Upcoming Events

Character of American Democracy – Jill Long Thompson

Jill Long Thompson discussing her new book

The Character of American Democracy:

Preserving Our Past, Protecting Our Future

with Richard Painter (invited) and Delmarie Cobb,moderator

Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2020; Panel discussion: 7- 8:15 pm

Free, open to the public. No registration needed. Just join the meeting via Zoom: https://uic.zoom.us/j/9987216609

Jill Long Thompson, a former member of the U.S. House of Representatives, is a visiting scholar with the Ostrom Workshop at Indiana University Bloomington.  During the past five years she taught ethics at the IU Kelley School of Business and the O’Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs

Richard Painter was chief ethics lawyer in George W. Bush’s White House and is now the S. Walter Richey Professor of Corporate Law at the University of Minnesota Law School. His latest book is American Nero: The History of the Destruction of the Rule of Law, and Why Trump Is the Worst Offender.

Delmarie Cobb, a veteran journalist and political consultant, owns and operates The Publicity Works, a Chicago-based public affairs, political consulting and media relations firm. She writes a column, Chicago Colors, and is often sought out by the media for her political analyses.

The Character of American Democracy,just published Sept. 15, 2020, shows a bipartisan way forward in these troubling times, when the public is losing trust in our government and confidence in our democratic system. Thompson makes the case that democracy is an ethical concept, and that the process by which we adopt policy is as important as the policies we adopt. One week after the election will be a perfect time to analyze where we stand. Join us!

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For more information, contact event chair Greg Borzo at (312) 636-8968 or gborzo@comcast.net.

2019 Award Winners Discuss their Books

Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2020, 7-8:15 p.m.

Free, open to the public.  No registration required. This meeting will be conducted by Zoom. Enter this URL in your browser: https://uic.zoom.us/j/9987216609

Marlene Brill, moderator, Midland Authors Vice President and Awards Chair 

These six authors won the Midland Authors Annual Book Awards in 2019. Hear them discuss their work. 

Chelsea Wagenaar, The Spinning Place, a beautiful, intelligent, capacious book exploring a mother-child relationship.

Andrea Warren, Enemy Child: The Story of Norman Mineta, a Boy Imprisoned in a Japanese American Internment Camp During World War II, a vivid narrative withplentiful, telling photographs that convey a tragic story from a child’s point of view.

David Treuer, The Heartbeat of Wounded Knee: Native America from 1890 to the Present, a searing, multilayered, memoir and investigation of one of the least understood massacres in the history of American and Native American relations.

Heather Shumaker, The Griffins of Castle Cary, a delightfully written ghost story filled with mystery and humor.

Iliana Regan, Burn the Place: A Memoir, an original voice, as author seeks her sobriety, identity, passion and life partner.

Tim Johnston,The Current: A Novel, an intricately woven tale of crimes that plagued a small Minnesota town.

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For  more information, contact event chair Greg Borzo at (312) 636-8968 or gregborzo@gmail.com

Woodstock @ 50 with Gerald Plecki

Woodstock at 50

POSTPONED until further notice

 Cocktail hour: 6-7 pm; Panel discussion: 7-8 pm at the Cliff Dwellers Club, 200 S. Michigan Ave., 22ndfloor penthouse­—with a great view of Millennium Park!

Masks will be required; social distancing will be practiced. Stay safe!

Free, open to the public; Free appetizers, cash bar

Singing in the Rain: The Definitive Story of Woodstock at Fifty, by Gerard Plecki