Culture Club


Culture Club Presents...

Culture Club Presents: The History of Anti-Asian Sentimentyvonne wolf

Tu, May 11 |12pm| $7 Virtual or In-Person

We have all seen the #StopAsianHate across social media and in the news, as Asians and Asian Americans have experienced waves of violence, discrimination, and hate in recent years. Is this new? Or has it always been there? Yvonne Wolf, an intercultural communication consultant who specializes in Asian culture, sharing many of her personal experiences, will be back to discuss the history and realities of the Asian experience in the United States, in this audience discussion based presentation. 

AAPIHM: Royal Polynesian

M, May 17 |2pm | $9M/$13.50NM

Royale Polynesian will take you on a journey across the South Pacific to Hawaii, Samoa, Fiji, Tahiti and New Zealand. Based in Chicago, Royale Polynesian Revue has been entertaining the Chicago area for over 20 years. This group is known for their high energy and interactive shows.

Minari (Immigrant Heritage Month Movie Presentation)

F, Jun 11 |1pm | No Cost

A tender and sweeping story about what roots us, Minari follows a Korean-American family that moves to a tiny Arkansas farm in search of their own American dream. The family home changes completely with the arrival of their sly, foul-mouthed but incredibly loving grandmother. Amidst the instability and challenges of this new life in the Ozarks, Minari shows the undeniable resilience of family and what really makes a home.

Culture Club Presents: Gender Identity

M, Jun 21|12:30pm|$5 

(Virtual and in-person)
 Assistant Director of Northwestern University's Department of Multicultural Student Affairs and Niles native Matt Abtahi, will be back to share a presentation on gender identity. We will learn what commonly used terms mean, how and when to use them, and communication expectations. This program is for the purpose of providing an opportunity to ask questions to a subject expert in a non-judgmental environment.



Culture Club Reading Group

Jon the Culture Club as we continue our thought provoking conversations over literature!  We will consider a mix of fiction and non-fiction works, themed around “hot topics” in the nation and world. Join us in person or over Zoom. Not into reading? No worries!  Just come and share your opinions and thoughts on the topic at hand with the group. (No Cost—virtual & in-person option)


Theme: Social Issues
White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard For White People to Talk About Racism, by Robin DiAngelo

Th, Apr 15 | 3pm | No Cost
One the most popular books of 2020, sociologist Robin DiAngelo explores the counterproductive reactions white people have when their assumptions about race are challenged, and how these reactions maintain racial inequality.



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Theme: Mental Health
72 Hour Hold, by Bebe Moore Campbell

Th, May 20 | 3pm|No Cost
In recognition of Mental Health Awareness Month, Campbell’s provocative novel explores our culture’s treatment of mental illness through the story of one mother’s desperate attempts to save her (Book will be available for pickup on May 1 or may be downloaded electronically. Please specify option at time of registration.)
manic-depressive teenaged daughter.


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Theme: Immigrant Heritage Month

The Beautiful Things that Heaven Bears,  by Dinaw Mengestu

Th, Jun 17 |1pm |No Cost

Seventeen years ago, Sepha Stephanos fled the Ethiopian Revolution for a new start in the United States. Now he finds himself running a failing grocery store in a poor African-American section of Washington, D.C., his only companions two fellow African immigrants who share his bitter nostalgia and longing for his home continent. Years ago and worlds away Sepha could never have imagined a life of such isolation. As his environment begins to change, hope comes in the form of a friendship with new neighbors Judith and Naomi, a white woman and her biracial daughter. But when a series of racial incidents disturbs the community, Sepha may lose everything all over again.-AmazonReads 

(Book will be available for pickup on June 1 or may be downloaded electronically. Please specify option at time of registration.)


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On-going Service Project—Menstrual Movement  

Tu, May 4-Jun 29|9:30am|No Cost

Join us for our ongoing service project. All craft skills welcome! Donations of towels and materials are welcome. Please contact Milcah at 847-588-8433 or for more information.