Loyola University Chicago

Center for Experiential Learning

A People’s History of Chicago



A People’s History of Chicago reading, hosted by author Kevin Coval

Thursday, October 26 5:00pm-6:30pm, Damen Den

A People’s History of Chicago tells the story of the 77 neighborhood of Chicago, sharing the essential, but often marginalized, narratives of working class, minority communities. Its author, Kevin Coval, will be undertaking 180 readings in the 365 days following the book’s release, visiting every neighborhood in Chicago.

Loyola University Chicago will be hosting a reading of A People’s History of Chicago on October 26, 2017 inviting our students, faculty, and staff to respond to the call of the Loyola Experience to “connect with community” and “engage Chicago and the world.” This event is being presented in celebration of the growth and evolution of Loyola University Chicago’s Center for Experiential Learning since 2007, and being co-sponsored by the Department of Student Diversity & Multicultural Affairs through the Unity in Diversity Fund.


Kevin Coval is a poet and community builder. As the artistic director of Young Chicago Authors, founder of Louder Than A Bomb: The Chicago Youth Poetry Festival, and professor at the University of Illinois-Chicago—where he teaches hip-hop aesthetics—he’s mentored thousands of young writers, artists, and musicians.

He is the author and editor of 10 books, including The BreakBeat Poets: New American Poetry in the Age of Hip-Hop and Schtick, and co-author of the play, This is Modern Art. His work has appeared in Poetry Magazine, The Daily Show, Chicago Tribune, CNN, Fake Shore Drive, Huffington Post, and four seasons of HBO’s Def Poetry Jam. Coval’s collection, A People's History of Chicago dropped in April 2017 on Haymarket Books.



Student Workshop: Thursday, October 26 11:00am-1:00pm, Damen 214

Students will be invited to participate in a workshop connected to A People’s History of Chicago where they will develop their creative writing and expressive skills with Kevin Coval and Young Chicago Authors teaching artists. Snacks and lunch will be provided. While registration is not required, students who register in advance will receive a copy of A People's History of Chicago. (We have a limited number of extra books. Students who register in advance will receive first priority.) Register for the student workshop here

Faculty Development: Friday, October 27, 2017 11:30am-1:30pm, Cuneo 103 

Faculty workshop following A People’s History of Chicago reading will explore connections to culturally-validating pedagogy (Rendon, 2009) including participatory epistemology and contemplative engagement. Sign up for this Faculty Lunch & Learn here.