CANCELLED - Jack Reid - "Roadside Americans" - Kyle Scanlan

Monday, May 4, 2020 - 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Event Presenter/Author: 
Jack Reid
 **This event has been cancelled. We hope to reschedule in the coming months.**
"Hitchhiking may have been replaced by ride-sharing services like Uber, but as Reid shows, its disappearance is a symbol of the reassertion of traditional values in the face of social fracture. This book calls these values into question by asking what Americans have lost in their unwillingness to give a ride to a stranger by the side of the road."Susan S. Rugh, author of Are We There Yet?
Jack Reid discusses Roadside Americans: The Rise and Fall of Hitchhiking in a Changing Nation. He will be joined in conversation by Kyle Scanlan. A Q&A and signing will follow his discussion.
At the Co-op
RSVP HERE (Please note your RSVP is requested but not required)
About the book: Between the Great Depression and the mid-1970s, hitchhikers were a common sight for motorists, as American service members, students, and adventurers sought out the romance of the road in droves. Yet, by the time Ronald Reagan, a former hitchhiker himself, was in the White House, the youthful faces on the road chasing the ghost of Jack Kerouac were largely gone—along with sympathetic portrayals of the practice in state legislatures and the media. 
In Roadside Americans, Jack Reid traces the rise and fall of hitchhiking, offering vivid accounts of life on the road and how the act of soliciting rides from strangers, and the attitude toward hitchhikers in American society, evolved over time in synch with broader economic, political, and cultural shifts.
About the author: Jack Reid is a scholar of American culture. He lives in Flagstaff, Arizona.
About the interlocutor: Kyle Scanlan was named the Best Comedian in Chicago by the Chicago Reader in 2017. He is a cast member on the nation's longest running independent comedy show, The Lincoln Lodge. He also runs weekly shows at The Comedy Bar and The Laugh Factory. He’s opened for Rory Scovel, Todd Barry, and Amy Schumer. He created and wrote for the satirical website, The Whiskey Journal and hosts a podcast called Basketball Stories.
Event Location: 
Seminary Co-op
5751 S Woodlawn Ave
Chicago 60637