Loose Machinery: A Symposium on the Chicago Race Riot of 1919

 Oct 23, 2019, 9:30 AM – 9:30 PM
 Midway Studios, University Of Chicago

6016 South Ingleside Avenue
Chicago, IL 60637

An interdisciplinary symposium exploring the history and legacy of the 1919 race riots. As the centennial year of the 1919 race riots draws to a close, there is still much to discuss as we strive to understand the causes and legacy of this brutal period in Chicago history. Join us for an interdisciplinary symposium featuring research, art, and theoretical perspectives on the Red Summer. 

Convened by Eve L. Ewing, Assistant Professor, School of Social Service Administration & John Clegg, Collegiate Assistant Professor, Social Sciences. Presented by the Gray Center for Arts and Inquiry. Co-sponsored by the Center for the Study of Race, Politics, and Culture.

The event is free and open to the public, but space is limited so please visit EventBrite link to register.


  • On display all day: One Summer Chicago photovoice project
  • 9:30: Breakfast and welcome
  • 10:00: CRR19: 1919 Chicago Race Riot Commemorative Project . Franklin N. Cosey-Gay, Co-director, CRR19; Director, Chicago Center for Youth Violence Prevention 
  • 11:15: Global 1919. Noah Hansen, PhD Student, Department of English Language & Literature 
  • 12:00: Lunch
  • 1:00: Real Estate and the Riot Adrienne Brown, Associate Professor, Department of English Language & Literature 
  • 2:15: Mapping the Riot. John Clegg, Collegiate Assistant Professor, Social Sciences 
  • 3:30: Break
  • 4:00: The 1919 Race Riot and its Legacy: Normalizing Segregation. Adam Green, Associate Professor of American History and the College 
  • 5:15: Poetry and Memory. Eve L. Ewing, Assistant Professor, School of Social Service Administration 
  • 6:30: Closing and reception
  • 7:30: Film Screening: Within Our Gates, directed by Oscar Micheaux (1920), featuring a new live score by DJ Rae Chardonnay. David and Reva Logan Center for the Arts, 1st Floor Performance Hall. 915 E. 60th Street. Post-Screening Discussion: DJ Rae Chardonnay, Jacqueline Stewart, Professor, Cinema and Media Studies; Allyson Nadia Field, Associate Professor, Cinema and Media Studies

Books will be available for sale on site, courtesy of the Seminary Co-op.

Persons with disabilities who need accommodation: please contact Michael Schuh, mikes1@uchicago.edu, (773) 834-1936