Kick off this summer's One Book, One Oak Park community-wide summer reading program and delve into the pure power of poetry during an evening with local legend Bill Ayers, who will lead engaging discussion and an audience question and answer session.
Ayers is a distinguished Professor of Education and Senior University Scholar at the University of Illinois at Chicago (retired), founder of both the Small Schools Workshop and the Center for Youth and Society, taught courses in interpretive and qualitative research, oral history, creative non-fiction, urban school change, and teaching and the modern predicament. A graduate of the University of Michigan, the Bank Street College of Education, Bennington College, and Teachers College, Columbia University, Ayers has written extensively about social justice, democracy and education, the cultural contexts of schooling, and teaching as an essentially intellectual, ethical, and political enterprise.
This event is part of the One Book, One Oak Park community-wide summer reading program featuring A People's History of Chicago by Kevin Coval. "Coval's poetry is all about empowering hidden voices," says Librarian and One Book Coordinator Margita Lidaka, adding that "this book covers all the bases, relating so well to the library's strategic objective to act intentionally to ensure diversity, inclusion, equity, and safety. It is also the first time the library is reading and discuss poetry as a community-wide effort."