The Public Square, a program of the Illinois Humanities Council, hosts the launch of the Café Society Do-It-Yourself Toolkit
CHICAGO – – Join The Public Square in celebrating the official launch of the Café Society Do-It-Yourself Toolkit with our special guest Laura Flanders of GRITtv. Flanders, a bestselling author and broadcaster, is also founding director of the Women’s Desk at the media watch group, Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting. Flanders will discuss the changing political landscape and the role of media in fostering democracy with Barbara Ransby, Associate Professor of Gender and Women’s Studies, African-American Studies, and History, and Director of the Gender and Women Studies Program at University of Illinois at Chicago. Following the presentation, attendees will utilize the toolkit to break down into small, facilitated discussions to share thoughts and reflections on the media and democracy.
This event takes place on Monday, September 21 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Chicago Cultural Center, 5th Floor, Washington and Garland Rooms (78 E. Washington St, Chicago). This program is free and open to the public. Reservations are required and can be made by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 312.422.5580. Light refreshments will be served.
This program is sponsored by The Public Square, a program of the Illinois Humanities Council, in partnership with the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs. Chicago Public Radio – WBEZ 91.5FM is the media sponsor of this event.
ABOUT CAFÉ SOCIETY AND THE DIY TOOLKIT
Café Society is a series of conversations where families, friends, neighbors and citizens come together to discuss current events and other political and social issues. By engaging in the meaningful exchange of ideas and perspectives, these conversations enliven the core of democracy and empower the public. The DIY Toolkit looks to empower people to become more involved in their communities by creating their own Café Society discussions to share with friends and others. Through discussion, Café Society seeks to foster a robust civil society, cohesive interactive communities, and a critical examination of the media.
CAFÉ SOCIETY SCHEDULE AND LOCATIONS:
7:30-8:30 p.m., Intelligentsia Coffee, 3123 N Broadway St., Chicago
12:30-1:30 p.m., Chicago Cultural Center’s Randolph Street Café, 77 E. Randolph St., Chicago
7:00-8:00 p.m., Valois, 1518 E. 53rd St., Chicago
5:00-6:00 p.m., Ron’s Barber Shop, 6058 W. North Ave., Chicago
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. More information about The Public Square is available at www.prairie.org/publicsquare.
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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