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The Office of Community Affairs and Outreach Programs is pleased to present the following cultural events and activities. Unless noted otherwise, all programs are free to the community and registration is required for planning purposes. If you have any questions or would like to partner with us on future educational, cultural, or economic development projects, please send an email to community@iit.edu. A member of the team will respond to your query.

12:00pm to 2:00pm

McCormick Tribune Campus Center, Auditorium, 3201 South State Street

Join us for a conversation about the effecst of the historic civil rights movement on Chicago's public education spaces and places of today, including the reclamation of 50 closed public schools.  The conversation features Dr. Janice K. Jackson, CEO Chicago Public Schools, Bill Gerstein, former CPS educator and Senior Advisor for Leadership Greater Chicago, and members of the Raby family.

A light luncheon will be served 12:00-12:40. The program begins 12:45 and will conclude at 2:00pm.

Mon.
Jan 27
6:00pm to 7:30pm

S. R. Crown Hall, 3360 South State Street

Join us for an intimate conversation and book signing with Lee Bey, author of Southern Exposure: The Overlooked Architecture of Chicago's South Side.

Mon.
Jan 27
1:00pm to 3:00pm

IIT Tower Auditorium, 10 West 35th Street

In collaboration with the Chicago South Side Film Festival, we present the Shame of Chicago. The film tells the story of how Chicago and its suburbs constructed the nation’s most pernicious system of racially separated communities, how it shaped the lives of generations past, and what it means for us today. Register here.

Sat.
Feb 8
1:00pm to 2:30pm

IIT Tower Auditorium, 10 W. 35th Street

Meet author Don Hayner and learn about Jesse Binga, the first black banker in Chicago whose bank was located on the current Illinois Tech campus. He rose to wealth and influence as a realtor, and in 1908 he founded the Binga Bank, the first black-owned bank in Chicago. Binga tells the story of racial change in one of the most segregated cities in America. Binga illuminates how an extraordinary Chicagoan embued a community isolated by racial animosity with hope.

Sat.
Feb 29
11:00am to 4:00pm

IIT Tower Auditorium, 10 West 35th Street

Join us for a dynamic conversation with author Essence McDowell and then tour the historic neighborhoods of Bronzeville and Pullman to discover the impact of prominent Black women from the mid-19th century to today in the arts, technology, medicine, and more!

Sat.
Mar 21