UIC HOSTS FORUM TO DEBATE 'GREAT BOOKS' CANON
The University of Illinois at Chicago will serve as the battleground for the growing debate over what constitutes the canon of great books. At issue are the divergent attitudes between conservatives who hold the traditional great books in high regard and progressives who feel that the current canon is often racist, sexist, and exclusionary of minorities and non-Western literature.
Exploring the use of great books as tools for dialogue, resistance and dissent will be the subject of a two-day conference held at UIC, "The Idea of the Great Books: Canon and Community, On and Off Campus." The conference, open to the general public, will take place April 26-27 at the UIC Institute for the Humanities, Room B2 (lower level), Stevenson Hall, 701 S. Morgan St.
"As an urban institution, UIC, along with the English department, need to consider what role the great books play in the curriculum," said Lennard Davis, head of the English department. "How do books like those of Toni Morrison weigh against those of Dickens or Homer?"
The conference will bring together presenters from a range of disciplines and professions, including literature, history, cultural studies, education, publishing and politics. This forum will provide an opportunity for provocative debate and discussion. Ilan Stavans from Amherst College will provide the keynote address.
For registration, contact Becca Kopf at (800) 222-5870, ext. 237. Registration closes April 12. See the attached conference schedule. The first two sessions on Thursday and the last two sessions on Friday are free. Registration is $75.00 ($15.00 for students) to attend all other conference panels and events.
The Great Books Conference is co-sponsored by UIC's English department and the Great Books Foundation, which promotes the reading of great books in groups around the country. For more information about the conference contact Lennard Davis at 413-2203.
Thursday, April 26
Friday, April 27
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