Events Community, Diversity, and Local Histories with Northeastern Illinois University

Community, Diversity, and Local Histories with Northeastern Illinois University

6:00 PM – 7:00 PM


Join us as we discuss Bedrock Faith by Eric Charles May as it relates to themes of community, diversity, and local histories. Panelists include Frances Archer, webmaster of the Me & My Shadow: A Life in Chicago, Urban Historian; Tim Libretti, Acting Associate Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, Northeastern Illinois University; Andy Meyer, Director of the F.M. Johnson Archives and Special Collections of Brandel Library, North Park University and Stephany Perez, Teaching Artist / Company Manager, Albany Park Theater Project.

Frances Archer shares her deep passion for Chicago history on the blog, Me & My Shadow. She also conducts walking tours and have presented local history talks to groups for events sponsored by the Chicago Park District, Hayt Elementary School, Sulzer Regional Library, National Louis University Lifelong Learning Institute, Mather Lifeways, Atlas Obscura, North River Commission and the Chicago Jewish History Society.

Tim Libretti is a professor of U.S. literature and culture at a Northeastern Illinois University in Chicago and Acting Associate Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. A long-time progressive voice, he has published many academic and journalistic articles on culture, class, race, gender, and politics, for which he has received awards from the Working Class Studies Association, the International Labor Communications Association, the National Federation of Press Women, and the Illinois Woman's Press Association.

Andy Meyer is the Director of the F.M. Johnson Archives and Special Collections at North Park University where he is working on archival content management and digital asset management. His mission is to use data and technology to tell stories that facilitate personal and communal transformation.

Stephany Perez is a Teaching Artist in Albany Park Theatre Pprojects’s school-based program at Albany Park Multicultural Academy as well as APTP’s Company Manager, coordinating ensemble and theater space logistics. Stephany grew up in Albany Park and joined APTP as a seventh grader in 2008. She was an ensemble member through 2013 and in that time devised and performed Remember Me Like This (2009), Feast (2010), Home/Land (2012), and I Will Kiss These Walls (2013). She performed with the company at Goodman Theatre in both Feast and Home/Land. After going through APTP’s college counseling program she went off to Kalamazoo College and studied Political Science. In college, Stephany enjoyed singing in cappella groups, connecting with others in the Latino Student Organization, and tutoring at the local elementary school. She has also worked as a paralegal at Hughes Socol Piers Resnick & Dym and as an aid at Metropolitan Family Services Legal Aid Society. In the summer of 2016, she returned to APTP as a guest performer in Learning Curve and also as the show’s Box Office Coordinator. Now as a college graduate Stephany has once again returned to her APTP home to assist Maggie Popadiak in guiding and empowering youth in our neighborhood schools.

How to Attend:

This event will take place live on CPL's YouTube channel. and CPL's Facebook page. You'll be able to ask questions during the event as well!
Can't make it to the live stream? We'll archive the video on YouTube to watch later as well.


Need captioning for this event? Please call (312) 747-4015. Requests must be made at least 10 business days before the event.

This event is part of the One Book, One Chicago 2021 season, exploring the theme "Neighborhoods: Our City's Bedrock" and the book Bedrock Faith by Eric Charles May. For more information visit

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