WBEZ | WBEZ North Side Community Bureau http://www.wbez.org/content/wbez-north-side-community-bureau Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Get Archived! Build your file for the Chicago Artists Archive (North Side Bureau) http://www.wbez.org/get-archived-build-your-file-chicago-artists-archive-north-side-bureau-106863 <p><p>Documentation is a key component of the Sixty Inches From Center mission to capture the words of Chicago artists, curators and arts organizers, and support the visual arts as they happen outside of the iconic institutions of the city.&nbsp; The group has partnered with the Chicago Public Library to gather art documentation for the Chicago Artists&rsquo; Archive, housed at the Harold Washington Library Center. Chicago Public Media is pleased to work with Sixty Inches From Center to use our community bureaus - located in Englewood, Rogers Park, and Little Village - to set up space for meeting with area artists and documenting their work.<br /><br />As part of Sixty Inches From Center&#39;s partnership with the Chicago Public Library, artists from across the city are invited to bring images, ephemera, an artist biography and anything else that tells your artist story, to be documented and formally processed for submission to this historic archive. Materials will be archivally preserved and permanently housed at the Harold Washington Library Center.<br /><br />Recognizing the importance of capturing the innovative work of artists and communities that might otherwise be missed by traditional art historical narratives, Sixty Inches From Center uses a combination of analog and digital technology to document and archive art in all corners of Chicago. This series brings Sixty&#39;s <a href="http://sixtyinchesfromcenter.org/archive/" target="_blank">online archive</a> to life.<br /><br />This summer Chicago artists are invited to bring their exhibition postcards, catalogues, artist statements, CV&#39;s, images and all other tokens from their careers to one of several community locations and take ownership of their place in our city&#39;s cultural history by building (or adding to) their files for the archives. In addition to adding work to the archive, artists will have the opportunity to get their portfolios reviewed by established writers, curators and others from the city&#39;s various arts communities.<br /><br />Join us and get archived! <strong>Saturdays: May 25 at South Side Community Art Center</strong> in Bronzeville, <a href="http://www.wbez.org/get-archived-build-your-file-chicago-artists-archive-south-side-bureau-106862" target="_blank"><strong>June 1 at WBEZ&#39;s South Side Community Bureau</strong></a> in Englewood, <strong>June 8 at WBEZ&#39;s North Side Community Bureau</strong> in Rogers Park, or <a href="http://www.wbez.org/get-archived-build-your-file-chicago-artists-archive-west-side-bureau-106864" target="_blank"><strong>June 15 at WBEZ&#39;s new West Side Community Bureau</strong></a> in Little Village.</p><p><strong>Just Announced: </strong>Portfolio Reviews on June 8 will be conducted by JC Steinbrunner, Artist, Editor of Chicago Artists Resource and founder of <a href="http://www.thesalonseries.com/" target="_blank">The Salon Series</a>.<br /><br /><a href="https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1sEK1FoHWwTMhlffMFUBPgDwvw9TAMwsiG8dmCtxpMBk/viewform?pli=1" target="_blank">Click here to RSVP for this event.</a><br />&nbsp;<br /><em>Please note:</em> The materials brought should be ones which artists can donate to the archive. Do you have materials that you want to include in your file but aren&#39;t willing to part with it? Digital scans and files are welcome. Email your digital files to <a href="mailto:archive@sixtyinchesfromcenter.org?subject=Get%20Archived!">archive@sixtyinchesfromcenter.org</a>.</p><p><br />This event is a co-production of Chicago Public Media (WBEZ-Chicago) and Sixty Inches From Center, an essential portal to the contemporary art periphery in Chicago which acts as a testament to this work&#39;s deserved place at the global art table.</p><p>Support for Chicago Public Media&#39;s Community Bureaus is provided in part by Polk Brothers Foundation, Met Life Foundation, and Crown Family Philanthropies.</p><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Fri, 26 Apr 2013 16:42:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/get-archived-build-your-file-chicago-artists-archive-north-side-bureau-106863 What is Your Vision for Peace?: A community conversation responding to youth violence (North Side Bureau) http://www.wbez.org/what-your-vision-peace-community-conversation-responding-youth-violence-north-side-bureau-106801 <p><p>Chicago right now seems to be known most for the violence that happens here &ndash; especially the violence perpetrated by and visited upon young people.&nbsp; With so much violence fresh in our minds, and with summer &ndash; historically the most violent season in our city &ndash; almost upon us, what can we do to make Chicago a more peaceful city, for all its residents?</p><p>Join us &ndash; <strong>Tuesday, May 7th, at the WBEZ North Side Bureau</strong> in Roger&rsquo;s Park, <a href="http://www.wbez.org/what-your-vision-peace-community-conversation-responding-youth-violence-south-side-bureau-106802"><strong>Wednesday, May 8th, at the WBEZ South Side Bureau</strong></a> in Englewood, or <a href="http://www.wbez.org/what-your-vision-peace-community-conversation-responding-youth-violence-west-side-bureau-106803"><strong>Thursday, May 9th at the WBEZ West Side Bureau</strong></a> in Humboldt Park &ndash; as the Center for Civic Reflection and Chicago Public Media follow <a href="http://imaginingpeace.com/home/" target="_blank">Chicago&#39;s <em>Imagining Peace</em> conference</a> (April 26-28, 2013) by hosting three round-table discussions that explore the impact violence has upon us and how we can create conditions for peace.</p><p><a href="http://www.wbez.org/imagining-peace-conference-and-youth-congress-peace-106574" target="_blank">Click here</a> to learn more about the <em>Imagining Peace</em> conference.</p><p>Support for Chicago Public Media&#39;s Community Bureaus is provided in part by Polk Brothers Foundation, Met Life Foundation, and Crown Family Philanthropies.</p><p>The <a href="http://www.civicreflection.org/" target="_blank">Center for Civic Reflection</a> works to strengthen community and deepen understanding by helping people and organizations think and talk about the meaning of their work in the world.&nbsp; Through the practice of reflective discussion, which utilizes provocative readings, images, and video, CCR helps people consider the beliefs and values that underlie their commitments&mdash;leading to clarity about their work, stronger relationships, and more committed, effective action.</p><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Tue, 23 Apr 2013 13:23:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/what-your-vision-peace-community-conversation-responding-youth-violence-north-side-bureau-106801 Capturing the Beauty of Science: Meet the Winning Scientists http://www.wbez.org/capturing-beauty-science-meet-winning-scientists-106413 <p><p>The same scientific research that generates new understanding and innovation also brings unexpected and often breathtaking beauty. Northwestern University&#39;s annual scientific images contest, &quot;Capturing the Beauty of Science,&quot; celebrates and showcases the aesthetic side of research.<br /><br />Come on out Tuesday, April 16, from 6:00-7:30pm to WBEZ&#39;s North Side Bureau to view three of the winning images from the 2012 Scientific Images contest and meet the scientists behind them.</p><p>Stop by to hear about the fascinating and innovative research being done at Northwestern University, the contest&#39;s home, and to admire the beauty of science. From quantum chemistry to materials science to nanotechnology, these scientists will talk about the practical applications of their work, which could one day impact the development of sustainable energy, new medicines and better electronics.</p><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/ICON_ticket_event%20listing%20icon_26.png" style="float: left;" title="" /></div><div class="image-insert-image "><a href="https://secure2.convio.net/wbez/site/Ecommerce/1025610322?VIEW_PRODUCT=true&amp;product_id=16441&amp;store_id=3461" target="_blank"><br />Click here</a> to RSVP for this event.</div><p><br />&nbsp;</p><p><u><strong>About the Scientists</strong></u><br /><strong>Dr. Baudilio Tejerina</strong> holds a Ph.D. in physical chemistry from the University of Oviedo, Spain (EU). After graduation in 1999, he spent four years working and studying theoretical chemistry in the Department of Chemistry and Ames Laboratory at Ames, IA. In 2004 he joined the Chemistry Department&nbsp; as Computer Systems Manager and Scientific Site Lead for the Network of Computational Nanotechnology (NCN) at Northwestern University. Currently, Dr. Tejerina works as the Systems Manager in the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences at Northwestern University.<br /><br /><strong>Andrew Koltonow</strong> is in his third year of graduate studies at Northwestern. He is researching nanoscale carbon sheets and developing new ways of assembling them into materials. Prior to coming to Northwestern, Koltonow studied materials science and polymer chemistry as an undergraduate at the University of Michigan. He is looking forward to an illustrious career as a lecturer or professor.<br /><br /><strong>Tejas Shastry</strong> is a second year P.h.D student in materials science and engineering at Northwestern University. His research interests focus on renewable energy, and he currently explores ways to use carbon nanotubes to make affordable and efficient solar cells. After completing his P.h.D, Shastry plans on pursuing industry-level renewable energy research and hopes to move on to a career in energy policy.</p><p><u><strong>About the Contest</strong></u><br />The Scientific Images contest was started in 2010 by Science in Society, a Northwestern office for science outreach and public engagement, and features the work of university faculty, students and staff in disciplines that range from genetics to engineering. Judged by an interdisciplinary panel of local artists, scientists and community leaders, each image comes from a Northwestern research project and cannot be fundamentally altered from its original form. In essence, the images represent both scientific data and art. This year five winners and seven honorable mentions were chosen.<br /><br />In addition to having their work on display, winning scientists receive science communications training, working with Science in Society to craft image captions that are accessible to the widest possible audience. Additionally, they learn storytelling and presentation techniques, and work to create public talks that are both interesting and suitable for all audiences.<br /><br />2012 Winning Images have appeared at the Evanston Public Library, Noyes Cultural Arts Center, WBEZ on Navy Pier, Evanston Arts Center and Donny&#39;s Skybox Theatre. This summer the winning images will be displayed at Harold Washington Library.</p></p> Mon, 01 Apr 2013 13:26:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/capturing-beauty-science-meet-winning-scientists-106413 One Book, One Chicago: Seeking “The Warmth of Other Suns” (North Side Bureau) http://www.wbez.org/one-book-one-chicago-seeking-%E2%80%9C-warmth-other-suns%E2%80%9D-north-side-bureau-106073 <p><p>One Book, One Chicago has expanded&mdash; now join others across the region for a full year of conversation.<br /><br />The newest One Book, One Chicago selection, Isabel Wilkerson&#39;s Pulitzer Prize-winning <em>The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of American&#39;s Great Migration</em>, takes its title from Richard Wrights&#39; <em>Black Boy</em>, in which Wright describes his migration to Chicago and his hope that while he could not create his best life in the South, he could in Chicago.<br /><br />Help us explore Chicago&#39;s history as a gateway for such hopeful migrants from the 20th century to today with a community conversation that starts with Wright&#39;s words about seeking &quot;the warmth of other suns&quot; and asks if those who sought out Chicago during the Great Migration found what they were looking for. Are those migrants&#39; grandchildren living better lives? Is Chicago the better place sought by so many? And do immigrants to Chicago today have the same hopes for our city and are they finding it here?<br /><br />Join us for a facilitated discussion from 6-7pm on <strong><a href="http://www.wbez.org/one-book-one-chicago-seeking-%E2%80%9C-warmth-other-suns%E2%80%9D-west-side-bureau-106069" target="_blank">Tuesday, April 9 at the WBEZ West Side Bureau</a></strong>, <strong><a href="http://www.wbez.org/one-book-one-chicago-seeking-%E2%80%9C-warmth-other-suns%E2%80%9D-south-side-bureau-106070" target="_blank">Wednesday, April 17 at the WBEZ South Side Bureau</a></strong>, or <strong>Monday, April 22 at the WBEZ North Side Bureau</strong>.</p><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/ICON_ticket_event%20listing%20icon_25.png" style="float: left;" title="" /><br /><br /><strong>Online reservations are now closed for this April 22 event at the North Side Bureau, but walk-ups are welcome. Come join the conversation!</strong></div><p><br />For a full year, <a href="http://www.chipublib.org/eventsprog/programs/oboc/13_warmth/oboc_13_greeting.php" target="_blank">One Book, One Chicago</a> explores a great theme through books, films, performances, lectures, story-telling and art.&nbsp; Through March 2014, Chicago Public Library and its community partners look at how migration has shaped &ndash; and continues to shape &ndash; Chicago, and the conversation starts with Isabel Wilkerson&rsquo;s award-winning <em>The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America&rsquo;s Great Migration</em>. The book is just the beginning. For a list of events, visit <a href="http://www.chipublib.org/eventsprog/programs/oboc/13_warmth/oboc_13_greeting.php" target="_blank">onebookonechicago.org</a>.</p><p>Support for Chicago Public Media&#39;s Community Bureaus is provided in part by Polk Brothers Foundation, Met Life Foundation, and Crown Family Philanthropies.</p></p> Wed, 13 Mar 2013 11:44:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/one-book-one-chicago-seeking-%E2%80%9C-warmth-other-suns%E2%80%9D-north-side-bureau-106073 Queer Diasporas: Beyond Marriage Equality and Immigration Reform (North Side Bureau) http://www.wbez.org/queer-diasporas-beyond-marriage-equality-and-immigration-reform-north-side-bureau-105856 <p><p>As conversations around who can marry, who should be allowed to live in this country, and the policies governing these areas of American life continue to be present in our media, how are conversations taking shape in diaspora communities? Come explore how queer diasporas navigate the issues of marriage equality and immigration reform that have taken center stage. What does same-sex marriage offer LGBTQ im/migrants? How is immigration reform an LGBTQ issue? Beyond marriage equality and immigration reform, how can LGBTQ rights be advanced as human rights globally?<br /><br />Join us for a facilitated discussion from 6-7pm on Wednesday, <a href="http://www.wbez.org/queer-diasporas-beyond-marriage-equality-and-immigration-reform-west-side-bureau-105854" target="_blank"><strong>March 13 at the WBEZ West Side Bureau</strong></a>, <a href="http://www.wbez.org/queer-diasporas-beyond-marriage-equality-and-immigration-reform-south-side-bureau-105855" target="_blank"><strong>March 20 at the WBEZ South Side Bureau</strong></a>, or <strong>March 27 at the WBEZ North Side Bureau</strong>.</p><p><strong>Special guests: </strong>On Wednesday, March 27 at the North Side Bureau, we will be joined by <strong>Prudence Browne</strong>, Managing Editor of SOULS and Graduate Research Assistant at UIC, and <strong>Emmanuel Garcia</strong>, writer/visual artist/activist.</p><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/ICON_ticket_event%20listing%20icon_23.png" style="float: left;" title="" /></div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image "><strong><a href="https://secure2.convio.net/wbez/site/Ecommerce/413974729?VIEW_PRODUCT=true&amp;product_id=16263&amp;store_id=3461" target="_blank"><br />Click here</a> to reserve your seat for this WBEZ North Side Bureau event.</strong></div><p><br /><br />Presented by WBEZ, the Center for Black Diaspora at DePaul University, and The Public Square - a program of the Illinois Humanities Council, both station partners.</p><p>Support for Chicago Public Media&#39;s Community Bureaus is provided in part by Polk Brothers Foundation, Met Life Foundation, and Crown Family Philanthropies.</p><p>The <a href="http://las.depaul.edu/diaspora/">Center for Black Diaspora</a> was established to promote and support the production of scholarly, cultural and creative work related to the experiences of Black people in the Diaspora. The Center encourages and supports the study of Black Diaspora in all its complexities as shaped by the historical experiences of Africa and the West, and actively promotes comparative perspectives to illuminate the particular experiences of African people both on the continent and in the Diaspora.<br /><br />Created by The Public Square, a program of the Illinois Humanities Council, <a href="http://www.prairie.org/programs/caf-society" target="_blank">Café Society</a> is a series of conversations where families, friends, neighbors, and citizens come together to discuss current events and other important political and social issues. By engaging in the meaningful exchange of ideas and perspectives, these conversations aim to enliven the core of democracy and empower the public.</p><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Fri, 01 Mar 2013 17:33:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/queer-diasporas-beyond-marriage-equality-and-immigration-reform-north-side-bureau-105856 Eating with Understanding and Gratitude: Rethinking our Relationship to Food (North Side Bureau) http://www.wbez.org/eating-understanding-and-gratitude-rethinking-our-relationship-food-north-side-bureau-105853 <p><p>Poet and essayist <a href="http://www.poetryfoundation.org/bio/wendell-berry">Wendell Berry</a> strongly believes &quot;small-scale farming is essential to healthy local economies, and that strong local economies are essential to the survival of the species and the well-being of the planet.&quot; So what can we as city people do to address the decline of American farming and rural life? &nbsp;<br /><br />As Berry wrote in his essay, <em>The Pleasures of Eating</em>: &quot;When food, in the minds of eaters, is no longer associated with farming and with the land, then the eaters are suffering a kind of cultural amnesia that is misleading and dangerous.&quot;<br /><br />Join us -- <a href="http://www.wbez.org/eating-understanding-and-gratitude-rethinking-our-relationship-food-west-side-bureau-105851" target="_blank"><strong>Thursday, March 21, at the WBEZ West Side Bureau</strong></a>, <a href="http://www.wbez.org/eating-understanding-and-gratitude-rethinking-our-relationship-food-south-side-bureau-105852" target="_blank"><strong>Monday, March 25, at the WBEZ South Side Bureau</strong></a>, or <strong>Thursday, March 28, at the WBEZ North Side Bureau</strong> -- for a facilitated discussion about how we each think about food and our relationship to what it is and where it comes from. What responsibilities do we have to participate in our own food production &amp; preparation, support local farmers, or learn the origins of the food we buy? How are we supported in these efforts, and what realistic challenges do we face? Using excerpts from Berry&#39;s <a href="http://www.ecoliteracy.org/essays/pleasures-eating"><em>The Pleasures of Eating</em></a> let us explore what reclaiming responsibility for our own part in the food economy might honestly mean for our lives today and into the future.<br /><br />You can read the essay in advance by <a href="http://www.ecoliteracy.org/essays/pleasures-eating">clicking here</a> (but are not required to do so); copies will also be made available at the discussion.</p><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/ICON_ticket_event%20listing%20icon_19.png" style="float: left;" title="" /></div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image "><br /><strong><a href="https://secure2.convio.net/wbez/site/Ecommerce/413974729?VIEW_PRODUCT=true&amp;product_id=16282&amp;store_id=3461" target="_blank">Click here</a> to reserve your seat for this WBEZ North Side Bureau event.</strong></div><p><br />This event is co-produced by WBEZ and Fourth Presbyterian Church, in collaboration with the Center for Civic Reflection, both station partners.</p><p>Support for Chicago Public Media&#39;s Community Bureaus is provided in part by Polk Brothers Foundation, Met Life Foundation, and Crown Family Philanthropies.</p><p>The <a href="http://www.fourthchurch.org/index.html" target="_blank">Fourth Presbyterian Church of Chicago</a> was founded in February 1871 when the congregations of Westminster Presbyterian Church and North Presbyterian Church merged. Fourth Church has always had a commitment to serving the need of its congregation and community.</p><p>The <a href="http://www.civicreflection.org/" target="_blank">Center for Civic Reflection</a>&rsquo;s 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.&nbsp; Through the practice of reflective discussion, which utilizes provocative readings, images, and video, CCR helps people consider the beliefs and values that underlie their commitments&mdash;leading to clarity about their work, stronger relationships, and more committed, effective action.</p></p> Fri, 01 Mar 2013 16:58:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/eating-understanding-and-gratitude-rethinking-our-relationship-food-north-side-bureau-105853 On Being American and More: A community conversation about who we are, where we come from, and what we share (North Side Bureau) http://www.wbez.org/being-american-and-more-community-conversation-about-who-we-are-where-we-come-and-what-we-share-0 <p><p>There is a lot of talk these days about immigration&mdash;about fences, amnesty, dreams, and citizenship. Much of this talk is polarizing and aimed almost entirely at influencing policy rather than understanding one another and even ourselves.<br /><br />In this community discussion, the Center for Civic Reflection and Chicago Public Media aim to help us step back from the polarization and the policy so that we can talk with one another about the questions and complexities that affect us on a daily basis: whether we think of ourselves as Americans or hyphenated or some other thing, whether we are citizens or longtime residents or visitors, how we think we are seen by others in this country, the relation between our communities of origin and our communities of culture, and what it means to be American now, in our connected and often conflicted condition of global interdependence. &nbsp;<br /><br />This conversation will get us talking across and about the differences between us, and also about the lives and communities we have in common &ndash; <a href="http://www.wbez.org/being-american-and-more-community-conversation-about-who-we-are-where-we-come-and-what-we-share-west">February 11th at the WBEZ West Side Bureau</a>, <a href="http://www.wbez.org/being-american-and-more-community-conversation-about-who-we-are-where-we-come-and-what-we-share">February 19th at the WBEZ South Side Bureau</a>, and February 21st at the WBEZ North Side Bureau.</p><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/ICON_ticket_event%20listing%20icon_14.png" style="float: left;" title="" /></div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image "><strong><a href="https://secure2.convio.net/wbez/site/Ecommerce/807598959?VIEW_PRODUCT=true&amp;product_id=16003&amp;store_id=3461">Click here</a> to RSVP for February 21st at the WBEZ North Side Bureau.</strong></div><p><br /><br />Support for Chicago Public Media&#39;s Community Bureaus is provided in part by Polk Brothers Foundation, Met Life Foundation, and Crown Family Philanthropies.<br /><br />The <a href="http://www.civicreflection.org/" target="_blank">Center for Civic Reflection</a> works to strengthen community and deepen understanding by helping people and organizations think and talk about the meaning of their work in the world.&nbsp; Through the practice of reflective discussion, which utilizes provocative readings, images, and video, CCR helps people consider the beliefs and values that underlie their commitments&mdash;leading to clarity about their work, stronger relationships, and more committed, effective action.</p></p> Fri, 25 Jan 2013 10:46:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/being-american-and-more-community-conversation-about-who-we-are-where-we-come-and-what-we-share-0 Beyond the Vote: A Community Discussion on Voice, Power, and Participation (North Side Bureau) http://www.wbez.org/beyond-vote-community-discussion-voice-power-and-participation-north-side-bureau-102881 <p><p>With the November elections right in front of us and all around us, consider joining your fellow Chicagoans to think and talk about how we participate -- and what we hope for when we do. Voting is one way to get involved and be heard, but how does it stand next to other forms of involvement and action? How should we act to improve our city and our world, and what, however we express ourselves, are we hoping to get done?<br /><br />Join Chicago Public Media, Mikva Challenge, and the Project on Civic Reflection for a participatory discussion about the power and the limits of participation in all its forms -- <a href="http://www.wbez.org/beyond-vote-community-discussion-voice-power-and-participation-west-side-bureau-102879"><strong>October 25th at the WBEZ West Side Bureau</strong></a>, <a href="http://www.wbez.org/beyond-vote-community-discussion-voice-power-and-participation-south-side-bureau-102880"><strong>October 30th at the WBEZ South Side Bureau</strong></a>, and <strong>November 1st at the WBEZ North Side Bureau</strong>.</p><p><img alt="" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/ICON_ticket_event%20listing%20icon_5.png" style="width: 64px; height: 54px; float: left;" /></p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>Online registration is now closed, but walk-ups are welcome for this <span style="font-weight: bold;">November 1st</span><strong> North Side Bureau</strong> event.</p><p><br />Support for Chicago Public Media&#39;s Community Bureaus is provided in part by Dr. Scholl Foundation, Met Life Foundation, and Crown Family Philanthropies.</p><p>The <a href="http://www.civicreflection.org/" target="_blank">Project on Civic Reflection</a>&rsquo;s 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.&nbsp; 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&mdash;leading to clarity about their work, stronger relationships, and more committed, effective action.</p><p>A non-partisan organization, <a href="http://www.mikvachallenge.org/" target="_blank">Mikva Challenge</a> was founded in 1999 on the simple premise that youth voice and participation matter, and that our civic and political life will be stronger when youth participate and help shape their own destinies! By promoting positive youth development and providing access to the democratic process, Mikva aims to develop young people&rsquo;s civic identities as change agents in their communities.</p></p> Wed, 03 Oct 2012 15:56:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/beyond-vote-community-discussion-voice-power-and-participation-north-side-bureau-102881 One Book, One Chicago: "The Book Thief" (North Side Bureau) http://www.wbez.org/one-book-one-chicago-book-thief-north-side-bureau-102681 <p><p>The fall 2012 selection for One Book, One Chicago is <em>The Book Thief</em> by Markus Zusak. Chosen as part of the &quot;<a href="http://www.nowisthetimechicago.org/">Now is the Time</a>&quot; initiative, the selection aims to stimulate a citywide conversation about making positive change in our communities and stopping the trend of misunderstanding and violence. Join us for a discussion of the book and its themes with WBEZ and Project on Civic Reflection.<br /><br />Award-winning author Markus Zusak&rsquo;s novel <em>The Book Thief </em>has been lauded by critics and audiences alike, and loved by readers of all ages around the globe. Through the eloquent and surprisingly sympathetic narrator Death, Zusak introduces us to Liesel Meminger, a young foster girl living outside Munich during World War II. As war shapes the world around her, she finds courage in books and in friendship with a Jewish man whom her foster family shelters in their basement. Author John Green reviewed the book in <em>The New York Times</em>, hailing it as &ldquo;[b]rilliant&rdquo; and &ldquo;achingly sad,&rdquo; and said of the heroine, &ldquo;[t]he hope we see in Liesel is unassailable, the kind you can hang on to in the midst of poverty and war and violence.&rdquo;</p><p><a href="https://secure2.convio.net/wbez/site/Ecommerce/1671524405?VIEW_PRODUCT=true&amp;product_id=15463&amp;store_id=3461" target="_blank"><img alt="" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/ICON_ticket_event%20listing%20icon_5.png" style="width: 64px; height: 54px; float: left;" /></a><br />Online registration is now closed, but walk-ups are welcome for this <strong>October 23rd North Side Bureau</strong> event.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>Each Tuesday discussion &ndash; <a href="http://www.wbez.org/one-book-one-chicago-book-thief-west-side-bureau-102679"><strong>October 9th at the WBEZ West Side Bureau</strong></a>, <a href="http://www.wbez.org/one-book-one-chicago-book-thief-south-side-bureau-102680"><strong>October 16th at the WBEZ South Side Bureau</strong></a>, and <strong>October 23rd at the WBEZ North Side Bureau</strong> &ndash; will encourage exploration of the following questions:<br /><br />- From Liesel to Hans to the mayor&#39;s wife, how do some of the characters deal with their past? Thinking of our memories, what do we choose to remember?<br />- Who has power in this story? How does Liesel gain power? Where and how do we find strength and power in our lives?<br />- Knowing that Liesel is a book &quot;thief,&quot; how does the story complicate our ideas of justice and judgment? How have your own views changed?<br />- What choices do characters make about groups they belong to? Thinking of our own experiences, what groups do we belong to without choice? How do we navigate that inclusion?<br /><br />Each discussion is an opportunity to think about the roles we each play in the communities to which we belong, and reflect on how we might increase tolerance and hope. This event will be facilitated by <a href="http://www.civicreflection.org/" target="_blank">Project on Civic Reflection</a>.</p><p>Support for Chicago Public Media&#39;s Community Bureaus is provided in part by Dr. Scholl Foundation, Met Life Foundation, and Crown Family Philanthropies.<br /><br />Since its launch in fall 2001, <a href="http://www.chipublib.org/eventsprog/programs/oboc/12f_book/oboc_12f_greeting.php" target="_blank">One Book, One Chicago</a> has engaged and challenged readers in Chicago with more than 20 book selections, hundreds of programs and discussions, and countless memorable encounters among readers. Twice a year, we see our fellow Chicagoans reading the same book on buses or trains, in parks or cafés, on campuses and in libraries. Lectures, author appearances, performances and more bring people together to immerse themselves in a great book, and to learn more about themselves and each other in the process.</p></p> Wed, 26 Sep 2012 13:44:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/one-book-one-chicago-book-thief-north-side-bureau-102681 Exploring Terkel’s Race (North Side Bureau book discussion) http://www.wbez.org/exploring-terkel%E2%80%99s-race-north-side-bureau-book-discussion-100078 <p><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><p>Throughout the summer, WBEZ and Vocalo will be talking about race &ndash; out loud, and on the air, in frank conversations and stories, and in lively public events.&nbsp; We&#39;re calling the series, <a href="http://www.wbez.org/series/race-out-loud"><em>Race: Out Loud</em></a> and we&rsquo;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?<br /><br />As part of this series, we invite you to read Studs Terkel&#39;s <a href="https://www.thenewpress.com/index.php?option=com_title&amp;task=view_title&amp;metaproductid=1196"><em>Race: How Blacks and Whites Think and Feel About the American Obsession</em></a>. Authored twenty years ago, this 400-page collection of personal reflections and experiences &ndash; mostly from Chicagoans &ndash; presents an opportunity to ask: What&rsquo;s changed in the past twenty years? What hasn&#39;t? And how do the questions Studs asked, about segregation, equality of opportunity, and hope make sense today? &nbsp;<br /><br />Please consider joining us <a href="http://www.wbez.org/exploring-terkel%E2%80%99s-race-west-side-bureau-book-discussion-100075">July 11th at the WBEZ West Side Bureau</a>, <a href="http://www.wbez.org/exploring-terkel%E2%80%99s-race-south-side-bureau-book-discussion-100077">July 17th at the WBEZ South Side Bureau</a>, or July 26 at the WBEZ North Side Bureau for a discussion about the significance of race today, for us and our communities. We&#39;ll focus on a short excerpt from Terkel&#39;s <em>Race</em> &ndash; the stories of C.P. Ellis and Ann Atwater (<em>pages 271-283</em>) &ndash; and <a href="http://www.civicreflection.org/">Project on Civic Reflection</a> 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?</p><div class="image-insert-image "><div class="img-caption-wrapper clearfix" style="float: left; clear: left; margin-right: 20px; margin-top: 5px; width: 64px; border-bottom: medium none;"><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/ICON_ticket_event%20listing%20icon_7.png" style="float: left;" title="" /></div></div></div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">Advance online reservations are now closed, but walk-up attendance for this discussion is welcome.</div><p>&nbsp;</p><p><br />This event is a co-production of Chicago Public Media (WBEZ-Chicago) and <a href="http://www.civicreflection.org/">Project on Civic Reflection</a> (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.&nbsp; 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 &ndash; leading to clarity about their work, stronger relationships, and more committed, effective action.<br /><br />Support for Chicago Public Media&#39;s Community Bureaus is provided in part by Dr. Scholl Foundation, Met Life Foundation, and Crown Family Philanthropies.</p></div></div></div><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Wed, 13 Jun 2012 15:52:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/exploring-terkel%E2%80%99s-race-north-side-bureau-book-discussion-100078