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.
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.
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?
- Timuel Black, Chicago activist; Prof. Emeritus, City Colleges of Chicago
- Lonnie Bunch, President, Chicago Historical Society
- Bernardine Dohrn, Northwestern University Law School, Children and Family Justice Center
- Gerald Graff, UIC, College of Liberal Arts & Sciences
- Richard Rorty, Stanford University, Philosophy.
Panel IV. Intellectuals in Times of Crisis
Topic: Experiences and applications of intellectual work in urgent situations.
- Bill Ayers, UIC, College of Education; author of Fugitive Days
- Douglass Cassel, Northwestern University, Center for International Human Rights
- Cathy Cohen, University of Chicago, Political Science
- Salim Muwakkil, Chicago Tribune; In These Times
- Barack Obama, Illinois State Senator
- Barbara Ransby, UIC, African-American Studies (moderator).
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."
- The Public Square website
- About Café Society
- Center for Public Intellectuals sponsored panel information
- December 2001 website