Remembering Dr. Quentin Young, Activist and Physician

Dr. Quentin Young was a Chicago-based activist for healthcare reform, desegregation, and other important issues throughout his life. He served as chairman of medicine at Cook County Hospital during the historic 18-day HSA strike in 1975, where he frequently butted heads with the hospital’s governing body over public health equality. He died earlier this week at the age of 92.

In memory of his life and work, we present a number of clips from our archive. The first clip is from footage of the HSA strike by Judy Hoffman, where Dr. Young spoke at a rally after he was fired for deciding not to discipline participants of the strike (he was later reinstated). The next clip is from a speech at an anti-nuclear rally in 1979, which was documented by Lilly Ollinger. The last two clips come from speeches in honor of his friend (and patient) Studs Terkel, including a memorial for Studs at the Chicago Cultural Center in 2009, which was recorded by Mirko Popadic.

Tonight! A Night with Underground Imagist Filmmaker Tom Palazzolo

Where: Logan Center for the Arts, 915 E. 60th St, Chicago, IL 60637
When: Friday, March 11, 2016 — 7:00 P.M.
Admission: Free

For fifty years, Tom Palazzolo has chronicled the overlooked events and rituals that unfold across Chicago’s neighborhoods. Join him for a sampling of films from across his career: O (1967), a surreal trip through the Chicago of the mind; The Tattooed Lady of Riverview Park (1967), about the featured attraction at the Riverview Park freak show; Jerry’s Deli (1970), which serves customer abuse and corned beef; Love It/Leave It (1973), a collage of street protest, cars, and nudity; and Down Clark St. (1995), a look at forgotten characters from Chicago’s past.

Post-screening Q&A moderated by Jim Dempsey, co-curator of the Smart Museum’s Monster Roster exhibition.

For more, check out the Film Studies Center website.

 

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