At our next edition of The Frunchroom, we’ll try something we’ve never done before: two storytellers at once. Ronne Hartfield and Audrey Peeples are sisters who grew up (and still live) on the South Side. They’ll tell that story together this Thursday.
Audrey is a trust officer at Bank of America (formerly Continental Bank). She is also the retired CEO of YWCA of Metro Chicago and the former executive director of the Girl Scouts of Chicago. A resident of Beverly, she describes herself as a mother and community volunteer with “an abnormal obsession with politics.”
She currently serves on a number of volunteer boards including the Chicago Community Trust, Little Company of Mary Hospital, Alumni Board Chicago Foundation for Women and Turnstone Development Corporation. She is a graduate of both the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana and the Kellogg Business School at Northwestern University.
Ronne is an author, essayist, and international museum consultant. A retired Executive Director for Museum Education at the Art Institute of Chicago, she was also a decade-long Executive Director at Urban Gateways: The Center for Arts in Education. Her 2004 memoir, Another Way Home: The Tangled Roots of Race in One Chicago Family, published by the University of Chicago Press, received critical acclaim, and her essays and poetry are widely published.
Her undergraduate and graduate education was at the University of Chicago, and she wasawarded an Honorary Doctorate by DePaul University. She served as Dean of Students at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and has taught at several local universities. The recipient of a range of honorary awards and international residential fellowships, she is permanently located in Chicago’s Hyde Park neighborhood.
The two sisters will tell the story of their mother – based in part on excerpts from Ronne’s book with commentary from Audrey.
See them both this Thursday at 730pm at Beverly Arts Center.