This article has been adapted from the symposium's Eventbrite page.

As the centennial year of the 1919 race riots draws to a close, there is still much to discuss about the causes and legacy of this brutal period in Chicago history. On October 23rd, a free interdisciplinary symposium featuring members of the History Department will convene to present research, art, and theoretical perspectives on the Red Summer.

The event is open to the public and will take place at the Lorado Taft Midway Studios, 929 E. 60th Street, Chicago IL 60637. It will be followed by a film screening at the Logan Center for the Arts.


  • 9:30 AM : Breakfast and welcome
  • 10 AM : CRR19: 1919 Chicago Race Riot Commemorative Project. Franklin N. Cosey-Gay, Co-director, CRR19; Director, Chicago Center for Youth Violence Prevention
  • 11:15 AM : Global 1919. Noah Hansen, PhD Student, Department of English Language & Literature
  • 12 PM : Lunch
  • 1 PM – 2:15 PM : Real Estate and the Riot. Adrienne Brown, Associate Professor, Department of English Language & Literature
  • 2:15 PM – 3:30 PM : Mapping the Riot. John Clegg, Collegiate Assistant Professor, Social Sciences, and History Department Affiliate
  • 3:30 PM : Break
  • 4:00 PM – 5:15 PM : The 1919 Race Riot and its Legacy: Normalizing Segregation. Adam Green, Associate Professor of American History and the College
  • 5:15 PM – 6:30 PM : Poetry and Memory. Eve L. Ewing, Assistant Professor, School of Social Service Administration
  • 6:30 : Closing and reception
  • 7:30 PM : Film Screening: Within Our Gates, directed by Oscar Micheaux (1920), featuring live musical accompaniment by DJ Rae Chardonnay. David and Reva Logan Center for the Arts, 9th Floor Penthouse. 915 E. 60th Street. Post-Screening Discussion: Jacqueline Stewart, Professor, Cinema and Media Studies; Allyson Nadia Field, Associate Professor, Cinema and Media Studies

The One Summer Chicago photovoice project will be on display all day.

Books will be available for sale on site, courtesy of the Seminary Co-op.

Convened by Eve L. Ewing, Assistant Professor, School of Social Service Administration & John Clegg, Collegiate Assistant Professor, Social Sciences.

With gratitude to Zachary Cahill, Director of Programs and Fellowships, Gray Center for Arts and Inquiry.

Persons with disabilities who need accommodation: please contact Michael Schuh, mikes1(at), (773) 834-1936.