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The Evanston History Center has announced its fall lineup of speakers for its traditional “Under the Buffalo” lecture series, so named because of the buffalo head that adorns the stairway in the lobby of the Charles Gates Dawes home, where the organization is located.

Nina Barrett, a co-owner of the Evanston bookstore, Bookends and Beginnings, leads off the series on Sept. 20, with a discussion of her book, The Leopold and Loeb Files, about an infamous crime that occurred in Chicago in the 1920s. Her book tells the chilling story chiefly through a rare collection of carefully arranged primary source material, including confessions, court transcripts, psychological reports, and evidence photos.

Ben Austen, a Chicago author who wrote the book, High-Risers, Cabrini-Green and the fate of American public housing, will discuss the subject of that book on Oct. 18. High Risers tells the story of the public housing facility that was once home to some 20,000 Chicago residents on Chicago’s Near North side that ultimately was closed and torn down. He examines what went wrong in the effort to provide affordable housing in the city and what can be learned from those mistakes.

Then on Nov. 8, Linda Gartz, who now lives in northwest Evanston, will discuss her recently-released book, Redlined, that tells the story of her family on Chicago’s West Side as it navigated the uncharted shoals of its neighborhood’s racial change in the 1960s.

Each lecture begins at 7 p.m. following a reception that begins at 6:30 p.m. Book signings will follow each presentation and each book will be available for purchase. Admission to each event is $10, although it is free to members of the Evanston History Center. Reservations should be made on the Center’s website.

Charles Bartling

A resident of Evanston since 1975, Chuck Bartling holds a master’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University and has extensive experience as a reporter and editor for daily newspapers, radio...

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