Steel and Community in Chicago: Exit Zero Film, Exhibit, Discussion at the Field Museum Saturday (Apr 13)

Exit Zero is a documentary film that tells a personal story of the lasting social and environmental impacts of “deindustrialization” in Southeast Chicago.  Interweaving home movies, found footage, and first-person narrative, the film traces the stories of multiple generations of producer Christine Walley’s family in the once-thriving steel community of Southeast Chicago. The Exit Zero project also includes a new book by Christine Walley.

Exit Zero signThe screening will be followed by conversation with the filmmakers, tours of The Field Museum’s Restoring Earth exhibit featuring the Calumet region, and panel discussions with area heritage, environmental justice and labor activists. Book signing & reception with Christine Walley & Chris Boebel to follow. This event is sponsored by Chicago Working-Class Studies and the Field Museum of Natural History.

  • When: Saturday, April 13, 2013
    9:00 – 4:30
  • Where: The Field Museum
    (Simpson Theater at the West Entrance)

The discussion portion of the event will feature panelists from several local environmental and labor organizations, including People for Community Recovery, the Southeast Environmental Task Force, the Alliance for American Manufacturing, and the United Steelworkers Union.

Lunch can be purchased at McDonald’s or the Corner Bakery at The Field Museum, or you may bring a sack lunch. See these directions to the Museum’s West Entrance.

The event is free and open to the public. 

For more information about Chicago Working-Class Studies

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