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March 10th, 2019

On our Front Table this week, explore representations of power and resistance, including the role of art in constituting ecological consciousness, a famous author's newly discovered allegory of a young woman's rebellion, a reconstruction of political society in pre-modern South India, and a powerful collection from two photojournalists at the heart of the protests for LGBTQ rights surrounding the Stonewall Riots. Find the following titles and more at semcoop.com.


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March 3rd, 2019

On this episode of Open Stacks, punk poet Eileen Myles joins us in the stacks to discuss talking and writing Evolution, their new collection of essays and poems, and "trying so hard to be in this world." Co-op Booksellers weigh in on the art and "gentle madness" of collecting books.


On February 13, 2019, Eileen Myles came to the Co-op to read from their new collection,...

Open Stacks Podcast
March 3rd, 2019

On our Front Table this week, find poetry from the minimalist to the epic. Also explore new biographies of previously overshadowed women, including a critical figure in the struggle for Chicana/o rights, and an artist who sought to transform modern life through her everyday revival of ancient Greek practices. Find the following titles and more at ...

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February 25th, 2019

In advance of his conversation with Adèle author Leila Slimani, Moroccan Francophone literary scholar Khalid Lyamlahy shared an expansive list of impactful contemporary Maghrebi literature—in poetry and prose—with the Co-op. Explore the range of titles below, and join us Tuesday, 2/26, 6pm at the Co-op for this installment of ...

February 24th, 2019

On our Front Table this week, find new and diverse perspectives on the American experience. Start with a survey of the history of American ideas from the founding to the present. Then find a new collection from a critical figure in American feminism, a treatise on the wide-ranging legal ideas that have been necessary to practice equality, an absurdist fable of racism, and a literary case that the Kennedy assassination marked the beginning of the end. Find the following titles and more at ...

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February 17th, 2019

To deny our place in time is to imperil our perspective, says Marcia Bjornerud, professor of geology and author of Timefulness. This time on Open Stacks, we expand our view of the Seminary Co-op, with new looks at the Front Table, James Joyce’s time-intensive staff favorite Ulysses, and Bjornerud’s poly-temporal thinking and reading to support the claim that, contrary to current trains of thought, time is on our side. 


On November 27, 2018, geologist and environmentalist Marcia Bjornerud (right) discussed...

Open Stacks Podcast
February 17th, 2019

On our Front Table this week, explore fraught questions of race and identity, including the pivotal role of women slave owners in the American south, revelations that a famous chronicler of the Civil Rights movement was actually an FBI informant, and the latest from France's favorite contemporary literary provocateur. Find the following titles and more at ...

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February 10th, 2019

On our Front Table this week, explore transformations in the arts. Start with the impact of technological developments like sampling and streaming. Then find the infusion of jazz into hip-hop, the new aesthetic possibilities of mathematics, the emergence of environmental fiction, a case for art as a human right, and a woman who drove abstraction to its limits a decade before Kandinsky or Constructivism. Find the following titles and more at ...

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February 3rd, 2019

Unwatchable, unreadable, or merely hard to find. It all adds up on this episode of Open Stacks as excesses of art and life are on (and off) display. Uncover your eyes and ears as editors Nicholas Baer, Maggie Hennefeld, and Laura Horak discuss our mediated era and contemporary modes of spectatorship in Unwatchable, and other books worth reading closely. From the front lines of the Front Table, Rachel Galvin's News of War examines early 20th century poetry's critical distance from cultures of war. And Co-op Manager Adam Sonderberg esteems value in books browsed and left behind.


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Open Stacks Podcast
February 3rd, 2019

On our Front Table this week, uncover the histories of struggle that constitute the present: waging peace and redefining the role of the state in postwar Chicago; fusing past and present in Japan's encounter with capitalist modernity; parsing historical and emergent forms of misogyny; forging a distinctive Iranian political order through revolution and international conflict; and reconstituting Native American identity through the struggles for its very existence. Find the following titles and more at ...

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