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Illinois Humanities has transformed our 2020 Public Humanities Award Luncheon into a virtual, free, state-wide event.

Thank you for joining us for the high-energy, one-hour virtual show that featured performances, stories, an online auction, and an intimate conversation with the awardees on May 21st at 12:00 PM. The event, our most important fundraiser and celebration of the year, was free to all who wanted to support Illinois Humanities and honor awardees Sylvia Ewing, Eve L. Ewing, and Weinberg/Newton Gallery.



PHA20 Award Recipients Sylvia Ewing and Eve L. Ewing

Sylvia Ewing is a nonprofit executive at Elevate Energy and award-winning former journalist who was affiliated with WBEZ, WTTW and other media outlets. She has used her considerable communications skills to develop affordable accessible housing and work for positive change in reproductive rights and public education. She continues to produce cultural events for the Chicago Public Library, the Poetry Foundation and others to build community and inspire action.

Dr. Eve L. Ewing is a sociologist and professor at the University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration where her teaching and research focus on race and education. A prolific writer, she is the author of four books, including the forthcoming Maya and the Robot, the poetry collection 1919, Ghosts in the Schoolyard: Racism and School Closings on Chicago’s South Side, and the award-winning debut poetry collection Electric Arches. She also currently writes the Champions series for Marvel Comics and previously wrote the acclaimed Ironheart series, as well as other Marvel projects.



Images of PHA20 Beacon Award Recipient Weinberg/Newton Gallery

David Weinberg and Jerry Newton founded Weinberg/Newton Gallery to create a space for dialogue about the many social justice issues that concern our local Chicago community and beyond. Learn more about Weinberg/Newton Gallery at



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For information about the Public Humanities Award and Beacon Award including sponsorship and giving opportunities for #PHA20, please contact Magda Slowik at or (312) 422-5584.

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