Singing in Dark Times: Eve Ewing, Rachel DeWoskin, Kevin Coval & Bill Ayers

Tuesday, December 12, 2017 - 6:00pm - 7:30pm
Event Presenter/Author: 
Eve Ewing, Rachel DeWoskin, Kevin Coval, and Bill Ayers

In the dark times, will there also be singing?

Yes, there will be singing.

About the dark times.

--Bertold Brecht

As the public is being steadily eroded and eclipsed, and as neoliberalism persists and fascism lurks close by, we who believe in freedom have a special responsibility to reimagine, revitalize, and create anew a public square, a public presence, and a wide range of participatory public spaces.

An impressive array of wildly diverse artists and grass-roots activists are  on the move and on the rise—resistance is breaking out all over, and a revitalized public square is in-the-making. A cinema guild in Chicago is running a series of films on authoritarianism followed by wide ranging teach-ins on the political environment we find ourselves in; a chain of restaurants in Detroit calling themselves “Sanctuary Cafes” is offering weekly facilitated  conversations (as well as bail to neighbors caught up in the system); a collection of renowned playwrights has joined forces to dramatize the Bill of Rights; block clubs around the country are hosting monthly pot-luck dinners to allow folks to face one another authentically and figure out what is to be done.

The legendary Seminary Coop/57th St. Bookstores in Hyde Park, Chicago, has always been a destination bookstore and a vital public space. Beginning December 12 it will host a monthly public conversation focused on current events and this political moment. “Singing in Dark Times” will be led by a handful of Chicago writers in dialogue with one another and, then, with whatever citizens and residents show up. 

Please join us for our initial conversation on December 12 at 6 pm.

RSVP HERE (Please note that your RSVP is requested, not required)

Eve Ewing, Rachel DeWoskin, Kevin Coval, and Bill Ayers

Event Location: 
57th Street Books
1301 E. 57th Street
Chicago 60637