Community Events

New Trier High School D203 and the Family Action Network (FAN) present two events in December.


Event 1

“Know Thyself: Using Your Uniqueness to Create Success" 

Karamo Brown 

Wednesday, December 5, 2018, 7:00 PM 

Evanston Township High School Auditorium 

1600 Dodge Ave., Evanston, IL 60201 

Building doors open at 5:30 PM; auditorium doors open at 6:00 PM. Overflow seating available. 

Please note, due to a change in Mr. Brown’s schedule, there will not be a Q&A session; pre-signed books are available for purchase at the event. 

Television host and culture expert on the Emmy-winning Netflix reboot of Queer Eye, Karamo Brown says that the key to his success is tapping into the many facets of his identity. Whether as an openly gay man, a black man, a Christian, a single father, a business leader, a psychotherapist, or reality television personality, Mr. Brown strategically utilizes the strengths of his different identities to achieve success – and teaches others to do the same. Much lauded for his ease and natural comfort relating to different types of people, on Queer Eye, Mr. Brown is tasked with making-over the hearts and minds of the “culturally challenged,” and helps them to confront and grow beyond the internal issues holding them back. 

Mr. Brown began his television career in 2004 as a housemate on the MTV reality series The Real World, becoming the first openly-gay African-American in the history of reality television. In 2014, he joined the Oprah Winfrey Network to host and produce their first digital show, #OWNShow. Mr. Brown then became a host and producer for HuffPost Live, and a recurring guest host of Access Hollywood Live. 

Mr. Brown joined the “Fab Five” cast of Netflix’s 2018 reboot of Queer Eye, a makeover series set in Atlanta, which won three Emmy awards this year, including Outstanding Structured Reality Program. The style experts forge relationships with men and women who often have different beliefs from them, leading to moments of social commentary interspersed with style advice. The charming, high-energy Fab Five – Mr. Brown (culture), Antoni Porowski (food and wine), Tan France (fashion), Bobby Berk (design), and Jonathan Van Ness (grooming) – have strong appeal to a wide audience. The wildly-popular, inspirational series was just renewed for a third season. 

As a co-founder of, an organization addressing the mental health and self-esteem of individuals affected by HIV, Mr. Brown was the recipient of the 2018 Human Rights Campaign Visibility Award. A graduate of Florida State A&M University, Mr. Brown worked as a licensed social worker and psychotherapist for over a decade before transitioning into media. 

Event co-sponsors: Connections for the Homeless, Evanston Township High School D202, Fusion Academy, New Trier High School D203, the New Trier Parents’ Association, North Shore Country Day School, The Family Institute at Northwestern University, and Youth and Opportunity United (Y.O.U.).


Event 2

“Ghosts in the Schoolyard: Racism and School Closings on Chicago’s South Side” 

Eve L. Ewing, Ed.D. 

Wednesday, December 12, 2018, 7:00 PM 

Evanston Township High School Auditorium 

1600 Dodge Ave., Evanston, IL 60201 

In the spring of 2013, approximately 12,000 children in Chicago received notice that their last day of school would be not only the final day of the year, but also the final day of their school’s very existence. The nation’s third largest school district would eventually shutter 53 schools, citing budget limitations, building underutilization, and concerns about academic performance. Of the thousands of displaced students, 94% were low-income and 88% were African-American. 

Ghosts in the Schoolyard tells the story of these school closings, from their unfolding to their aftermath, in Bronzeville, a historically significant African-American community on the South Side of Chicago. The book details the resistance efforts of the residents of Bronzeville, inspired by the legacy of a storied past and driven to fight back against the malfeasance and disregard of city political leaders. But at its core, this is a book about what schools really mean to Americans and to African-Americans in particular, beyond the brick and mortar that compose them or the test scores and graduation rates that garner the most public attention. 

Ghosts in the Schoolyard author Eve L. Ewing, Ed.D. is a poet, visual artist, essayist, sociologist, and educator based in Chicago. She is also the author of Electric Arches, which received awards from the American Library Association and the Poetry Society of America and was named one of the year's best books by NPR and the Chicago Tribune. She is the co-author (with Nate Marshall) of the play No Blue Memories: The Life of Gwendolyn Brooks. She also writes the “Ironheart” series for Marvel Comics. Dr. Ewing is an Assistant Professor at the University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration. Her work has been published in The New Yorker, The Atlantic, The New York Times, and many other venues. 

A dynamic and powerful voice, Dr. Ewing is a leader in the discussions on the role of black women in academia and writing. She often uses public platforms to discuss these subjects, particularly Twitter, where she is a well-recognized commentator with over 150,000 followers and 25-40 million views each month. 

Dr. Ewing completed her doctorate at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Prior to that, she received an undergraduate degree with honors in English Language & Literature from the University of Chicago, with a focus on African-American literature of the twentieth century. She also holds a MAT in Elementary Education from Dominican University and an M.Ed. in Education Policy and Management from Harvard. 

Event co-sponsors: Connections for the Homeless, Evanston Township High School D202, the McGaw YMCA, Youth and Opportunity United (Y.O.U.) and the YWCA Evanston/North Shore. Both events are free and open to the public and suitable for youth 12+. Neither will be recorded.


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