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Lectures and Seminars

Urban History Seminars


Reception at 5:45 p.m., Dinner at 6:15 p.m., Program at 7:00 p.m.
Advance reservations for dinner are essential.

Freedom's Ballot: African American Political Struggles in Chicago

Thursday, September 18

Margaret Garb, Washington University, St. Louis

Cost: $25

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Surrogate Suburbs: Black Middle Class Aspirations at the Twentieth Century Urban Periphery

Thursday, October 23

Todd Michney, University of Toledo

Cost: $25

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Catholic School Closures and the Decline of Chicago’s Neighborhoods

Thursday, November 20

Nicole Garnett, University of Notre Dame

Cost: $25

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Big City Politics, Big City Crime

Thursday, September 18, 7:00 p.m.

To understand big city politics, one must first understand big city crime. Join historiansDonald L. Miller, author of Supreme City, and Jonathan Eig, author of Get Capone, for a conversation with the Museum's John Russick about the particular conditions in New York City and Chicago that gave rise to organized crime. Rather than avoiding the ties between Prohibition-era gangsters and big city politicians, Miller and Eig used archival material—newspapers, trial transcripts, witness interviews, and records from the NYPD and FBI—to recreate these powerful characters and the vivid world they shaped, controlled, and defined.

Cost: $15, $10 members

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Reception and Book Signing for Members

Thursday, September 18, 6:00–7:00 p.m.

Members of the Museum are invited to a preprogram reception and book signing with Donald L. Miller, Jonathan Eig, and John Russick.

Cost: Free, but reservations are required. Cash bar available.

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Stories of ’68

Wednesday, November 5, panel discussion at 6:30 p.m., reception follows

Journalist Laura Washington moderates a panel discussion that explores this pivotal decade in American music, culture, and politics. Join us as noted speakers discuss the impact and legacy of the era, followed by a Q&A with the audience. During the reception, take the opportunity to share your stories of one of the most turbulent times in our history.

Cost: $25, $15 members. Early bird special $20 until October 9

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