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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 A member of the team will respond to your query.

8:00am to 4:30pm

Chicago-Kent College of Law , 565 West Adams Street

TWO -DAY CONFERENCE DESCRIPTION: In observance of 1619, when “the 20 and odd” enslaved West Africans arrived at Port Comfort, Virginia and the 100th anniversary of the 1919 Race Riots in Chicago, community organizations are creating a pivotal moment for Chicagoans to learn, reflect, and strategize towards a unified and justice-oriented city and nation.

Be the Healing Conference will address topics of systemic racism, trauma, and healing with a cross-sector of approximately 350 educators, social workers, housing advocates, health professionals, community activist, and community members that work with children and families in Chicago. Register here.

Dec 9
1:00pm to 3:00pm

10 West 35th Street, Tower Auditorium

Join Germaine Walker, Cynthia Hood , and Vijay Gurbani for a lively discussion about the ethics of data, surveillance, and policing.

Dec 14
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.

Jan 27
11:00am to 4:00pm

IIT Tower Auditorium, 10 W. 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!

Mar 21