The Baffler has left us twice, the first time when it went on hiatus for three years and the second when its operations defected to Boston. But now it’s back—literally. Tomorrow the University of Chicago’s International House will host Their City and Ours: A Forum on Developmental Disorder, a live and Chicago-centric version of the magazine’s current issue in which there’s only one story that matters: Rick Perlstein’s salvo, “There Goes the Neighborhood: The Obama Library Lands in Chicago.”
“Part of Baffler culture is getting writers out into public forums,” explains Eliza Fish, the magazine’s events manager.
Perlstein himself will be on hand to moderate a panel that will also include Baffler senior editor Chris Lehmann whose own contribution to the magazine, “Having Their Cake and Eating Ours, Too,” concerns the rise of the self-interested billionaire donor class; writer and attorney Tom Geoghegan who will discuss the case against the Lucas Museum; and activist Jitu Brown, who led the hunger strike to save Dyett High School in Washington Park, near the probable future site of the Obama Library.
The discussion will conclude with a Q&A and then guests will have a chance to mingle with the speakers and buy their books, sold by the Seminary Coop.
“Their City and Ours”, Sat 10/17, 3 PM, U. of C. International House, 1414 E. 59th, thebaffler.com, free.