Press Release


Reception and discussion at Café Efebos celebrates the monthly gatherings to debate current events and other hot topics.

CHICAGO – The Public Square, a program of the Illinois Humanities Council, and la revista Contratiempo present a reception and discussion celebrating the relaunch of Café Society en Español on Friday, May 8th at Café Efebos (1640 S. Blue Island Ave., Chicago). The reception will begin at 6:30 p.m., featuring a short talk from Susan Gzesh, Executive Director of the Human Rights Program at the University of Chicago. At 7:30 p.m., there will be discussion (in Spanish) on the topic "How are the experiences of Latino immigrants transforming American culture?" This discussion will be lead by Fernando Olszanski, guest editor, writer, and former editorial director of Contratiempo.

This event is free and open to the public. Reservations are required and can be made by calling 312.422.5580, emailing, or visiting

After the May 8th event, discussions in Spanish hosted by Contratiempo will be held at Café Efebos on the 1st Friday of every month at 6:30 p.m.

What is Café Society en Español?

Café Society en Español is a unique program that brings together Spanish-speaking residents for reflection, discussion, and artistic expression. It is a part of The Public Square’s Café Society program, designed to foster a more robust civil society, more cohesive and interactive communities, greater media literacy, and a more informed and engaged citizenry through conversations about contemporary social issues. For more information, please visit

More about Contratiempo

Contratiempo’s mission is to educate, inform, and increase awareness among Spanish-speaking Latinos about culture, literature and social and humanistic issues related to their daily life in the United States. Their work creates a space that promotes dialogue and tolerance, empowers people, and preserves human dignity in an increasingly intolerant and fragmented world.


The Public Square, a program of the Illinois Humanities Council, fosters debate, dialogue, and exchange of ideas about cultural, social, and political issues with an emphasis on social justice. Programs promote participatory democracy by creating space for public conversations. More information about The Public Square is available at

The Illinois Humanities Council (IHC) is a nonprofit educational organization [501 (c) 3] dedicated to fostering a culture in which the humanities are a vital part of the lives of individuals and communities.  Organized in 1973 as the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), the IHC creates programs and funds organizations that promote greater understanding of, appreciation for, and involvement in the humanities by all Illinoisans, regardless of their economic resources, cultural background, or geographic location. The IHC is supported by state, federal, and private funds.

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