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Alex is the author of four books, including his most recent, An American Summer: Love and Death in Chicago (available in print and on CD through the library catalog). His other books include the national bestseller There Are No Children Here (available in multiple formats through the library catalog) which the New York Public Library selected as one of the 150 most important books of the twentieth century. It received the Helen B. Bernstein Award and was adapted as a television movie produced by and starring Oprah Winfrey. It was selected by The New York Times as a Notable Book of the Year along with his second book, The Other Side of the River which also received The Chicago Tribune’s Heartland Prize for Nonfiction. His book on Chicago, Never a City So Real, will soon be released in paperback. Learn more »
More about An American Summer“An American Summer is an archive of the war—like finding a shocking but beautiful bundle of letters and photographs in the attic. Except that these dispatches reflect the daily violence that many Americans are experiencing, right now, in too many of our cities. Alex Kotlowitz dispenses with wooden categories of criminal and victim. With his uncommon warmth and sensitivity, he makes us understand that violence doesn’t happen in a moment; it’s a state of affairs.”—Sarah Koenig, creator and host of Serial
Re-live the brash and rugged growing years of the National Football League. Football enthusiast Joe Ziemba presents The Bears and The Cardinals: The Forgotten History of the NFL's Oldest Teams.
Ziemba will take you back to a time when individuals played with little equipment protection, gangsters interrupted games, and players worked second jobs during the professional football season. Learn recently discovered details on the poor financial status of the Chicago Bears in the 1920s and 30s. Find out how the owner of the rival Cardinals loaned Bears' owner George Halas the funding he needed to keep his team afloat.
Presenter Joe Ziemba found much of this information in the long-forgotten files of Oak Park's own Dutch Sternaman!
Join the Oak Park Homelessness Coalition (OPHC), Housing Forward, and the library for a special screening of this powerful film followed by a discussion with the audience after.
Through mini-presentations, critical dialogues, and video clips, we will examine the following issues:
I. What is toxic masculinity?
II. Why is it important to examine it under the current sociopolitical climate?
III. Where does it all start and how does it manifest itself?
IV. How does it affect all of us?
V. How can individual and collective changes take place?
This conversation will be facilitated by Dr. Ada Cheng, a professor-turned-storyteller, performing artist, and storytelling show producer. She was a tenured professor at DePaul University for 15 years from 2001 to 2016 when she resigned to pursue storytelling and performance full time. During her time at DePaul, she taught subjects on gender, sex, sexuality, masculinity, race/ethnicity, and immigrations. She is currently the Education and Outreach Specialist with Campus Advocacy Network at Women's Leadership and Resource Center at UIC.