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Premiere of No Malice Film Contest at Chicago Shakespeare Theatre
Sunday, September 19, 2021, 2 p.m. (CST) Chicago Shakespeare Theatre
The primary Red Carpet event for the debut of the winning films for the NO MALICE FILM CONTEST take place at the Chicago Shakespeare Theatre at The Yard at Navy Pier on Sunday, September 19, 2021 at 2:00pm. This free celebration of creative youth puts the spotlight on a collection of short films exploring racial healing and social justice created by Illinois young people ages 11-21 as part of the inaugural No Malice Film Contest.
Abraham Lincoln, in his second inaugural address sought to heal the nation's racial wounds after the Civil War "with malice toward none, with charity for all." Students from across Illinois were challenged this spring to explore the topic of racial healing using the medium of film to harness their creativity and passion to produce short films that help promote fairness, heal wounds in their communities, and lead to positive social changes for the benefit of all. The films were judged by a panel of 21 film critics and filmmakers, who noted the creativity and empathy of the young filmmakers.
All attendees must show proof of vaccine or negative COVID test, and masks are required throughout the event. The event is a partnership between the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library Foundation, the Roger and Chaz Ebert Foundation and the Chicago Shakespeare Theatre.
The contest was a collaboration of the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum, the Roger and Chaz Ebert Foundation, and the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library Foundation. The Contest was funded by a grant from Healing Illinois, a racial healing initiative of the Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS) in partnership with the Chicago Community Trust.
Many of you may have heard that The Roger Ebert Film Festival, "Ebertfest" in Champaign, Illinois, is being postponed until next April. Because of this, the primary event will happen on the 19th in Chicago.
A 'No-holds Barred' Interview With President/General Ulysses S Grant
Wednesday, September 22nd, 7pm CST (Zoom)
Fellow Illinoisan, Ulysses S Grant, is one of the least understood of our American heroes. He is regarded highly by some and scorned by others. This is not unusual for him as even his good friend, General Sherman, said that Grant was an enigma even to himself.
Our program will be an interview with Grant himself, played by Larry Werline, with no question off-limits. Grant was known for his honesty so there could be some interesting answers to some of his most controversial topics.
The Road to the Emancipation Proclamation with Erin Mast
Wednesday, September 29th, 7pm CST (Zoom)
Join Looking for Lincoln on September 29, 2021 at 7 pm as Erin Carlson Mast shares the events that brought Abraham Lincoln to live with his family at the Soldiers’ Home and the “behind-the-scenes” events that took place there leading to Lincoln issuing the Preliminary Emancipation Proclamation. Prior to joining our foundation as President & CEO in January 2021, Mast was the CEO & Executive Director of President Lincoln’s Cottage, a National Monument in Washington, DC. This program will livestream on Looking for Lincoln's Facebook page and YouTube Channel.
The Road to the Emancipation Proclamation - Looking for Lincoln
Civil War Dress From the Inside-Out
Wednesday, October 13th, 7 p.m. CST (Zoom)
Just how many layers did 1860s women wear to achieve that bell-shaped silhouette? Join Illinois State Museum’s Curator of History Erika Holst to find out! Drawing upon examples of 1860s clothing from the ISM's collections, Holst will walk you through the many layers of women's dress, from chemise to shawl, and discuss the significance of each garment. A question and answer period will follow.
An engaging interview with author Catherine Clinton on her book Mrs. Lincoln: A Life
Wednesday, October 20th, 7 pm CST (Zoom)
Dr. Catherine Clinton, author of such notable works as the award-winning Harriet Tubman: The Road to Freedom and Mrs. Lincoln: A Life, which at publication was the first new biography of Mary Lincoln in over 20 years. In the words of Pulitzer-Prize winning historian Joseph Ellis, Mrs. Lincoln “is distinctive for its abiding sanity, its deft and in-depth handling of the White House years, and for the consistent quality of its prose.” Catherine Clinton holds the Denman Chair of American History at the University of Texas in San Antonio and is Professor Emerita at Queen’s University Belfast. She has served on the executive council of the Society of American Historians and on the Advisory Committee of the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Bicentennial Commission, and she remains on advisory boards for Civil War History, Civil War Times, President Lincoln’s Cottage, and Ford’s Theatre. Don't miss out on what is sure to be a fascinating conversation!