Eve Ottenberg

Eve Ottenberg is a novelist and journalist, whose articles have appeared in The New York Times Book Review, Vanity Fair, Truthout, The Philadelphia Inquirer, The New Yorker's “Briefly Noted” section, The Nation and many other newspapers and magazines. She has also written a weekly political column for The Village Voice.

Recent Articles

Gentrification, School Closings, and Displacement in Chicago

A former Chicago public school teacher sees school closings as part of a deliberate effort to push African Americans out of newly desirable areas so whites can move in.

Ghosts in the Schoolyard: Racism and School Closings on Chicago's South Side Eve L. Ewing University of Chicago Press ewingghostsintheschoolyardcover1.jpg Beginning in 2013, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel unveiled an ambitious plan to shutter 330 underperforming public schools. The plan was soon whittled down to 54 schools citywide. Parents fought back in Bronzeville, an African American neighborhoodon Chicago’s South Side. If these schools were as terrible as Chicago Public Schools (CPS) officials claimed, then why did parents and other residents use every tool at their disposal, including hunger strikes, to keep them open? Eve Ewing, a University of Chicago’s School of Social Service assistant professor, who was born, raised and still lives in in the city, documents one community’s struggle against the fallout from gentrification in Ghosts in the Schoolyard: Racism and School Closings on Chicago’s South Side. The starkly different perceptions of what a...

Why New Social Movements Are Different

A new book from social reformer Jai Sen explores the international age of protest.

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In mid-March, a Canadian alliance of First Nation tribes led protests in British Columbia over the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion. This action followed other indigenous protests in Canada and the United States over the past few years, over Keystone XL, the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL), the Atlantic Coast Pipeline, and the Bayou Bridge. One of the most widely covered of these protests, the anti-DAPL demonstrations at Standing Rock, was led by the Standing Rock Sioux, which unfolded in tandem with their lawsuit against the Army Corps of Engineers. Under President Obama, the Corps finally denied an easement for the construction of the pipeline. With little apparent care for the Sioux’s concerns, President Trump promptly reversed that move. But one defeat could not stop indigenous protesters. From Alaska and Canada to the Amazon rainforest in Brazil, from the Lacandon jungle in Chiapas, Mexico, to the Ogoni tribes fighting Shell in Nigeria, indigenous people have become a force...