Reviving the Rust Belt: The Future of the Industrial Midwest and Chicago
Date: Thu. September 19, 2013
Time: 6:00 pm
Harold Washington Library Center
Cindy Pritzker Auditorium
400 S. State Street
About this event:
Industry helped build Chicago into the metropolis we know today. What lies ahead? To address this topic, the Chicago Public Library and The Society of Midland Authors present a fascinating, lively panel discussion featuring four local authors.
Edward McClelland, author of Nothin’ But Blue Skies: The Heyday, Hard Times, and Hopes of America’s Industrial Heartland, the story of how the country's industrial heartland grew, boomed, bottomed, and hopes to be reborn, told through a propulsive blend of storytelling and reportage. McClelland’s other books include Young Mr. Obama: Chicago and the Making of a Black President.
Larry Bennett, author of The Third City: Chicago and American Urbanism, a look at how Chicago has transformed itself over the past two decades. Bennett calls contemporary Chicago, with its dramatically revitalized urban core, the “third city” to distinguish it from earlier incarnations: a sprawling industrial center and a Rust Belt town. Bennett is a political science professor at DePaul University.
Edward E. Gordon, author of Future Jobs: Solving the Employment and Skills Crisis, which looks at the “pervasive disconnect” between America’s job-career culture and today’s economic realities. Gordon, who is president of Imperial Consulting Corp., argues that the U.S. job market has stalled because our nation is failing to produce workers with the right skills.
The discussion is moderated by Robert Loerzel, President of The Society of Midland Authors. To learn more about The Society of Midland Authors, click HERE.