Upcoming Events at a Glance:

Book Discussion of Citizen: An American Lyric at the Evanston History Center, Tuesday, April 17, 2018, 1pm-2pm. Reservations not required. Please scroll Down for more info.

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Listen Up!

On View February 2-June 17, 2018

Audio technologies played a key role in the development of modern mass communication: from wax recording cylinders to the telephone and the radio up to cell phones and the internet. This exhibit explores many historic acoustic machines from our collection of Evanston history. Created to share art and ideas across time and distance, these inventions were revolutionary. How did these technologies get us where we are today and where will future developments take us?

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Citizen: An American Lyric
“Evanston Reads”-February-April 2018

Join us for a Book Discussion of Citizen: An American Lyric at the Evanston History Center, Tuesday, April 17, 2018. 1pm-2pm.

Free and Open to Everyone, reservations not required.

Free copies of Citizen: An American Lyric (while they last) will be available after March 21 at the Dawes House, 225 Greenwood St., Thursday-Sunday, 1pm-4pm. No reservations are required for this event.

Evanston Reads centers on the unique, challenging, and engaging book, Citizen: An American Lyric, by Claudia Rankine. Join this shared reading experience to discuss what the New Yorker calls a “book-length poem about race and the imagination.” Connect with the text and other people through book discussions, film screenings, special events, and community activities (see calendar below).

“A classic that will be read, referred to and reflected on for generations” (Lit Hub), Citizen is a genre-bending work of art combining lyric prose with internal monologues, visual art, slogans, photographs, quotes, a screen grab from YouTube, and film scripts. It is a touchstone for talking candidly about racism.

Evanston Reads is a part of the Big Read program. NEA Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest.

Evanston Public Library is grateful to our generous local partners on this project, including Evanston Township High School, District 65, YWCA Evanston/Northshore, Northwestern University Alice Kaplan Institute for the Humanities, Dear Evanston, Evanston History Center, Frances Willard House Museum, and Archive, Mary and Leigh Block Museum of Art, Ridgeville Park District and the City of Evanston.