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Chicago as the Second City

Neil Steinberg

Neil Steinberg

Thomas Dyja; photo by Bill Guerreiro

Neil Steinberg and Thomas Dyja on Chicago's Place in American History and Culture
Tuesday, September 30, 2014

6 pm

Ruggles Hall

Free and open to the public; no registration required.
Open to the Public
Conversations at the Newberry

In this installment of “Conversations at the Newberry,” responding to a canon of criticism of Chicago that dates back at least to the mid-twentieth century (and a recent contribution to which came from Rachel Shteir in the New York Times), Thomas Dyja, author of The Third Coast, and Neil Steinberg, author of You Were Never in Chicago, will debate Chicago as the Second City and its place in American history and culture.


Listen to the audio of this “Conversation.”


Neil Steinberg began writing for the Chicago Sun-Times in 1984, and joined the staff in 1987 as a feature writer. He became a columnist in 1996, and his column runs four days a week in the news section. Steinberg has written for a wide variety of publications, including The Washington Post, The New York Daily News, Forbes, Esquire, Rolling Stone, Sports Illustrated, Details, and Men’s Journal. He is the author of seven books–his most recent, You Were Never in Chicago, was published by the University of Chicago Press in 2012. Steinberg was born in Ohio and graduated from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism in 1982. He lives in Northbrook with his wife and two sons.


Thomas Dyja was born and raised on the Northwest Side, a third generation Chicagoan. A graduate of Columbia University, he stayed in New York after college to go into publishing. After working as a bookseller and on the agency side at ICM, he went to Bantam Books. From there, he became a partner in the book packaging company Balliett & Fitzgerald. He wrote three novels (Play for a Kingdom, Meet John Trow, and The Moon in Our Hands), a biography of civil rights pioneer Walter White, and co-wrote a book on education with former New York schools chancellor Dr. Rudy Crew titled Only Connect. Dyja continues to create books as an editor-at-large at Thames & Hudson, most recently On the High Line. He lives in Manhattan with his wife and two children.


“Conversations at the Newberry” is generously sponsored by Sue and Melvin Gray.

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