Selected Events Jan. 15 to Feb. 1

See Events category Jan. 11 listing for more events (click events button on left sidebar).

Don’t forget the public workers march January 18!


*Wednesday, January 20.
begins the 5th Season of Palabra Pura:

Kristin Naca and Cristina Correa

Decima Musa, 1901 S. Loomis, Chicago
7:00 p.m. open mic. 7:30 p.m. reading
Free admission. All ages
Make it your New Year’s resolution to come beforehand for dinner and meet new people.

Can you believe it? Palabra Pura will launch its fifth season on Wednesday, January 20. The series has featured a breadth of Latino/a voices from coast-to-coast as well as plenty of our homegrown talent. What started as something small has a grown to have a national reputation. We hope that you’ll join us for the new season — and every third Wednesday after — for a wonderful night of poetry and camaraderie.

This month, Palabra Pura presents Kristin Naca and Cristina Correa. A longtime member of Sandra Cisneros’ Macondo Workshop, Kristin Naca currently is a visiting professor of English at Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota. Her book of poems, BIRD EATING BIRD, was selected for the National Poetry Series mtvU Prize and appears with Harper Perennial. She is a frequent practitioner of Bikram yoga and an avid sports fan. She follows the work of Mexican and Mexican American poets and painters; some of whom are the predominant artistic influences behind Naca’s bilingual poetry.

Cristina Correa is a writer who uses words to observe and analyze the world. Her work is both politically and creatively charged by the several cultures she claims. As a native Chicagoan, she participates in local non-profit organizations and social justice groups.

Don’t waste that lucky blue moon. Come on out to a Guild Complex event.

*Anna Kornbluh Lecture: Wednesday, January 27 at 3 pm

The Institute for the Humanities
at the University of Illinois at Chicago

2009- 2010 Institute for the Humanities Fellow
Department of English

To Realize Capital: Libidinal and Financial Economies in mid-
Victorian Realist Form

Wednesday, January 27, 2010 at 3:00 p.m.

Institute for the Humanities, lower level, Stevenson Hall
701 South Morgan, University of Illinois at Chicago

The popular and scholarly tendency to explain financial crises as
primarily psychological phenomena has a noteworthy history.  In the
Victorian era, the emergence of the discourse of Psychology
directly paralleled the development of financialization.  While
financial journalists, popular essayists, and novelists registered
concerns about “fictitious capital,” the nascent science of mind
set about explaining financial abstraction as the natural issue of
the “psychic economy.”  In turn, a new generation of Political
Economists absorbed these psychological precepts, positing the
psyche as the real basis of all economic relations.

A reception will follow.

To request disability accommodations or for more information,
please contact
Linda Vavra, 312-996-6354.

*Chicago Kick-off Book Party and Coal Free Future Event at

No Exit Cafe/Theatre,

6970 North Glenwood Avenue


(in Rogers Park, just down the block from the Heartland Cafe, )
on Saturday, Jan. 30th, 7:30pm

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Jeff Biggers will perform new piece from his book, Reckoning at Eagle Creek: The Secret Legacy of Coal in the Heartland (Nation/Basic Books)

Special film clip from Topless America Project (anti-mountaintop removal movement:<> by filmmakers Parson Brown and Kat Wallace

Watch the Reckoning at Eagle Creek trailer here:

For more information, visit the book website here: <>

Reckoning at Eagle Creek takes us on a journey into the secret history of coal mining in the American heartland. Set in the ruins of his family’s strip-mined homestead in the Shawnee National Forest in southern Illinois, Biggers delivers a deeply personal portrait of the largely overlooked human and environmental costs of our nation’s dirty energy policy over the past two centuries. Reckoning at Eagle Creek digs deep into the tangled roots of the coal industry beginning with the policies of Thomas Jefferson and Andrew Jackson. It chronicles the removal of Native Americans, and the hidden story of legally sanctioned black slavery in the land of Lincoln. It uncovers a century of regulatory negligence, vividly describing the epic mining wars for union recognition and workplace safety, and the devastating environmental consequences of industrial strip-mining.

At the heart of our national debate over climate change and the crucial transition toward clean energy, is the Obama administration’s controversial pursuit of “clean coal.” Biggers exposes the fallacy that lies at the heart of this policy and shatters the Big Coal marketing myth that Illinois represents the “Saudi Arabia of coal.” Reckoning at Eagle Creek is ultimately an exposé of “historicide,” one that traces coal’s harrowing legacy through the great American family saga of sacrifice and resiliency and the extraordinary process of recovering our nation’s memory. Coal will never be called clean or cheap again.


February One: The Story of the Greensboro Four
Monday, February 1, 5:00-8:00pm Columbia College, Film Row
1104 South Wabash, 8th Floor

This event is free and open to the public. Reservations are required and can be made by calling 312.435.1201.
Please note the correct email for reservations is<>

Join us for a reception, screening, and community discussion of the film, February One: The Story of the Greensboro Four. The film looks back at how four African-American college freshmen took a stand for justice by sitting down at a Woolworth whites-only lunch counter in Greensboro, North Carolina in February 1960. Their actions launched the sit-in movement, created momentum for the organizing of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC), and profoundly changed the direction of this country.

Following the screening, we invite you to participate in a community dialogue which will be centered on how the history of that moment is relevant to the issues of today.

Reception: 5:00pm-6:00pm
Film Screening and Community Dialogue: 6:00pm-8:00pm

This event is presented by The Chicago Freedom School and the Ellen Stone Belic Institute for the Study of Women and Gender in the Arts and Media at Columbia College, in partnership with The Public Square and the Chicago SNCC History Project.

Remember:  Fugard Chicago includes a benefit performance of Master Harold and the Boys for the Caucus Of Rank-and-file Educators (CORE) Feb. 11.


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