Richard J. Daley: Man and Myth, Life and Legend

Wednesday, October 15, 2014
(This program continues for multiple sessions)
Wednesdays, October 15 – November 19

6 - 7:30 pm

Led by Bill Savage

In this seminar, we examine the many ways in which Richard J. Daley shaped modern Chicago, both physically (expressways, universities, public housing) and metaphysically (in how Chicagoans understand each other and create their sense of identity). We will read Mike Royko’s Boss, excerpts from American Pharaoh, and media coverage of Daley in order to see the impact, both good and bad, that Daley’s personality, leadership style, background, and political ideals have had on the Chicago we live in today.

Bill Savage (PhD, Northwestern) is a Distinguished Senior Lecturer in English at Northwestern and has taught Newberry seminars since 1992.

Materials List

Required Text(s):

  • Instructor will provide a course reader and other ephemera.
  • Royko, Boss. 978-0452261679
  • Cohen and Taylor, American Pharaoh 978-0316834896
  • Note: Due to the limited availability of these texts, please remember to call the Newberry Bookstore in advance at (312) 255-3520.

CPDU credit for this course is available for Illinois teachers seeking recertification. For more information see the Registration Information page.

This class is part of the Newberry’s Adult Education Seminars Program.

Cost and registration information: 

Six sessions, $198.
Register Online.