The Public Square

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The Public Square

The Public Square is a project of the Illinois Humanities Council that is based in Chicago, Illinois. The organization aims to open public discussion to promote democratic participation.[1]

It was formerly the Center for Public Intellectuals.

Center for Public Intellectuals

In 2003, the Center for Public Intellectuals became The Public Square. When it was CPI, it was described as a non-profit 501(c)3 organization that aimed to foster intellectual curiosity in the Chicago area, connecting Chicago intellectuals to the general public.[2]

In 2001, Lisa Yun Lee, Cary Nathenson, and Katrin Voelkner worked at the Center.[3]

Chicago 2002 panels

The Center for Public Intellectuals & the University of Illinois-Chicago sponsored a series of panels called Intellectuals: Who Needs Them? on April 19th-20th, 2002, at the Chicago, Illinois Union. Timuel Black and former Weather Underground Organization terrorist Bernardine Dohrn spoke together and Bill Ayers and Barack Obama shared another panel at the same event.

"Intellectuals: Who Needs Them? Panel I. Why Do Ideas Matter?

Panel IV. Intellectuals in Times of Crisis

Topic: Experiences and applications of intellectual work in urgent situations.

Café Society

Café Society

Café Society is a project of The Public Square. It is a series of discussions of current events and other important political and social issues. The goal of this project is to incite discussion to "enliven the core of democracy and empower the public."[6]

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