Press Release


Special Café Society event in The (Un)Common Good series exploring issues across political perspectives

CHICAGO –Join The Public Square, a program of the Illinois Humanities Council, for a Café Society that will engage two young voices coming from unique perspectives in a discussion over the grounds for hope in America. What are the most important issues of the day? How can a more engaged citizenry be fostered? These are some of the questions that will be addressed by labor activist and founding member of the Chicago Young Workers, Rae Charnelle Wright, and Kyle Stone, practicing attorney and Executive Board Secetery for the Chicago Young Republicans.  This event will take place on Thursday, June 30 from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. at Ron’s Barber Shop (6058 West North Avenue, Chicago).

This event is free and open to the public. For more information, visit, or call 312.422.5580.

The (Un)Common Good is a discussion series that brings together scholars, artists, writers, journalists and audience members.  For a full calendar of events or for more information, please visit


This event 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 Week

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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