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The University of Chicago and the Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts will host Let’s Get Working, a three-day festival honoring the life and work of Studs Terkel, Chicago icon and UChicago alumnus. The festival will introduce Terkel’s work to new and younger audiences while celebrating individuals and groups, local and national, who have been impacted, influenced, and inspired by the man and his legacy.

As a writer, broadcaster, and activist, Louis “Studs” Terkel (1912-2008) often served as the voice of Chicago—but as an oral historian, he recognized the value in listening to all of the city’s voices. His work—including the books Division Street: America (1967), Race (1992), and Pulitzer Prize-winning The Good War (1984)—preserves the past while encouraging audiences to fully inhabit the present and imagine a better future.

Let’s Get Working focuses on issues such as labor, race, faith, and community—all prominent themes throughout Terkel’s broadcasting and literary careers. Featuring oral histories, film screenings, musical performances, art installations, storytelling, and community dialogues, Let’s Get Working will showcase the remarkable depth of knowledge, diversity of subjects, and range of communities Terkel engaged in his work.

This festival is organized by Leigh Fagin, Assistant Director of Collaborative Programming at the Logan Center; Paul Durica, Festival Program Coordinator; and Judy Hoffman, Professor of Practice, Department of Cinema and Media Studies at the UChicago.