WBEZ | Newberry Library http://www.wbez.org/content/newberry-library Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en The Color of Christ: The Son of God and the Saga of Race in America http://www.wbez.org/color-christ-son-god-and-saga-race-america-103642 <p><p>How is it that in America the image of Jesus Christ has been used both to justify the atrocities of white supremacy and to inspire the righteousness of civil rights crusades? In <em>The Color of Christ</em>, Edward J. Blum and Paul Harvey weave a tapestry of American dreams and visions&ndash;from witch hunts to web pages, Harlem to Hollywood, slave cabins to South Park, Mormon revelations to Indian reservations&ndash;to show how Americans remade the Son of God visually time and again into a sacred symbol of their greatest aspirations, deepest terrors, and mightiest strivings for racial power and justice.<br /><br /><em>The Color of Christ</em> uncovers how, in a country founded by Puritans who destroyed depictions of Jesus, Americans came to believe in the whiteness of Christ. Some envisioned a white Christ who would sanctify the exploitation of Native Americans and African Americans and bless imperial expansion. Many others gazed at a messiah, not necessarily white, who was willing and able to confront white supremacy. The color of Christ still symbolizes America&rsquo;s most combustible divisions, revealing the power and malleability of race and religion from colonial times to the presidency of Barack Obama.</p><p><br /><strong>Edward J. Blum</strong> is author of<em> Reforging the White Republic: Race, Religion, and American Nationalism</em>. <strong>Paul Harvey</strong> is author of <em>Freedom&rsquo;s Coming: Religious Cultures and the Shaping of the South from the Civil War through the Civil Rights Era</em>.<br /><br />This event is co-sponsored by the A.C. McClurg Bookstore, a branch of the Seminary Co-op Bookstore. A booksigning with the authors will follow the talk.</p></p> Sun, 04 Nov 2012 11:38:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/color-christ-son-god-and-saga-race-america-103642 Tongues of Flame: The Legacy of John Eliot's Indian Bible http://www.wbez.org/tongues-flame-legacy-john-eliots-indian-bible-103565 <p><p>The first Bible produced in North America, in 1663, was printed not in English&mdash;or some other European tongue&mdash;but in an Algonquian language known as Massachusett (also called Wampanoag). To pull this off, John Eliot, known as the &ldquo;Apostle to the Indians&rdquo; in the Algonquian-speaking communities of the Massachusetts Bay Colony, had first to devise a writing system for an exclusively spoken language. This required a command of Massachusett vocabulary as well as its grammar, idioms, and non-cognate elements that might foil easy understanding. Once Eliot produced a comprehensive orthography, he was ready to begin translating the Bible into the Indian language. Far from a simple exercise in word-for-word translation, however, Eliot&rsquo;s Bible would have to submit to a kind of conceptual translation in order to be put to effective missionary use. The result, according to <strong>Scott Manning Stevens</strong>, was the &ldquo;indigenization&rdquo; of Christianity; while Eliot retained the basic narrative of the Gospels, he assimilated certain concepts into already-existing structures of Indian belief to make them comprehensible for his new audience.</p><div>In this illuminating lecture, Stevens considers the challenges Eliot faced in translating the Bible into Massachusett and the solutions he devised for its installation in the lives of indigenous converts.&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>This lecture is sponsored by the Elizabeth F. Cheney Foundation and is part of a series of programs that take a closer look at items in The Newberry 125th anniversary exhibition.</div></p> Wed, 31 Oct 2012 14:41:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/tongues-flame-legacy-john-eliots-indian-bible-103565 Pluralisms With a Big "S": The American Versions http://www.wbez.org/pluralisms-big-s-american-versions-99942 <p><p>America is a country increasingly defined by its diversity. We are religiously, culturally, ethnically, and racially pluralistic, composed of many different parts and interests. But what do we mean when we talk about America&rsquo;s many &ldquo;pluralisms&rdquo;? Sometimes it is equated with &ldquo;manyness&rdquo; or &ldquo;diversity,&rdquo; but more is involved than those words connote. Join the Dr. William M. Scholl Center for American History and Culture and Professor <strong>Martin E. Marty</strong>&nbsp;to explore ways of understanding, interpreting, and teaching the varieties of phenomena we have in mind when we talk about America&rsquo;s civil and religious &ldquo;pluralism.&rdquo;</p><div>Martin E. Marty is the Fairfax M. Cone Distinguished Service Professor Emeritus at the University of Chicago.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Prof. Marty&rsquo;s lecture is a part of the Scholl Center&rsquo;s ongoing National Endowment for the Humanities&rsquo; Bridging Cultures at Community Colleges program, &ldquo;Out of Many: Religious Pluralism in America.&rdquo; For more information, please contact scholl@newberry.org.</div><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Fri, 08 Jun 2012 12:24:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/pluralisms-big-s-american-versions-99942 Studs Terkel's 100th Birthday Party http://www.wbez.org/news/labor/studs-terkels-100th-birthday-party-98251 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/RS2458_AP810908032-scr.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Celebrate the centenary of one of Chicago&rsquo;s best citizens, Studs Terkel, with some of the best writers, activists, reporters, historians, and artists around. <strong>Alex Kotlowitz</strong>, <strong>Alison Cuddy</strong>, <strong>Penelope Rosemont</strong>, <strong>Alma Washington</strong> (as Lucy Parsons), <strong>Steve Mosqueda</strong>, <strong>Sean Benjamin</strong>, <strong>David Roediger</strong>, and <strong>Ed Sadlowski</strong> will reflect on how this expansive and generous public figure moved them and shaped their work.<br /><br /><strong>Heather Radke</strong>, a freelance audio recorder, will share clips of people who have shared their own memories of Studs Terkel. <strong>Bucky Halker</strong> and <strong>Jon Langford</strong> will provide music. Come and remember Studs together, with good stories, music, and food.<br /><br />Event cosponsors include the Illinois Labor History Society, the Chicago Literary Hall of Fame, the Chicagoan Haymarket Pub and Brewery, the Pocket Guide to Hell, Chicago Publishes, Charles Kerr Publishing, Chicago Metro History Fair, the Jane Addams Hull-House Museum, the Swedish Bakery, and the Newberry Library.<br /><br />This program is free and open to the public; no reservations are required. It is part of the Studs Terkel Centenary celebrating his life and work.</p></p> Sat, 14 Apr 2012 11:20:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/news/labor/studs-terkels-100th-birthday-party-98251 Public Symposium: Border Troubles and Indian-Anglo Conflict in the War of 1812 http://www.wbez.org/event/2012-03-17/public-symposium-border-troubles-and-indian-anglo-conflict-war-1812 <p><p>This symposium is made possible in part by generous support from the Consulate General of Canada, Chicago. There will be a discussion with the audience following the talks.<br> <br> <strong>Rick Hill</strong> presents "The Great Whirlwind: The Impact of the War of 1812 on the Haudenosaunee (Six Nations)." Hill is Tuscarora, an oral historian, and chairperson of the Six Nations Legacy Consortium, Six Nations Grand River Territory, Ontario. In his talk, Hill will examine the involvement of the Grand River, Buffalo Creek and Tuscarora communities on both sides of the border, as they were torn by conflicting Covenant Chain loyalties to the Crown and the President. He will tell the story through a series of wampum belts associated with the war and the written accounts of council meetings where these divided loyalties were played out. In the end, the Haudenosaunee used their ancient protocols to heal the wounds of war and become one people.<br> <br> <strong>Gregory Dowd</strong>, a professor of history and American culture at the University of Michigan, presents "Earthshaking History: Tecumseh, the Red Stick Creeks, and the South." Several legends concerning Tecumseh have found their way into our histories of the War of 1812, which cast doubt upon aspects of events that occurred during and immediately after his tour of the South in 1811. These include the role of eclipses, comets, and earthquakes in history, his anger at Tenskwatawa for the battle of Tippecanoe, and the decline of the Shawnee prophet’s influence following that battle.<br> <br> <strong>Frances L. Hagemann</strong> presents "War of 1812: Indian Perspectives in the Old Northwest." Hagemann is Ojibwe/Mettis, a Newberry Scholar in Residence, and contributor to the National Council for the Social Studies. In the Old Northwest Territory this war was primarily an Indian war. After European arrival in the Great Lakes area, a complex set of relationships arose among the French, the English, and indigenous tribes. The dynamics of the relationships were shaped by confrontation and/or confederation, and the roots of this war can be seen as early as the 1750s. As pressure for greater land cessions grew, the tribes did not acquiesce without a struggle.<br> <br> <strong>Ron Dale</strong>, War of 1812 Bicentennial Project Manager at Parks Canada, presents "Come All Ye Bold Canadians." Using the title of a popular Canadian militia marching song as his theme, Dale discusses the War of 1812 in Canadian national mythology and Canadian commemorations that mark the bicentennial of the conflict.<br> <br> This program is free and open to the public. No reservations are required.</p></p> Fri, 24 Feb 2012 14:57:21 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/event/2012-03-17/public-symposium-border-troubles-and-indian-anglo-conflict-war-1812 Conversations at the Newberry: Scott Turow and Judge Richard Posner Discuss the Future of Authors, Books, and Libraries http://www.wbez.org/event/2012-02-22/conversations-newberry-scott-turow-and-judge-richard-posner-discuss-future-authors- <p><p><strong>Scott Turow</strong> and Judge<strong> Richard Posner</strong> will talk about the future of books, authors, and libraries in the digital age at the next “Conversations at the Newberry,” a new series of discussions to generate thought-provoking discourse for and frame important questions about enduring issues that are timely today. Each evening features a pair of authors speaking about topics on which they have expertise and with which they are enthusiastically engaged, followed by give and take with the audience.<br> <br> Registration for the event is now CLOSED, but unclaimed seats will be available after 5:45 the evening of the event. Registrants MUST arrive by 5:45 p.m. to guarantee their seats. After 5:45 p.m., any vacant seats and standing-room spaces will be opened and made available to non-registrants.<br> <br> An attorney and author of nine best-selling works of fiction, Scott Turow has written numerous op-ed pieces and conducted interviews about the future of libraries and the digitization of books. His works of non-fiction include <em>One L</em> (1977) about his experience as a law student and <em>Ultimate Punishment</em> (2003), a reflection on the death penalty. Turow’s books have won several literary awards, including the 2004 Robert F. Kennedy Book Award. Turow is a partner at SNR Denton (formerly Sonnenschein, Nath &amp; Rosenthal) where he concentrates on white-collar criminal defense and devotes a large amount of his time to pro bono matters. Before joining the firm Turow was an Assistant U.S. Attorney in Chicago.<br> <br> Judge Richard A. Posner has been called “the most influential jurist outside the Supreme Court,” (<em>The New York Times</em>, July 14, 2011). Named to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit in 1981 and chief judge from 1993 to 2000, Judge Posner has written more than 2,500 published judicial opinions and 30 books. His academic work has covered a broad range, with particular emphasis on the application of economics to law. His current research includes work on evidence, intellectual property, citations analysis, the public intellectual, antitrust, and jurisprudence and moral theory. Prior to being named to the federal bench, Judge Posner was a professor of law at the University of Chicago Law School, where he continues to teach part-time as a senior lecturer.</p></p> Wed, 15 Feb 2012 17:04:02 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/event/2012-02-22/conversations-newberry-scott-turow-and-judge-richard-posner-discuss-future-authors- Meet the Author: Jennifer Ratner-Rosenhagen, "American Nietzsche: A History of an Icon and His Ideas" http://www.wbez.org/event/2012-02-09/meet-author-jennifer-ratner-rosenhagen-american-nietzsche-history-icon-and-his-idea <p><p>If you were looking for a philosopher likely to appeal to Americans, Friedrich Nietzsche would be far from your first choice. After all, in his blazing career Nietzsche took aim at nearly all the foundations of modern American life: Christian morality, the Enlightenment faith in reason, and the idea of human equality. Despite that, for more than a century Nietzsche has been a hugely popular&mdash;and surprisingly influential&mdash;figure in American thought and culture.<br /><br />In <em>American Nietzsche</em>, <strong>Jennifer Ratner-Rosenhagen</strong> delves deeply into Nietzsche&rsquo;s philosophy, and America&rsquo;s reception of it, to tell the story of his curious appeal. Beginning her account with Ralph Waldo Emerson, whom the seventeen-year-old Nietzsche read fervently, she shows how Nietzsche&rsquo;s ideas first burst on American shores at the turn of the twentieth century and how they continued alternately to invigorate and to shock Americans for the century to come. She also delineates the broader intellectual and cultural contexts within which a wide array of commentators drew insight and inspiration from Nietzsche&rsquo;s claims for the death of God, his challenge to universal truth, and his insistence on the interpretive nature of all human thought and beliefs. At the same time, she explores how his image as an iconoclastic immoralist was put to work in American popular culture, making Nietzsche an unlikely posthumous celebrity capable of inspiring both teenagers and scholars alike.<br /><br />Jennifer Ratner-Rosenhagen is the Merle Curti Associate Professor of History at the University of Wisconsin&ndash;Madison.<br /><br />This event is co-sponsored by the Newberry Library&rsquo;s A.C. McClurg Bookstore. Admission is free and no reservations are required.</p></p> Fri, 03 Feb 2012 16:29:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/event/2012-02-09/meet-author-jennifer-ratner-rosenhagen-american-nietzsche-history-icon-and-his-idea Meet the Author: Lawrence P. Jackson, "The Indignant Generation: A Narrative History of African American Writers and Critics" http://www.wbez.org/event/2012-02-04/meet-author-lawrence-p-jackson-indignant-generation-narrative-history-african-ameri <p><p><em>The Indignant Generation</em> is the first narrative history of the neglected but essential period of African American literature between the Harlem Renaissance and the civil rights era. The years between these two epochs saw the rise of Richard Wright, Gwendolyn Brooks, Ralph Ellison, Lorraine Hansberry, James Baldwin, and many other influential black writers. While these individuals have been duly celebrated, little attention has been paid to the political and artistic milieu in which they produced their greatest works.<br> <br> Looking at the tumultuous decades surrounding World War II,<strong> Lawrence P. Jackson</strong> restores the “indignant” quality to a generation of African American writers shaped by Jim Crow segregation, the Great Depression, the growth of American communism, and an international wave of decolonization.<br> <br> Fully exploring the cadre of key African American writers who triumphed in spite of segregation, Jackson paints a vivid portrait of American intellectual and artistic life in the mid-twentieth century in this award-winning book.<br> <br> <strong>Lawrence P. Jackson</strong> is professor of English and African American studies at Emory University. He is the author of <em>Ralph Ellison: Emergence of Genius</em> and a forthcoming biography of Chester Himes.<br> <br> This event is co-sponsored by the Newberry Library’s A.C. McClurg Bookstore. Admission is free and no reservations are required.</p></p> Fri, 13 Jan 2012 15:33:43 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/event/2012-02-04/meet-author-lawrence-p-jackson-indignant-generation-narrative-history-african-ameri Meet the Author: Ariel Dorfman, "Feeding on Dreams: Confessions of an Unrepentant Exile" http://www.wbez.org/event/2011-10-15/meet-author-ariel-dorfman-feeding-dreams-confessions-unrepentant-exile <p><p>Hailed by Salman Rushdie as "one of the most important voices coming out of Latin America," author and human rights activist <strong>Ariel Dorfman</strong> delivers a memoir that excavates his profound and provocative journey as an exile.<br> <br> In September 1973, the military took power in Chile, and Ariel Dorfman, allied to deposed president Salvadore Allende, was forced to flee for his life.<em> Feeding on Dreams</em> is the story of the transformative decades of exile that followed. Dorfman portrays the personal and political maelstroms underlying his migrations from Buenos Aires, on the run from Pinochet’s death squads, to safe houses in Paris and Amsterdam, and eventually to America, his childhood home. Then, seventeen years after he was forced to leave, there is a yearned-for return to Chile, with an unimaginable outcome. The toll on Dorfman’s wife and two sons, the "earthquake of language" that is bilingualism, and his eventual questioning of his allegiance to past and party—all these crucibles of a life in exile are revealed with wry and startling honesty.<br> <br> Chilean-American author and human rights activist Ariel Dorfman is a frequent contributor to the <em>New York Times</em>, <em>Los Angeles Times</em>, <em>Washington Post</em>, <em>New York Times Book Review</em>, and <em>Huffington Post</em>. He is Walter Hines Page professor of literature and Latin American studies at Duke University.<br> <br> This event is co-sponsored by the Newberry Library's A.C. McClurg Bookstore. Admission is free and no reservations are required.</p></p> Fri, 07 Oct 2011 15:02:42 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/event/2011-10-15/meet-author-ariel-dorfman-feeding-dreams-confessions-unrepentant-exile Martin Marty and John Buchanan Discuss Dietrich Bonhoeffer's "Letters and Papers from Prison" http://www.wbez.org/event/2011-10-11/martin-marty-and-john-buchanan-discuss-dietrich-bonhoeffers-letters-and-papers-pris <p><p>Dietrich Bonhoeffer was a German Lutheran pastor and theologian executed by the Nazis in April 1945 for his involvement in a plot to kill Adolf Hitler. His <em>Letters and Papers from Prison</em>, a series of ruminations about the role of Christianity in an increasingly secular world, has been widely influential—religiously and politically—since publication in 1951. Professor Martin Marty traces the history of this influence and explores the different ways in which Bonhoeffer’s work has been used by civil rights activists, anti-apartheid campaigners, “death-of-God” theologians, and East German Marxists. The Rev. Dr. Buchanan and Professor Marty will develop these considerations into a larger discussion of the role of religion and religious activism today.<br> <br> <strong>Martin Marty</strong> is the Fairfax M. Cone Distinguished Service Professor Emeritus at the University of Chicago Divinity School, where he taught for 35 years. He is the author of more than 50 books. The <strong>Rev. Dr. John Buchanan</strong> has been senior pastor of Chicago’s Fourth Presbyterian Church since 1985 and is the editor and publisher of <em>The Christian Century</em>.<br> <br> Admission is free and no reservations are required. Seating is limited and is first come, first served. Doors will open at 5:30 pm.<br> <br> This inaugural "Conversations at the Newberry" program is part of series to generate thought-provoking discourse and frame important questions about moral, religious, and political issues of today. Each evening will feature a renowned, recently published author in conversation with a distinguished interviewer, followed by discussion with and among the audience.</p></p> Fri, 30 Sep 2011 14:10:31 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/event/2011-10-11/martin-marty-and-john-buchanan-discuss-dietrich-bonhoeffers-letters-and-papers-pris