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Conferences Archive (2007-2008)

The Institute for the Humanities at the University of Illinois at Chicago


Friday, November 9, 2007
Institute for the Humanities, Lower level, Stevenson Hall, 701 S.Morgan
University of Illinois at Chicago

This conference is designed to pay tribute to the distinguished career of Michael Lieb, Professor Emeritus at the University of Illinois at Chicago, where he taught from 1970-2007. Presentations will focus on Professor Lieb’s major scholarly interests, which range from Milton, religion, and the Bible to the history of hermeneutics from Ezekiel to Louis Farrakhan.

This conference is free and open to the public.

Welcome: 9:30 a.m.
Mary Beth Rose, Director, Institute for the Humanities, UIC

“Michael Lieb: The Man and His Work”
Albert Labriola, Duquesne University

PANEL ONE: 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Moderator: Robin Grey, UIC

“Exegetical Milton”
Joseph Wittreich, The Graduate Center, CUNY
” ‘We are only what might have been’ : John Milton and Generations”
John Shawcross, Professor Emeritus, University of Kentucky
“The New Milton Criticism”
Stanley Fish, Florida International University; Dean Emeritus, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, UIC

Lunch: 12:30 – 2:00 p.m.

PANEL TWO: 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Moderator: Paul Griffiths, UIC

“Prophetic Authority and Time”
Rachel Havrelock, UIC
“Rage and Praise”
Regina Schwartz, Northwestern University
“Blasphemous Milton?”
David Loewenstein, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Keynote Address: 4:30 p.m.
Introduction: Mark Canuel, Department of English, UIC
Michael Lieb, Research Professor Emeritus of Humanities and Professor Emeritus of English, UIC
” ‘Above Top Secret’: The Prophecy of Ezekiel, The Nation of Islam,
and the Advent of the ‘Mother Plane’ ”

Reception: 5:45 p.m

This conference is free and open to the public.

For more information, contact Linda Vavra at 312-996-6354 or