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Conferences Archive (1998-1999)

The Institute for the Humanities
and the Medical Humanities Program
at the University of Illinois at Chicago

announce a series on

Children, Violence and Families

There is no more contested and disturbing issue than the relationship of children, violence and families. These colloquia will examine that relationship in order to create a dialogue among the medical and legal communities, humanities scholars in a variety of disciplines, and the public at large.

Children as Perpetrators, Children as Victims

Friday, December 4, 1998 from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Patrick Murphy, Public Guardian, Cook County
Michelle Oberman, J.D., Associate Professor, DePaul University School of Law
Alex Kotlowitz, Author, There Are No Children Here (1992); The Other Side of the River (1998); Oak Park, IL.
Jill Glick, M.D., Medical Director, Child Protective Services, University of Chicago Children’s Hospital

Location: Auditorium, Eye and Ear Infirmary
1855 W. Taylor, University of Illinois at Chicago

This program is free and open to the public.


Critical Studies: A Colloquium
The Annual Conference of The School of Criticism and Theory

April 23-24, 1999


8:45 am Welcoming Remarks
Stanley Fish, Dean, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, UIC

Stephen G. Nichols, Director, School of Criticism and Theory

Catharine R. Stimpson, Dean
Graduate School of Arts and Science
New York University
“Law and Literature: My Fall, My Adventure”

Murray Krieger, University Research Professor
Department of English and Comparative Literature
University of California , Irvine
“Theory, Post-Theory, and the Fate of the ‘Literary'”

Eric J. Sundquist, Dean
Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences, Prof. of English and African American Studies
Northwestern University
“Promised Lands: A Different Drummer”

Stephen G. Nichols, James M. Beall Professor of French
Johns Hopkins University
“Building History: Gothic Representation in Restoration France ”


Walter Benn Michaels, Professor of English
Johns Hopkins University
“The Shape of the Signifier”

Martha Nussbaum, Ernst Freund Professor of Law and Ethics
Law School , Philosophy Department, & Divinity School
University of Chicago
“Secret Sewers of Vice’; Disgust, Bodies and the Law”


Catharine Gallagher, Professor of English Literature
University of California , Berkley
“Formalism and Time”

Gabrielle M. Spiegel, Professor of History
Department of History
Johns Hopkins University
“Memory and History: Liturgical Time and Historical Time”

Gerald Graff, George M. Pullman Distinguished Service Professor of English & Education
University of Chicago
“Clueless in Academe: The Problem of Academic Intellectual Discourse”

Dominick LaCapra, Bowmar Professor of Humanistic Studies
Cornell University
“Trauma, Absence, and Loss”

Frances Ferguson, Professor of English and the Humanities
Johns Hopkins University
“Envy Rising: The Progress of An Emotion”

Houston A. Baker, Jr., Albert M. Greenfield Professor,
Department of English
Director, Center for the Study of Black Literature and Culture
University of Pennsylvania
“Constitutional Allegory and Affirmative Action Babies: Stephen Carter’s Talk of Dissent”

Stanley Fish, Dean, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Professor of English
University of Illinois at Chicago
“The Fugitive in Flight: Why Television Drama was Once Good”


1999 National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Institute

The Built Environment of the American Metropolis: Public and Private Realms, 1900-2000

June 28-July 23, 1999

Directed by Robert Brugmann, Professor of Architecture and Art History

Sponsored by the National Endowment for the Humanities, this institute will explore issues connected with private and public life in the build environment of the American city. Does today’s highly decentralized city represent an erosion of traditional urban values or does it merely embody present forms of public life? Do American cities need public policy to provide new public transportation, new forms of public or communal housing, and new urban design solutions? Or are these reform efforts the result of class-based biases and an attempt to turn back the clock to an imaginary golden age? The institute will examine the evidence available and the arguments possible concerning the built form of the American city in the past present, and future. It will use Chicago as the benchmark in a discussion of large cities throughout the country.

Guest Faculty
M. Christine Boyer, Princeton University
Philip Ethington, University of Southern California
Neil Harris, University of Chicago
Delores Hayden, Yale University
Kenneth Jackson, Columbia University
Carl Smith, Northwestern University

Additional Faculty
Burt Bledstein, University of Illinois at Chicago
Howard Decker, Decker Legg Kemp, Chicago
Roberta Feldman, University of Illinois at Chicago
Peter Hales, University of Illinois at Chicago
Inigo Manglano-Ovalle, University of Illinois at Chicago
Tim Samuelson, Chicago Historical Society

Robin Bachin, History, University of Miami
Peter C. Baldwin, History, DePaul University
Richard Becherer, Architecture, American University of Beirut
Joseph C. Bigott, History and Political Science, Purdue University
Joan Brigham, Visual and Media Arts, Emerson College
Edward Dimendberg, Germanic Languages and Literatures, University of Michigan
Phyllis Ellin, Illinois and Michigan Nat’l Heritage Corridor
Richard Gale, Hutchins School of Liberal Studies, Sonoma State University
Paula Geyh, English, Southern Illinois University
Mark Hutter, Sociology, Rowan University
Sharon Jessee, English, University of Wisconsin , LaCrosse
Carol A. Kelly, Park Ranger, Statue of Liberty
Ari Kelman
Ruth Eckdish Knack, American Planning Association
Kristin Koptiuch, Social and Behavioral Sciences, Arizona State University West
Brian Ladd, American Academy
Sharon Meagher, Office of Social Responsibility, The Union Institute
Charlene Mires, History, Villanova University
John R. Mitrano, Sociology, Central Connecticut State University
Eric Paul Mumford, Architecture, Washington University
Julie Nicoletta, Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences, University of Washington , Tacoma
David P. Phillips, East Asian Lang. and Literatures Program, Wake Forest University
Diane Shaw, Architecture, Carnegie Mellon University
Jonathan Veitch, Humanities, The New School for Social Research
Craig Steven Wilder, History, Williams College
Michael Ann Williams, Folk Studies, Western Kentucky University
Stephanie E. Yuhl, Humanities and History, Valparaiso University