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Tonight, May 1, the lecture So, You Think You Know Frances Willard? will be given by Lori Osborne, archivist at the Evanston History Center and Director of the Evanston Women’s History Project. Tickets are $10 for the 7 p.m. event held at the Evanston History Center on 225 Greenwood Street in Evanston.

On Sunday, May 4, there will be a 2 p.m. lecture prior to the Newberry Consort’s Celestial Sirens II, Music from the Mexican Convent of the Encarnacion concert at the Alice Millar Chapel on Northwestern University’s Evanston campus.Tickets for the 3 p.m. concert featuring Soprano Ellen Hargis range from $5 to $45.

Also in Evanston, Jen Hoelzle, deputy director of the Illinois Office of Tourism, will discuss the state’s multi-media tourism advertising campaign over breakfast from 8 to10 a.m. on Friday, May 9, at the Hilton Garden Inn on 1818 Maple Avenue. For tickets ($30) and details on the event Chicago's North Shore Convention and Visitors Bureau event, contact Jennifer Engel at 847-763-0011 x 22.

Author Douglas Blackmon will appear in Chicago on Thursday, May 8 for a free Community Conversation to address the impact of slavery in post-Civil War America and his Pulitzer Prize-winning book Slavery by Another Name: The Re-Enslavement of Black Americans from the Civil War to World War II. Presented by the Chicago office of international educational nonprofit Facing History and Ourselves and The Allstate Foundation, the talk begins at 6 p.m. at the Cindy Pritzker Auditorium of the Harold Washington Library Center on 400 S. State Street. To make a reservation, call 312-345-3203 or visit www.facinghistory.org/communityconversations.

In Glen Ellyn, Chicago Tribune Chief Theater Critic Chris Jones will discuss his new book Bigger, Brighter, Louder: 150 Years of Chicago Theater as Seen by Chicago Tribune Critics at the McAninch Arts Center on 425 Fawell Boulevard on Saturday, May 10. Following his 2 p.m. talk, Jones will answer questions and sign books, which will be available for purchase in the lobby. The event is free but reservations are recommended at 630-942-4000. For more information, visit www.AtTheMAC.org.

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