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The Obama Presidential Center: A Symposium at The University of Chicago

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Kent Hall Auditorium,

University of Chicago, 1020 East 58th Street

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The Obama Presidential Center’s (OPC) impact on Chicago’s South Side will be the focus of a public symposium Wednesday, March 7, 2018, 6-8PM CT at Kent Hall Auditorium, University of Chicago, 1020 East 58th Street. National and local experts will address specific topics including the ceding of public parkland for the OPC; the implication of OPC-related roadwork to Chicago taxpayers; calls for a Community Benefits Agreement, and other issues. The symposium is a follow-up to a January 4, 2018 letter signed by 200 members of the University of Chicago faculty expressing strong support for establishing the Obama Presidential Library on the South Side, while raising concerns about the specifics. The event is free and open to the public, but registration is required.

The March 7 program will feature a moderated panel discussion and observations by designated respondents, followed by a question and answer session with members of the public. Invitees include leading figures in architecture, landscape architecture, urban planning and community benefits. Participants include:

  • Charles A. Birnbaum, President & CEO, The Cultural Landscape Foundation, Washington, D.C. (panelist);

  • Naomi Davis, Esq., Founder, Blacks in Green and Bronzeville Regional Collective, Chicago, IL (panelist);

  • Barbara Ransby, Distinguished Professor of African American Studies, Gender and Women’s Studies, and History at the University of Illinois at Chicago (moderator);

  • Michael Sorkin, Principal, Michael Sorkin Studio, New York, N.Y. (panelist);

  • Jacqueline Stewart, Professor, Department of Cinema and Media Studies, Director of the South Side Home Movie Project (panelist)

The event is free and open to the public. Please contact us regarding any issues concerning disabilities or special assistance.

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