The Romance of a People at Chicago's 1933 World's Fair

Friday, January 21, 2011 @ 1:30pm

Event Info


$18; $10 for Spertus members; $8 for students


Spertus Institute

610 S. Michigan Avenue





Spertus Institute of Jewish Studies

This event will be recorded for WBEZ’s Chicago Amplified.

On July 3, 1933, Jewish Day was celebrated at the Chicago World’s Fair. The highlight was a spectacular pageant called "The Romance of a People," produced by Meyer Weisgal of the Zionist Organization of America. The pageant took place in Soldier Field and its attendance made Jewish Day top World’s Fair attendance records against a backdrop of Nazi violence abroad and anti-Semitic sentiment at home.

Join Dr. Lauren Love to explore how pageant producers and artists overcame disagreement, creating a spectacle that commemorated Jewish history and boldly asserted a Jewish national future.

Dr. Lauren Love is an assistant professor of communication and theatre arts at the University of Wisconsin-Baraboo/Sauk County. Her research focuses on the connections between activism and theater. Her essay on "The Romance of a People" was recently published in The Drama Review’s special issue on Jewish American performance.