Confronting Chicago’s History of Racial Violence: A Conversation with Dr. Eve L. Ewing

November 19, 2020
A Conversation with Dr. Eve L. Ewing
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Thursday, November 19

7:00-8:00 PM ET
6:00-7:00 PM CT
5:00-6:00 PM MT
4:00-5:00 PM PT

Captioning will be available during this webinar. If this time doesn’t work for your schedule, be sure to register and we’ll notify you once the recording is available on our On-Demand Learning Center.

Confronting Chicago’s History of Racial Violence: A Conversation with Dr. Eve L. Ewing

Join us for a conversation with writer, sociologist, poet, and professor Dr. Eve L. Ewing where we will discuss the history explored in Facing History and Ourselves’ upcoming new unit The Red Summer in Chicago which sheds light on a defining moment in Chicago’s history: a week-long episode of racial violence in 1919 that would claim the lives of thirty-eight people. Known as the “Red Summer,” the summer of 1919 saw hundreds of African Americans murdered at the hands of mobs in small towns and big cities across the country. The racial violence of 1919 and its legacies are essential to confront in developing an understanding of the systemic racial injustice we witness today. In addition to sharing her scholarship about the history and connections to today’s Chicago, Dr. Ewing will share poems from her poetry collection 1919.
During this webinar, we will:
    •    Learn about Red Summer in Chicago and legacies that persist

    •    Hear Dr. Eve L. Ewing read poems giving voice to the history

    •    Consider the power of bringing the resources to educators and
          students in Chicago Public Schools and beyond

At the conclusion of the webinar, you will be able to download a certificate of completion from the webinar console showing one hour of participation. Check with your school district in advance of the webinar to ensure that the professional development credit is accepted.


About the Presenters 

Dr. Eve L. Ewing is a sociologist of education and a writer from Chicago. She is the author of Electric Arches, which received awards from the American Library Association and the Poetry Society of America and was named one of the year's best books by NPR and the Chicago Tribune. She is also the author of Ghosts in the Schoolyard: Racism and School Closings on Chicago's South Side, 1919 (Haymarket Press, 2019), the writer of Marvel Comics' Ironheart series, and the co-author (with Nate Marshall) of No Blue Memories: The Life of Gwendolyn Brooks. In 2019, she received the Chicago Public Library 21st Century Award. She is an assistant professor at the University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration. Her work has been published in The New Yorker, The Atlantic, The New York Times, and many other venues. Her first book for middle grade readers, Maya and the Robot, is forthcoming in 2020 via Kokila. 

Felicia Clotworthy is a Program Associate at the Chicago office of Facing History and Ourselves and has dedicated her life's work to being an educator, administrative leader, and consultant. Felicia considers herself as a "Facing History Lifer." Her relationship and curricular engagement with Facing History has spanned three decades which has tremendously influenced her work in her current role. As a Program Associate, she delivers program services to new and continuing Facing History teachers, builds networks and visibility for the work of Facing History through delivering professional development, and supports external partnerships through relationship building in a variety of educational and organizational environments.
November 19, 2020
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

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