On Sunday, April 19, we will be joined by historian Robert Ovetz, who will discuss his recently published book, When Workers Shot Back. Class Struggle from 1877 to 1921. The main reading will be the introduction to the book, available here: Ovetz – When Workers Shot Back – Intro

Condensed versions of the chapters on wildcat strikes and the Seattle 1919 general strike can be found here:



We will meet at Floods Hall. Bring snacks!

This event is sponsored by Railway Workers United.


Between now and March, we will be reading several texts around the themes of the undercommons, destitution, and relations of fugitivity and denaturing, in anticipation of the conference in Bloomington, IN. If you’d like to join us, write to worldsapart@riseup.net (or DM us through Twitter) for meet up times, as they may not always be circulated publicly. With the exception of the book on Trump, which we haven’t found a pdf for yet, the texts are collected in a .zip file here.

Dec 10, 7pm: Infrastructure and Insurrection


With the end of the revolutionary party, political struggles have become increasingly centered around place-based, local antagonisms. What does it mean to read our current situation with a lens to its potential openings, to imagine possibilties of rupture within its apparently seamless structures? This week, we will read two texts on the relation between industry, infrastructure, and revolution, using them as provocations to rethink our relation to Chicago’s own existing faultlines. Readings:

Eyal Weismann, “How to Reinhabit the House of Your Enemy” | READ

Angry Workers World, “Insurrection and Production” | READ || PRINT

Dec. 10th, 730pm at Floods Hall, 1515 E. 52nd Place, Chicago. Bring snacks to share!

Nov 17th: The Illusion of Intregration

Sunday at 2pm, we’ll be joined by former-Chicago historian Kai Parker, who will talk about how the notion of “racial progress via integration” in fact led to ghettoization on the south side, as neighborhoods transitioned from white to black. All are welcome.

Nov 24th: Commemorating the 1919 Race Riot in Chicago

Commemorating the Chicago Race Riot of 1919

Franklin Cosey-Gay, executive director of the Chicago Center for Youth Violence Prevention at the University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration, and Peter Cole, author and history professor at Western Illinois University, will discuss the Chicago Race Riot of 1919 and the commemoration project that aims to place works of public art at the locations around the city where 38 persons, black and white, died during the riots.
 John Clegg, postdoctoral fellow at the University of Chicago, will discuss the 1919 race riot map that he and a team of collaborators have developed.

Sunday Nov. 24th at the Double Parlor.