The Midwest as Place | Newberry

The Midwest as Place

Kristin Hoganson

Timothy Gilfoyle

Kristin Hoganson and Timothy Gilfoyle
Thursday, December 5, 2019

6 to 7 pm 

Ruggles Hall 

Free and open to the public; free tickets required.
Open to the Public
Conversations at the Newberry

In this installment of “Conversations at the Newberry,” Kristin Hoganson and Timothy Gilfoyle reflect on the idea of “The Midwest as Place,” offering important revisions to commonplace narratives about midwestern history and identity.

Kristin Hoganson is Professor of History at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, specializing in the history of the United States in world context, cultures of U.S. imperialism, and transnational history. Her recent research has taken her into the history of the rural heartland, with forays into such topics as the politics of locality, converging borderlands, imperial piggybacking, isolationism, aerial consciousness, diaspora, exile, and struggles for the right to return.

In The Heartland: An American History, Hoganson takes the concept of the American “heartland” as a starting point for a trenchant analysis of Midwestern politics and history. Hoganson challenges the distorted nostalgia with which the Midwest is revered as a “symbolic center in national mythologies” and traces the complicated histories of border brokering, Indigenous displacement and relocation, agricultural imperialism, and alliance politics that shaped this vast and multitudinous region.

Timothy Gilfoyle is Professor of History at Loyola University Chicago, where he teaches American urban and social history. Gilfoyle’s research has focused on the development and evolution of various nineteenth-century urban underworld subcultures and informal economies, exemplified by A Pickpocket’s Tale: The Underworld of Nineteenth-Century New York. His interest in urban planning and public space led to the publication of Millennium Park: Creating a Chicago Landmark.

Gilfoyle is a trustee of the Chicago History Museum and a member of the executive board of the Society of American Historians. He was previously a member of the board of directors for the Chicago Metro History Education Center. He has been a Minow Family Foundation Fellow, a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellow, a Senior Fellow at the National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution, and an NEH/Lloyd Lewis Fellow at the Newberry. He is an elected fellow of the Society of American Historians and the American Antiquarian Society.

This event is part of our programming related to the Newberry’s What Is the Midwest? project, funded by a major grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

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Cost and Registration Information 

Free and open to the public; free tickets required. Obtain tickets online beginning November 1.

Doors open half an hour before the program begins, with first-come, first-served seating for registered attendees. We will admit walk-ins without tickets if space permits, 10 minutes before the event begins.

People with accessibility concerns can request to be seated first. To reserve an access-friendly space in the room, first register using the link above, then email publicprograms@newberry.org at least 48 hours before the event. Seats arranged in this way will be held until 10 minutes before the event starts.