Stories of (Im)Migration, Sites of Unity
OHC 2020 community partner Chicago Cultural Alliance co-convenes this discussion among representatives from its member organizations. Hear (im)migration stories from panelists and discover local sites that are meaningful for their communities.
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Hear stories of (im)migration from representatives of the Bronzeville Historical Society, the National Hellenic Museum, the Swedish American Museum and the Ukrainian National Museum. Discover meaningful sites across the city where members of these communities have come together, past and present, as they've made homes for themselves in Chicago.
Key to this conversation is the term (im)migration, which envelops a more inclusive and equitable understanding of the many paths all people have taken to arrive where they are today. After individual stories are shared, the panel will convene to discuss commonalities and differences in experience, and consider Chicago's great places of unity.
PROGRAM MODERATOR: ANDREW JAMES LEITH
Andrew James Leith is the Conservation and Collections Program Manager at the Chicago Cultural Alliance. As a fifth-generation Chicagoan, he has deep ties to local histories and communities throughout the city, as well as a commitment to heritage and preservation. He conducted undergraduate research in anthropology at Loyola University Chicago and master’s research in archaeology at the University of Chicago, and in historic preservation at the University of Texas at Austin.
PROGRAM MODERATOR: ANGELICA OSPINA
Angelica Ospina is the Conservation and Collections Program Intern at the Chicago Cultural Alliance. She is an architect holding a bachelor's degree from University of Los Andes in Bogotá, Colombia and currently in her second year of the Master of Science in Historic Preservation at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. With three years of experience working as an architect and researcher, Angelica is most interested in community engagement, cultural heritage and memory preservation and the intersection between cultural landscapes and built environments.
PROGRAM SPEAKER: KATHERINE KELAIDIS
Katherine Kelaidis is Resident Scholar at the National Hellenic Museum in Chicago. She holds a B.A. in Classical Languages from University of California at Berkeley and Ph.D. in Classics from the University of London.
PROGRAM SPEAKER: MARIA KLIMCHAK
Maria Klimchak, a philologist, author and a teacher, has been a curator and a creative force of the Ukrainian National Museum (UNM) in Chicago for two decades. Born and raised in Lviv, Ukraine, she was always fascinated by art and storytelling. She holds a Master’s Degree in French Philology from Lviv University, Ukraine and speaks Ukrainian, Russian, French, Polish and English. In 1993, Maria started a new chapter in her life by immigrating to the United States with her husband and two children. Chicago became her new home, a new place for expressing her creativity and talent.
Program Speaker: Matt Bergstrom
Matt Bergstrom is a Chicago artist and graphic designer focusing on architecture. Through illustration, stories and miniatures he explores our relationship to the history of the built environment of the city. His exhibition _Lost Houses of Lyndale_ was featured at the Swedish American Museum as part of the 2019 Chicago Architecture Biennial.
PROGRAM SPEAKER: SHERRY WILLIAMS
Sherry Williams was born and raised on the South Side of Chicago in the Englewood Community. She is Founder and President of the Bronzeville / Black Chicagoan Historical Society. Williams secured space to provide African American cultural programs on the Stephen A. Douglas Tomb Site and Monument Park grounds in 2013. In 2009, Williams was voted Vice President of the Pullman Civic Organization. She also served as a board member of the Chicago Cultural Alliance (2007-12).
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