4 - 5 pm
Towner Fellows’ Lounge
How Can We Bring Contemporary History to Life and Use it for Change?
D. Bradford Hunt and Richard Cahan
D. Bradford Hunt and Richard Cahan will talk about the possibilities and potential of the National Public Housing Museum, planned to open in the near future on Chicago’s West Side. Hunt, author of Blueprint for Disaster: The Unraveling of Chicago Public Housing, is associate professor of social science and history at Roosevelt University. Cahan, co-author of The Lost Panoramas: When Chicago Changed Its River and the Land Beyond, is a former Weinberg Fellow at the Newberry. They are both working to create the new museum.
The Newberry Library Colloquium is a weekly gathering of Newberry staff members, fellows, scholars-in-residence, and readers on Wednesday afternoon in the Towner Fellows’ Lounge. Refreshments are available at 3:30 pm and an informal presentation begins at 4:00 pm, followed by discussion. The talks are varied, but all relate to the Newberry collections in some way. Speakers may describe a current research project, highlight a particular collection, or discuss one of the Library’s many ongoing or special programs. The Colloquium is open to the public and no reservations are required.