Political scientist and former Chicago Alderman Dick Simpson will discuss his memoir The Good Fight: Life Lessons from a Chicago Progressive in a Society of Midland Authors program on Tuesday, March 13, at the Cliff Dwellers Club, 200 S. Michigan Ave., 22nd floor, Chicago. His talk will start at 7 p.m. A social hour, with complimentary snacks and a cash bar, begins at 6 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. No advance registration is required.
Simpson was 44th Ward alderman from 1971 to 1979 and has served as a political consultant to Mayors Jane Byrne and Harold Washington and others. He is a professor and the director of undergraduate studies at the University of Illinois at Chicago’s political science department, where he has taught for more than 50 years.
He has written more than 20 books on political action, ethics, and politics, including Winning Elections in the 21st Century (2016), The Politics of Compassion and Transformation (1989), Twenty-First Century Chicago (2015) and Rogues, Rebels, and Rubber Stamps (2001).
In his new book, he shares stories of his early life in Texas, his arrival in Chicago just in time for the 1968 Democratic National Convention, and accounts of his romances, marriages and divorces — all with great insight and candor. Striking the perfect balance between historical context, autobiography and lessons learned, Simpson chronicles what worked, what didn’t and why.