Press Release


Join The Public Square and Chicago Public Radio to discuss the role of the green economy in revitalizing communities.

CHICAGO –Join The Public Square, a program of the Illinois Humanities Council, and Chicago Public Radio for a discussion that will examine the community opportunities of an environmentally focused new economy.  This event will take place on Wednesday, March 31 from 6:00 to 7:15 p.m. at Brown Sugar Bakery (328 E. 75th St., Chicago).  The discussion will be facilitated by Natalie Moore, Chicago Public Radio South Side Community Bureau Reporter.

This event is free and open to the public. Reservations are required and can be made at,, or 312.422.5580. Space is limited.  It is presented by The Public Square and Chicago Public Radio-WBEZ 91.5FM


Natalie Y. Moore is Chicago Public Radio’s South Side Bureau Reporter. She’s the co-author of Deconstructing Tyrone: A New Look Back at Masculinity in the Hip-Hop Generation and an adjunct instructor at Columbia College. Her work has been published in Essence, Black Enterprise, the Chicago Reporter, Bitch, In These Times, the Chicago Sun-Times, and the Chicago Tribune. Prior to joining the Chicago Public Radio staff in May 2007, Natalie was a city hall reporter for the Detroit News. She has also been an education reporter for the St. Paul Pioneer Press and a reporter for the Associated Press in Jerusalem.


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 week before

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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