Join the Global Urban Humanities Initiative and Department of English in a book talk with the scholar-journalist Carlo Rotella. His latest book The World is Always Coming to An End: Pulling Together and Apart in a Chicago Neighborhood is a poignant account of his return to Chicago’s South Shore neighborhood where he — and Michelle Obama — grew up. Rotella is an adept writer about the craft of others, from boxers to blues musicians, and has written for the New York Times Magazine, Boston Globe and Harper’s. Fred Blackwell, CEO of the San Francisco Foundation and Oakland native, will be in conversation with Rotella about growing up in urban neighborhoods.
Carlo Rotella and Fred Blackwell Talk Urban Neighborhoods
Tuesday, November 19 from 7-8:30 p.m
Maude Fife Room, 315 Wheeler Hall

Rotella’s book will be available for purchase at the event starting at 6:30 p.m.

“…an urban history with the soul of a memoir.”
“An evocative and engaging mix of the minutely personal, the more broadly ethnographic, and the sociological in its description and analysis of a complex and interesting slice of Chicago.”

Additional co-sponsors: American Studies Program, Department of Sociology

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Categories: Campus Announcements, November 2019