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News & Updates

  1. Working in America/Project& Programming is Touring the City


    Project&/Working Collaborator      
    Jennie Brier

    Director of Gender and Women’s Studies, University of Illinois, Chicago


    With a joint appointment to the Gender and Women’s Studies and History Department, Brier’s research and teaching are largely focused on exploring the historical intersections of gender, race, and sexuality. Brier will be leading a special interactive presentation, “I Spy Labor”. Participants will learn about various forms of work, and collaborate to figure out what work means. This activity is organized by Jennie Brier and led by her and her seven-year-old son.



    Saturday, April 15th


    Austin-Irving Branch Library

    (click for address)

    Kim Foxx

    Illinois State Attorney General of Cook County



    Kimberly M. Foxx is the first African American woman to lead the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office – the second largest prosecutor’s office in the country. Kim was elected to the top prosecutor post, after claiming victory in a historic election, during a critical time for the criminal justice system in Chicago. Kim’s message of reform, restoring trust, and working with the community to increase public safety resonated with the diverse citizens of the county who want to see a more balanced criminal justice system.


    Monday, May 8th


    Harold Washington Library

    (click for address)

    Cheryl Corley

    NPR National Desk Correspondent

    Corley has reported locally on Illinois officials rethinking the state’s Juvenile Justice System, youth violence in Chicago, political turmoil in Illinois, and nationally on the infamous Trayvon Martin shooting case in Florida and the devastation of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. Corley has received awards for her work from several organizations including the National Association of Black Journalists, the Associated Press, the Public Radio News Directors Association, and the Society of Professional Journalists. Tuesday, May 9th


    Edgewater Library Branch

    (click for address)

    Arne Duncan

    Managing Director of the Emerson Collective, Former Secretary of Education 2009-2015.




    After Duncan’s tenure as Secretary of Education, he is now leading Emerson Collective to improve opportunities for young people in Chicago. Duncan won praise for uniting the city’s stakeholders behind an education agenda that included opening 100 new schools; expanding after-school, summer learning, early childhood, and college access programs.



    Wednesday, May 17th



    Harold Washington Library

    (click for address)

    Roque Sanchez

    Custodian & Student & Aspiring Writer/Editor featured in Working in America



    Roque is an extraordinary individual who works full-time, attends university, and pursues his creative endeavors. He is featured in the documentary The Homestretch, a film that highlights the struggles of homelessness and the resilience that he and two other teens show while trying to create better lives for themselves. He is now featured in the Working in America exhibit.







    Saturday, May 20th


    Brighton Park Branch Library

    (click for address)

    Ai-jen Poo

    MacArthur Fellow, Director of the National Domestic Workers Alliance


    Ai-jen has been organizing with immigrant women workers for over two decades, forging pathways to sustainable quality jobs for the caregiving workforce, and working to ensure access to affordable care for the nation’s aging populations. Ai-jen is a named on Fortune.com’s World’s Greatest Leaders. She is the author of The Age of Dignity: Preparing for the Elder Boom in a Changing America.




    Thursday, May 25th




    Harold Washington Library

    (click for address)

    Joshua Slater

    Teen Programs Manager at Hyde Park Art Center


    As an internationally exhibited practicing interdisciplinary artist, youth advocate, arts administrator and educator, Slater’s work centers on the black afro-diasporic experience, indigenous studies, restorative justice, and youth advocacy. Alum of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Class of 2012.



    Saturday, June 3rd


    South Chicago Branch Library

    (click for address)