Press Release


Panel at Chicago Cultural Center to feature reporters, authors, and politicians.

CHICAGO – Join The Public Square, a program of the Illinois Humanities Council, for a panel discussion on the ongoing repercussions of the historic Republic Windows and Doors factory occupation on Tuesday, October 27 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Chicago Cultural Center’s Claudia Cassidy Theater (77 E. Randolph St., Chicago).

The panel will feature Washington Post reporter Kari Lydersen; former Chicago Tribune Labor reporter Stephen Franklin; and lawyer, author, and former Democratic congressional candidate Tom Geoghegan discuss the historic takeover and its implications for the future of organized labor. Lydersen is the author of a new book on the takeover, Revolt on Goose Island, which NewCity called a “clear and emotionally compelling account.” The evening’s discussion will also consider other actions that were inspired by Republic and ongoing efforts to re-open the factory.     

This event is free and open to the public. For more information, call the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs at 312.744.7094. This event is presented by the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs, AREA Chicago, and The Public Square.


Kari Lydersen is a staff writer at the Washington Post. She is the author of Out of the Sea and Into the Fire: Latin American-US Immigration in the Global Age and co-author, with Wafaa Bilal, of Shoot an Iraqi: Art, Life and Resistance Under the Gun, which was recently named a “Best Book of 2008” by Booklist. For more, click here.

Thomas Geoghegan is a practicing attorney and the author of several books, including See You in Court: How the Right Made America a Lawsuit Nation and Which Side Are You On?, which was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award and received a special citation from the PEN/Martha Albrand Award judges. Geoghegan contributes regularly to the American Prospect and lives in Chicago.

Stephen Franklin, former labor and workplace reporter for the Chicago Tribune, is ethnic news director for the Community Media Workshop in Chicago. He is the author of Three Strikes: Labor’s Heartland Losses and What They Mean for Working Americans (2002) and has reported throughout the United States and the Middle East.

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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