In addition to authoress Isabel Wilkerson speaking about her book about The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America’s Great Migration – the current "One Book, One Chicago" selection – and signing copies at the Harold Washington Library Center (HWLC), last night, there will be other events in October and November.
The poetess known as “cin salach” will present “What Moves Us—The Poetry of Migration” on Saturday, October 12, 2013, from 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Rogers Park Branch of the Chicago Public Library (CPL), located at 6907 North Clark Street. The CPL states, “Chicago poet cin salach leads a workshop exploring migration—Why do we go from here to there? What part of our nature calls us, drives us, leads us from the home we know? cin salach is a veteran Chicago poet whose books include Looking for a Soft Place to Land and the forthcoming When I Am Yes.” This event is presented as part of CityVerse.
There will be another CityVerse event, “Words over Borders: Family Poems of Migration,” on Saturday, October 19, 2013 from 2:00 p.m. to 4:45 p.m., at the Beverly Branch Library, which is located at 1962 West 95th Street. “Poets Tom Roby and Jenene Ravesloot present a poetry-writing workshop focusing on poems of migration. Poets who wish to pre-submit poems for feedback at the workshop are encouraged to send one or two pages to Tom at tomroby [at] sbcglobal.net.”
A panel discussion, “How the Great Migration Changed Politics,” will take place on Saturday, October 26, 2013, at 2:00 p.m. at the Edgewater Branch Library, which is located at 6000 North Broadway Street. The CPL states, “This panel looks at how the Great Migration changed politics in Chicago and across the United States. Panelists include historian James Grossman, author of Land of Hope: Chicago, Black Southerners and the Great Migration, Laura Washington, an ABC-7 political analyst and former member of the Harold Washington administration, and historian Cedric Johnson, author of Revolutionaries to Race Leaders: Black Power and the Making of African American Politics.”
In October, there will be two “One Book, One Chicago” events in Room 300 of the John T. Richardson Library on DePaul University’s Lincoln Park Campus. The address of Richardson Library is 2350 North Kenmore Avenue. Both events are sponsored by DePaul University’s Department of English.
“Music and The Great Migration” will be on Wednesday, October 16, 2013 at 6:00 p.m. The CPL states, “As Isabel Wilkerson writes in The Warmth of Other Suns, ‘The music the migrants carried north with them … became … essentially the soundtrack of the 20th century.’ Join Chicago entrepreneur Herman Roberts and author Scott Blackwood as they discuss the music of the Great Migration by way of Roberts’ personal narrative and Blackwood’s scholarly work. DePaul University assistant professor of English Miles Harvey moderates.”
“StoryCorps @ your library—Share Your Migration Story!” began in May and will continue through October at selected CPL locations. CPL states, “Chicagoans always have a story to tell, especially when it comes to how their history intersects with that of the city. CPL teams up with StoryCorps, a national nonprofit oral history project that aims to create a portrait of who we are as Americans, to offer opportunities to tell your migration story. In order to fully explore how migration has shaped Chicago, we invite you to sign up for an hourlong interview session. Tell us how and when you made Chicago home, and how your community has been shaped by migrants. Invite someone with a great migration story to be interviewed by you, or come with a friend or loved one to help you share your history.”
To learn more or to sign up for an hour-long session, call (312) 747-8191 or e-mail onebookonechicago [at] gmail.com. This program, StoryCorps @ your library, is made possible by a grant from the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services (I.M.L.S.) to the American Library Association (A.L.A.) Public Programs Office.
“StoryCorps @ Vodak-East Side Branch,” will place at the Vodak-East Side Branch Library, which is located at 3710 East 106th Street. It will be on Saturday, October 12, 2013, from 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. and on Monday, October 14, 2013 from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.“
StoryCorps @ West Town Branch,” will take place at the West Town Branch Library, which is located at the 1625 West Chicago Avenue. It will be on Saturday, October 19, 2013, from 12:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. and on Tuesday, October 22, 2013 from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
The “One Book, One Chicago Panel: Migration Across the Disciplines” will be on Thursday, October 24, 2013 at 6:00 p.m. The CPL states, “Three DePaul faculty members—Barrie Jean Borich, English; Ogenga Otunnu, History; and Shailja Sharma, International Studies—discuss their own work and offer interdisciplinary perspectives on migration as well as a Q&A session with the audience.”
The exhibit Favianna Rodriguez: Art, Activism and Migration will be on display in the Van Buren Corridor on the First Floor of the HWLC from Monday, October 14, 2013 through Sunday, March 30, 2014. The CPL states it “is thrilled to exhibit poster art from interdisciplinary artist and cultural organizer Favianna Rodriguez as part of the One Book, One Chicago exploration of migration. Rodriguez’s work addresses issues of migration, global politics, economic injustice and social change. This November, she appears in a weeklong series of events and workshops in Chicago presented in partnership with the Jane Addams Hull House Museum, including a CPL event on November 12.”
The artist will also be at the HWLC herself in November. The event “Favianna Rodriguez and Albany Park Theatre Project: Art, Activism and Migration” will be on Tuesday, November 12, 2013 at 6:30 p.m. The CPL states, “Join interdisciplinary artist and cultural organizer Favianna Rodriguez, Albany Park Theatre Project ensemble members and Artistic Director David Feiner for a look at where immigrant rights intersect with art. This multimedia discussion will draw from Rodriguez’ experience lecturing about and creating art that addresses immigration and social change, and take a look behind the scenes at APTP’s critically acclaimed play, Home/Land, which tells the stories of immigrant families and grassroots immigrant rights activists. Rodriguez appears in a weeklong series of events and workshops in Chicago presented in partnership with the Jane Addams Hull House Museum.”