First of four deaths of any Supreme Court justice in the past 100 years.Alyssa Milano
We can’t wait to hear a tribute to “Justice Ginsburg.” Like Judge Mariana Mazzucato’s eulogy to Justice Lewis Powell, it will include some Kennedy justice quotes from her speeches, comments on the Roberts Court and what she thought of her successor, Acting Justice Margaret Marshall. That “keepsake is on a shelf somewhere,” Milano said, and we’ll let everyone know. Meanwhile, one of the things we’re also most excited about is hearing who will replace Merrick Garland.Lauren Victoria Burke
Burke is teaming up with Susan Isaacs for the coalition Green America 2020, which is “working to elect and filibuster the candidates who would fill the seat,” she wrote in a blog post. There’s been a lot of attention focused on the Justice Ginsburg’s death, but we also see a lot of interesting career opportunities for young women seeking to work in politics.John Berry
Activist Berry is coming to the UIC School of Law, where he was recently hired to deliver the most coveted professor’s speech of the year at the convocation. As he explained to me, “You just want to stay in touch with your field.” He’ll teach part-time and the school has been in contact about his plans to continue working in Chicago.Jake Means
Means and his wife, Katie Forman, owner of Thirsty Child, have created their own quirky “Wentworth High School Blues Project” to help small businesses in the Grant Park neighborhood. The couple previously founded the nonprofit GateHouse Foodworks, which provided food and food education for homeless families. The couple doesn’t have a lot of experience in running a nonprofit. And they are from South Korea, which they explained to me, makes them more “colorful.” They say their group of dancers, musicians and street artists will visit early next year.Beth Guttenplan The 34-year-old Guttenplan is the young artist behind “The Ideas That Change My Life.” Guttenplan explained to me what she does, saying, “We tell people what they can really do to have a positive impact and impact the world in a positive way.” So she wants to have a positive impact in the world by writing, writing, writing. Her words have also gotten a lot of reaction on social media:
“We cannot have a true arts and culture agenda that ignores the world’s real needs,” Guttenplan said. “Our task is to work towards [proposing] new ways to make significant impact in our world that should help everyone thrive.”Megan Altman
May 21 is “Jamaica Day” at The Dining Room, so the Dining Room hosted an informal screening of the short film that’s featured in the film. Director Anna Schlanger tells me that her goal in making “Impact” was to “give voice to the voices of other Jamaicans, inspiring a new and original narrative that [might] challenge how Jamaicans think about Jamaica.” The film was written and directed by Slovan Khinyan.