Local libraries to host 'Fireside Chat' with author Dr. Eve L. Ewing March 1

  • Author, professor and sociologist Dr. Eve Ewing

    Author, professor and sociologist Dr. Eve Ewing Courtesy of Nolis Anderson

  • "Fireside Chat" with Dr. Eve Ewing

    "Fireside Chat" with Dr. Eve Ewing Courtesy of Addison Public Library

  • Author, professor and sociologist Dr. Eve Ewing

    Author, professor and sociologist Dr. Eve Ewing Courtesy of Nolis Anderson

Updated 1/19/2021 7:33 PM

On Monday, March 1, the Addison Public Library is joining 11 area libraries to host an online "Fireside Chat" with Dr. Eve L. Ewing at 6 p.m. She will share her perspectives on her work as a sociologist of education and the state of the world in 2021. This live event will be moderated by WBEZ's award-winning journalist Natalie Moore.

Head of Adult Services Mike Monahan said he is excited to partner with other local libraries to bring such a big-name writer to the Addison community.


"Eve Ewing is an inspiring writer and educator with a unique perspective," Monahan said. "I'm excited to bring this virtual event to Addison residents so we can hear her thoughts on 2020 and 2021 and expand our horizons."

Ewing is an award-winning author and assistant professor at the University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration, where her work focuses on racism, social inequality, and urban policy, and the impact of these forces on American public schools and the lives of young people. Ewing's written works include "Electric Arches," a poetry collection that was named one of the year's best books by NPR and the Chicago Tribune, Marvel Comics "Champions" and "Ironheart" series, and "Ghosts in the Schoolyard: Racism and School Closings on Chicago's South Side."

Her first book for young readers, "Maya and the Robot," will be published in summer of this year. Ewing's most recent work, "1919," is a collection of poems exploring the story of the Chicago Race Riots of 1919, an event largely neglected in modern discourse. Among many others, Ewing has been awarded the 2019 O.L. Davis Jr. Outstanding Book Award (American Association for Teaching and Curriculum), the 2020 Public Humanities Award (Illinois Humanities) and the 2020 Black Excellence Award (African American Arts Alliance).

The "Fireside Chat" will be moderated by reporter and author Natalie Moore, who covers segregation and inequality for Chicago's WBEZ. Moore's work has been broadcast on the BBC, American Public Media's "Marketplace" and NPR's "Morning Edition," "All Things Considered" and "Weekend Edition." She is the author of "The South Side: A Portrait of Chicago and American Segregation," winner of the 2016 Chicago Review of Books award for nonfiction and a Buzzfeed best nonfiction book of 2016.

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Monahan said both Ewing and Moore bring such valuable expertise to the event that he is confident it will be a fascinating experience for all who attend.

"(The Fireside Chat) a must-see event for anyone interested in social justice or race in America," Monahan said. "Importantly, it's also must-see event for those who are unsure about race, politics, and the events of 2020."

Early registration is encouraged as availability is limited for this event. An ASL interpreter will be available for attendees who are deaf or hard of hearing.

To register, visit www.addisonlibrary.org/events.

The "Fireside Chat" is presented in partnership with Arlington Heights Memorial Library, Aurora Public Library District, Cook Memorial Public Library District, Gail Borden Public Library District, Glenview Public Library, Highland Park Public Library, Lake Villa Public Library, Oak Park Public Library, Skokie Public Library, Schaumburg Township District Library, and Wilmette Public Library.

For more on Ewing, visit her website at eveewing.com.

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