Upstate–Downstate: Chicago in Illinois, the Midwest, and the World

Tuesday, September 16, 2014
(This program continues for multiple sessions)
Tuesdays, September 16 – November 18

5:45 - 7:45 pm

This class has been cancelled.
Led by Tim Lacy

This discussion-based seminar will survey the “Upstate-Downstate” divide in Illinois history. Is it a reality? If so, how powerful is the trope? If mythical, what undermines the idea? If half true, what topics transcend the divide? Readings include Spinney’s City of Big Shoulders, Biles’ Illinois: A History of the Land and Its People, and Longworth’s Caught in the Middle. For the first class, please read the first 75 pages of the Spinney book.

Tim Lacy works at Loyola University Chicago. His publications and research address numerous Chicago-related topics, including a recent book on the history of the great books idea.

Materials List

Required Text(s):

  • Biles, Roger. Illinois: A History of the Land and Its People. DeKalb: Northern Illinois University Press, 2005. ISBN-13: 9780875806044 (paperback)
  • Longworth, Richard C. Caught in the Middle. New York: Bloomsbury Press, 2009. ISBN-13: 978-1596915909
  • Spinney, Robert. City of Big Shoulders: A History of Chicago. DeKalb, IL: Northern Illinois University Press, 2000. ISBN-13: 978-0875805832

Readings for the First Session:

  • Please read the first 75 pages of the Spinney book for the first class.

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: 

Ten sessions, $230.