Press Release


Join The Public Square to explore the problem of childhood obesity.

CHICAGO –Join The Public Square, a program of the Illinois Humanities Council, the Albany Park Theater Project, and Little Village Lawndale High School for an intergenerational conversation that will examine the challenges in bringing better nutrition to schools through lunch programs. This event will take place on Tuesday, April 27 from 4:00 to 5:30 p.m. at Little Village Lawndale High School, Library (3120 S. Kostner Ave., Chicago). The discussion will be facilitated by Jackson Potter, teacher and Co-Chair of CORE-Caucus of Rank and File Educators, and feature students from Little Village Lawndale High School who were involved in the recent speak out against unhealthy school lunches.

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 the Albany Park Theater Project and Little Village Lawndale High School.


Jackson Potter is a Chicago Public Schools graduate. He previously worked at Englewood High School as a union delegate before joining a rank-and-file group of teachers and formed the Renaissance 2010 committee within the Chicago Teachers Union. Currently, Potter is the union delegate at Social Justice High School in Little Village. He helped to form CORE in May of 2008 and the Grassroots Education Movement, with community organizations, shortly thereafter. The CTU was invited back into the coalition by CORE and became an official member of GEM. Potter has a masters degree from the University of Chicago and the University of Illinois at Chicago.


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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