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Bicultural Artists Use “Drums of Peace” to Educate and Motivate

Bicultural Artists Use “Drums of Peace” to Educate and Motivate

The cozy South Chicago Art Center is nestled in a mostly low-income Chicano and Black neighborhood on the city’s Southeast Side.  It’s across from a bilingual Catholic church and down the street from dollar stores and taco joints, where the toxic remnants of nearby closed steel mills still waft in the air. It was a […]

Teacher Talk: Service Learning, Collaboration Produces “The Blues Truth”

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Teacher Talk: Service Learning, Collaboration Produces “The Blues Truth”

Linda’s Place: The Blues Truth is a short video produced by two classes — Television’s “Culture, Race and Media” and English’s “Blues as Literature” at Columbia College Chicago. The collaborative project is an example of service learning, and it features Linda’s Place, a Back of the Yards blues club on the embattled, oft-bloodied Englewood border. While […]

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