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November 13, 2001 Contact: Anne Dybek (312) 996-8279; adybek@uic.edu



"Immigrants from Oz: Marking Chicago's Boy's Town." Art historian Christopher Reed will deliver a talk hosted by the University of Illinois at Chicago.

"Reed's talk explores the political and cultural implications of conceiving gay identity as a form of diasporic identity," said Sonya Michel, director of the UIC Gender and Women's Studies Program.


Nov. 14
3-5 p.m.


UIC Institute for the Humanities
Lower Level, Stevenson Hall
701 S. Morgan St.


In 1998, the city of Chicago erected 22 rainbow-ringed and illuminated 20-foot pylons to designate the gay neighborhood of Boy's Town. Part of a larger project to mark local ethnic neighborhoods like Greektown and Chinatown, the marking of Boy's Town generated significant controversy, particularly over its perceived equation of sexuality and ethnicity.

Reed is an assistant professor in the art history department at Lake Forest College. He is currently working on two books: "The Artists of the Bloomsbury Group: Re-imagining Domesticity" and "Art and Homosexuality."

This talk is part of the Gender and City Spaces Lecture Series sponsored by the UIC Gender and Women's Studies Program.

For more information, call (312) 413-7629 or 996-2441.

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