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This Month’s ‘Conversation’ Is About “Being American” Under a Hostile Regime

This Month’s ‘Conversation’ Is About “Being American” Under a Hostile Regime


This Friday, March 24 at 7:30 p.m., join us for the third edition of The Conversation, a new a literary and cultural series at Chicago’s Women & Children First Bookstore. This month, Boris Fishman, Cristina Henriquez, Riva Lehrer, Erika L. Sanchez, and Zoe Zolbrod will have a timely conversation about “Being American: Identity and Belonging Under a Hostile Regime.” This is not a reading, but a conversation that will open up to include the audience. The conversation will continue afterwards at Las Manos Gallery on Foster to eat, drink, argue, and organize.

Each month, The Conversation pairs visiting artists or writers with local ones to talk about an issue of political, social, or cultural importance. Participants will discuss issues as diverse as art and activism, race and racism, sex, class, feminism, intimacy, darkness in literature and the life of the city.

Each conversation will end with a Takeaway (kind of like optional homework)—an article to read, an organization to engage with, a movie to go home and watch, a protest to attend. But even better: after the event, the conversation will always continue at a nearby bar, gallery, or restaurant where we can eat, drink, argue, and organize.

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The Conversation is a free, no-ticket event, open to all, but donations will be collected at the afterparty to fund a local nonprofit. Click here for more event details, and like our Facebook page to get a notification whenever we stream the series via Facebook Live (sadly, we can’t do it this month).

The series is curated by Kim Brooks, Rebecca Makkai, Zoe Zolbrod, Jana-Maria Hartmann, and Aleksandar Hemon, with Sarah Hollenbeck of Women & Children First.

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