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Liesl Olson - Chicago Renaissance: Literature and Art in the Midwest Metropolis

Liesl Olson

When: Thursday, January 25, 2018
4:30 PM - 6:00 PM Central

Where: Harris Hall, Room 108, 1881 Sheridan Road, Evanston, IL 60208 map it

Audience: Faculty/Staff - Student - Public - Post Docs/Docs - Graduate Students

Cost: Free; open to the public.

Contact: Elzbieta Foeller-Pituch   (847) 467-0885

Group: Alice Kaplan Institute for the Humanities

Category: Lectures & Meetings


Liesl Olson is Director of Chicago Studies at the Newberry Library. She is author of Modernism and the Ordinary (Oxford U P, 2009) and many essays about twentieth-century writers and artists.

Dr. Olson will discuss her book, Chicago Renaissance: Literature and Art in the Midwest Metropolis, a cultural history that celebrates Chicago for its centrality to the modernist movement. The book traces the city's cultural development from the 1893 World's Fair through the mid-20th century, illuminating how Chicago writers revolutionized literary forms during this period of sweeping aesthetic transformations around the world.

Through stories of the famous and iconoclastic as well as lesser-known, yet influential, figures, Olson argues for the importance of Chicago's editors, bookstore owners, tastemakers, and ordinary citizens who helped nurture Chicago's unique culture of artistic experimentation.

Presented by the Nicholas D. Chabraja Center for Historical Studies, the Department of English, and the Kaplan Humanities Institute of Northwestern.

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