Humanities Day

Saturday, October 20, 2018 - 9:30am - 4:30pm
Event Presenter/Author: 
Michael Dango, Rachel Cohen, Rachel DeWoskin, Edgar Garcia, Augustus Rose, Lynn Xu, Will Boast, Rachel Galvin, Ling Ma, John Wilkinson

What does humanities scholarship look like? Humanities Day, an annual tradition at the University of Chicago since 1980, celebrates the humanities with free discussions, tours, performances, and lectures featuring the latest research of our award-winning faculty in the Division of the Humanities.

Join us on Saturday, October 20th for the following presenations and panels at the Co-op

Minimalism: From Art Style to Lifestyle

9:30am - 10:30am | Michael Dango

From how-to guides on de-cluttering your home, to sleek office furniture and simple, elegantly cut clothing, minimalism is a leading lifestyle philosophy of the 21st century. But before it was everywhere, minimalism was the name for avant-garde art and music that emerged in the 1960s. This talk will look at 50 years of minimalism as it moved from its experimental origins, through the architecture and literature of the 1980s, and into the present.

Creative Practices: Archives Considered

2:00pm - 3:00pm | Rachel Cohen, Rachel DeWoskin, Edgar Garcia, Augustus Rose, Lynn Xu

This panel will consider the uses of personal and historical archives for creative practices (narrative, poetic, or visual).  What are the objects and situations by which we constitute our lives in writing? Participants will include Gus Rose (author of the novel The Readymade Thief), Lynn Xu (author of the poetry collection Debts and Lessons), Rachel Cohen (author of the critical biography Bernard Berenson: A Life in the Picture Trade), and Rachel DeWoskin (author of the novel Second Circus). Edgar Garcia, Neubauer Family Assistant Professor of English, will moderate the panel discussion.

New Faculty Books in Creative Writing

3:30pm - 4:30pm | Will Boast, Rachel Galvin, Ling Ma, John Wilkinson

From fiction to poetry to literary translation, from Latin American modernism to the contemporary poetry of war, from a modern-day Apollo and Daphne to the zombie apocalypse, Creative Writing faculty Rachel Galvin, Will Boast, and Ling Ma will read from and discuss their fascinating new books. Moderated by Director of Creative Writing John Wilkinson, the panel will also consider questions of literary influence in an expanded field, the relationship between teaching and writing, and how these two aspects of a writer's career complement and complicate each other.

Event Location: 
The Seminary Co-Op Bookstore
5751 S. Woodlawn Ave