WBEZ | Chicago History Museum http://www.wbez.org/content/chicago-history-museum Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Red Squad Symposium http://www.wbez.org/red-squad-symposium-107337 <p><div>For much of the twentieth century, Chicago&rsquo;s Police Surveillance Unit monitored and infiltrated allegedly subversive organizations and stored its discoveries in its secret Red Squad records. Because of the relaxation of the legal restrictions controlling access to those files, this event will feature stories that have not been available to the public until now, including records focusing on the ACLU, the National Organization for Women, and the National Presbyterian Church.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Keynote speaker <strong>Richard Gutman</strong>, an attorney who helped lead the legal fight against the Red Squad, historians, and organization members, will address controversies surrounding the Red Squad&rsquo;s records, including the constitutionality of surveillance and the subjective nature of the data collected. Join us for stories of activists, political figures, and progressive groups.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>More on this event <a href="http://chicagohistory.org/planavisit/upcomingevents/lectures-and-seminars">here.</a></div><div>&nbsp;</div></p> Thu, 23 May 2013 14:23:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/red-squad-symposium-107337 Chinese Roots of Mah Jongg http://www.wbez.org/chinese-roots-mah-jongg-107010 <p><p>Join us for some tea and talk about the cross-cultural love Mah Jongg! &nbsp;In this discussion, the Chicago Chinese community shares its history and rich connection with the game they warmly refer to as &ldquo;M. J.&rdquo; We&rsquo;ll also talk about differences in methods of play, and the game&rsquo;s important role in both the Jewish and the Chinese American communities.</p><div>This program is in collaboration with the Chinese-American Museum of Chicago and is generously supported by The Covenant Foundation.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Join us all month for Mah Jongg May! &nbsp;One table, 136 tiles, four players, and a whole lot of fun. Celebrate the ancient Chinese game popularized by Jewish-American women in the early twentieth century with classes, friendly matches, a night of martinis, and an exploration of the roots of the game!</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>More information about this event <a href="http://chicagohistory.org/planavisit/upcomingevents/shalom-chicago/">here</a>.&nbsp;</div></p> Fri, 03 May 2013 15:50:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/chinese-roots-mah-jongg-107010 Fierce & Fabulous: A New Look at the Ebony Fashion Fair http://www.wbez.org/fierce-fabulous-new-look-ebony-fashion-fair-107009 <p><p>Explore how African American and LGBT histories mix through fashion, influenced by the famed Ebony Fashion Fair. Curator <strong>Joy Bivins</strong>, ball culture historian <strong>Marlon Bailey</strong>, and couture designer <strong>Tommy Walton</strong> invite us to look at style and personal expression from different points of view, and from fierce to fabulous!</p><p>More information about this event <a href="http://chicagohistory.org/planavisit/upcomingevents/out-at-chm">here</a>.&nbsp;</p></p> Fri, 03 May 2013 15:48:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/fierce-fabulous-new-look-ebony-fashion-fair-107009 Agroterrorism: Food Poisoning Brought to a New Level! http://www.wbez.org/agroterrorism-food-poisoning-brought-new-level-106986 <p><p>Poison expert<strong> Dr. Jerrold Leikin</strong>, will reveal the history and nature of agroterrorism, or how the human food supply has been used as a weapon to launch a multitude of toxins. Gather round as Dr. Leikin talks about our vulnerabilities, and describes some horrific biological, chemical and radiological food contamination events. And he will tell us of the numerous valiant food employees who have been &ldquo;the first non-clinical professionals to identify and respond to incidences of agroterrorism.&rdquo;</p><div>Dr. Leikin will provide several past examples of agroterrorism such as the headline grabbing event in Oregon in 1984 when the Bhagwan Shree Rajneeshee cult deliberately contaminated a salad-bar with salmonella--to influence the local elections! (This and other actual horror stories are described in Dr. Leikin&rsquo;s book &ldquo;<em>Toxico-Terrorism: Emergency Response and Clinical Approach to Chemical Biological and Radiological Agents</em>&rdquo; published by McGraw Hill Medical in 2007.) Now, the question is, what kind of food samples can we serve at a food poisoning event? Come and be surprised!</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>***</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Dr. Leikin is currently Director of Medical Toxicology at NorthShore University HealthSystem-OMEGA and also Associate Director of the Toxicon Consortium based at Cook County Hospital. In addition, he is a Clinical Professor of Medicine at the University of Chicago&rsquo;s Pritzker School of Medicine and Professor of Medicine and Pharmacology at Rush Medical College.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Dr. Leikin served as co-editor of both the<em> Poisoning and Toxicology Handbook</em> (CRC Press) and the <em>American Medical Association Handbook of First Aid and Emergency Care</em>. House. He is currently on staff at seven hospitals, five medical schools and three poison centers.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>More information about this event <a href="http://www.greatermidwestfoodways.com/index.php/page/CHCMay2013.html">here.&nbsp;</a></div></p> Fri, 03 May 2013 13:36:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/agroterrorism-food-poisoning-brought-new-level-106986 From Chicago Out to the World: Advancing LGBTQ Human Rights http://www.wbez.org/chicago-out-world-advancing-lgbtq-human-rights-106027 <p><p>This program focuses on important Chicago-based work directed toward ensuring the human rights of LGBTQ people internationally. It is moderated by <strong>Sid Mohn</strong>, president of Chicago&rsquo;s Heartland Alliance, and includes presentations on asylum policies, LGBTQ rights abroad, and queer political identities by <strong>Keren Zwick</strong> and <strong>Stefano Fabeni</strong> of Heartland Alliance, and <strong>Lynette Jackson</strong> of the University of Illinois at Chicago.</p><p>More information on this event <a href="http://chicagohistory.org/planavisit/upcomingevents/out-at-chm">here.</a></p></p> Mon, 11 Mar 2013 15:24:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/chicago-out-world-advancing-lgbtq-human-rights-106027 Fifty Shades of the Blues: Song, Soul, and Sexuality http://www.wbez.org/fifty-shades-blues-song-soul-and-sexuality-104604 <p><p>In the 1920s and 1930s, pioneering musicians like Bessie Smith and Ma Rainey used suggestive lyrics and tongue-in-cheek performances to express their fluid sexuality. In this program,<strong> Sharon Bridgforth</strong> and Dr. <strong>Omi Osun Joni L. Jones </strong>use conversation and live performance to consider how race, gender, and class played important roles in developing this complex musical form. Performer <strong>Katherine Davis</strong> and her trio sing blues favorites during the complimentary pre-program cocktail reception.</p><div>Sharon Bridgforth is a resident playwright at New Dramatists. Omi Osun Joni L. Jones is an associate professor at The University of Texas at Austin, specializing performance scholarship that focuses on identity, ethnography, Yoruba-based performance aesthetics, Black Feminisms, and Theatre for Social Change.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><div>Cocktails, appetizers, and live blues start at 5:30&nbsp;p.m. The program is&nbsp;7:30&ndash;9:00 p.m.</div></div><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Fri, 28 Dec 2012 12:42:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/fifty-shades-blues-song-soul-and-sexuality-104604 Cocktails and Capone http://www.wbez.org/cocktails-and-capone-103963 <p><p>Join us for a spirited evening on the <a href="http://chicagohistory.org/planavisit/upcomingevents/special-events/cocktails-and-capone">79th anniversary of the repeal of Prohibition</a>. <strong>John Russick</strong>, Director of curatorial affairs, discusses Chicago&rsquo;s vibrant bootlegging and speakeasy scene of the Roaring 20s.</p><div>We&rsquo;re also joined by <strong>Al Capone</strong>&rsquo;s great niece, <strong>Deirdre Capone</strong>, who will share family stories of &ldquo;Uncle Al&rdquo;.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Bringing history out of the cellar, our friends from Templeton Rye Whiskey join us to chat about their connections to Prohibition and Al Capone. Stick around this juice-joint after our discussion to enjoy cocktails, mingle with fellow patrons, and catch a book signing. Deirdre Capone&rsquo;s Uncle Al Capone and John Russick&rsquo;s <em>Historic Photos of Chicago Crime: The Capone Era</em> will be available for purchase.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Don&#39;t forget to dress in your best Prohibition-era duds! Arrive in costume to receive a raffle ticket for a chance to win one of five a luxury gift basket full of items from the Museum and Templeton Rye.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Ticket price includes complimentary Templeton Rye Prohibition era cocktails and hors d&rsquo;oeuvres. Presented in collaboration with Templeton Rye Whiskey.</div></p> Wed, 21 Nov 2012 11:25:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/cocktails-and-capone-103963 Synagogues of Mexico (Sinagogas de México) http://www.wbez.org/synagogues-mexico-sinagogas-de-m%C3%A9xico-103387 <p><p>Mexico&rsquo;s Jewish population largely unknown to the general public, and even fewer know that there is a Mexican Jewish population in Chicago. Join <strong>Mónica Unikel-Fasja</strong>, author of a Spanish-language book that translates as <em>Synagogues of Mexico</em>, as she gives voice to the incredible architecture and history of synagogues in Mexico and examines what it means to be Jewish in both cultures. This program is collaboration with the National Museum of Mexican Art and the American Jewish Committee.</p><div>This program is part of a series of programming in conjunction with the exhibition Shalom Chicago, which runs from October 21st through September 2, 2013.</div></p> Wed, 14 Nov 2012 14:45:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/synagogues-mexico-sinagogas-de-m%C3%A9xico-103387 2012 National Humanities Conference CAPPS Lecture: Isabel Wilkerson http://www.wbez.org/2012-national-humanities-conference-capps-lecture-isabel-wilkerson-103572 <p><p>The Federation of State Humanities Councils, founded in 1977, is the membership association of 55 state and territorial councils. Each November, the Federation&rsquo;s National Humanities Conference provides an opportunity for councils to exchange information and ideas about humanities issues and programs as well as administrative and governance practices.</p><div>The theme of this year&rsquo;s conference is &ldquo;Taking Stock, Telling our Story, Transforming the Future.&rdquo; The purpose is to use this occasion, four decades into our experience of engaging the public with the humanities, to step back and take stock of our best practices, our most effective program formats and subjects, and our most compelling messages.&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>The 2012 National Humanities Conference CAPPS Lecture features&nbsp;<strong>Isabel Wilkerson</strong>, a Pulitzer Prize winning journalist and the first African-American to win for individual reporting. She is also the author of <em>The New York Times </em>bestseller, <em>The Warmth of Other Suns</em>, a story documenting one of the greatest underreported migrations that reshaped modern America. She has spoken at universities across the country and in Europe and has appeared on national networks including CBS, PBS, NPR, NBC and C-SPAN.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>The Walter H. Capps Memorial Lecture was established by the Federation Board of Directors in 1999 to honor the memory of Congressman Walter H. Capps&mdash;teacher, writer, public servant, and humanist in the deepest sense. Congressman Capps was a member of the California Council for the Humanities for six years and its chair for three. He was the chair of the Federation Board of Directors from 1983 to 1985. The lecture, officially designated the Walter H. Capps Memorial Lecture, is held annually as part of, or in conjunction with, the Federation&rsquo;s National Humanities Conference.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>The Chicago History Museum cares for, showcases, and interprets millions of authentic pieces of Chicago and U.S. history in order to serve as a reminder of the past, shed light on the present, and inform the future.&nbsp;</div></p> Wed, 31 Oct 2012 16:10:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/2012-national-humanities-conference-capps-lecture-isabel-wilkerson-103572 Unfolding Tales: The Lingering Legacy of the Chicago City Cemetery http://www.wbez.org/unfolding-tales-lingering-legacy-chicago-city-cemetery-103386 <p><p>Chicago is one of the most haunted cities in the world, boasting a colorful past filled with eerie events that range from the truly chilling to the light-of-heart. In celebration of Halloween, the Museum will host cemetery tours, dinners, seminars, and other events that will showcase Chicago&#39;s very real and often shocking past!</p><div>During this spine-tingling evening<strong>&nbsp;Pamela Bannos</strong> of the Hidden Truths Project digs up Lincoln Park&rsquo;s hidden haunted history and the lingering legacy of the Chicago city cemetery. Unwrap the eerie history of our neighborhood at the Museum. You might not see dead people, but you will certainly be surrounded by them.</div></p> Wed, 24 Oct 2012 14:35:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/unfolding-tales-lingering-legacy-chicago-city-cemetery-103386