Feb
10
to Feb 20

Racism and Public Education in Chicago [Chicago, IL]

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People’s fight to keep schools open in response to Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s wave of school closings demonstrated that public schools are an integral part of neighborhoods, at the heart of communities, storehouses of history and memory that bring people together. Ghosts in the Schoolyard: Racism and School Closings on Chicago’s South Side interrogates Chicago’s public schooling, beginning with a story of systemic racism, inequality, bad faith, and distrust that stretches deep into Chicago history.

Student Center East, room 302. Presented by the UIC College of Education.

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Mar
20
3:00 PM15:00

Demand the Possible: The Future of Chicago Public Schools [Chicago, IL]

For this year's Annual Bowman Lecture, the Institute for Research on Race and Public Policy has put together a panel of visionary educators whom we asked to offer their vision of possible progressive futures for Chicago Public Schools. Join IRRPP and panelists Bill Ayers, Eve Ewing, Erica Meiners, Isaura Pulido, Dave Stovall, and Elizabeth Todd-Breland in a conversation about the future of public education in our city.

More info here.

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Dec
11
6:00 PM18:00

Legacies of the Civil Rights Era: Race, Equity, and Education [Chicago, IL]

A Facing History Now forum featuring Dr. Eve Ewing, a poet, a writer, a former Facing History teacher, and now a sociologist of education at the University of Chicago, and Dr. Terrence Roberts, one of the “Little Rock Nine” who desegregated Central High School in Little Rock, Arkansas in 1957. Together they will discuss the legacies of the civil rights era on our city and our current education system.

More info here.

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Dec
4
12:00 PM12:00

Scherer Center Lecture [Chicago, IL]

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.

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Nov
29
5:00 PM17:00

Ghosts in the Schoolyard Discussion [Philadelphia, PA]

NOTE CORRECTED TIME. THIS EVENT BEGINS AT 5 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, such as Camika Royal of Loyola University (Maryland) and Koby Murphy of the Philadelphia Student Union. Sponsored by the Philadelphia Black History Collaborative, Uncle Bobbie’s Coffee and Books, and Swarthmore College.

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Nov
26
6:00 PM18:00

Creating an Equitable City [Chicago, IL]

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Note the updated time — this event begins at 6 PM.

In more equitable school systems we find more students who are well-educated, self-aware, and well-grounded in their own identity — and thus able to build strong relationships with people who are different than them. This is the foundation of building a more just, equitable, and inclusive future for Chicago. Join us for this panel conversation on how we can create more equitable schools and communities that lay the foundation for a more just and inclusive society.

Panelists will be Eve L. Ewing, SSA Assistant Professor and Author, and Marisa Novara, Vice President of the Metropolitan Planning Council (MPC) and SSA alumna. Moderated by Tawa Mitchell, Program Officer at the MacArthur Foundation and SSA alumna.

Free and open to the public. Register here.

This event will be livestreamed.

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Nov
13
7:00 PM19:00

Ghosts in the Schoolyard Conversation with Ta-Nehisi Coates [DC]

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.

This event will be livestreamed! Visit cas.american.edu on November 13 at 7 PM EST to access the livestream.

This is a free event, but RSVP is required.

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Nov
12
7:00 PM19:00

Ghosts in the Schoolyard - Conversation with Michael Ralph [NYC]

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

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Nov
9
6:00 PM18:00

Du Bois Scholars Institute Gala [NYC]

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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.

Tickets required.

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Nov
2
7:30 PM19:30

Chicago Humanities Festival - Ida B. Wells [Chicago]

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.

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Oct
24
4:00 PM16:00

University of Michigan - Poverty Solutions [Ann Arbor, MI]

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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.

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Oct
18
5:00 PM17:00

Ghosts in the Schoolyard - Official Launch

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.

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Oct
13
2:00 PM14:00

Boston Book Festival

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.

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Oct
9
7:00 PM19:00

The Fest Presents: Intercepted LIVE! [Chicago, IL]

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.

This event requires tickets.

Jeremy Scahill

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

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.

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Sep
29
1:00 PM13:00

Creative Chicago: An Interview Marathon

“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.

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Sep
25
6:00 PM18:00

'63 Boycott Documentary Screening

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.

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Sep
16
12:00 PM12:00

Brooklyn Book Festival [NYC]

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.

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Jul
28
3:00 PM15:00

Chicago Poetry Block Party

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.

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Jun
10
2:30 PM14:30

Black Girl Magic Anthology Reading at Printers Row Book Fest [Chicago]

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.

Tickets here.

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Apr
29
7:00 PM19:00

An Evening with Eve Ewing, Sarah Kay, Amanda Torres & Mahogany L. Browne [Atlanta]

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.

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Apr
23
7:30 PM19:30

Reading & Signing at the University of Wisconsin [Madison]

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 spletzer@wisc.edu. 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.

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