Exploring Terkel’s Race (North Side Bureau book discussion)

Thursday, July 26, 2012 @ 6:00pm

Event Info


FREE - Reservations Requested


WBEZ North Side Community Bureau

2913 W. Devon Avenue





Chicago Public Media

Project on Civic Reflection

Throughout the summer, WBEZ and Vocalo will be talking about race – out loud, and on the air, in frank conversations and stories, and in lively public events.  We're calling the series, Race: Out Loud and we’re asking: What would it sound like if people said what they really think and feel about race, about ethnicity? What if they really talked about how race shapes them, their lives, and attitudes? What would we hear, if we listened?

As part of this series, we invite you to read Studs Terkel's Race: How Blacks and Whites Think and Feel About the American Obsession. Authored twenty years ago, this 400-page collection of personal reflections and experiences – mostly from Chicagoans – presents an opportunity to ask: What’s changed in the past twenty years? What hasn't? And how do the questions Studs asked, about segregation, equality of opportunity, and hope make sense today?  

Please consider joining us July 11th at the WBEZ West Side Bureau, July 17th at the WBEZ South Side Bureau, or July 26 at the WBEZ North Side Bureau for a discussion about the significance of race today, for us and our communities. We'll focus on a short excerpt from Terkel's Race – the stories of C.P. Ellis and Ann Atwater (pages 271-283) – and Project on Civic Reflection facilitators will guide the discussion. Reading the book is not required to attend, but some familiarity with this short excerpt will help serve as a starting point for a discussion that asks: What does race mean to us today, and how can people change?

Advance online reservations are now closed, but walk-up attendance for this discussion is welcome.


This event is a co-production of Chicago Public Media (WBEZ-Chicago) and Project on Civic Reflection (PCR), whose mission is to strengthen community and deepen understanding by helping people and organizations think and talk about the meaning of their work in the world.  Through the practice of reflective discussion, which utilizes provocative readings, images, and video, PCR helps people consider the beliefs and values that underlie their commitments – leading to clarity about their work, stronger relationships, and more committed, effective action.

Support for Chicago Public Media's Community Bureaus is provided in part by Dr. Scholl Foundation, Met Life Foundation, and Crown Family Philanthropies.