned obituary will join those of other remarkable women in history. Nikole Hannah-Jones; Michelle Duster (Wells’ great granddaughter); and Eve L. Ewing come together in recognition of the enduring legacy of Ida B. Wells-Barnett, and the equally enduring fight for racial justice. Natalie Moore (South Side bureau reporter for WBEZ) will moderate.
This event is part of the Chicago Humanities Festival. Tickets here.
Eve L. Ewing will read from her book Ghosts in the Schoolyard, followed by a Q&A and a book signing. Free and open to the public.
The W.E.B. Du Bois Scholars Institute Anniversary Gala celebrates 30 years of positively impacting students academically, socially, and culturally. Housed on the campus of Princeton University, the W.E.B. Du Bois Scholars Institute is a leadership development organization for adolescents and secondary students from families and communities who have experienced historical barriers to achievement and opportunity. Through academic rigor, collaborative learning, collective problem solving, and individual attention and support, we prepare students for success in college and their careers and to become leaders and positive change agents in their communities.
Join us for an evening to celebrate past and present students, parents, faculty, staff, and honorees. The evening includes the presentation of the Distinguished Leadership Award to Nikole Hannah-Jones and Eddie Glaude and poetry from Eve L. Ewing, and Eugene Scott will serve as the emcee.
Join us in the Rare Book Room as Eve L. Ewing sits down with NYU's Michael Ralph to discuss her book and the state of the education system in the United States.
This event is free, but please RSVP here.
Special thanks to NYU and the following sponsors:
Department of Social Cultural Analysis
Race and Public Space
Institute for Public Knowledge
Lauded author and journalist Ta-Nehisi Coates interviews writer and sociologist Eve L. Ewing about her new book, Ghosts in the Schoolyard: Racism and School Closings on Chicago's South Side. Join us for an intimate conversation between two of the nation's most thoughtful cultural critics on matters of race, politics, and society.
Note updated time. This event is at 7:00 PM.
In this panel discussion, Eve L. Ewing will share insights from Ghosts in the Schoolyard with local voices who will speak on the book’s connections to the Philadelphia context. Sponsored by the Philadelphia Black History Collaborative, Uncle Bobbie’s Coffee and Books, and Swarthmore College.
Ghosts of 1919: Rendering A City and a Riot in Poetry and Prose. Sociologist and poet Eve L. Ewing presents passages from her new book Ghosts in the Schoolyard: Racism and School Closings on Chicago’s South Side. She will discuss how this book has inspired 1919, her new collection of poems about the 1919 race riots, from which she will read selections. A Q&A will follow the readings. Co-Sponsored with the Committee on Creative Writing.
Free and open to the public. More info here.
Join us for the official launch party for Ghosts in the Schoolyard: Racism and School Closings on Chicago's South Side, by Eve L. Ewing. This free event will feature a reading from the book, commentary and updates from organizers at the forefront of the struggle for public education in Chicago, a Q&A, and a signing.
Free. Tickets required - RSVP here.
Sometimes it is difficult to believe that people in positions of power are looking out for the public interest. In her amazing history of the opioid crisis, Dopesick, author Beth Macy traces the history of the epidemic, from the early days when Purdue Pharma put OxyContin on the market with dubious claims about its less addictive properties, to the present, when sympathy for those addicted to opioids may be plentiful but little funding for treatment is forthcoming, despite the predominance of the afflicted living in Trump country. Eve L. Ewing, in Ghosts in the Schoolyard, a “chilling must- read investigation of racism in Chicago’s education system” according to Foreword Reviews, asks what role race, power, and history played in the closing of 54 public schools in Chicago in 2013. The book offers a critique of the housing, education, and legal systems that contribute to the problem. This discussion of communities in distress will be led by Meghan Irons, reporter and City Hall Bureau Chief for the Boston Globe.
More info here.
On October 9, The Fest Presents: Intercepted, a podcast hosted by reporter and The Intercept co-founder Jeremy Scahill, recorded live in Chicago. On Intercepted, Scahill examines the critical issues of our time with leading thinkers, writers, historians, artists, and activists. For this event, Scahill will be joined by writer Dr. Eve L. Ewing and Invisible Institute founder Jamie Kalven. More guests to be announced.
Jeremy Scahill is one of the three founding editors of The Intercept. He is an investigative reporter, war correspondent, Oscar-nominated filmmaker, and author of the international bestselling books Dirty Wars: The World Is a Battlefield and Blackwater: The Rise of the World’s Most Powerful Mercenary Army.
Dr. Eve L. Ewing
Dr. Eve L. Ewing is a sociologist of education and a writer from Chicago. She is the author of Electric Arches. Her most recent book, Ghosts in the Schoolyard: Racism and School Closings on Chicago's South Side examines school closures and the vital role these public institutions play in communities. Dr. Ewing is also an assistant professor at the University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration.
Jamie Kalven is the author of Working With Available Light: A Family’s World After Violence. Kalven has reported extensively on police abuse in Chicago and was the plaintiff in Kalven v. Chicago, in which the Illinois appellate court ruled that police misconduct files are public information. His reporting first brought the police shooting of Laquan McDonald to public attention.
The Urban Teacher Education Program at Rutgers University Newark hosts its first-ever conference, featuring keynotes by Bettina Love and Eve L. Ewing. Free and open to the public— educators, students, and activists welcome. More information & registration here.
“Creative Chicago: An Interview Marathon” will be the first US-based marathon by Hans Ulrich Obrist, Artistic Director of London’s Serpentine Galleries, and one of the world’s leading curators, critics, and art historians. In 2005, Obrist hosted his first interview marathon—a 24-hour conversational exploration of art, ideas and creativity. The marathon format has become a central part of his practice ever since.
“Creative Chicago” will take a multi-dimensional, multidisciplinary look at creativity in the city—past, present, and future. Bringing together artists, authors, activists, architects, historians, musicians, philosophers and scientists, the “Creative Chicago” marathon will examine the numerous sparks that make the city a center for art, design and architecture.
Current participants include:
Amanda Williams, Artist
Art Green, Artist
Barbara Kasten, Artist
Brandon Breaux, Artist
Cauleen Smith, Artist
Dawoud Bey, Photographer
Eddie Bocanegra, Organizer/Activist
Eula Biss, Writer
Eve Ewing, Writer/Visual Artist
Fatimah Asghar, Poet
Gerald Williams, Artist
Jeanne Gang, Artist
Joseph Grigely, Artist/Art Historian
Louise Bernard, Museum Director, Obama Presidential Center Museum
Shani Crowe, Artist/Performer
Stanley Tigerman, Architect
Theaster Gates, Artist
Tim Samuelson, City Historian
The Chicago Humanities Festival will present this four-hour interview marathon as part of Art Design Chicago at Navy Pier in collaboration with EXPO CHICAGO 2018.
More info here.
In 1963, 250,000 students boycotted the Chicago Public Schools to protest racial segregation. '63 Boycott, a new documentary from Kartemquin Films, explores this event. Come see the movie and participate in a discussion with the audience led by UIC Professor of History Elizabeth Todd-Breland, UIC Professor of Educational Policy Studies Pauline Lipman, and University of Chicago Assistant Professor at the School of Social Service Administration Eve L. Ewing
Light refreshments will be provided. Sponsored by the UIC University Library and Chicago Collections. More info here.
Panel: Poetry & Politics. Poets Eve L. Ewing (Electric Arches), Terrance Hayes (American Sonnets for My Past and Future Assassin), Lynn Melnick (Landscape with Sex and Violence), and Raquel Salas Rivera (Lo Terciario / The Tertiary) read their own poems and discuss how literature and activism intersect. Moderated by Camille Rankine, The New School, Creative Writing Program. More info here.
Join us for a FREE all ages event celebrating the arts and the people that make Chicago beautiful! The annual Chicago Poetry Block Party (CPBP) brings together poetry, music, art and community all on one stage. Guests can participate in writing workshops, visual art activities, poetry readings, games, and musical performances for a summertime experience unlike any other. Enjoy performances by Tasha, Brandon Markell Holmes, Eve L. Ewing, Danez Smith, avery r. young, and the CPBP House Band. Share your work during an open mic session and hear talented, up-and-coming poets from across the country will perform their work.
The event is hosted by Poetry Foundation, Crescendo Literary, Austin Town Hall, and the Chicago Park District.
Join the Facebook event here.
Hailed as "one of the most diverse and important poetry anthologies of the last 25 years," The BreakBeat Poets: Black Girl Magic anthology highlights some of the most exciting Black women writing today. This afternoon of poetry, music, movement and visual art will feature multigenre collaborative performances inspired by poems from the book. The performances will be accompanied by a conversation on storytelling and process with anthology contributors and Chicago-based artists moderated by co-editor Jamila Woods.
AIR Serenbe presents, in partnership with Atlanta History Center, four of the nation's top spoken word poets for ONE NIGHT ONLY in Atlanta. Sarah Kay, Mahogany L. Browne, Eve Ewing, and Amanda Torres will be in Georgia as part of the SWACC! Focus Fellowship at AIR Serenbe.
SWACC! is an award residency that supports spoken word artists whose work demonstrates an advanced commitment to community and collaboration. Join us for an unforgettable evening with these four artists on one stage.
Doors at 6pm, show at 7pm. Tickets and more info here.
This Litfest Event is brought to you by WUD Distinguished Lecture Series, Illumination, WUD Society and Politics, and WUD Publications Committee. Please join WUD DLS for Poetry in Context with Dr. Eve Ewing on Monday, April 23, 7:30 p.m.
The doors of Shannon Hall will open at 7 p.m. The lecture is open and FREE to both students and the public, and will end with a 30-minute Q&A.
Sign Language interpreting will be provided with CART captioning available upon request. If you need another accommodation to attend this event, please contact Megan Spletzer at firstname.lastname@example.org. All accommodation requests should be made no less than two weeks before the event. We will attempt to fulfill requests made after this date but cannot guarantee they will be met.
Join us in this Poets for Puerto Rico: Chicago event to raise consciousness and raise funds for Institute for Socio-Ecological Research (ISER Caribe). ISER were some of the first people working on the West Coast of Puerto Rico to open roads and set up water filtration systems after Hurricane María, before even government agencies reached the region. The have expanded their reconstruction efforts to assist communities in Jayuya and fishermen in Vieques. All donations raised this evening will go directly to ISER in support of their work with communities and individuals most affected by the hurricane. Your donation will help to build a sustainable and resilient Puerto Rico.
Poets for Puerto Rico was created by Willie Perdomo, Noel Quiñones, and Denice Frohman. It has raised thousands of dollars for grassroots relief efforts and raised consciousness about the ongoing political, economic, and environmental disasters on the island. There have been Poets for Puerto Rico readings at Poets House, The Bronx Museum, and in Philadelphia. Others are being planned across the country. We hope you join us and over twenty poets and artists on April 17.
Tickets: There is a suggested $10 donation for entrance, but no one will be turned away. If you can give more, please consider it. You can purchase tickets here.
Super Poetry Pros. Super Show!
On April 9, come join these 3 super friends (Eve L. Ewing, Sarah Kay, & Clint Smith) for an evening of poetry. All three poets will have books & merchandise for sale after the show (for cash only!) so stick around to say hello and get some signed books as well.
Performance at 7:30 PM. Doors open at 7:00 PM. 19 years and up. Tickets available here.
A talk show, in a dive bar, on TV. Taped at The Hideout, a legendary bar in Chicago, each episode features conversations that are as substantive as they are entertaining. This episode features Eve Ewing, Daniel Kraus (associate producer of The Shape of Water) and Gillian Flynn (author and screenwriter of Gone Girl). Tickets are $15 and can be purchased here.
The critically-acclaimed show is back for three performances only!
No Blue Memories: The Life of Gwendolyn Brooks brings to life the story of one of Chicago’s most beloved figures. She was an icon, a poet laureate, and a Pulitzer Prize winner—but she was also a treasured educator and mentor to the countless writers and children who knew her as their very own “Miss Brooks.” Weaving together poetry, storytelling, and striking visuals, No Blue Memories is an exploration of Brooks’s beloved city and a story of how she navigated identity, craft, and politics over the course of one of the most remarkable careers in American literary history. The performance combines intricate paper puppetry, live actors working in shadow, and an original score for an unforgettable multi-media experience. No Blue Memories is a production of Manual Cinema, written by Eve L. Ewing and Nate Marshall, with original music from Jamila Woods and Ayanna Woods. Commissioned by the Poetry Foundation for the Brooks Centenary, No Blue Memories will receive two weeks of free performances in November 2017 for both the general public and Chicago Public School students.
Join us in downtown Bloomington, Indiana for a dynamic evening of readings featuring Jennifer Givhan, Eve L. Ewing, and Brando Skyhorse. A Q & A hosted by Canvas Creative Arts Magazine will follow the event. Copies of readers' books will be available for sale. Free admission; 18+.
Free reading and signing of Electric Arches. Davidson Building, room D201.
At the Association of Writers & Writing Programs Conference, a panel featuring Analicia Sotelo, Dorothea Lasky, Ruben Quesada, Kaveh Akbar, and Eve L. Ewing. Meet some of the most important minds in the Twitterverse as they share experiences as literary citizens in 140 characters or less. Whether advocating for increased visibility or enjamb-ing your horoscope, these panelists will talk about their approach to digital communication and how you can create a platform of your own. Room 16, Tampa Convention Center, First Floor
A panel featuring black women activist-scholars discussing liberation praxis. Featuring Janae Bonsu, Zoe Spencer, Eve Ewing, and Lakeesha Harris. Free and open to the public. Alumni Hall North.
The Left Bank Books Foundation, Maryville Talks Books and the St. Louis Poetry Center present Left Bank Books' Not So Late Night with host Cheeraz Gormon, musical guest Katarra & the SoFolkz, and special guests Eve L. Ewing and Hanif Abdurraqib.
Free and open to the public. Event info here.
Eye94, Lumpen Radio’s books and literature program, hosts author Eve Ewing as part of the 2018 Live Reading Series on February 22nd at Pilsen Community Books. The boys will discuss Ewing’s new book “Electric Arches,” a masterful exploration of African-American girlhood that has received rave reviews. Seating is extremely limited, and will start promptly at 6PM. More information at eye94.org and pilsencommunitybooks.org. This show will be also broadcast tape-delayed on Lumpen Radio.
Facebook event here.
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In these this encuentro (encounter/findings) poet/writer/activist Dr. Eve L. Ewing will read several poems from Electric Arches as well as other work, while also drawing on her knowledge and work as a sociologist to make connections to race, history, gender, and current events. Scheuer Room.
Ewing’s book Electric Arches invites fresh conversations about race, gender, the city, identity, and the joy and pain of growing up. Eve Ewing will appear in conversation with José Olivarez, a poet whose first collection will be released in fall of 2018.
Join four renowned poets for a special reading to raise funds for Assata's Daughters. Hanif Abdurraqib, Tara Betts, Eve L. Ewing and José Olivarez will share their work for one night only at Volumes Bookstore. All ticket sales and 10% of author book sales will go to Assata's Daughters - a radical collective of black women and girls organizing across intersections of identity to grow power with and for the most marginalized communities on Chicago’s South Side. Learn more at assatasdaughters.org.