Presentation 1 - Family Detention on the Ground

This scholar is fully booked through 2021. This scholar will be available to book for programs in 2022 on September 1, 2021. You may also book them outside of any Illinois Humanities affiliation using the contact information provided.

In this 45-60 minute presentation, Megan discusses her experience as a Proyecto Dilley volunteer at the largest detention facility for migrant women in children in the US. The presentation centers the stories of the women and children that she advocated for in an effort to situate the topic of immigration in the individual migrants themselves.

For this presentation, the use of Powerpoint or Prezi slides is necessary in order to share images and information. Megan actively encourage questions and discussion at the end or the presentation.

This presentation if offered in English and Spanish.

Program Topics

  • Immigration
  • Detention Policies
  • Latinx

Book this presentation by first scheduling a date with Megan via email, then completing the Road Scholars Host Organization application.


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Presentation 2 - Integrated Schools Without Integrated Neighborhoods

This scholar is fully booked through 2021. This scholar will be available to book for programs in 2022 on September 1, 2021. You may also book them outside of any Illinois Humanities affiliation using the contact information provided.

This presentation is based on Megan’s dissertation research about the integration of Evanston’s public school system in the 1960s. It features information from Megan’s conducted oral histories with long-term African American residents of the city who had lived through periods of de facto segregation and discrimination in public institutions in Evanston leading up to the 1968 decision to integrate the public schools and who have subsequently lived through a period of integration. The presentation focuses on how integration has been done in a way that has advantaged majority white communities while the historically Black community has experienced tremendous disinvestment.

This presentation uses Powerpoint or Prezi slides that includes many pictures, images, and excerpts from oral histories. It consists of a 45 minutes lecturing on the topic and then a robust question and answer/discussion period with the audience afterwards.

This presentation is offered in English and Spanish.

Program Topics

  • Education
  • Segregation
  • Illinois

Book this presentation by first scheduling a date with Megan via email, then completing the Road Scholars Host Organization application.


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About Road Scholar Megan R. Klein

Megan Klein is an Associate Professor of Anthropology and Sociology at Oakton Community College where she teaches courses on social problems, culture, race and ethnicity, urbanization and inequality. She has a PhD in Sociology from Loyola University Chicago, a Masters in Anthropology from the University of Illinois- Chicago, and a Masters in Spanish from Loyola University Chicago. Her research focuses on racial inequality and integration in diverse cities.

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About Illinois Humanities Road Scholars Speakers Bureau

Since 1997, our Road Scholars Speakers Bureau has invited Illinois writers, storytellers, historians, folklorists, musicians, and living history actors, among others, to share their expertise and enthusiasm with people throughout our state. It also supports local nonprofit organizations – including libraries, museums, arts councils, historical societies, civic groups, and many others – in presenting free-admission cultural programs of high quality to their communities for a modest application fee, which can be waived if your organization is experiencing financial hardship.

Our Road Scholars Speakers Bureau roster features speakers hailing from many different communities across Illinois who offer presentations on topics in history, archaeology, philosophy, literature, theater, film, music, politics, and other subjects that are thought-provoking and engaging. The breadth of these offerings reflects our conviction that the humanities can help us to examine the world in all its varied shades and discover in it the remarkable, the strange, the fantastic, the tragic, the humorous, and the beautiful.

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