Join the Budlong Woods Book Club and North Park University’s Justice in Education class for a virtual book discussion of Ghosts in the Schoolyard Racism and School Closings on Chicago’s South Side by Eve L. Ewing. This is an inter-generational Zoom event with a view on systemic racism here in Chicago and our potential to tackle it.
The closure of nearly 50 schools in largely black neighborhoods of Chicago in 2013 was met with anguish and resistance from the community members for whom these schools are essential ties that bind their neighborhoods together. As author Eve Ewing writes, schools that some politicians and pundits called ‘failing and underprivileged,’ are in fact not buildings full of failure, but ‘an integral part of their neighborhoods, at the heart of their communities, storehouses of history and memory that bring people together.’”
“Ghosts is essential reading for anyone trying to better understand the intersection of segregation and education--as well as the importance of preserving the public institutions that help shape communities." --Juan Vidal, NPR Best Books of 2018
Eve L. Ewing is Assistant Professor of Social Service Administration at the University of Chicago, and Faculty Affiliate at the Center for the Study of Race, Politics, and Culture. In addition to Ghosts in the Schoolyard (University of Chicago Press), her work includes other genres, including poetry (Electric Arches and 1919), and comics (the Ironheart series for Marvel Comics). Her work has appeared in Poetry Magazine, The New Yorker, The Atlantic, The Nation, The Washington Post, and The New Republic.
Copies of the book are available for checkout at the Budlong Woods Branch circulation desk.
How to Attend
This event takes place on Zoom. Please contact Tom Stark for a Zoom link. You will receive an email with a link to the secure Zoom meeting about 24 hours before the meeting. By registering for this event, you agree to abide by the Library Use Guidelines.
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