NTC: The Grid and the Lake: Collisions of the Natural and Built Environments in Chicago Fiction and Poetry

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

9:30 am-12:30 pm

Bill Savage, Northwestern University
Newberry Teachers' Consortium

In this seminar, we will examine a crucial aspect of city life: the relationship between the built environment and the natural world. How does the man-made obliterate or exclude the natural? How does Mother Nature fight back against concrete and steel? How do writers and artists depict this tension, which is especially prominent in Chicago, due to our relationship to Lake Michigan, where the grid or our man-made streets screeches to a sudden halt against the meltwater of long-gone glaciers? Our readings will include poetry by Carl Sandburg and Stuart Dybek, fiction by Ben Hecht, essays by Nelson Algren and Aleksander Hemon, and journalism by various writers.

Cost and Registration Information 

For registration information please contact Charlotte Wolfe at wolfec@newberry.org