Celebrate the bicentennial of Walt Whitman’s birth by exploring how his poetry, love of Lincoln, and vision of America influenced Illinois writers.
With a performance by Steve Duchrow, readings by Tara Betts and Allison Joseph, music by Chris Vallillo, scholarly conversation with Kevin R. Roberts, and more.
Refreshments from Three Twigs Bakery and an all-ages open mic to follow the event.
Discover the connections that bring rural and urban communities together through a conversation with community leaders from across Illinois and a performance by operatic soprano Christine Brewer and banjoist Noam Pikelny.
This event is part of “The Country and the City: Common Ground in the Prairie State?”, a year-long, statewide initiative that features text-based discussions of issues that affect both rural and urban Illinois communities, involving panelists who are well-versed in those issues from both perspectives.