Many of the systemic injustices explored in Richard Wright’s 1940 novel “Native Son”—economic and housing insecurity, racist policing practices—continue to resonate in today’s Chicago.

On Saturday, October 8, activists, scholars, artists and journalists gather at the Logan Center for the Arts, 915 E. 60th St., in moderated discussions centered on the themes of injustice explored in this seminal work of literature. The symposium,Hypocrisy of Justice: Sights and Sounds of the Black Metropolis” is free to attend but reservations are encouraged.

Composer and symposium organizer Dana Hall says he hopes the conversations will not only be thought-provoking, but productive.

“What I hope for and what my colleagues, in particular [co-organizer] Kate Dumbleton hopes in organizing this symposium is that it gets everyone to see the cross-cutting nature of many of these issues – that the idea of ​​food insecurity is linked to the idea of ​​a health care system inequitable health, which is related to the kind of protests and conversations we have in political arenas and community centers, which are related to home insecurity,” Hall said. “So by bringing people together in a room and on a panel to talk about their area of ​​specialization, what they’ll find is that oh, well, it’s actually related to this other thing. And maybe if we put our heads, our minds, our hearts together, we can find solutions to some of these problems and we won’t operate in a vacuum, in a silo of solutions.