WBEZ | Chicago Public Library - Harold Washington Library Center http://www.wbez.org/content/chicago-public-library-harold-washington-library-center Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Storytelling and Public History http://www.wbez.org/storytelling-and-public-history-107473 <p><div>Chicagoans understand their history as much through each other&rsquo;s stories as through history books. &nbsp;Join artist <strong>Samantha Hill</strong>, Albany Park Theatre Project director <strong>David Feiner</strong>, author <strong>Miles Harvey</strong>, historian <strong>Jennifer Brier</strong> and moderator <strong>Dawn Turner Trice</strong> of the <em>Chicago Tribune</em> for a discussion of how storytelling informs our understanding of history and shapes our culture.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>The Chicago Public Library celebrates the storytelling tradition and the way our stories celebrate the many cultures of our city with the current One Book, One Chicago celebration of <strong>Isabel Wilkerson</strong>&rsquo;s <em>The Warmth of Other Suns</em> and the broader theme of how migration has shaped Chicago.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>More information about this event <a href="http://www.chipublib.org/events/details/id/106687/">here.</a></div></p> Fri, 31 May 2013 14:55:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/storytelling-and-public-history-107473 The Great Migration Conversation with Timuel D. Black Jr., Linda Johnson Rice & Adam Green http://www.wbez.org/great-migration-conversation-timuel-d-black-jr-linda-johnson-rice-adam-green-106998 <p><p>As part of the programming for the 2013-14 One Book, One Chicago selection, <strong>Isabel Wilkerson</strong>&rsquo;s <em>The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story Of America&rsquo;s Great Migration</em>, the Chicago Public Library welcomes <strong>Timuel D. Black Jr</strong>., <strong>Linda Johnson Rice</strong> and <strong>Adam Green</strong> for an engaging conversation of how the Great Migration shaped their lives and the city of Chicago. The free program takes place on Monday, May 6 at 6 p.m., in the Cindy Pritzker Auditorium at the Harold Washington Library Center, 400 S.State St. &nbsp;</p><div>Timuel D. Black, Jr., a recent Champion of Freedom Award recipient, is a Chicago educator, activist and historian who has written extensively on the Great Migration in his books <em>Bridges of Memory: Chicago&rsquo;s First Wave of Black Migration </em>and <em>Bridges of Memory Volume 2:Chicago&rsquo;s Second Generation of Black Migration</em>.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Linda Johnson Rice&rsquo;s parents, <strong>John and Eunice Johnson</strong>, came to Chicago from the South and built the Johnson Publishing Company, one of the world&rsquo;s most successful black-owned media companies of which Ms. Rice is President and CEO.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>University of Chicago History Professor Adam Green, writes about the Great Migration in his books <em>Selling the Race: The Culture and Community in Black Chicago, 1940-1955</em> and <em>Time Longer than Rope: Studies in African American Activism, 1850-1950</em>. One Book, One Chicago is presented by the Chicago Public Library, the Chicago Public Library Foundation, Allstate and BMO Harris. For more information, visit chicagopubliclibrary.org, or call 312-747-4050.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>More information on this event <a href="http://www.chipublib.org/events/details/id/104184/">here.</a></div></p> Fri, 03 May 2013 14:58:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/great-migration-conversation-timuel-d-black-jr-linda-johnson-rice-adam-green-106998 Terry Savage http://www.wbez.org/terry-savage-106492 <p><p>As part of Money Smart Week, <strong>Terry Savage</strong>, popular author and award-winning financial journalist, speaks about what everyone should know about financial and retirement planning. Planners from the FPA of Illinois provide one-on-one planning sessions immediately following Ms. Savage&rsquo;s presentation. Money Smart Week is a registered service mark of the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago. Presented by the Financial Planning Association of Illinois.</p><p>More on this event <a href="http://www.chipublib.org/branch/details/library/harold-washington/">here</a>.&nbsp;</p></p> Thu, 04 Apr 2013 13:54:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/terry-savage-106492 Greg Borzo http://www.wbez.org/greg-borzo-104609 <p><p>Travel back to the days when Chicago had the largest cable car system the world had ever seen. <strong>Greg Borzo</strong>, author of the popular <em>The Chicago &quot;L,&quot;</em>&nbsp;discusses his new book,<em> Chicago Cable Cars</em> in a lavishly illustrated presentation. Borzo is joined in conversation with <strong>Jacob Kaplan</strong>, editor of <a href="http://ForgottenChicago.com">ForgottenChicago.com</a>.</p></p> Fri, 28 Dec 2012 14:02:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/greg-borzo-104609 Walter Mosley http://www.wbez.org/walter-mosley-104608 <p><p>The legendary <strong>Walter Mosley</strong> visits the Chicago Public Library for one of three events presented by Congo Square Theatre, in partnership with the Library and the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events under the banner of Mosley on the Square. Mosley, author of numerous works including <em>Devil in a Blue Dress</em> and <em>The Fall of Heaven</em>, is joined in conversation with author and civic leader <strong>Sylvia Ewing</strong>. &nbsp;For more information about Mosley on the Square, visit <a href="http://congosquaretheatre.org">congosquaretheatre.org</a>.</p></p> Fri, 28 Dec 2012 13:50:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/walter-mosley-104608 Simon Winchester http://www.wbez.org/simon-winchester-104607 <p><p><strong>Simon Winchester</strong> discusses and shows illustrations from his new book, <em>Skulls: An Exploration of Alan Dudley&#39;s Curious Collection</em>. Winchester presents a spellbinding visual exploration of an obsessive collector of what some may call the macabre&mdash;over 300 animal skulls.</p></p> Fri, 28 Dec 2012 13:37:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/simon-winchester-104607 Discussion on Harold Washington http://www.wbez.org/discussion-harold-washington-104601 <p><p>Thirty years after Harold Washington was elected as Chicago&rsquo;s first black mayor, the Society of Midland Authors will present a panel discussion about Washington&rsquo;s legacy.&nbsp;</p><div>The panel discussion will feature:&nbsp;<strong>Peter Nolan</strong>, a former NBC5 reporter whose 2012 book <em>Campaign! The 1983 Election That Rocked Chicago</em> is a firsthand account of Washington&rsquo;s election as mayor;&nbsp;<strong>Timuel Black</strong>, author of <em>Bridges of Memory</em>, a two-volume history of black Chicago;&nbsp;<strong>Salim Muwakkil</strong>, a senior editor at <em>In These Times</em>, a host on WVON-AM 1690, and the author of the text in <em>Harold!: Photographs from the Harold Washington Years</em>;&nbsp;<strong>Robert Starks</strong>, founder of the Harold Washington Institute for Research and Policy Studies at Northeastern Illinois University.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Seating is available first come, first served. Reservations are not required. Select books will be available for purchase. This event is presented by the Society of Midland Authors, an organization established in 1915 for published authors in the Midwest. For details on the group, visit <a href="http://www.midlandauthors.com">www.midlandauthors.com</a>.</div></p> Fri, 28 Dec 2012 11:31:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/discussion-harold-washington-104601 Neighborhood Writing Alliance: Body Wisdom http://www.wbez.org/neighborhood-writing-alliance-body-wisdom-104143 <p><p>The Neighborhood Writing Alliance presents an evening of powerful readings and visual presentations when emerging writers from Chicago&rsquo;s dynamic literary scene take to the stage. Join NWA in celebration of dynamic movement, creative community, and personal stories from neighborhoods throughout Chicago.</p></p> Fri, 30 Nov 2012 14:40:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/neighborhood-writing-alliance-body-wisdom-104143 Marie Tillman in Conversation with Jon Krakauer http://www.wbez.org/marie-tillman-conversation-jon-krakauer-104142 <p><p><strong>Marie Tillman</strong> and <strong>Jon Krakauer</strong> discuss Tillman&rsquo;s new book, <em>The Letter: My Journey Through Love, Loss, and Life</em>. Ms. Tillman opens up about her marriage to ex-NFL star Pat Tillman and her journey to rebuild her life after his death. Krakauer is the bestselling author of <em>Where Men Win Glory: The Odyssey of Pat Tillman</em>. The conversation is moderated by journalist and CBS news anchor <strong>Jeff Glor</strong>.</p></p> Fri, 30 Nov 2012 14:36:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/marie-tillman-conversation-jon-krakauer-104142 Simon Winchester http://www.wbez.org/simon-winchester-102784 <p><p>Join <strong>Simon Winchester</strong> as he discusses and shows illustrations from his new book, <em>SKULLS: An Exploration of Alan Dudley&#39;s Curious Collection</em>. In <em>SKULLS</em>, Winchester presents a spellbinding and macabre visual display of more than 300 animal skulls, including amphibians, birds, fish mammals, and reptiles.</p></p> Sun, 30 Sep 2012 20:27:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/simon-winchester-102784