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NEH Offers Summer Institute for University/College Faculty at Newberry Library

Wednesday, January 31, 2018   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Rosalind V. Rini Larson
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Led by Liesl Olson (Newberry Library), Rebecca Zorach (Northwestern University), and Chad Heap (George Washington University), Art and Public Culture in Chicago is an NEH Summer Institute for College and University Faculty. The institute will take place at the Newberry Library, June 11–29, 2018, and it will look closely at the arts, their reception, and their civic import in Chicago from the 1893 World’s Fair through the present moment. NEH is particularly interested in artistic communities, small-scale venues, and vernacular expressions that developed against or alongside Chicago’s mainstream cultural institutions—especially those that took shape in the city’s African American neighborhoods. The setting of Art and Public Culture in Chicago will provide participants with a coherent case study, a wealth of resources, and the opportunity to experience the actual institutions, places, and neighborhoods of the program of study. The institute also aims to underscore connections between Chicago and other American cities, and teachers and scholars with an interest in urban spaces, art, and public culture more broadly are welcome to participate. This institute contributes to the NEH’s recent initiative, “The Common Good,” by inviting participants to reflect more broadly on the role of the arts and the humanities in the public sphere. The ultimate aim is to understand the challenges to public culture now by looking through a deeply historical lens.

The institute will be led by experts in art history, literature, American studies, African American studies, and creative arts, including guest faculty Adam Green (University of Chicago), Davarian Baldwin (Trinity College), and Nicole Marroquin (School of the Art Institute of Chicago). Participants will also engage with a rich array of primary sources in the Newberry’s collection.


The Newberry Library

Open to the public without charge, the Newberry is an independent research library dedicated to the advancement and dissemination of knowledge, especially in the humanities. The Newberry acquires and preserves a broad array of special collections research materials relating to the civilizations of Europe and the Americas. It promotes and provides for their effective use, fostering research, teaching, publication, and life-long learning, as well as civic engagement. In service to its diverse community, the Newberry encourages intellectual pursuits in an atmosphere of free inquiry, and sustains the highest standards of collection preservation, bibliographic access, and reader services.


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