Chicago Meeting Off-Site Events

Thursday, November 9, 11:30am-2:30pm

Walls of Respect: Chicago Public Art Group Bronzeville Mural Tour


A. Naomi Paik

Kymberly Pinder

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The ASA SRC is sponsoring a special bus tour led by Dr. Kymberly Pinder, author of Painting the Gospel: Black Public Art and Religion in Chicago on Thursday morning (12 noon to 2 pm), November 9th. This tour will explore the rich history of murals, race and resistance on the city's South Side. The tour is two hours long, with no bathroom stops. Various mural stops in Bronzeville. Meet in West Tower Lobby of the Hyatt at 11.30am. The tour guide or the designated representative of the tour will meet you in the lobby. Please preregister for this event. Space is limited.

Ticket Cost: $20

Capacity: 35

Meeting Place: Hyatt Regency Chicago, West Tower Lobby


Thursday, November 9, 3:30 pm

Walking Tour of Argyle Street


Patricia Nguyen

Anna Guevarra

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Argyle is known historically as a “port of entry” for immigrants and refugees in Chicago. Currently, a vibrant Southeast Asian business district with the only “shared street” in the state of Illinois, this tour, led by community members, will address the area’s history, politics of development, and an emerging arts initiative through local murals, architecture, and stories. The tour will end with a snapshot of an ongoing collaborative initiative between the local community, and faculty and students at UIC to develop – and map - a community history of this space/place. Participants are welcome to choose from a variety of delicious restaurants to dine in after the tour, which will be accompanied with a selection of curated menus created with the business owners and Axis Lab. All participant fees go to Axis Lab, a community-centered platform that centers art, food, and design to advocate for equitable and inclusive development. Participants are responsible for the cost of their meals.

Ticket Cost: $10 General

Capacity: 25

Meeting Place: Argyle Street Redline Station, Station Entrance


Thursday, November 9, 5:00pm

"The Secret Lives of Indigenous Archives"
Featuring Lisa Brooks, Amy Lonetree, Patricia Marroquin-Norby, Tiya Miles, and Philip Round

The Newberry Library (60 W Walton St), Ruggles Room
5 p.m. Reception; 6 p.m. Roundtable and Discussion
A collaboration with the D'Arcy McNickle Center and the Newberry Library, Co-sponsored by the American Studies Association Annual Meeting


Beth Piatote
Siobhan Somerville

Over many years, the rich archival collections of the Newberry Library have inspired and sustained some of the most significant research and writing in Native American and Indigenous Studies, making it a central site of what we may call "indigenous Chicago." This panel of prize-winning authors, whose research was based at the Newberry and other major archives, will reflect not only on the power of the official records for their work, but also upon the affective or "other life" of the archives. Drawing on personal experience of working in the archive, these scholars will discuss the "secret life" of the indigenous archive: what haunts and/or comforts them as researchers, the unexpected intimacies, the unresolved questions, the wondrous discoveries, the feeling of kinship to the lives of others and the material traces they leave behind. These are aspects of the research that might not have a tangible presence in their work, but nonetheless shape and inform it. The reflections will be followed by an open discussion with the audience.

The program will be moderated by Patricia Marroquin-Norby, who will also share a reflection. The speakers are Lisa Brooks, author of The Common Pot: The Recovery of Native Space in the Northeast and Our Beloved Kin: A New History of King Philip's War; Amy Lonetree, author of Decolonizing Museums: Representing Native America in National and Tribal Museums; Tiya Miles, author of Ties that Bind:The Story of an Afro-Cherokee Family in Slavery and Freedom and most recently The Dawn of Detroit: A Chronicle of Slavery and Freedom in the City of the Straits; and Philip Round, author of By Nature and By Custom Cursed: Transatlantic Civil Discourse and New England Cultural Production, 1620-1660 and most recently Removable Type: Histories of the Book in Indian Country, 1663-1880.

Directions to the Newberry Library:

The Newberry Library is 1.4 miles from the Hyatt Regency Chicago.  Walking, public transportation, and ride sharing (an eight-minute cab ride) are very easy options.  If you wish to share a cab, gather at the taxi stand at 4:30 and look for the sign that reads "ASA/Newberry Library."


From Hyatt Regency Chicago (151 E Upper Wacker Dr, Chicago, IL 60601)

to Newberry Library (60 W Walton St, Chicago, IL 60610):

Walk west on East Upper Wacker Drive and take the first right onto Michigan Avenue.   Continue north on Michigan Avenue (across the bridge) and walk for about a mile until you reach Walton Street.  Take a left on Walton Street and walk for four blocks.  The Newberry Library will be on your right, just past Dearborn Street.

Or, take the CTA Red Line to the Newberry Library

Cost: $3 each way for a single pass and $10 for a day pass.


Friday, November 10, 2:00pm

Guided tour of MCA, sponsored by Visual Studies Caucus (Sold Out)


Sampada Aranke
Christopher Lukasik

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This year, the ASA Visual Caucus has organized a guided tour at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago (MCA). Open since 1967, the MCA is an innovative and compelling center of contemporary art where the public can experience the work and ideas of living artists, and understand the historical, social and cultural context of the art of our time. As a part of our guided tour, we will see several ongoing exhibitions, including: To the Racy Brink which kicks off the MCA’s 50th anniversary by honoring the artists and exhibitions that placed the museum on the vanguard of contemporary art; Woman with a Camera which presents photographs by 16 women artists who come from a diverse set of backgrounds and generations, and address various artistic concerns; and We Are Here, a major three-part exhibition drawn from the MCA’s collection to commemorate the museum’s 50th anniversary. Cost: $6.

Meeting Place: 1:30pm in Hyatt Regency Chicago, West Tower Lobby


Friday, November 10, 5:00-6:30pm

Connect Chicago:  Resistance Movements meet Insurgent Scholarship

A conversation and celebration of movement-based scholarship, activism, and performance


Arab American Cultural Center, UIC
601 South Morgan Street
111 Stevenson Hall, UIC

A conversation and celebration of movement-based scholarship, activism, and performance with a special performance by Kristiana Colón from the Let Us Breathe Collective and roundtable with activists:

  • Janaé Bonsu, Black Youth Project 100
  • Bassem Kawar, Arab American Action Network
  • Reyna Wences, Organized Communities Against Deportation
  • Aislinn Pulley, Black Lives Matter Chicago
  • Kelly Hayes, Lifted Voices Collective

Refreshments will be served. Transportation by bus will be provided for ASA conference participants from the conference hotel. Meet in Hyatt Lobby at 4:30 PM.  Or share a taxi from the Hyatt Regency (about 10 minutes).

Organized by the ASA Critical Prison Studies Caucus, the ASA Activist Caucus, the Arab American Studies Association, the Arab American Cultural Center at UIC and the Social Justice Initiative at UIC.


Sunday, November 12, 11:30am-2:00pm

Walking Tour of Pilsen Neighborhood's Latinx Murals 


Jason Ruiz
A. Naomi Paik

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This interactive walking tour will introduce participants to the murals of Chicago’s Pilsen neighborhood, one of the city’s most vibrant Latinx communities and home to its greatest concentration of public art.  We will explore some of the most fascinating examples of Latinx muralism in the neighborhood and will use them to foster discussion of important urban issues--such as white flight, ethnic succession, and gentrification--and how they affect Pilsen and, more broadly, Latinx communities in Chicago and the United States.  We will discuss about ten murals in this 1.5 mile walking tour, ending, of course, at a local taqueria.  Participants will have the option of spending additional time at the National Museum of Mexican Art. Participant fees go to the Yollocalli Youth Arts Program, whose mission is "to strengthen the value of youth art and culture by providing equal access to communal, artistic, and cultural resources that allow youth to become creative and engaged community members” ( Cost: $10

Meeting Place: Hyatt Regency Chicago, West Tower Lobby