Press Release


Join The Public Square and Chicago Public Radio for two special Café Society discussions
at WBEZ’s West Side Bureau.

CHICAGO –Join The Public Square, a program of the Illinois Humanities Council, and Chicago Public Radio for two lively facilitated discussions that will examine how charter schools are affecting the quality of education and community connections for Chicago’s youth. On Tuesday, February 23, James Thindwa, Civic Engagement Coordinator for the Chicago Alliance of Charter Teachers and Staff, will help kick off the discussion. For the February 24 discussion, Marvin Hoffman, Associate Director of the Urban Teacher Education Program at the University of Chicago, will be the guest speaker.

 These special Café Society discussions will take place on Tuesday, February 23 and Wednesday, February 24 at the Chicago Public Radio West Side Bureau (2531 W. Division St., Chicago). Both are free and open to the public. Reservations are required and can be made at,, or 312.422.5580. Space is limited. 

This program is part of The Public Square’s Café Society program, which fosters a more robust civil society, more cohesive and interactive communities, greater media literacy, and a more informed and engaged citizenry through weekly conversations about contemporary social issues. The Public Square currently runs four Café Society sites in the Chicago area and one in Carbondale.

Café Society locations:

1st Thursdays

7-8 p.m., Valois, 1518 E. 53rd St., Chicago
7:30-8:30 p.m., Panera Bread, 1126 E. Walnut St., Carbondale

2nd Fridays
5-6 p.m., Ron’s Barber Shop, 6058 W. North Ave., Chicago

 3rd Wednesdays

12:30-1:30 p.m., Chicago Cultural Center’s Randolph Street Café, 77 E. Randolph St., Chicago

 4th Mondays

Roving Café Society – date, time, and location announced the third week of every month

For those who cannot make these weekly discussions, they can create their own Café Societies using the DIY Café Society Toolkit. For more information on Café Society or to download the DIY toolkit, visit

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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