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Despres awards announced

Despres awards announced

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The Hyde Park Historical Society will award the Marian and Leon Despres Preservation Awards to the developers who rehabilitated the Harper Theater and the Shoreland Hotel. Jim Hennessy, associate vice president for commercial and real estate operations at the University of Chicago will accept the award for the work done(…)

Ray, Kenwood in school news

Ray, Kenwood in school news

Students advance from regional to citywide science fair at Ray, 5631 S. Kimbark Ave. Ray Elementary School 6th and 7th graders participated in the Burnham and Fulton Park Regional Science Fair last Friday at Malcolm X College. Four students — 6th graders Elvis Wolcott, Marcelo Gutierrez and Joden Soberano and 7th grader Hope Richard —(…)

Lab School campaign ends

Lab School campaign ends

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer The University of Chicago Laboratory Schools Lab+ Campaign closed at the end of 2013 having successfully met its $55 million goal, according to David Magill, director of the Lab Schools. In 2008, the University of Chicago Board of Trustees approved a request from the Lab Schools, 1362 E. 59th(…)

Music news at Kenwood Academy

Music news at Kenwood Academy

String Orchestra Kenwood Academy High School’s revived string orchestra will perform at the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Concert, Jan. 22, at the South Shore Cultural Center. After several years of silence, the string orchestra at Kenwood, 5015 S. Blackstone Ave., has been reestablished under the direction of Ernestine Fleming-Jones. Since its re-launch, the orchestra(…)

Kenwood’s Jerry a talent to watch

Kenwood’s Jerry a talent to watch

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer After competing against musicians from high schools across the city, Giancarlo Jerry, a junior at Kenwood Academy High School, was selected to be a member of the Illinois Music Educators Association (IMEA) Senior Jazz Band and the IMEA Senior Concert Band later this month. He is the first instrumentalist at(…)

HPAC celebrates 75 this year

HPAC celebrates 75 this year

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer The Hyde Park Art Center (HPAC) will kick off its 75th anniversary year programming this week. Founded in Hyde Park in 1939, HPAC had several homes — including the Del Prado Building, 5307 S. Hyde Park Blvd. — before settling into its current address at 5520 S. Cornell Ave in(…)

Jewish during Jim Crow

Jewish during Jim Crow

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer In the 1930s, some Jewish professors from Germany and Austria who fled to America to avoid Nazism found teaching positions at historically Black colleges and universities in the South during the time of Jim Crow “separate but equal” segregation laws. The DuSable Museum of African American History is presenting(…)

University of Chicago bulks up aid to low-income students

University of Chicago bulks up aid to low-income students

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS Staff Writer President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama met with about 100 college leaders from across the country last Thursday, including University of Chicago (U. of C.) President Robert Zimmer, to discuss a plan to help more high school graduates from low-income households get into college. Zimmer said the(…)