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Symposium celebrating the legacy of the Whole Earth Catalog

October 20, 2006
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Symposium celebrating the legacy of the Whole Earth Catalog

On November 9, 2006, Stewart Brand, founder of the Whole Earth Catalog, will join panelists Kevin Kelly, Howard Rheingold, and Fred Turner at Stanford University’s Cubberley Auditorium to discuss the “extraordinary impact of the Whole Earth Catalog and American counterculture on contemporary computing and everyday life.” Turner, author of the recent book From Counterculture to Cyberculture: Stewart Brand, the Whole Earth Catalog, and the Rise of Digital Utopianism, will moderate the panel discussion from 7:00 to 8:30 pm to be followed by a public reception with the panelists. More info on the symposium is available at Stanford’s Web site. Stewart Brand and the Whole Earth Network formed a group of artists and entrepreneurs who worked to bring together the disparate worlds of high technology and back-to-the-earth hippies of the ’60s and ’70s. Through their innovative adaptation of modern technologies they transformed the instruments of the military-industrial complex into tools with which to forge the new, positive, sustainable culture envisioned by the radical social movements they they embraced. Between 1968 and 1998, via such familiar venues as the National Book Award–winning Whole Earth Catalog, the computer conferencing system known as the WELL, and, ultimately, the launch of the wildly successful Wired . . .

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Carl Smith on Chicago Tonight

October 17, 2006
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Carl Smith on Chicago Tonight

Mark your calendar and set your Tivo accordingly … Carl Smith will be discussing his latest book, The Plan of Chicago: Daniel Burnham and the Remaking of the American City tomorrow, October 18, at 7 PM on WTTW’s Chicago Tonight. A busy week for Smith: he will also be discussing his new book this Sunday, October 22, at the Chicago History Museum, starting at 3 PM. Light refreshments will be served and the program is free with admission to the newly renovated museum. After the infamous fire of 1873 that burned the city of Chicago to the ground, city planners were faced with the daunting task of rebuilding from scratch one of the developing nation’s most important cities. The man who imagined a better and more beautiful city was Daniel Burnham. Chronicling Burnham’s efforts to remake the city of Chicago, Carl Smith’s new book sheds light on the Plan of Chicago and artfully shows how the Plan has continued to influence generations of city planners. . . .

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Press conference on Economic Turbulence

September 11, 2006
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Press conference on Economic Turbulence

On Tuesday, September 12, 9:30 AM, authors Clair Brown, John Haltiwanger, and Julia Lane will hold a press conference to release the findings in their book, Economic Turbulence: Is a Volatile Economy Good for America?, at the National Press Club in Washington D.C.. You can listen to the conference live via a web cast hosted by the National Opinion Research Center. The press conference will be followed by a symposium to discuss their research at the National Academy of Sciences. In Economic Turbulence Brown, Haltiwanger, and Lane explore the real impact of volatility on American workers and businesses alike. According to the authors, while any number of events—shifts in consumer demand, changes in technology, mergers and acquisitions, or increased competition—can contribute to economic turbulence, our economy as a whole is, by and large, stronger for it, because these processes of creation and destruction make it more flexible and adaptable. Basing their argument on an up-close look into the dealings and practices of five key industries—financial services, retail food services, trucking, semiconductors, and software—the authors demonstrate the positive effects of turbulence on career paths, employee earnings, and firm performance. The first substantial attempt to disentangle and make clear the complexities of . . .

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Gilfoyle is Chicago Reader‘s Critic’s Choice

June 21, 2006
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Gilfoyle is Chicago Reader‘s Critic’s Choice

Tonight at 6:00 p.m., Gilfoyle will discuss and sign Millennium Park at the Harold Washington Library. Items from the official archives of Millennium Park will be on view during the event. The event is free and open to the public. Timothy J. Gilfoyle’s reading was chosen by the Chicago Reader as its Critic’s Choice of the week. Harold Henderson wrote, "The story of Millennium Park, as told by Loyola historian Timothy J. Gilfoyle in Millennium Park: Creating a Chicago Landmark, is three uplifting tales in one: the site, up from the lake and the post-Fire rubble; the politics, up from a landfill’s worth of failed plans; and the culture, up from a conservative vision of merely filling out the north end of Grant Park to a tightly packed series of walkways, sculptures, and theatrical spaces.… This impressively organized and lavishly illustrated book itself wouldn’t exist without financial support from the Minow Family Foundation. Those uncomfortable with the project’s delays, cost overruns, privatized process, or jangly outcome get their say, but the mayor has the last word." . . .

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Author events: Gilfoyle, Millennium Park

June 14, 2006
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Author events: Gilfoyle, Millennium Park

Tonight, Timothy J. Gilfoyle, author of Millennium Park: Creating a Chicago Landmark, will appear on WTTW’s "Chicago Tonight" television program. The show airs at 7:00 p.m. (CST). Tomorrow morning, Gilfoyle will be interviewed by Gretchen Helfrich on WBEZ 91.5 FM radio’s "Eight Forty-Eight" program (9:00-10:00 a.m.). In addition to regular broadcast, the show will be accessible via an online audio stream on the WBEZ Web site. Next Wednesday, June 21 at 6:00 p.m., Gilfoyle will speak at the Harold Washington Library’s Cindy Pritzker Auditorium (400 South State Street). Gilfoyle will discuss and sign Millennium Park: Creating a Chicago Landmark. Items from the official archives of Millennium Park will be on view during the event. . . .

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Knight on C-SPAN Book TV

June 14, 2006
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Knight on C-SPAN Book TV

On Sunday, June 18 at 1:15 pm (CST), C-SPAN2’s Book TV will feature a program from the 2006 Printers Row Book Fair, which features Louise W. Knight, author of Citizen: Jane Addams and the Struggle for Democracy and Katherine Joslin discussing Jane Addams. Jane Addams was the first American woman to receive the Nobel Peace Prize. Now Citizen, Louise W. Knight’s masterful biography, reveals Addams’s early development as a political activist and social philosopher. In this book we observe a powerful mind grappling with the radical ideas of her age, most notably the ever-changing meanings of democracy. Read an excerpt. . . .

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Author event: Harcourt on WBEZ

June 5, 2006
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Author event: Harcourt on WBEZ

On Monday, June 5, Bernard E. Harcourt, author of Language of the Gun: Youth, Crime, and Public Policy appeared on Chicago Public Radio’s morning talk show Eight Forty-Eight. Listen to the segment as posted to the WBEZ Web site. Harcourt is also the author of Against Prediction: Profiling, Policing, and Punishing in an Actuarial Age, which we will publish in the fall. . . .

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Printers Row Book Fair

June 2, 2006
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Printers Row Book Fair

No plans for the weekend? Well, it’s supposed to be beautiful, and what better way to spend the day then wandering along Dearborn Street buying books?! The Printer’s Row Book Fair takes place this weekend, and the University of Chicago Press will be there selling books in tent A at the corner of Congress and Dearborn. Press authors will also be represented in the events this weekend. Stuart Dybek, author of Childhood and other Neighborhoods speaks Sunday at 2 pm at the Harold Washington Library; Joel Greenberg, author of A Natural History of the Chicago Region speaks Saturday at 12:30 p.m. at Grace Place/2nd floor; James Grossman, editor of The Encyclopedia of Chicago appears at 11 a.m. Sunday in the University Center/Lake Room, and Louise Knight, author of Citizen: Jane Addams and the Struggle for Democracy, speaks at 1 p.m. on Saturday in the University Center/Lake Room. Of course, there are many more scheduled events, including appearances by John Updike, Dave Eggers, Nikki Giovanni, and Curious George—not currently scheduled to appear together, but who knows what can happen on Chicago streets at a book fair on a beautiful weekend in June? For a full schedule of events with a map . . .

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Author event: Timmermans on BBC Radio 4

May 24, 2006
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Author event: Timmermans on BBC Radio 4

Earlier today, Stefan Timmermans, author of Postmortem: How Medical Examiners Explain Suspicious Deaths, appeared on BBC Radio 4’s "Thinking Allowed" program. You can listen to an audio file of the program on the Thinking Allowed Web site. Postmortem goes deep inside the world of medical examiners to uncover the intricate web of pathological, social, legal, and moral issues in which they operate. Stefan Timmermans spent years in a medical examiner’s office, following cases, interviewing examiners, and watching autopsies. While he relates fascinating cases here, he is also more broadly interested in the cultural authority and responsibilities that come with being a medical examiner. . . .

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Symposium in Honor of Anthony C. Yu

May 22, 2006
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Symposium in Honor of Anthony C. Yu

On May 27 and 28, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., the University of Chicago is hosting a symposium in honor of Professor Anthony C. Yu (1025 E. 58th Street). Yu is translator and editor of the Journey to the West series and the forthcoming abridgment of The Journey to the West titled The Monkey and the Monk. The symposium, Pleasure and Passion in Chinese Literature, will gather Yu’s student’s friends, and colleagues in Chinese and Comparative literature whose work has been influenced by his scholarship. Anthony C. Yu’s celebrated translation of The Journey to the West reinvigorated one of Chinese literature’s most beloved classics for English-speaking audiences when it first appeared thirty years ago. Yu’s abridgment of his four-volume translation, The Monkey and the Monk, finally distills the epic novel’s most exciting and meaningful episodes without taking anything away from their true spirit. . . .

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