CHICAGO—The great American writer James T. Farrell was born in Chicago on February 27, 1904. His 50 works of fiction, criticism, and memoir constitute one of the most valuable bodies of literary work from the twentieth century. In celebration of Farrell’s life and work, the Newberry Library proudly presents the “James T. Farrell Centennial Symposium and Bus Tour,” May 21-22, 2004.
The two-day event, which is presented in collaboration with the Irish American Studies Program at Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, features five programs that are free and open to the public:
Friday, May 21, 2004
9:30-10:30 a.m. Reconsidering James T. Farrell’s Art: Chicago, Realism, Austerity, Reputation
Panelists: Charles Fanning (Southern Illinois University) and Ron Offen (for the James T. Farrell Centenary Committee)
11 a.m.-12 Noon. Farrell’s Fiction as Example for Other Writers
Panelists: Stuart Dybek, Tony Ardizzone, and Bette Howland
Lunch break at area restaurants
2-3 p.m. Teaching Farrell’s Fiction
Panelists: Shaun O’Connell (University of Massachusetts-Boston); Shawn Gillen (Beloit College), and Bill Savage (Northwestern University)
Saturday, May 22, 2004
9:30-10:45 a.m. Farrell and Urban History: the Neighborhood Landscape, Race, and Politics
Panelists: Ellen Skerrett (Chicago historian), Don Hayner (Managing Editor/News of the Chicago Sun-Times), and William Lederer (author and member of the family fictionalized as the Lonigans in Farrell’s trilogy)
11 a.m.-12 Noon. Dramatic Readings from James T. Farrell’s Fiction by the
Irish Repertory of Chicago, directed by Drew Martin
All lectures will be held at the Newberry Library, 60 W. Walton St., Chicago. The event also features “James T. Farrell’s South Side,” an afternoon bus tour on Saturday, May 22, from 2-5:30 p.m. (sold out). For more information, call (312) 255-3700.
The Newberry Library is an independent humanities research library that is free and open to the public. The Newberry offers a wide array of exhibits, lectures, classes and concerts related to its collections.
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