STUDS TERKEL: VOICE OF AMERICA
Tuesday, 6:30-9:00 PM
April 1-May 6
Gleacher Center, 450 N Cityfront Plaza Drive
University of Chicago Graham School
Although Studs Terkel (1912–2008) did many things, from writing plays to disc jockeying to sportscasting, he was especially famous as a radio personality and Pulitzer Prize-winning author and oral historian. His award-winning books capture the life and times of 20th-century America through the stories of ordinary people, whose rich experience he was able to capture. From his first book, Giants of Jazz, to such titles as Division Street: America, The Good War, Hard Times, Working, and P.S.: Further Thoughts from a Lifetime of Listening, Terkel listened to and loved the very soul of democracy. This course will try to convey, for both new readers and old, something of the magic that was Studs Terkel. In this inaugural offering of the course, we’ll be focusing on his first oral history Division Street: America. Each session we’ll be joined by a special guest such as Tony Macaluso (WFMT); Sara Chapman and Tom Weinberg (Media Burn Archive); Mark Guarino (Chicago Sun-Times); and Heather Radke (Jane Addams Hull-House Museum) who will share with us unique Terkel clips, texts, and materials. The final session will be a walking tour of Studs Terkel’s Loop.
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