Drinks and Dithyrambs

Put it on your calendar:

Wednesday, September 7th, 5:30-8:30pm @ the Poetry Foundation (61 West Superior)

“Celebrate the library’s expanded fall hours by exploring its 30,000 volume non-circulating collection. Record a public domain poem for our web archive or have your fortune told in poetry. Local poets read from their favorite works in the library’s collection. Complimentary wine and hors d’oeuvres served.”

Admission: FREE

The Ephrem-Vincent Show

A reminder from Blackboard guru Ephrem Rabin about an Educational Technology session he’s co-hosting with our Computer Lab Wizard Vince Wiggins on Friday, April 1st:

Educational Technology Q and A session that Vincent Wiggins and I are hosting  from 12:00 – 2:00 in room 407. Faculty can drop in to room 407 or log in to Elluminate to participate. Details are available at Ephrem’s Blackboard Blog at erabinsblog.blogspot.com

Open to anyone and everyone.

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.

Free History Event For Students

News of this very cool event arrived via an email from Jackie Kirley (retired History):

To friends in academic settings:  note students attend Free.

On Thursday, April 7th the Working Women’s History Project will host an event  commemorating the 100th anniversary of the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire, the fire that changed America.

On March 25, 1911, a fire at the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory in New York City took the lives of 146 workers unable to escape the fire.  Many jumped from the 9th floor; others died piled up in front of a locked door.  Almost all were immigrants.

Public outrage and grief at this horrific tragedy led to new work and safety regulations and general acceptance of collective bargaining.  Workers had struck clothing factories two years earlier to protest terrible working conditions and low pay, but to no avail at the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory. This tragedy brought reform.

Tickets are $25 ( $30 at the door).  They can be purchased online at www.wwhpchicago.org or by mail using the accompanying flyer.

Students attend FREE but must register by email to:  jackie@wwhpchgo.org and bring a current ID with them.

The event includes

  • a light buffet with wine
  • an original play on the Triangle Fire told from the perspectives of an attorney, one deceased young woman, one survivor – woman, a family member of victim, and the factory owner.
  • a historian who authored a book on the Triangle Fire, an OSHA compliance officer, the Midwestern VP of the American Society of Safety Engineers, and the Executive Director of Jobs with Justice who will examine changes in work safety regulations, manufacturing in a global economy, and the organizing of workers.

It is noteworthy that today America is revisiting the debate about worker rights. Come and join the discussion in the Question & Answer period following the panel.


Jackie Kirley       Information at jackie@wwhpchicago.org or 773.667.4690