Disappearing Act

José Orduña's "The Weight of Shadows

In The Weight of Shadows, his first book, Orduña recounts a lifetime as the “other”.


Exoneree Diaries

Exoneree Diaries calls attention to those fighting for a future after a wrongful conviction

Exoneree Diaries by Alison Flowers

“There was no playbook for helping an exoneree set up his life after nearly a quarter of a century behind bars.”[AR1] —Alison Flowers[AR2] [CB3]


Gay in the Midwest

Queer Clout sheds light on the forgotten history of Chicago’s political alliance between blacks and gays

His rich academic work sketches a Chicago likely both familiar and foreign to people who have only known it in the new century: a city as geographically divided as the one we know


A Second City for Black Comedy

All Jokes Aside by Raymond Lambert

“A comedian could look out into the audience and see his doctor at one table, his drug dealer at the next, his girlfriend at the next and his college professor at the table next to her.”


Becoming a Better Neighbor

UofC professor Bart Schultz talks about his work with the Civic Knowledge Project

Zelda Galewsky

“If people come back ten years from now, or fifteen years from now, and it looks as though what happened was urban renewal or gentrification under another name, well, you’ll be getting the same kinds of critical histories you got about urban renewal in the fifties and sixties, right?” – Bart Schultz


Calling Local Writers

Newly formed writing group hopes to foster South Side literary talent

Meridith Halsey

Indie City Writers seeks to address disparities in writers’ resources throughout the city


Performing Negroland

Margo Jefferson and Jamie Kalven in conversation at the Sem Co-op

By improvising within the expansive, adapting forms of Negroland, [Jefferson] ends up incorporating more voices than her own.


From the Presses, For the People

Ethan Michaeli's The Defender commemorates the newspaper that captivated, compelled, and transformed black America

“By the time Michaeli arrived at The Defender, it had endorsed reformative politicians such as ‘Big Bill’ Thompson, John F. Kennedy, Harold Washington, and Barack Obama; covered the triumphs of prominent black figures such as Jack Johnson and Bessie Coleman; and featured the writings of Martin Luther King, Jr., Langston Hughes, and Gwendolyn Brooks, to name a few.”