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Cities' to be topic of third annual humanities conference
Lynn, Humanities Editor
(217) 333-2177; firstname.lastname@example.org
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. A Classical Greek poet once mused that the city
is "the teacher of man."
Whether or not they agree with that, several dozen modern scholars of
the city will gather at the University of Illinois to consider Simonides
and their own ideas about
cities new and old, real and imagined.
The conference, "Producing Cities/Consuming Cities," will
be held March 29-April 1. It is the third annual conference sponsored
by the UIs Illinois Program for Research in the Humanities. Registration
is not required, but it is recommended. There is no fee for registration.
The conference is open to the public.
Topics will run the gamut, from sex in the city to science fiction,
apartment life to life in a border town. Speakers and their topics include
Samuel Delany, English, State University of New York-Buffalo, "Images
of City and Psyche in the Life of a Gay Poet: Problems Biographizing
Hart Crane"; Sharon Marcus, English, University of California-Berkeley,
"Have a Nice Day: The City as Joke"; Edward Soja, architecture,
University of California-Los Angeles, "Putting Cities First: Urban
Extensions of the Spatial Turn"; and Christine Stansell, history,
Princeton University, "On the Town: Sexual Play in Modern Cities."
Several UI scholars who are IPRH fellows also will present papers on
various aspects of their yearlong considerations of cities.
An exhibit at the UI Krannert Art Museum titled "City Images: Selected
Prints and Photographs of Twentieth Century American Urban Life"
is running now through April 22 in conjunction with the conference.
For more information or to register, contact Christine Catanzarite,
IPRH associate director, at email@example.com.