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Loyola University Chicago 2021 Humanities Forum: Reflections on the Early days of the AIDS Pandemic

Join our distinguished panel as they reflect on the early days of another pandemic that left lasting impacts on society: the HIV/AIDS crisis in the 1980s. Our panelists will reflect on their experiences as caregivers, activists/ advocates, and authors when this disease first appeared as a medical mystery and discuss how its course sparked social, political, and cultural change. Loyola’s Mark Kuczewski, PhD, and Gail Hendler, MLS, will moderate.

Rebecca Makkai, MA

Her novel, The Great Believers, was a finalist for both the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award; it was the winner of the ALA Carnegie Medal, the Stonewall Book Award, the LA Times Book Prize, the Clark Fiction Prize, the Midwest Independent Booksellers Award, and the Chicago Review of Books Award. She is on the MFA faculties of Sierra Nevada College and Northwestern University and is the Artistic Director of StoryStudio Chicago.

Paul O’Keefe, MD

Paul O’Keefe completed his MD at Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine in 1971. He joined the Stritch faculty as Assistant Professor of Medicine in 1977 and established the Division of Infectious Diseases in the Department of Medicine. During
his time at Stritch, he partnered with the Cook County Department of Public Health to establish the Maywood Clinic. The clinic continues to operate at the Maywood outpatient facility and is now known as Access to Care.

MK Czerwiec, RN, MA

MK Czerwiec is a nurse, cartoonist, educator, and co-founder of Graphic Medicine. She is the author of Taking Turns: Stories from HIV/AIDS Care Unit 371. She also co-authored the Graphic Medicine Manifesto in 2014. Her latest book, Menopause: A Comic Treatment, was released in May 2020

on April 8 2021· Tagged: , , , , ,

StoryStudio Chicago Presents: The Geek-Out Book Club | Rebecca Makkai + Cristina Henriquez Discuss “The Lottery” by Shirley Jackson

The Geek-Out is writers geeking out about literature, plain and simple! One writer will make the other read something for the first time (in this case, Rebecca made Cristina read Shirley Jackson’s legendarily unnerving “The Lottery”) and then for about an hour they talk together about craft, impact, what they loved, what they didn’t. The audience is encouraged to read the piece too, and participate via the chat box.

The event is a fundraiser for StoryStudio’s Doro Boehme scholarship fund, benefiting writers working on book-length projects. If this first go is successful, we hope to make The Geek-Out a regular series, inviting your favorite writers to participate and discuss other legendary stories and books.

on December 14 2020· Tagged: , , , , , , , , , , , ,

2020 Is Over: A Variety With Booze Hacks, Music, Ribaldry, Cobblers, and More!

To celebrate the paperback launch of his book “The Riots I have Known”, Ryan Chapman is hosting a digital variety show with Rough Draft Bar & Books on December 9th, 2020 at 8pm ET.

Instead of a reading, let’s have a zoom party.  A loose version of “The Tonight Show,” with booze tips for lockdown, ribald stories, writing advice, cooking segments, psychedelics, and a few surprises. We’ll even have a house band. Spread the word! We’ll bend zoom until it breaks.

Guests include: Rebecca Makkai, De’Shawn Charles Winslow, Geoff Dyer, Kristen Arnett, Maris Kreizman, Josh Gondelman, and Rob Doyle, with music from Sari Botton and Bran Macaluso.

If you want to buy a book, please use Ryan’s local indie Rough Draft. You can get a signed and personalized copy of Riots through this link.

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on December 9 2020· Tagged: , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

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