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Fall 15 Events

Gage Gallery – Troublemakers: Chicago Freedom Struggles Through the Lens of Art Shay

The fall show at the Roosevelt University Gage Gallery is Troublemakers: Chicago Freedom Struggles Through the Lens of Art Shay. This groundbreaking documentary photography exhibit sheds new light on protest movements in Chicago between the late 1940s and early 1970s. The exhibition opens on Thursday, September 17 with a reception and talk by Art Shay from 5-7 p.m. in the Gage Gallery, 18 S. Michigan Avenue. The opening reception and lecture are free and open to the public. A photographer for Life, Time, Sports Illustrated and many other national journals, Shay’s work documents early Cold War protests, Chicago’s Freedom Movement marches, the 1968 Vietnam War demonstrations, as well as struggles by the Black Power Movement. The show runs through December 19, 2015 and is co-sponsored by the St. Clair Drake Center for African and African American Studies. The exhibition is made possible with generous financial support from Susan B. Rubnitz and Elyse Koren-Camarra. For more information, contact Professor Erik Gellman at egellman@roosevelt.edu .

Inaugural Frank Untermyer Lecture and Teaching Award & Lecture by Sonja Williams

Roosevelt University’s St. Clair Drake Center for African and African American Studies is sponsoring the Inaugural Frank Untermyer Lecture and Teaching Award on Monday, October 19 from 2:00-3:30 p.m. at the Gage Gallery, 18 S. Michigan Avenue. Professor Untermyer taught political science at Roosevelt from 1946-1982 and was a close colleague and collaborator of St. Clair Drake. Together, they recruited African and African American students and developed African diaspora programs and curricula. The recipient of the award will be a faculty member whose outstanding teaching, specialties and scholarly interests were similar to those of Untermyer -- African and African American Studies, constitutional law, democracy, and civil liberties. The award ceremony will be followed by a lecture – Word Warrior: Richard Durham, Radio and Freedom – by Sonja Williams, professor of media, journalism and film at Howard University. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Professor Erik Gellman at egellman@roosevelt.edu .


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Past Events

 

February 20-21, 2015

Civil Rights: Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow - a 2-day workshop


October 2

Andrew Rosa, assistant professor of African American Studies at Western Kentucky University, will discuss In the Shadow of Empire: St. Clair Drake and the Problem of African Studies in the Cold War.

October 9

Ta-Nehisi Coates, senior editor and writer for the Atlantic, will discuss The Case for Reparations.

October 23

Jeffrey Helgeson, assistant professor of history at Texas State University, will discuss Crucibles of Black Empowerment: Roosevelt University and the Battles Against Plantation Politics.

Video from Professor Helgeson's lecture, courtesy of CAN TV, Chicago.

 

The St. Clair Drake Center and the Mansfield Institute hosted the Matthew Freeman Lecture featuring Dr. Victor Rios, sociologist and author of “Punished: Policing the Lives of Black and Latino Boys” on April 2 at 5:30 p.m.

The St. Clair Drake Center and the Mansfield Institute hosted the "One Book One University" lecture by Dr. Carl Hart on his book, “High Price" on March 27 at 4:30 p.m.

The St. Clair Drake Center and Mansfield Institute held the Disproportionate Minority Contact (DMC) Summit on the Chicago Campus on February 7, 2014. DMC is generally defined as the phenomenon of Black and Latino youth coming in contact with the criminal justice system in far greater numbers than they represented in the general population.

The St. Clair Drake Center for African and African American Studies presented a lecture on November 21 at 5:30 pm in the Roosevelt University Murray-Green Library by R. L'Heureux Lewis-McCoy, Assistant Professor of African American Studies at City College of New York titled, "Educational Opportunity? The Role of Schooling in Contemporary Struggles for Social Equality." Sponsored by the Murray-Green Library and the St. Clair Drake Center, with generous financial support from Robert and Rose Johnson.This event was the third of three events for the lecture series that honors and reflects upon the themes of St. Clair Drake's lectures in 1963 - 100 years after Emancipation.  For more information contact Professor Alfred Defreece (adefreece@roosevelt.edu).

St. Clair Drake Wikipedia Edit-a-Thon
Drop in WB 1109 on October 17 from 2-6 pm for a Wikipedia edit-a-thon for St. Clair Drake's Wikipedia entry. Sponsored by the St. Clair Drake Center and the Roosevelt University Murray-Green Library.

Lecture Series to honor and reflect upon the themes of St. Clair Drake's lectures in 1963 - 100 years after Emancipation:

Freedom Then, Freedom Now: The March on Washington and the Forgotten History of Civil Rights
Monday, October 14, 12:30 pm

Roosevelt University
430 S. Michigan Ave.
Auditorium Building, 10thFloor, Murray-Green Library
Chicago IL

The St. Clair Drake Center for African and African American Studies presents a lecture by Will P. Jones, Professor of History at the University of Wisconsin. Bennett Johnson - noted Chicago area activist, editor, businessman, and former Roosevelt University student - will be honored for his role in organizing the Chicago contingent of the March on Washington. Sponsored by the Murray-Green Library and the St. Clair Drake Center, with generous financial support from Robert and Rose Johnson. Free and open to the public. For more information, contact Professor Erik Gellman, Associate Director of the St. Clair Drake Center.

Bound for Freedom: Black WPA Writers Document Chicago's South Side
Tuesday, October 22, 4:00-5:30 pm

Roosevelt University
430 S. Michigan Ave.
Auditorium Building, 10thFloor, Murray-Green Libary
Chicago IL

The Center for New Deal Studies and the St. Clair Drake Center for African and African American Studies present a lecture by Brian Dolinar, PhD. editor of The Negro in Illinois: The WPA Papers (2013, University of Illinois Press). Commentary by Christopher Reed, Roosevelt University Professor Emeritus, and author of the book The Depression Comes to the South Side (2012, Indiana University Press). Sponsored by the Center for New Deal Studies and the St. Clair Drake Center, with generous financial support from Robert and Rose Johnson. Free and open to the public. For more information, contact Professor Erik Gellman, Associate Director of the St. Clair Drake Center.