Civic Spotlight

Civic Spotlight is a monthly program series designed to engage our community around current events and issues of social concern. Through educational lectures, film screenings and community conversations, we foster learning and dialogue that challenges our members to be informed and active participants in shaping society. 

 


Upcoming Programs

 
Crip Camp (film) 
Tuesday, May 18, 6:30 pm
Down the road from Woodstock, a revolution blossomed in a ramshackle summer camp for teenagers with disabilities, transforming their lives and igniting a landmark movement.You will receive a Zoom link for the program after registering. REGISTER
 

 
 
Qualified Immunity
Tuesday, June 15, 6:30 pm | Live Zoom program
Illinois State Senator Adriane Johnson of Buffalo Grove and ACLU civil rights lawyer Peter Hanna discuss qualified immunity and how it applies to government officials. You will receive a Zoom link for the program after registering. REGISTER
 
 
 
 
 
Food Insecurity
Tuesday, July 20, 6:30 pm | Live Zoom program
Staff from the Greater Chicago Food Depository discuss food insecurities and the many issues people face when dealing with them. You will receive a Zoom link for the program after registering. REGISTER
 
 
Vetting the News
Monday, August 16, 6:30 pm | Live Zoom program
With so much news available to us, it can be difficult to figure out which sources to trust. Gary Midkiff leads a discussion on how to vet news and get the best information you can. You will receive a Zoom link for the program after registering. REGISTER
 
 

Past Programs (2020)

More Than a Word (film) Available to stream on Kanopy | Program handout
July 21, 2020
This film presents an analysis of the issues surrounding the Washington football team’s use of the term R*dskins, using interviews from both those in favor of changing the name and those against. 

 

Cannabis Use in Illinois (presentation) | Program handout
May 19, 2020
As of January 1, 2020, cannabis is legal for recreational use in Illinois. Kirsten Velasco, Assistant Secretary of Illinois Women in Cannabis, discussed this new law and the history and science behind the plant and its various uses. 

 

The Illusionists (film) Available to stream on Kanopy
April 21, 2020
This documentary on body image turns the mirror on the media, exposing how our insecurities are exploited for profit. Co-sponsored by the National Organization for Women, North and Northwest Suburban Chicago Chapter.

 

The First Pride Parade in Buffalo Grove |Program handout
June 16, 2020
Buffalo Grove hosted its first Pride Parade in 2019. Hear from the students and parents who organized the event about why and how they made it happen.

Civic Spotlight: What’s Happening with the U.S. Postal Service?
Letter carrier Melissa Rakestraw provided an update on recent changes at the U.S. Postal Service and discussed the impact this could have on the November election.