Adult Program

Oak Park Photography Club--THIS EVENT IS CANCELED

Oak Park Photo Club members meet twice monthly to share digital and print photos. All skill levels welcome. Call Debby Preiser at (708) 697-6915 for more information.

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"In Our Own Backyard: Masterpieces of the Art Institute of Chicago"

Terah Walkup of the Art Institute of Chicago will present "In Our Own Backyard: Masterpieces of the Art Institute of Chicago." This free program is a collaboration with the Community Art Associates of Oak Park and the Library. The Art Institute of Chicago houses work from around the globe representing over 5,000 years of human artistic creation.

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Author Jeanne Nolan: "From the Ground Up"

Meet Jeanne Nolan, author of "From the Ground Up: A Food Growers Education, in Life, Love and Movement That's Changing the Nation." Nolan has designed and cultivated more than 650 farms and food gardens in and around Chicago. She is the designer and project manager for The Edible Gardens at Chicago's Lincoln Park Zoo, part of the nationwide initiative urging us to change the way we think about our food. The Book Table will sell books.

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Artist Reception:

Meet artist/photographers Artist/photographers Kari Neuliep, Bryan Northup and Jerry Olejniczak who have an exhibit of photographs titled "TRESPASS: Exploring Urban Decay" in the Library Gallery through July. The gallery is open seven days a week during regular library hours.

A reception for the artists will be Sunday, July 6, from 3 to 5 p.m. The reception is free and open to the public.

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Created Equal Panel Discussion: What Did It Take to Integrate Oak Park Schools?

Join Robert Giles, Galen Gockel and Marion Hogenboom to learn how 45 Oak Park citizens came together in the 1970s to create a plan to successfully integrate Oak Park's elementary schools. Giles wrote his EdD dissertation on this plan after attending dozens of school board meetings and citizen committee meetings. Gockel recognized that Oak Park's elementary school district was not prepared for the pending in-migration of African-American children to what was in 1971 an all-white and very conservative town.

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Created Equal Panel Discussion: Why Oak Park Needs a Housing Center in 2014

Join Rob Breymaier, Executive Director of the Oak Park Regional Housing Center, along with Morgan Davis, Executive Director of the Chicago Area Fair Housing Alliance, and former Housing Center Board President Glenn Brewer, to learn the crucial role the Housing Center still plays today in Oak Park.

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Created Equal Film Screening: "The Butler"

Join film historian Doug Deuchler to view and discuss "The Butler." As Cecil Gaines serves eight presidents over three decades as a butler at the White House, the civil rights movement, Vietnam War and other major events affect this man's life family and American society. Lee Daniels directed a cast which includes Oprah Winfrey, Jane Fonda, Mariah Carey, Forest Whitaker and Cuba Gooding, Jr.

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Created Equal Film Screening: "Freedom Riders"

The Freedom Riders of 1961 were a pivotal moment in the long Civil Rights struggle that redefined America. From veteran filmmaker Stanley Nelson, this documentary film offers an inside look at the brave band of activists who risked everything to challenge segregation in the Deep South.

This film, the last of four documentaries, is part of the grant-funded "Created Equal: America's Civil Rights Struggle" series of film screenings, lectures and discussion forums which continues through March 29.

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Created Equal Film Screening: "Slavery by Another Name"

Join Erik Gellman, PhD, Roosevelt University to see and discuss this film based on the 2008 Pulitzer Prize-winning book of the same title by Douglas A. Blackmon. Even as slavery ended in the south after the Civil War, new forms of forced labor kept thsands of African Americans in bondage until the onset of World War II.

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Created Equal Panel: Black and White, Oak Park Love Stories

Meet George and Linda Bailey along with other Oak Park couples who fell in love decades ago and followed their hearts. It wasn't easy in the 1960 to want to marry a person of another race. Hear the stories from people who did that many years ago -- what they faced then, what it was like to raise bi-racial children in Oak Park.

"Created Equal: America’s Civil Rights Struggle" is made possible through a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, as part of its "Bridging Cultures" initiative, in partnership with the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History.

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