Sep
24
6:00 PM18:00

The Language of Bronzeville [Chicago]

If Chicago after the 1919 race riots cordoned off black neighborhoods through restrictive housing covenants, then the writers of Bronzeville also were emboldened by their community’s quest for cultural self-determination. By the 1930s, Bronzeville became the city’s most creative zone of literary and artistic ferment, a place that inspired work by writers such as Gwendolyn Brooks, Frank Marshall Davis, Margaret Walker, and Richard Wright.

This program will featudsre readings and conversation about literary language that gives voice to Chicago’s difficult and often violent history. Participating in the conversation will be writer and scholar Eve L. Ewing, whose new book of poems explores the 1919 race riots; Nate Marshall, author of two poetry collections and co-author with Ewing of the play No Blue Memories about the life of Gwendolyn Brooks; and Kenneth Warren, Fairfax M. Cone Distinguished Service Professor and Professor of English at the University of Chicago. The Newberry’s Director of Chicago Studies, Liesl Olson, will moderate.

Free and open to the public. Register here.

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Oct
11
7:00 PM19:00

An Evening with George R. R. Martin [Chicago]

HBO’s Game of Thrones may have ended this past May, but the Song of Ice and Fire isn’t over--and no one knows this better than George R. R. Martin. Martin’s global bestselling books that comprise A Song of Ice and Fire have sold more than 90 million copies worldwide, inspired the hit HBO show, and earned him comparisons to J. R. R. Tolkien. Central to the acclaimed series is its sprawling, richly-detailed world that--despite the dragons and direwolves--often echoes our own, especially when it comes to power moves and betrayals. Martin is joined by author Eve L. Ewing to discuss his career, his creative process, his latest book Fire and Blood, and why, perhaps counterintuitively, fantasy may be the best way to capture the realities of power. Featuring a performance by special guests Spektral Quartet.

Presented by the Chicago Humanities Festival. Tickets and more information here.

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Oct
17
7:30 PM19:30

Annual Ravitch Lecture (Wellesley, MA)

As part of the Diane Silvers Ravitch Class of ‘60 Lecture Series, Eve L. Ewing presents her book Ghosts in the Schoolyard: Racism and School Closings on Chicago's South Side. She discusses the story of Chicago’s 2013 mass public school closures, from their unfolding to their aftermath.

Free and open to the public. Signing to follow. More info here.

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Nov
21
8:00 AM08:00

Teachers of Color & Allies Summit [Boulder, CO]

Launched in 2003, the Teachers of Color and Allies (TOCA) Summit is a daylong event that gathers local educators of color, administrators, equity scholars and allies to provide collegial support, opportunities for networking and mentoring, and insights into best practices in education. Hosted by the School of Education in partnership with local school districts, the summit is held every fall. The 2019 TOCA Summit is supported by a grant from the CU Boulder Office for Outreach and Engagement.

Eve L. Ewing will be the keynote speaker.

Learn more here.

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Sep
11
6:00 PM18:00

MassLEAP Presents a Night with Eve L. Ewing [Boston]

Join Eve L. Ewing and friends of MassLEAP at Roxbury's historic District 7 Tavern for an evening of poetry and music to support MassLEAP's efforts to create spaces for young people to experience the transformative power of their own voices in community with one another.

This event will feature a reading from one of Eve's illuminating works, Q&A , a signing, a youth spoken word performance, live music, and refreshments. This event will also serve as a fundraiser for MassLEAP.

Space is limited. Tickets available here.

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Sep
10
5:30 PM17:30

Askwith Forum with Sara Lawrence-Lightfoot [Cambridge, MA]

Writer and sociologist Eve L. Ewing creates work in multiple genres and forms: academic writing and scholarship, teaching, cultural organizing, poetry, comic books, and fiction. But one thing that unites all of her works is the underlying thread of black feminism. In this forum, Ewing and her former doctoral advisor, Sara Lawrence-Lightfoot, discuss the influence of black feminist ideas on Ewing’s work in multiple arenas and consider the ways all of us might learn, grow, care for ourselves and each other, and challenge systems of power through the radical potential of these ideas.

We invite you to attend the Ed School’s signature public lecture series which highlights leaders in the field, shares new knowledge, generates spirited conversation, and offers insight into the highest priority challenges facing education.

Free and open to the public. More info here.

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Sep
7
2:30 PM14:30

Brisbane Writers Festival

At BWF our aim is to connect Queenslanders through story, celebrate leading writers and thinkers from around the world and inspire deep thought and curiosity. For the past 57 years Brisbane Writers Festival has been bringing communities together to debate, share experiences and celebrate the power and wonder of literature. We present over 150 events at the State Library of Queensland and QAGOMA each year, showcasing brave, intriguing and thought provoking local and international writers to over 20,000 patrons annually.

Tickets and more info here.

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Jul
17
7:30 PM19:30

AirGo Live! [Chicago]

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AirGo is back for our second episode in front of a live audience! This time, we're excited to launch our #BYPSpotlight, a collaboration with Black Youth Project, a website and resource hub examining the attitudes, resources, and culture of the young, urban black millennial. Over the next year, AirGo and BYP will be co-curating a set of episodes featuring young Black Chicagoans bettering their communities through research and direct engagement.

For our first episode, we're joined by the wonderful vocalist and songwriter Tasha, and brilliant writer and scholar Eve L. Ewing!

Get your free tickets here.

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Jul
15
6:30 PM18:30

Poets for Reproductive Justice [Chicago]

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Women & Children First in partnership with Young Chicago Authors is proud to present an evening of poetry to support reproductive justice. Organized by Eve L. Ewing and inspired by events like Poets for Puerto Rico and Black Poets Speak Out, this reading will feature the following poets: 
 
Kaveh Akbar, Beatriz Badikian-Gartler, Tara Betts, Luis Carranza, Melissa Castro, Almandina McKenzie Chinn, Eve L. Ewing, Rachel Galvin, Rachel Jackson, Peter Kahn, Britteney Black Rose Kapri, Adam Levin, Paige Lewis, Amara Martin, Rebel Betty, H. Melt, T Munoz, Iván Pérez-Zayas, Alison C. Rollins, Erika L. Sánchez, Jennifer Steele, Emily Yoon, and avery r young.  

Proceeds from this event will benefit The National Network of Abortion Funds, whose mission is to build power with members to remove financial and logistical barriers to abortion access by centering people who have abortions and organizing at the intersections of racial, economic, and reproductive justice.

Books about reproductive justice, along with those featuring the performers will be available for purchase at the event. Please note that this event takes place at Young Chicago Authors (1180 N. Milwaukee Ave). Tickets are non-refundable.

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May
18
1:00 PM13:00

Poetry off the Shelf: Strike A Match [Chicago]

Join Mahogany L. Browne, author of Black Girl Magic and artistic director of Urban Word NYC, and a roster of artists and community organizers for workshops, discussions, and a reading in resistance of the machine of incarceration in the US prison system. The day includes exhibitors Young Chicago Authors, the Prison + Neighborhood Art Project, Haymarket Books, and the Arts for Social Justice Fund. Readers include Eve L. Ewing, Terrance Hayes, Jive Poetic, and Patricia Smith.

1:00 PM – Workshops
6:00 PM – Readings

Cosponsored by Haymarket Books.

More info here.

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May
14
7:00 PM19:00

NEW LOCATION! Celeste Ng in Conversation with Eve L. Ewing [Chicago]

Women & Children First is honored to host New York Times bestselling author Celeste Ng in celebration of the paperback release of "Little Fires Everywhere".

For this ticketed event, Celeste will be joined in conversation by special guest, Eve Ewing; the discussion will be followed by an audience Q&A and a book signing. Each ticket includes a paperback copy of "Little Fires Everywhere."

If you can't afford a ticket due to financial hardship, we have a handful scholarship tickets available. Please email us at wcfbookevents@gmail.com for information. Please note: these tickets will be distributed on a first come first serve basis while supplies last.

The event will be followed by a book signing.

Tickets here.

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May
9
9:00 AM09:00

A New Community Vision for Dallas [Dallas]

Join Dallas Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation for the release of our Community Visioning Report, a book talk and conversation with Dr. Eve L. Ewing, and an unveiling of Dallas TRHT 2.0!

Dallas TRHT will discuss our investigation of the historical attitudes, policies and practices of The City of Dallas and its residents towards race and place, and explore the start of a shared community vision of Dallas without racism.

We will be joined by Dr. Eve L. Ewing, who will share insight into how racism in education and housing policies in Chicago led to the largest mass school closing in the history of American public schooling, and will have a conversation with Jerry Hawkins, Dallas TRHT Director, contrasting public policy and attitudes towards race in Dallas and Chicago.

Free. Register here.

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Apr
30
5:30 PM17:30

DePaul University Spring College of Education Forum [Chicago]

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Dr. Eve Ewing, Assistant Professor at the University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration will discuss her acclaimed book: Ghosts in the Schoolyard: Racism and School Closings on Chicago's South Side.

Her presentation will be followed by a conversation with Dr. Horace Hall discussing the implications of her book and research for teachers, youth advocates and students preparing to work in urban schools.

There will be a book signing after the forum.

Register here.

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Apr
7
5:00 PM17:00

Free Money Graphic Novel Launch [Toronto]

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Join us for the launch of FREE MONEY, a graphic novel story by Balkhis Hashi, Abigail Ralph and Naomi Ralph, illustrated by Janine Carrington.

Synopsis
Free Money is the story of best friends - Ruth and Alina - who live in Toronto when a new program called Free Money is launched. The program promises Black and Indigenous peoples free housing, education, guaranteed employment, and other social benefits. However, receiving "Free Money" requires that one loses their right to protest, forfeits existing land claims, and loses the ability to make land claims in the future. With training and help from Alina, Ruth transforms into a superhero, Afro-Afro, and together they try to save the people they love from the Free Money scheme.

Event Details
The evening will include a reading from Free Money & a conversation between the authors and special guest - poet and graphic novelist, Eve Ewing. Remarks will begin at 5:30PM and refreshments will be served. Copies of the Free Money graphic novel will be sold at the event.

The Toronto Media Arts Centre (TMAC) is a presenting partner for this event. The space is wheelchair accessible. is wheelchair accessible. If you require ASL interpreters, or have any specific accessibility needs, please email sefanit.habtom@mail.utoronto.ca.

With questions, please email sefanit.habtom@mail.utoronto.ca.

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Mar
20
3:00 PM15:00

Demand the Possible: The Future of Chicago Public Schools [Chicago, IL]

For this year's Annual Bowman Lecture, the Institute for Research on Race and Public Policy has put together a panel of visionary educators whom we asked to offer their vision of possible progressive futures for Chicago Public Schools. Join IRRPP and panelists Bill Ayers, Eve Ewing, Erica Meiners, Isaura Pulido, Dave Stovall, and Elizabeth Todd-Breland in a conversation about the future of public education in our city.

More info here.

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Mar
7
7:00 PM19:00

Cinema 53: Tested with Eve L. Ewing and Curtis Chin [Chicago]

What constitutes a “good” school, and for whom? Who is included in the vision of education as the great equalizer, and who is left out? This winter, Cinema 53 curator Eve L. Ewing explores the central role that race has played in the experience of schooling in America with a series of documentaries and discussions. Tonight, Ewing hosts a screening of Tested (Curtis Chin, 2015, 90 min), featuring education experts Pedro Noguera and Diane Ravitch in an award-winning exploration of access to a high-quality public education, affirmative action, and the model-minority myth. Followed by conversation with Tested director Curtis Chin.

Cinema 53 is a screening and discussion series presenting conversation-provoking films by and about women and people of color. Curated by Gray Center director Jacqueline Stewart.

Free and open to the public. Find out more here.

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Feb
23
2:00 PM14:00

Chicago 1919: Confronting the Race Riots - Opening Event

Marking 100 years since the 1919 Chicago race riots, the Newberry is launching a year-long initiative to confront the legacy of the most violent week in Chicago history. “Chicago 1919: Confronting the Race Riots” explores 100 years of racial division through panel discussions, bike tours, film screenings, poetry slams, and more. The Opening Event kicks of a year-long series of conversations on the history and legacy of the 1919 race riots.

Following a dramatic, multi-media presentation about the riots, audience members will have the opportunity to join in breakout conversations about the following topics:

  • Housing and Color Lines, facilitated by Lee Bey, Architectural Critic, Photographer, and Writer.

  • Policing and Violence, facilitated by Robin Robinson, Special Advisor for Community Affairs at the Chicago Police Department and former Chicago news anchor.

  • Media and Race, facilitated by Chris Benson, Lawyer, Screenwriter, and Associate Professor at the Medill School of Journalism.

  • World War I and Chicago’s Black Soldiers, facilitated by Christopher Reed, Emeritus Professor of History at Roosevelt University.

  • An Artifact and Archival Show-and-Tell of the DuSable exhibit, Two Colored Women in the US Expeditionary Forces: The Story of Kathryn Johnson, led by Armand Gonzales, author, doctor, and teacher.

  • Young Adult book reading in the DuSable gift shop, A Few Red Drops, with author Claire Hartfield.

  • Video Booth: Record your own Great Migration or Family Migration Story.

The afternoon will conclude with a poetry reading by acclaimed Chicago poet Eve L. Ewing from her new book of poems about the 1919 riots.

Free and open to the public.

Visit www.chicago1919.org to learn about the project and to register for free programs.

Funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities, the project is being coordinated by the Newberry Library in partnership with 13 other Chicago institutions.

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Feb
21
7:00 PM19:00

Cinema 53: Precious Knowledge with Eve L. Ewing and Ray Salazar [Chicago]

What constitutes a “good” school, and for whom? Who is included in the vision of education as the great equalizer, and who is left out? This winter, Cinema 53 curator Eve L. Ewing explores the central role that race has played in the experience of schooling in America with a series of documentaries and discussions. Tonight, Ewing hosts a screening of Precious Knowledge (Ari Luis Palos and Eren Isabel McGinnis, 2012, 75 min), which follows what happened when Arizona lawmakers passed a bill giving unilateral power to the State Superintendent to abolish ethnic studies classes, and teachers and student leaders fought to save the program using texts, Facebook, optimism, and a megaphone. Film followed by conversation with Ray Salazar, Board Certified CPS teacher and award-winning ed writer.

Cinema 53 is a screening and discussion series presenting conversation-provoking films by and about women and people of color. Curated by Gray Center director Jacqueline Stewart.

Free and open to the public. Find out more here.

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Feb
20
to Mar 20

Racism and Public Education in Chicago [Chicago, IL]

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People’s fight to keep schools open in response to Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s wave of school closings demonstrated that public schools are an integral part of neighborhoods, at the heart of communities, storehouses of history and memory that bring people together. Ghosts in the Schoolyard: Racism and School Closings on Chicago’s South Side interrogates Chicago’s public schooling, beginning with a story of systemic racism, inequality, bad faith, and distrust that stretches deep into Chicago history.

Student Center East, room 302. Presented by the UIC College of Education.

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Feb
19
6:30 PM18:30

Surprise Bookshelf Series: Ross Gay in Conversation with Eve Ewing [Chicago]

Tickets here.

Ross Gay’s The Book of Delights is a genre-defying book of essays—some as short as a paragraph; some as long as five pages—that record the small joys that occurred in one year, from birthday to birthday, and that we often overlook in our busy lives. His is a meditation on delight that takes a clear-eyed view of the complexities, even the terrors, in his life, including living in America as a black man; the ecological and psychic violence of our consumer culture; the loss of those he loves. Among Gay’s funny, poetic, philosophical delights: the way Botan Rice Candy wrappers melt in your mouth, the volunteer crossing guard with a pronounced tremor whom he imagines as a kind of boat-woman escorting pedestrians across the River Styx, a friend’s unabashed use of air quotes, pickup basketball games, the silent nod of acknowledgment between black people. And more than any other subject, Gay celebrates the beauty of the natural world—his garden, the flowers in the sidewalk, the birds, the bees, the mushrooms, the trees.

This is not a book of how-to or inspiration, though it could be read that way. Fans of Roxane Gay, Maggie Nelson, and Kiese Laymon will revel in Gay’s voice, and his insights. The Book of Delights is about our connection to the world, to each other, and the rewards that come from a life closely observed. Gay’s pieces serve as a powerful and necessary reminder that we can, and should, stake out a space in our lives for delight. 

Ross Gay is the author of three books of poetry, including Catalog of Unabashed Gratitude, winner of the 2015 National Book Critics Circle Award and the 2016 Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award. Catalog was also a finalist for the 2015 National Book Award in Poetry, the Ohioana Book Award, the Balcones Poetry Prize, the Hurston-Wright Legacy Award, and it was nominated for an NAACP Image Award. He is a founding board member of the Bloomington Community Orchard, a non-profit, free-fruit-for-all food justice and joy project. Gay has received fellowships from Cave Canem, the Bread Loaf Writer’s Conference, and the Guggenheim Foundation. He teaches at Indiana University.

Ross Gay appears in conversation with Dr. Eve L. Ewing, a sociologist of education and a writer from Chicago. She is the author of Ghosts in the Schoolyard: Racism and School Closings on Chicago's South Side. She is also author of Electric Arches, which received awards from the American Library Association and the Poetry Society of America and was named one of the year's best books by NPR and the Chicago Tribune. She is the co-author (with Nate Marshall) of the play No Blue Memories: The Life of Gwendolyn Brooks. She also writes the Ironheart series for Marvel Comics. Ewing is an assistant professor at the University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration. Her work has been published in The New Yorker, The Atlantic, The New York Times, and many other venues.

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Feb
15
to Feb 16

Black Poetry: A Conference [Princeton, NJ]

February 15 and 16. Free and open to the public. Registration required. For more info, go here.

Poets include Elizabeth Alexander, Jericho Brown, Mahogany L. Browne, Kwame Dawes, Toi Derricotte, Rita Dove, Camille Dungy, Cornelius Eady, Eve Ewing, Nikky Finney, Vievee Francis, Joanne V. Gabbin, Rachel Eliza Griffiths, Myronn Hardy, Terrance Hayes, Tyehimba Jess, Taylor Johnson, Saeed Jones, Douglas Kearney, Yusef Komunyakaa, Deana Lawson, Robin Coste Lewis, Nathaniel Mackey, Haki Madhubuti, Dawn Lundy Martin, J Mase III, Shane McCrae, Jessica Care Moore, Fred Moten, Harryette Mullen, Morgan Parker, M. NourbeSe Philip, Rowan Ricardo Phillips, Koleka Putuma, Roger Reeves, Ed Roberson, Sonia Sanchez, Lemn Sissay, Patricia Smith, Natasha Trethewey, Simone White, and Kevin Young.

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Jan
24
7:00 PM19:00

Cinema 53: American Promise with Eve L. Ewing and Amanda Lewis [Chicago]

What constitutes a “good” school, and for whom? Who is included in the vision of education as the great equalizer, and who is left out? This winter, Cinema 53 curator Eve L. Ewing explores the central role that race has played in the experience of schooling in America with a series of documentaries and discussions. Tonight, Ewing hosts a screening of American Promise, a rare look into the lives of two middle class Black families as they navigate the ups and downs of educating their sons. From PreK to high school, we see the families struggle with stereotypes and identity, navigate learning differences that later become diagnoses, and ultimately take increasingly divergent paths on their road to graduation. (Joe Brewster and Michèle Stephenson, 2013, 135 min) Followed by conversation with Amanda Lewis, Director of the Institute for Research on Race and Public Policy, UIC.

Cinema 53 is a screening and discussion series presenting conversation-provoking films by and about women and people of color. Curated by Gray Center director Jacqueline Stewart.

Free and open to the public. Find out more here.


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Jan
19
6:30 PM18:30

APPEARANCE CANCELLED - The Schomburg Center's 7th Annual Black Comic Book Festival [NYC]

THIS APPEARANCE IS CANCELLED DUE TO INCLEMENT WEATHER IN CHICAGO AND FLIGHT CANCELLATIONS. THE EVENT IS NOT CANCELLED.

The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture invites comic book fans of all ages to participate in its 7th Annual Black Comic Book Festival.

The festival will be held on Friday, January 18 from 12 PM - 7:30PM and on Saturday, January 19 from 10 AM to 7:30PM. Registration for both days is free and is open to the public.

Each year, the Schomburg’s Black Comic Book Festival brings creators, illustrators, writers, and independent publishers together with thousands of collectors, blerds and nerds for two days of programming and activities. The highly-anticipated community event includes interactive panel discussions, a vendor marketplace featuring exclusive titles by Black creators, a cosplay show, and more.

Black Comic Book Festival participants are encouraged to wear their favorite cosplay costumes and to register on-site for the annual cosplay show. Participants are also invited to contribute to the Schomburg Center’s growing collection of Black independent comic books by bringing single copies of old or new titles from their home collection. All donations will become a part of the Schomburg’s unique and growing archive documenting Black comix and the Black speculative arts movement.

Eve Ewing will appear at the event on Saturday, January 19.

Free and open to the public. To register, go here.

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Dec
11
6:00 PM18:00

Legacies of the Civil Rights Era: Race, Equity, and Education [Chicago, IL]

A Facing History Now forum featuring Dr. Eve Ewing, a poet, a writer, a former Facing History teacher, and now a sociologist of education at the University of Chicago, and Dr. Terrence Roberts, one of the “Little Rock Nine” who desegregated Central High School in Little Rock, Arkansas in 1957. Together they will discuss the legacies of the civil rights era on our city and our current education system.

More info here.

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Dec
4
12:00 PM12:00

Scherer Center Lecture [Chicago, IL]

Ghosts of 1919: Rendering A City and a Riot in Poetry and Prose. Sociologist and poet Eve L. Ewing presents passages from her new book Ghosts in the Schoolyard: Racism and School Closings on Chicago’s South Side. She will discuss how this book has inspired 1919, her new collection of poems about the 1919 race riots, from which she will read selections. A Q&A will follow the readings. Co-Sponsored with the Committee on Creative Writing.

Free and open to the public. More info here.

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Nov
29
5:00 PM17:00

Ghosts in the Schoolyard Discussion [Philadelphia, PA]

NOTE CORRECTED TIME. THIS EVENT BEGINS AT 5 PM.

In this panel discussion, Eve L. Ewing will share insights from Ghosts in the Schoolyard with local voices who will speak on the book’s connections to the Philadelphia context, such as Camika Royal of Loyola University (Maryland) and Koby Murphy of the Philadelphia Student Union. Sponsored by the Philadelphia Black History Collaborative, Uncle Bobbie’s Coffee and Books, and Swarthmore College.

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