Press Release

POST-ELECTION ROUNDTABLE DISCUSSION FEATURING JEREMY SCAHILL, DEDRICK MUHAMMAD, AND TRACY VAN SLYKE

The Public Square hosts a panel on the impact of the 2008 election November 6 at Roosevelt University.

CHICAGO РThe question of who will be the next president is about to be answered. Join The Public Square, a program of the Illinois Humanities Council, for this post-election roundtable discussion to grapple with the urgent question of what the new administration will mean for America and the world. With a recession underway, two wars raging, unresolved racial conflict, and more, what role will the media and public mobilization and participation play in shaping a new agenda?

Jeremy Scahill, author of the award-winning book, Blackwater: The Rise of the World’s Most Powerful Mercenary Army; Dedrick Muhammad, Senior Organizer and Research Associate for the Institute for Policy Studies; Tracy Van Slyke, Program Director of The Media Consortium; and James Thindwa, Executive Director of Chicago Jobs with Justice, will offer their thoughts on the aftermath of this historic race for the White House.

This event will take place on Thursday, November 6 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Roosevelt University’s Congress Lounge (430 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago).

This event is free and open to the public, but reservations are required and can be made by e-mailing events@prairie.org or calling 312.422.5580. This event is co-sponsored by The Public Square, The Mansfield Institute for Social Justice and Transformation, Roosevelt University’s Department of Political Science, and In These Times.

ABOUT THE PUBLIC SQUARE

The Public Square, a program of the Illinois Humanities Council, fosters debate, dialogue, and exchange of ideas about cultural, social, and political issues with an emphasis on social justice.  Programs promote participatory democracy by creating space for public conversations.

This event is part of The Public Square’s "Looking for Democracy in ’08 and Beyond" series, which is designed to launch a conversation about the kind of world we want to build together by creating forums for intelligent discussion of politics in America through art and dialogue. The "Looking for Democracy" series is supported in part by a grant from the Woods Fund of Chicago.

For more information about The Public Square, please visit www.prairie.org/publicsquare or call 312.422.5580.

The Illinois Humanities Council is a nonprofit educational organization [501 (c) 3] dedicated to fostering a culture in which the humanities are a vital part of the lives of individuals and communities. Organized in 1973 as the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities, the IHC creates programs and funds organizations that promote greater understanding of, appreciation for, and involvement in the humanities by all Illinoisans, regardless of their economic resources, cultural background, or geographic location. The IHC is supported by state, federal, and private funds.

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