Columbia College Chicago

Always a Sanctuary City: The Struggle for Equality Throughout Chicago’s History - A Zoom Chat with Dr. Dominic Pacyga

LAS Dean Steven Corey and the Honors Program at Columbia College Chicago invite you to attend a special Zoom chat with Dr. Dominic Pacyga, Professor Emeritus, titled “Always a Sanctuary City: The Struggle for Equality Throughout Chicago’s History,” on Wednesday, April 28th 3:30-4:45pm.  Dr. Pacyga taught history at Columbia from 1984 until his retirement in 2017, and is being honored by the college for his long service to community as one of three honorary degrees at this year’s Virtual Commencement Ceremony available for screening May 15th.  Dr. Pacyga will talk about the history and legacy of social justice movements and politics in Chicago, specifically racism and anti-Catholic, anti-Semitic, and anti-immigrant sentiment, connecting them to Civil Rights, Black Lives Matter, and immigrant struggles today.  Dr. Pacyga is well regarded as one of the foremost historians of the city of Chicago and is the author of the recent book American Warsaw: The Rise, Fall, and Rebirth of Polish Chicago (2019), as well as Chicago: A Biography (2012), and Chicago City of Neighborhoods (1986).  Dr. Pacyga is currently completing a new book on politics in Chicago that deals with issues related to Civil Rights and other campaigns for social justice.  This will be an interactive talk about the history and contemporary aspects of social justice so please feel free to bring questions that you would like to ask Dr. Pacyga.

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Wednesday, April 28 at 3:30pm to 4:45pm

Virtual Event
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Presentation, Talk, Discussion


School of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Office of the Dean, School of Liberal Arts and Sciences



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Christie Dal Corobbo

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