Check It Out

TONIGHT (and beyond)!

We’re sending you this email because we…thought you would be interested in Project&’s new initiative, Working in America.

One part photography exhibition, one part radio series, and one part public forum, Working in America chronicles the everyday challenges, triumphs and realities of working (and not working).

Working in America opens to the public tonight, Wednesday, September 14 at 6pm at the Harold Washington Library in Chicago–and we hope you will join us.

The free event will begin with a panel discussion led by Alex Kotlowitz, the author of several books including There Are No Children Here. Confirmed panelists include:

Ai-Jen Poo, Executive Director, Domestic Workers Alliance & MacArthur Fellow

Lynsey Addario, Pulitzer Prize-winning MacArthur Fellow, Project& Fellow, & Working in America photographer

Lucia McBath, individual featured in the exhibit, Mother, Gun Policy Advocate & Activist

Roque Sanchez, individual featured in the exhibit, Custodial Worker & Student

Jeffrey McGee, individual featured in the exhibit ,Facilities Manager & formerly incarcerated Drug Dealer.

Gary Bryner, individual featured in the exhibit, Retired General Motors Worker & Union Member, and subject in Studs Terkel’s book, Working.

Guests will then be invited to view the exhibit, which features the photography of Lynsey Addario, a Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer and MacArthur Fellow. The exhibit was designed by Jeanne Gang, also a MacArthur Fellow and Architectural Review’s 2016 Architect of the Year, and curated by Jane M. Saks, the president and artistic director of Project&.

While viewing the exhibit, guests will be invited to share their own “Working Stories,” which will then be featured on our public archive at To see a preview of submissions, please visit us on Instagram at @WorkinginAmerica.

Working in America is ultimately inspired by, celebrates, and brings forward the tradition of Studs Terkel and his influential book, Working: People Talk About What They Do All Day and How They Feel About What They Do (1974).

Therefore, we invite you to tune into NPR on September 25 for our radio series, produced in collaboration with Radio Diaries. The series, which will air on both Morning Edition and All Things Considered, will feature both the unpublished field recordings of Terkel collected for the book and new content collected for Working in America.

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We hope that you will join us tonight at the Harold Washington Library!


Jane M. Saks and the Project& team

Project& collaborates with artists to create new models of cultural participation with social impact. We amplify artistic voices that risk, engage, investigate and inspire, highlighting issues at the forefront of our time including: race, justice, access and equity, identity, gender, cultures of violence, human rights, and economic inequality. As we seed chance through artist collaboration, we spark chain reactions and consequences that set cultural participation in motion in ways we cannot anticipate or predict.


Special Event for Great Women’s Colleges

This Thursday! Per our Transfer Magician, Ellen Goldberg:

I invited 4300 rock star women with GPAs of 3.4 or higher in the district to attend Information Sessions (at HWC and Wright College too) for Smith College or Mount Holyoke College.  The one at HWC will be on Thursday, October 30, 2014 in room 102 from 3-4:30 p.m. Smith and Holyoke are two amazing liberal arts schools for women in Massachusetts who love our students and typically give them full-ride scholarships. I went back to the data from the information session last year in October of 2013, and out of the 10 women that attended, two are at Mount Holyoke, and one is at Smith. That’s so awesome that 3 out of 10 actually transferred to New England! Dulce Mora Flores (our Jack Kent Cooke Winner) went to Smith College. Janelle Thorson from HWC went to Mount Holyoke and Kimberly Neil from Malcolm X College went to Mount Holyoke. Check out the link with photos of the women at HWC, Malcolm X, and Wright that transferred this fall! We owe are thanks to the amazing Professor Emeritus, Betty Harris, who established the relationship with Smith and Holyoke! It has really grown over the last decade!

Please remind any great students to go and check it out–they love our students and take good care of them. It’s  a great opportunity for non-traditional, women students. In the last two years, two of the students who received full rides were great students who got the email about the event, didn’t read it, and only went because someone told them about it, which led to them finding, in their words, their “dream school” and getting full rides.

Tell someone to go. Even if she doesn’t love these schools, she may get the message that she can dream big.

New Student Reception–Tomorrow!

Please announce to your classes tomorrow (From Ellen Goldberg):

New Student Welcome Reception & Resource Fair
Monday, January 30, 2012
2:00-3:30 p.m.
Room 102/103
All new and returning students are welcome to attend. All students will be able to connect with different offices on campus, student groups, listen to music, eat, mingle, and win prizes. Everyone is invited. We will be serving pop, water, 600 cookies, and lots of candy-the good kind.
We would like to welcome students into the City Colleges of Chicago and the Harold Washington College Family! 🙂

Union Rally

From Mike Ruggeri (sent with a request to post on the Lounge):

Very Important Notice!
To all Local 1600 members & Retirees!
Please forward this to everyone you know!

As you may have been informed, the AFL-CIO and the CFL have called for a mass rally at the Daley Center, Chicago, for Saturday April 9th at 1:00 p.m. The official / final notification was delayed due to permit consent.

Local 1600 will join in this important effort in full force.

This is a invitation to meet at the Union Office, 208 West Kinzie, Chicago, Illinois, 60654 starting at 11:30 a.m. We will then march as a Union to the rally which is four blocks from the Union office.

Coffee and rolls will be provided. Rally t-shirts will be distributed to the first 200 Local 1600 members. We will march under our Local 1600 banner. This is the time for us to show our strength and unity.

Make no mistake about it, there are legislators in Springfield who would love to “Go Wisconsin” on all of us. Threats abound which jeopardize our pensions, collective bargaining, tenure, academic freedom, as well as the simple freedom for Unions to exist at all. These threats, sadly, are being voiced by Democrats as well as Republicans.

Wisconsin happened, in part, because good Union people believed these things could never happen. The events there are a wake-up call for us all. Let’s be part of this historic day and prove by our presence and voices that we will not tolerate any attack of the profession we love and have dedicated our lives to serving.

If you have any questions, call Perry Buckley, Randy Barnette, or Bill Naegele at the Union office: 312-755-9400.

Forward this email to as many people as you can!
EVERYONE is welcome!!!!=

Event Reminder: Jesse White Visits HW

From our email:

Please Join us for a conversation with
Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White
at Harold Washington College
on March 31 at 9:30 am
In Room 1115

Bring your class!!!  Bring your friends!

A few interesting Secretary Jesse White Facts:
  • He played professional baseball with the Chicago Cubs organization before becoming a teacher with CPS.
  • He was an all-city baseball and basketball player at Chicago’s Waller High School (now Lincoln Park High School)
  • In 1959, White founded the internationally known Jesse White Tumbling Team to serve as a positive alternative for children residing in and around the Chicago area. Since its inception, more than 11,500 young men and women have performed with the team.