WBEZ | Illinois Humanities Council http://www.wbez.org/tags/illinois-humanities-council Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en From the White House to the South Side of Chicago: Can Digital Media Save Young People's Lives? http://www.wbez.org/series/chicago-amplified/white-house-south-side-chicago-can-digital-media-save-young-peoples-lives <p><p>How can digital media help combat gun violence and other social problems plaguing our youth? And how are youth already taking action via media spaces to organize and amplify their voices in their daily lives? A panel explores the possibilities of transforming the lives of young people through new media technologies.</p><div>Featuring <strong>Cathy Cohen</strong>, founder of the Black Youth Project and principal researcher of the Youth &amp; Participatory Politics Survey Project; <strong>Biko Baker</strong>, Executive Director of the League of Young Voters; <strong>Martin Macias</strong>, Youth Organizer at Chicago Fair Trade, and more.</div><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/IHC-webstory_14.jpg" title="" /></div><p>Recorded live Saturday, April 20, 2013 at the Experimental Station.&nbsp;</p></p> Sat, 20 Apr 2013 15:30:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/series/chicago-amplified/white-house-south-side-chicago-can-digital-media-save-young-peoples-lives Peace in an Age of Violence: Reparations, Reconciliation, Renewal http://www.wbez.org/series/chicago-amplified/peace-age-violence-reparations-reconciliation-renewal-106824 <p><p>Brutal war has engulfed villages and cities in Mali. Violence in Colombia has forced people out of their homes and left anger, fear and poverty in its wake. Does post-apartheid South Africa offer a vision and a model for war-torn societies? Many countries that have been torn apart by civil war ask: how do we rebuild, how can we make amends, or does accountability trump reconciliation?</p><ul><li><strong>Joaquin Chavez</strong>, historian at UIC, research and direct work on reconciliation and reconstruction in El Salvador</li><li><strong>Ali Issa</strong>, anti-militarist activist, writer and field organizer for War Resisters League</li><li><strong>Prexy Nesbitt</strong>, educator, activist and speaker on Africa, foreign policy and racism</li><li><strong>Astrid Suarez</strong>, founder of Columbia vive Chicago</li><li><strong>Barbara Ransby</strong>, historian, author, and Director of the Social Justice Initiative and Gender and Women&#39;s Studies at UIC (moderator)</li></ul><p>&nbsp;</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/IHC-webstory_16.jpg" title="" /></div><div class="image-insert-image ">Recorded live Saturday, April 6, 2013 at the UIC Pavilion part of WBEZ&#39;s 6th Annual Global Activism Expo.&nbsp;</div></p> Sat, 06 Apr 2013 14:52:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/series/chicago-amplified/peace-age-violence-reparations-reconciliation-renewal-106824 After Hadiya and "Nirbhaya": From Chicago to Delhi What Does Justice Look Like? http://www.wbez.org/series/chicago-amplified/after-hadiya-and-nirbhaya-chicago-delhi-what-does-justice-look-106823 <p><p>Here in the United States, Chicago in particular, street crime has taken the lives of far too many of our youth. In India, the issue of sexual violence has captured headlines. The tragic deaths of Hadiya Pendleton, a 15-year-old girl who was shot and killed just a few blocks away from her school, and &quot;Nirbhaya,&quot; the 23-year-old woman who was gang-raped by six men in a moving bus in Delhi, raise the question: what does justice for victims and survivors look like?</p><ul><li><strong>Cheryl Graves</strong>, founder and Co-Director of Community Justice for Youth Institute</li><li><strong>Mariame Kaba</strong>, founder and Director of Project NIA</li><li><strong>Sangeetha Ravichandran</strong>, program coordinator at A Long Walk Home&#39;s Girl/Friends Leadership Institute</li><li><strong>Alice Kim</strong>, director of The Public Square (co-moderator)</li><li><strong>Ryan Lugalia-Hollon</strong>, Justice Fellow at the Adler School and member of the SJI team at UIC (co-moderator)</li></ul><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/IHC-webstory_15.jpg" style="float: left;" title="" /></div><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><br />Recorded live Saturday, April 6, 2013 at the UIC Pavilion part of WBEZ&#39;s 6th Annual Global Activism Expo.</p></p> Sat, 06 Apr 2013 14:00:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/series/chicago-amplified/after-hadiya-and-nirbhaya-chicago-delhi-what-does-justice-look-106823 Off-Air Events: 6th Annual Global Activism Expo http://www.wbez.org/air-events-6th-annual-global-activism-expo-102172 <p><p><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/OAlogo.tight__1.jpg" style="height: 62px; width: 300px; " title="" /></p><p>&ldquo;The Expo is an opportunity for people to see their community and their world as a caring, thoughtful, and generous place,&rdquo; says emcee Jerome McDonnell. &ldquo;Join us as we make a difference with our love, respect, and compassion.&rdquo;</p><p>The struggles we face are bigger than any one person, but we can each take a step to make a difference. Join <em>Worldview</em> host Jerome McDonnell and meet lots of engaged, world-focused people. You&#39;ll learn about all the work that folks who&#39;ve been featured on <em>Worldview</em>&#39;s long-running series, <em>Global Activism</em>, have been up to, and they&#39;ll show you how you can get involved.</p><p><a href="http://www.uic.edu/depts/oaa/sji/">UIC Social Justice Initiative</a>&rsquo;s topic of conversation this year is Restorative Justice. Gender Justice. Global Justice. and will feature nationally known activists, scholars and journalists. They will be asking discussants difficult questions: &ldquo;What does it mean to make amends? How do we not only diagnose and &ldquo;treat&rdquo; injustice when we see it, but how do we &ldquo;repair&rdquo; a situation when harm is done. Is this always possible?&rdquo; Break-out sessions and discussions will be hosted all day.</p><div><strong>12:30-2:00pm</strong></div><div><strong>After Hadiya and &quot;Nirbhaya&quot;: From Chicago to Delhi What Does Justice Look Like?&nbsp;</strong></div><div>Here in the United States, Chicago in particular, street crime has taken the lives of far too many of our youth. In India, the issue of sexual violence has captured headlines. The tragic deaths of Hadiya Pendleton, a 15-year-old girl who was shot and killed just a few blocks away from her school, and &quot;Nirbhaya,&quot; the 23-year-old woman who was gang-raped by six men in a moving bus in Delhi, raise the question: what does justice for victims and survivors look like?&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><strong>2:30-4:00pm</strong></div><div><strong>Peace in an Age of Violence: Reparations, Reconciliation, Renewal&nbsp;</strong></div><div>Brutal war has engulfed villages and cities in Mali. Violence in Colombia has forced people out of their homes and left anger, fear and poverty in its wake. Does post-apartheid South Africa offer a vision and a model for war-torn societies? Many countries that have been torn apart by civil war ask: how do we rebuild, how can we make amends, or does accountability trump reconciliation?&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Come out to eat, drink, dance and learn at WBEZ&#39;s largest event of the year!<br />If you RSVP today, we will have a special prize for you at the door!<br />&nbsp;<div><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/ICON_ticket_event%20listing%20icon_18.png" style="float: left;" title="" /></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><strong><a href="https://secure2.convio.net/wbez/site/Ecommerce?ecommerce=store_list&amp;ts=1347895809355&amp;store_id=8621&amp;JServSessionIda004=vo3wkkza41.app212c">RSVP for event.</a></strong></div></div><div>&nbsp;</div><p><br /><strong>New this year!</strong> <a href="http://www.peaceonearthfilmfestival.org/">Peace On Earth Film Festival</a> will show select titles from their 2013 festival and invite the audience to discuss and reflect on these short films.</p><p><strong>JUST ANNOUNCED: Featured Films</strong><br /><a href="http://www.peaceonearthfilmfestival.org/index.php?option=com_content&amp;view=article&amp;id=178">Amazon Gold </a>(USA, 53 min)<br />Narrated by Academy Award winners Sissy Spacek and Herbie Hancock, <em>Amazon Gold</em> is the disturbing account of a clandestine journey into the Amazon rainforest. Ron Haviv and Donovan Webster, two war journalists led by a Peruvian biologist, uncover the savage unravelling of pristine rainforest.&nbsp;</p><div><div><a href="http://www.peaceonearthfilmfestival.org/index.php?option=com_content&amp;view=article&amp;id=173">TRUST Alaska</a> (USA, 8 min)&nbsp;</div><div>Stories of <em>TRUST</em>: Calling for Climate Recovery, is about the perfect trifecta of youth, law and justice. This series of short documentaries features the voices of daring youth from across the country who went to court to compel the government to protect our atmosphere, in trust, for future generations.&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><div><a href="http://www.peaceonearthfilmfestival.org/index.php?option=com_content&amp;view=article&amp;id=177">Child 31</a> (UK, 31 min)</div><div>In a time of unprecedented technological achievements and luxuries, close to one billion people still go to sleep hungry; but there&#39;s an organization attempting to change that. This powerful new documentary captures the life-changing work of Mary&rsquo;s Meals in action throughout Malawi, Kenya and India and its mission to help millions of children around the world realize their dreams.&nbsp;</div></div><div>&nbsp;</div></div><div><div><a href="http://www.http://peaceonearthfilmfestival.org/index.php?option=com_content&amp;view=article&amp;id=167">Children of Kabul </a>(Afghanistan, 25 min)&nbsp;</div><div><em>Children of Kabul </em>provides rare access to the war-torn streets of Kabul, Afghanistan, documenting the unfolding tragedy of child labor. Taking you into the lives of four young Afghan children - Omid, Sanabar, Yasamin and Fayaz.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><div><a href="http://www.vimeo.com/7788742">Hidden In Time</a> (USA, 16:20 min)&nbsp;</div><div>New York City. An Iraqi born taxi driver receives a mysterious box and then with-out warning kidnaps his passenger on the way to the airport. Mistaken intentions, cultural stereotypes and revealed losses compel these two men to confront their personal realities and question their values.</div></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><div><div><a href="http://www.peaceonearthfilmfestival.org/index.php?option=com_content&amp;view=article&amp;id=175">Ronan&#39;s Escape</a> (Australia, 16 min)&nbsp;</div><div>A 14 year old school boy growing up in a rural West Australian town is the social outcast of the school and has been bullied for years. The film follows the last few hours of Ronan&rsquo;s day at school before he makes his &ldquo;escape&rdquo; under a beautiful, Australian gum free.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><strong>The Activist Organizations Included:</strong></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><strong>34 Million Friends of the United Nations Population Fund<br />AACTION Autism<br />Aid Africa&#39;s Children<br />Alternative Gifts International<br />American Friends Service Committee<br />AMIM Congo<br />Asha for Education, Chicago Chapter<br />Awassa Children&#39;s Project<br />Bookfriends International, NFP<br />Bookwallah Organization<br />Bosco<br />buildOn Schurz high school<br />Causes for Change International<br />Center for Global Initiatives<br />CHICAGO+acumen<br />CircEsteem<br />Colombia Vive Chicago<br />Community Cloud Forest Conservation<br />CROSO (Child Restoration Outreach Support Organization)<br />Development In Gardening (DIG)<br />EdPowerment<br />Education and Hope<br />El Fuego del Sol<br />Engineers Without Borders-Chicago<br />Fabretto Children&#39;s Foundation<br />Fair Earth<br />FEED THE DREAM<br />five ACCESSORIES<br />Fr John Kolkman Sickle Cell Foundation<br />GirlForward<br />Global Alliance for Africa<br />GREENOLA Style + Solidarity Bridge<br />Hagar International<br />Heartland Alliance Marjorie Kovler Center<br />HELPSudan<br />Heshima Kenya<br />His Wheels International<br />Hospital Sisters Mission Outreach<br />ICAS/Juntos Adelante<br />India Development Coalition of America<br />Indian Development Service<br />International Orthodox Christian Charities (IOCC)<br />Invisible Conlicts<br />Just Haiti<br />Kulsoom Foundation<br />La Isla Foundation<br />LemonAid Fund<br />LIFT USA<br />Little by Little<br />Living Water International<br />Malawi Matters Inc.<br />Malia Designs<br />Mata Traders<br />Matanya&#39;s Hope<br />MayaWorks<br />Meal Sharing<br />Medical Ministry International<br />Mindful Medicine Worldwide<br />Music for Lombok<br />My Grandmother&#39;s River Project<br />New Trier India Project and Me to We<br />NICARAGUA-DIRECT<br />Nonviolent Peaceforce<br />One Acre Fund<br />One Heart For Congo<br />Operation ASHA<br />Pan-African Rural Health and &amp; Social Services ( PRHeSS)<br />Peace Care<br />Play for Peace<br />Project HARAMBEE<br />Radios Populares and La Voz de los de Abajo<br />School of Choice Education Organization (Haiti)<br />Schools for the Children of the World<br />Share Your Soles<br />South Sudan Hope<br />Spark Ventures<br />SSQ Liason<br />Sun Ovens Internationl<br />Sustainable Sharing with Guatemala<br />SwaziKids International<br />Tanzania Development Support<br />The Citizens Foundation, USA<br />The Light and Leadership Initiative<br />The Through Her Eyes Project<br />Tikondane Community Centre<br />Vumila CBO<br />Women&#39;s Global Education Project<br />Working Bikes<br />World Action Collective (Frmly: Rainforest Rescue Coalition)<br />Youth Technology Corps NFP, Inc<br />Zakat Foundation of America</strong></div><div>&nbsp;</div></div></div></div><p><strong>More Interaction and Activity:</strong><br />&bull; The <a href="http://vocalo.org/">Vocalo</a> Music Stage outdoors on the plaza will feature an array of local artists and bands with an international influence</p><div><div>&bull; <a href="http://workingbikes.org/">Working Bikes</a> will bring an array of demonstration bikes (power a phonograph or your cell phone) as well as mini bikes for us to ride inside<br />&nbsp;</div><div>&bull; <a href="http://circesteem.org/">CircEsteem</a> will entertain kids and adults, encouraging participants to learn juggling, balance feathers and have fun</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&bull; International Food Court will feature tasty treats from around the world, with vendors including Raj Dashan, Swim Café, Café Marbella and more</div></div><div><br /><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/EXPOsimonsays.jpg" style="height: 462px; width: 600px; " title="" /></div></div><p>&nbsp;</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/Expo.close1_.jpg" style="height: 498px; width: 600px; " title="" /></div><div class="image-insert-image "><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/EXPOclose.jpg" style="width: 600px; " title="" /></div></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><div><p>&nbsp;</p></div></div><p> <meta charset="utf-8" /> <strong>Speakers Participating in UIC discussions:</strong></p><p><strong>Joaquín M. Chávez</strong>&nbsp;is an assistant professor at the Department of History at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Chávez&rsquo;s research focuses on popular politics, revolution, Catholic social thought, and the Cold War in Latin America. Chávez joined the peace negotiations that put an end to El Salvador&rsquo;s civil war (1980-1992) and contributed to the processes of reconciliation and reconstruction in that country. He has published studies on El Salvador&rsquo;s peace process and has served as an expert on peace negotiations in Nepal and other hot spots.</p><div><div dir="ltr"><div><div><br /><strong>Cheryl Graves&nbsp;</strong>is the Founder and Co-Director of the Community Justice for Youth Institute, a nonprofit organization committed to building a movement of peacemakers.&nbsp; She has more than 15 years of experience in training and implementing restorative justice practices in Chicago communities, schools and the juvenile justice system. Her work focuses on developing capacity to facilitate peacemaking circles and restorative approaches that keep youth in school and out of court, build community, address conflict, prevent violence and support healing</div><div><br /><strong>Ali Issa</strong>&nbsp;is based in New York City and is the national field organizer for War Resisters League. He earned a Master&#39;s Degree in Arabic studies from the University of Texas at Austin in 2008. He is a contributor to the e-zine Jadaliyya on Iraqi social movements and his translations have appeared in Banipal and the PEN World Atlas Blog. He is a contributor and co-founder of the independent online magazine about everything Iraqi, shakomakoNET. His father is from Baghdad, Iraq.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><strong>Mariame Kaba</strong>&nbsp;is an organizer, educator, and writer who lives in Chicago. She is the founder and director of Project NIA, a grassroots organization with a mission to end youth incarceration using a transformative justice approach. Mariame has also co-founded several other organizations including the Chicago Freedom School, the Rogers Park Young Women&#39;s Action Team (YWAT) and the Chicago Taskforce on Violence against Girls and Young Women.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Born on Chicago&#39;s West Side,&nbsp;<strong>&quot;Prexy&quot;(Rozell W.) Nesbitt</strong>&nbsp;has spent more than five decades as an educator, activist, and speaker on Africa, foreign policy, and racism. Prexy&#39;s career has also included extensive consulting and training on race, multiculturalism and diversity. A teacher and lecturer for many years all over the USA, he additionally has worked as a &ldquo;red cap,&rdquo; social worker, union organizer, special assistant to Chicago&rsquo;s Mayor, the late Harold Washington, and a senior program officer with the MacArthur Foundation in Chicago. Today, he teaches African history courses at Chicago&rsquo;s Columbia College and takes people on educational, cultural and political tours to various &lsquo;Third World&rsquo; countries, regions and situations, both abroad and in the United States.</div></div></div></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><p> <meta charset="utf-8" /> </p><div><strong>Barbara Ransby&nbsp;</strong>is an historian, writer and longtime activist. She is a Professor of African American Studies, Gender and Women&rsquo;s Studies, and History at UIC where she directs both the campus-wide Social Justice Initiative and the Gender and Women&rsquo;s Studies Program. She previously served as Interim Vice Provost for Planning and Programs (2011-2012) at UIC.&nbsp; Prof. Ransby is author of the highly acclaimed biography,&nbsp;Ella Baker and the Black Freedom Movement: A Radical Democratic Vision.&nbsp;Her most recent book is&nbsp;Eslanda: The Large and Unconventional Life of Mrs. Paul Robeson&nbsp;(Yale University Press, January 2013).Ransby has also published in numerous scholarly and popular publications and lectures widely.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><strong>Astrid E. Suarez&nbsp;</strong>is the founder of Colombia vive Chicago which is focused on supporting Internally Displaced Women in Colombia as well as supporting the Colombian immigrant women in Chicago. Her academic interests have been focused on understanding the current global policies and their implications in local communities, global education policies, and global youth violence issues. She has organized and trained parents and educational leaders to advocate for policy reforms to support and increase parent participation in public schools.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><strong>The UIC Social Justice Initiative</strong><br />The University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) is engaged in a major initiative which will, in the coming year, launch several exciting new projects linking scholars and activists in Chicago and beyond. <a href="http://www.uic.edu/depts/oaa/vppp/">The UIC Social Justice Initiative</a> includes a new Student Summer Institute on Social Justice, Democracy and Human Rights; active community engagement projects; and collaborations that connect the UIC community to work that is creating positive change and providing needed services from Haiti to Mexico to India. The Social Justice Initiative reflects UIC&rsquo;s mission to &ldquo;create knowledge that transforms our views of the world and, through sharing and application, transforms the world.&rdquo;</div><div><div class="image-insert-image "><div class="img-caption-wrapper clearfix" style="float: left; clear: left; margin-right: 20px; margin-top: 5px; width: 300px; border-bottom: medium none;"><a class="underlined" href="http://www.uic.edu/depts/oaa/vppp/"><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/APRIL_UIC-SJI%20logo-TP.png" style="width: 300px; height: 86px; float: left; display: block;" title="" /></a></div></div></div><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp; &nbsp;<img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/TPSBannerLogo-Color.jpg" style="height: 57px; width: 250px; float: left;" title="" /></p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><br />&nbsp;</p><p>Sponsored by:</p><div class="image-insert-image " style=""><a href="http://www.ngelaw.com/"><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/Stacked%20Logo_Globe_hi%20res.jpg" style="height: 123px; width: 175px;" title="" /></a></div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image "><div class="image-insert-image " style=""><a href="http://www.thechicagocouncil.org/"><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/CCGA_Logo_FINAL.JPG" style="height: 66px; width: 300px;" title="" /></a></div></div><div class="image-insert-image "><div class="image-insert-image "><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image " style=""><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/Intelligentsia_logo.jpg" style="height: 70px; width: 150px;" title="" /></div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image "><div class="image-insert-image "><div class="image-insert-image " style=""><a href="http://www.focus-on-tomorrow.org"><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/FOT-Logo-2-web.jpg" style="height: 132px; width: 100px;" title="" /></a></div></div></div></div></div><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Tue, 18 Sep 2012 12:05:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/air-events-6th-annual-global-activism-expo-102172 Cultural events to take you from July to August http://www.wbez.org/blogs/alison-cuddy/2012-07/cultural-events-take-you-july-august-101292 <p><div class="image-insert-image " style="text-align: center; "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/summer%20sprinkler.jpg" style="height: 431px; width: 640px; border-width: 1px; border-style: solid; margin: 10px;" title="Beat the heat in August with plays and poetry. (Flickr/like, totally)" /></div><p>Wow, can you say August? It felt like every other store I hit up this weekend was having a half-off sale, clearing out the summer stock. As we enter the ninth and traditionally hottest month this week, it&rsquo;s clear your opportunities for artsy outings are nowhere near done, but here are a few things to hit up while the summer&rsquo;s still ripe.<br /><br />1. <a href="http://www.chicagoshakes.com/main.taf?p=2,86">Chicago Shakespeare in the Parks</a> kicked off this past Sunday with what the good folks at Chicago Shakespeare Theatre are calling their first &ldquo;city-wide&rdquo; tour of open-air Shakespeare. This week alone you can catch live performances of <em>The Taming of the Shrew</em> in the Chesterfield, Pilsen, Humboldt, Lawndale and Austin neighborhoods for free. <a href="http://www.chicagomag.com/Chicago-Magazine/The-312/July-2012/Austin-Chicagos-Deadliest-Neighborhood/">Austin often makes the news</a> because of violence in the community, but it has also been heating up culturally this summer. A new, <a href="http://chicagowestsidemusicfestival.com/">three-part music festival</a> kicked off in July, and I&rsquo;ve heard rumor that the City&#39;s 2012 World Music Festival will host an event in the neighborhood. Confirmation could come this week - Mary May of DCASE said by email that the department is &ldquo;working&rdquo; to get the schedule out this week.<br /><br />2. Tuesday at the People&#39;s Palace: aka the Chicago Cultural Center is the final town hall gathering public reaction to the draft <a href="http://www.chicagoculturalplan2012.com/">Chicago Cultural Plan</a>. You&rsquo;ll review the plan&rsquo;s priorities, recommendations and initiatives with a lightning round of online voting via transponder, followed by lengthier discussion during the group break-out session. <a href="http://www.chicagoculturalplan2012.com/">You&rsquo;re encouraged to RSVP </a>but the event is public and kicks off at 6. Get there early to snag a seat.<br /><br />3. If you like a little politics with your art, check out<a href="https://www.facebook.com/events/118301534981103/"> &ldquo;Poetry, Prose and Politics.&rdquo;</a> The event is tonight, and features Congresswoman Gwen Moore reading some of her original poems, as well as &ldquo;fun performances&rdquo; from Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky and Chicago City Clerk Susana Mendoza. If you&rsquo;ve got a hankering for a little Kahlil Gibran, head to the<a href="http://www.urbanspoon.com/r/2/1520605/restaurant/River-North/Blue-Frogs-Local-22-Chicago"> Blue Frog&#39;s Local 22</a>&nbsp;at 5:30. Meanwhile the Illinois Humanities Council hosts <a href="http://www.prairie.org/events/25969/social-justice-happy-hour">&ldquo;A Social Justice Happy Hour,&rdquo;</a> which involves drinking and storytelling by local activists and artists, including <em><a href="http://www.wbez.org/users/encyclopedia-show-0">The Encyclopedia Show&rsquo;s </a></em>Robbie Q. Telfer. BYOB, food provided. The event&rsquo;s at local music venue/coffee shop Township, from 5-8 pm.<br /><br />4. Oak Park native and Rookie publisher Tavi Gevinson was the subject of <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2012/07/29/fashion/tavi-gevinson-the-oracle-of-girl-world.html?pagewanted=all">yet another profile </a>in this weekend&rsquo;s <em>New York Times</em>, including the obligatory nod to media mentor/impresario Ira Glass. The latest angle: As Gevinson grows up, could she age out of her celebritude? Scintillating.<br /><br />5. This is a story many Chicago musicians can relate to, sadly.<a href="http://www.wbez.org/blogs/alison-cuddy/2012-06/chicago-jazz-drummer-frank-rosaly-gets-touch-his-puerto-rican-roots-99857"> Local jazz drummer Frank Rosaly&rsquo;s</a> car was stolen recently, and some of his equipment was in the trunk. &nbsp;What he&#39;s lost:</p><ul><li>&quot;21ish&quot; Istanbul 30th anniversary ride</li><li>18&quot; Zilco (from the &#39;40s) with a couple rivets</li><li>14&quot; &#39;70&#39;s Zildjian hihats thin side has a few rivets</li><li>a big box of lightweight dw hardware</li><li>giant stickbag with exactly 1,000 sticks/brushes/etc . &nbsp;</li></ul><p>If you see any of it on craigslist or eBay or elsewhere, you can contact Rosaly<a href="http://frankrosaly.com/"> here.</a><br /><br />6. RIP, <a href="http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/obituaries/culture-obituaries/film-obituaries/9439368/Chris-Marker.html">Chris Marker</a>, a lover of cats, cinematic time traveler and truly visionary filmmaker.&nbsp;</p></p> Mon, 30 Jul 2012 12:01:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/alison-cuddy/2012-07/cultural-events-take-you-july-august-101292 Tackling the Asian carp problem http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/tackling-asian-carp-problem <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/asian carp_0.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>As far as we know, there is no equivalent of the Loch Ness monster cruising the Great Lakes' waters. But in recent years Asian carp have become something of a regional environmental menace because of their size, population and need to feed. Efforts to keep them out of the Great Lakes have involved dozens of municipal agencies and millions of federal dollars.</p><p>Now some Illinois residents are taking a different approach &ndash; sport fishing. Producers Dan Collison and Elizabeth Meister of <a target="_blank" href="http://longhaulpro.org/">Long Haul Productions</a> brought &quot;Eight Forty-Eight&quot; the story. Partial funding for the story came from the <a target="_blank" href="http://www.prairie.org/">Illinois Humanities Council</a>.</p><p><em>DJ&nbsp;John Ciba's Music Button: The Sister's Love, &quot;Mister Fix-It Man,&quot; (7&quot; on Tamla Motown)</em></p></p> Fri, 14 Jan 2011 14:40:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/tackling-asian-carp-problem Ask Me Why: Cars vs. bikes http://www.wbez.org/story/ask-me-why/ask-me-why-cars-vs-bikes <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/Andrew Ciscel photo.jpg" alt="" /><p><div>Only around 1% of Chicago residents bike regularly for transportation. Some cyclists see themselves as an embattled minority, fighting for a safe space on roads that were not designed with them in mind. Some drivers see cyclists as a nuisance, flouting traffic laws and putting themselves and others at risk. But do cyclists deserve the same rights as cars on the streets of Chicago? That&rsquo;s the question in this next installment of <a href="../../../../../../series/ask-me-why">Ask Me Why</a>, our series of recorded conversations that explore the personal experiences and stories that shape our beliefs. Each installment of <em>Ask Me Why</em> pairs two people who know each other and disagree on some issue, asking them to share what's at the root of why they believe what they believe.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>In this case, Dan Schleifer and Rich Beckmann are friends who met through their shared interest in cooking. They see eye to eye where food is concerned, but they disagree on their preferred modes of transportation. Dan sold his car when he moved to Chicago from rural Virginia and bikes to work daily. He&rsquo;s been hit by a car more than once and is angry that drivers so often disregard his safety. Rich sees biking on the street as inherently dangerous and drives to get around. He gets upset when he sees cyclists disregard the traffic laws he himself must obey.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>In the audio excerpt posted above, Dan and Rich share stories of what they&rsquo;ve witnessed and experienced on the streets of Chicago. Their conversation is a good reminder that not every difference of opinion can be resolved through talking, but that hopefully something good comes from trying to understand the other person&rsquo;s perspective.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div><div><em>Ask Me Why</em> is produced in collaboration with the <a href="http://www.prairie.org/">Illinois Humanities Council</a>, and was made possible by a grant from The Boeing Company. If you and someone you know are interested in participating in this series, you can download the application form <a href="http://www.prairie.org/ask-me-why">here</a>.</div></p> Fri, 24 Dec 2010 21:44:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/story/ask-me-why/ask-me-why-cars-vs-bikes A comedic take on parenthood’s tough questions http://www.wbez.org/story/azhar-usman/comedic-take-parenthood%E2%80%99s-tough-questions <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/usman 1.png" alt="" /><p><p><a target="_blank" href="http://www.azhar.com/">Azhar Usman</a> jokes that he looks like &ldquo;that guy from LOST. Not the Indian one, the fat one!&rdquo; The Chicago comedian uses humor to poke fun at racial stereotypes, referencing his own life as the child of Muslim immigrants growing up in the then mostly Jewish community of Skokie, Illinois.</p> <div>In March, Usman did an extended set in front of an intimate audience at Chicago&rsquo;s <a target="_self" href="http://thinkartsalon.com/">Th!nk Art Salon</a> as part of their ongoing War &amp; Peace exhibit.&nbsp; He performs regularly alongside a Rabbi/comedian in a show they&rsquo;ve dubbed the <a target="_blank" href="http://www.bobalper.com/oddcouple.html">Laugh in Peace Tour</a>.</div><div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Usman&rsquo;s set took a surprisingly deep and personal turn when he shared a story about learning to parent four young sons who were inquisitive beyond their age. It's a variation on &ldquo;kids say the darndest things,&rdquo; only in this version, Usman&rsquo;s son asks him to explain why God lets there be bad people in the world. Out of the mouths of babes.</div><div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Check out the audio excerpt posted above to hear how Usman handles questions he&rsquo;s not ready to tackle. His approach will surprise you (and make you laugh).</div><div>&nbsp;</div> <div><em><a href="http://www.wbez.org/series/dynamic-range">Dynamic Range</a> showcases hidden gems unearthed from Chicago Amplified's vast archive of public events and appears on weekends. </em><a target="_blank" href="http://www.chicagopublicradio.org/Content.aspx?audioID=40723&amp;gsatype=amplified"><em>Click here</em></a><em> to hear Usman&rsquo;s entire set at Th!nk Art Salon, presented by <a href="http://www.prairie.org/programs/public-square">The Public Square</a> (a program of the </em><a href="http://www.prairie.org/"><em>The Illinois Humanities Council</em></a><em>) and recorded by </em><a target="_blank" href="http://www.chicagopublicradio.org/Program_AMP.aspx"><em>Chicago Amplified</em></a><em>. Click </em><a target="_blank" href="http://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/wbez/id364380278"><em>here</em></a><em> to subscribe to the Dynamic Range podcast. </em></div></p> Fri, 17 Dec 2010 17:39:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/story/azhar-usman/comedic-take-parenthood%E2%80%99s-tough-questions Ask Me Why: The individual vs. society http://www.wbez.org/story/aristotle/ask-me-why-individual-vs-society <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/megaphone.jpg" alt="" /><p><p><a href="http://www.wbez.org/series/ask-me-why">Ask Me Why</a> is a series of recorded conversations that explore the personal experiences and stories that shape our beliefs. Each story takes a pair of people who disagree on some issue, and asks them to get at the root of why they believe what they believe.</p> <div>This next installment of <em>Ask Me Why</em> pairs teacher Ruth Martin with her student Charles Glass. Ruth mentors Charles in the <a href="http://www.prairie.org/OdysseyProject">Odyssey Project</a>, which offers college level humanities courses to adults.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>One of the texts they read in this year&rsquo;s class was Plato&rsquo;s <em>Apology</em>, which chronicles the trial of Socrates by the Athenians. Socrates was accused of corrupting the youth of Athens by teaching them radical ideas, like atheism, which Athenian society deemed dangerous. Ultimately Socrates was found guilty and was condemned to death, an outcome Ruth says is hard to see as anything but unjust.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>That is, she says, until you take into consideration the feelings of the Athenians. If Socrates was imparting ideas or values to these impressionable youth that fell outside the boundaries of what was sanctioned by Athens, how could he be seen as anything but a threat?</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>This conversation around <em>Apology</em> led Ruth and Charles&rsquo; class to discuss a question Plato raises in the text: is it more important to be true to oneself or to be a good citizen? In other words, is it better to follow your own moral code, or to conform and contribute to society in the ways it deems fit?</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>In the audio excerpt posted above, Ruth and Charles tackle this question, explaining their perspectives in the context of their personal experiences. Charles has worked in a number of institutions that call for conformity, including the Navy and the criminal justice system, and feels that preserving your individuality and your personal moral code is key. Ruth, on the other hand, grew up in an environment that afforded her every privilege but community, and feels that working for society&rsquo;s common good is a duty she can&rsquo;t afford to ignore.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Take a listen to their conversation above. If you&rsquo;re interested in participating in <em>Ask Me Why</em>, <a href="http://www.prairie.org/ask-me-why">you can download the application form here</a>.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><em>Ask Me Why</em> is produced in collaboration with the <a href="http://www.prairie.org">Illinois Humanities Council</a>, and was made possible by a grant from The Boeing Company.</div></p> Sat, 11 Dec 2010 00:15:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/story/aristotle/ask-me-why-individual-vs-society Ask Me Why: National Day of Listening http://www.wbez.org/story/culture/ask-me-why-ann-and-daniel-talk-about-schools <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/listen melvin gaal_0.jpg" alt="" /><p><div>In the years since the 2000 election normalized the concept of red and blue states, America has only become more politically and culturally polarized. We&rsquo;re more likely to be friends with people who share our opinions, and listen to media outlets that reflect back to us our existing beliefs. Social media and new digital technologies have revolutionized the way we talk to one another and share our opinions, but they haven&rsquo;t necessarily made us better at listening, or at disagreeing without shouting, debating, or itching to make our next point. We can text and we can Tweet, but can we have a conversation without maligning the other side? Can we actually listen to what the other side has to say?</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>WBEZ is proud to present <em>Ask Me Why</em>, a series of recorded conversations inspired by StoryCorps <a href="http://nationaldayoflistening.org/">National Day of Listening</a>. In collaboration with <a href="http://www.prairie.org/">Illinois Humanities Council</a>, we asked pairs of people who know each other and who disagree on an issue if we could record them having a conversation - with a bit of a twist. We told these pairs they couldn&rsquo;t debate, argue or challenge each other. They could only take turns asking each other questions, and listening to the answers. Rather than argue point-counterpoint, the goal would be to better understand why the other person thinks the way they do: What personal experiences shaped their opinion on this issue? Did they always have this opinion and if not, what changed their mind? We wanted to present the idea that thoughtful deliberation and disagreement involves not just making your point, but listening to and working to understand those with whom you disagree.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>For this first installment of <em>Ask Me Why</em>, we have an excerpt from a conversation that took place between Ann Hanson and Daniel Kreisman, two friends who met as graduate students studying education policy at the University of Chicago. Ann and Daniel have spent hours debating policy with one another, both as classmates and as friends. But until recently they had never asked how the other arrived at their beliefs.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>For example, why do they feel differently about the issue of school vouchers, when they both read the same studies and took the same classes? Daniel, who taught at underperforming public schools in New Orleans, believes that public money should be given to parents to spend on private schools; while Ann, who grew up the daughter of public school teachers in Milwaukee, does not.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>In the audio excerpt posted above, Daniel and Ann talk to each other and share the stories behind their beliefs, and surprisingly find some common ground.</div> <div>&nbsp;<em><br /></em></div><div>&nbsp;<em>Ask Me Why</em> is made possible by generous support from The Boeing Company and is produced in partnership with the <a href="http://www.prairie.org/">Illinois Humanities Council</a>. Over the next few months we will bring you more installments in this series.&nbsp;If you would like to participate in the <em>Ask Me Why</em> series, you can <a href="http://www.prairie.org/ask-me-why">download the nomination form here</a>.&nbsp;</div></p> Wed, 24 Nov 2010 23:04:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/story/culture/ask-me-why-ann-and-daniel-talk-about-schools