Summer in the City: Public Spaces and Chicago Identities | Newberry

Summer in the City: Public Spaces and Chicago Identities

Led by Bill Savage
Thursday, June 24, 2021
Six sessions, Thursdays, June 24 - July 29

6 - 7:30pm (Central Time)


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Seminar Description

Chicagoans create their identities in the dynamic of the city’s private, semi-public, and public spaces. In summer, public spaces--streets, parks, and beaches--become especially important, as finer weather and higher temperatures encourage people to connect, or come into conflict, with each other. The summer invigorates the city while also exposing its latent tensions. In this seminar, we will read over a century’s worth of poetry, short fiction, and nonfiction depicting Chicago summers in general, as well as two of the city’s most tense summers, 1919 and 1968.

Six sessions. Registration – $210

Lifelong Chicagoan Bill Savage has taught Chicago literature, history, and culture at Northwestern University and the Newberry since 1992.

Materials List


  • A selection of shorter materials distributed by the instructor.

First Reading:

  • There is no reading for this seminar.

Registration Information

Registration opens at 9 am (CST) on Wednesday, May 19th. Newberry Associates members at the Literati level and above will have access to early registration beginning May 12th at 10am. Learn more about membership benefits and becoming a Newberry Associate.

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We offer a 10% discount to members, seniors, and students.

This seminar is part of the Newberry’s Adult Education Seminars Program. Learn more about registering for a seminar, program policies, or teaching a seminar.