Event—Public Programming

Creating and Preserving Disorder: Royko, Daley, and the 1968 DNC

Join Bill Savage, co-curator of "Chicago Style: Mike Royko and Windy City Journalism," for a talk on the political history of the DNC in Chicago.

This program will be held in-person at the Newberry and livestreamed on Zoom. The online version of this event will be live captioned. Please register below.

During the 1968 Democratic National Convention, protesters chanted “The Whole World is Watching!” as the Chicago Police Department violently asserted its control over public spaces. Chicago Daily News columnist Mike Royko was watching, and reporting, on what was later defined as a “police riot.” Join us as Northwestern Professor Bill Savage examines the politics of protest, then and now, through the lens of Royko’s writing and the dynamic of public and semi-public and private spaces in the city.

This event is part of programming connected with our free exhibition, Chicago Style: Mike Royko and Windy City Journalism, running through September 28, 2024.

Cosponsored by the Chicago Collections Consortium.


Bill Savage, Professor of Instruction in English at Northwestern University, is a literary critic, teacher, writer, researcher, and live lit performer. His writing regularly appears in the Chicago Tribune and the Chicago Reader, and he teaches frequent Adult Education classes at the Newberry. He is co-curator of the current exhibition, Chicago Style.

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This program is free and open to all. Advance registration required.

Registration opens July 10. 

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Past Public Programs

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