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Dinner & A Little History: Illinois Memoirs: Our Story, Your Opportunity
Dates: Apr. 27, 2017 - Apr. 27, 2017
Illinois's monumental literary heritage is particularly rich in autobiographies and memoirs, including the first noted autobiography from the Midwest, Chief Black Hawk's, the most famous memoir associated with the Civil War, Ulysses S. Grant's, and one of the most celebrated autobiographies by an American woman, Jane Addams's Twenty Years at Hull House, among many others. Such works often address issues of identity and belonging, which are as crucial today as ever. Because of the rapidity of cultural change, personal accounts that offer perspectives on life in particular places, families, communities, and occupations at various points in the past, even the recent past, are increasingly valuable. Speaker John Hallwas is an Illinois literary and cultural historian, and a distinguished professor Emeritus at Western Illinois University. Well-known for his many books about Illinois and the Midwest, he has also written scores of journal articles and hundreds of newspaper and magazine essays, as well as several plays. The recipient of more than two dozen awards for his teaching, scholarship, books, and educational service, Hallwas has also spoken in well over one hundred Midwestern communities, at colleges, universities, conferences, and organizational events.
Join us for both the dinner & lecture $24 (CCA members) or $29 (non-members) or just the lecture for is free. Reservations are required. For more information or to reserve, please call (815) 220-1848 ext. 1838.
Lecture is sponsored by the Illinois Humanities Council