The City of Evanston will host a screening of Cooked, a 2018 documentary inspired by Eric Klineberg’s book Heat Wave: A Social Autopsy of Disaster in Chicago, followed by a panel discussion on Thurs., Feb. 27, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., at the Fleetwood-Jourdain Community Center, 1655 Foster St. 

Cooked examines the inequity of natural disasters and the stark premise that a zip code can be an accurate predictor of life or death when nature unleashes its worst. The film focuses on Chicago’s deadly July 1995 heatwave, which resulted in the sudden deaths of 726 citizens, consisting largely of elderly and people of color. 

The screening will be followed by a moderated panel of community leaders including:

  • Kumar Jensen, City of Evanston Chief Sustainability and Resilience Officer (moderator)
  • Deborah Scott, MDiv., MPA, Pastor at Ebenezer AME Church
  • Tiffany McDowell, PhD, Director of the Equity Institute at YWCA Evanston/North Shore
  • Jane Grover, Chair, City of Evanston Equity and Empowerment Commission

This event is funded through the City’s Partners for Places grant and is the first of many events planned to spur public dialogue on the issues of housing affordability, racial equity and climate resilience. 

For more information, please call/text 847-448-4311. For convenience, residents may simply dial 3-1-1 in Evanston.