“Myth, Truth, and Lies” is the theme of the U. of C.’s 25th annual humanities and arts open house, which offers lectures, tours, and musical performances by faculty and staff. Presentations take place on Saturday, October 23; all are free, but advance registration is required (limited day-of-event registration will be available at Swift Hall, 1025 E. 58th). Call 773-702-3175 or visit humanities.uchicago.edu/openhouse for more.
SESSION I: 9:30 AM
Fiction Reading English professor emeritus Richard Stern reads from his forthcoming Collected Stories: Almonds to Zhoof. Wieboldt Hall, room 408.
Folk Romances of the Indus Valley by Elena Bashir (Urdu and Punjabi). Classics Building, room 10.
From (Pseudo-)Seneca to Operatic Seneca: Teaching Monteverdi’s “L’incoronazione di Poppea” by Robert Kendrick (music chair). Goodspeed Hall, room 402.
Is the Old Rus’ “Tale of the Campaign of Igor” a Fake? by Bill Darden (linguistics and Slavic languages). Oriental Institute, room 210.
Mesopotamian Gallery Tour led by museum staff. Oriental Institute, room 208. Note: begins at 10 AM.
Morning Choral Music Performance by the Motet Choir. Rockefeller Memorial Chapel.
Patricia Highsmith: The Monstrous Mundane World of an Eccentric “Crime Writer” by Rebecca West (Italian, committee on cinema and media studies). Film Studies Center, Cobb Hall, room 306.
Photography: Realizing Pictures by Laura Letinsky (photography). Cochrane-Woods Art Center, room 157.
Princess Elizabeth: Maidenhood in Crisis by Janel Mueller (English language and literature). Bond Chapel.
Re-Bottling the Zeitgeist: Islam vs. the Rest, or a New Reformation? by John Perry (Persian). Biological Sciences Learning Center, room 109.
The Rhetoric of “Rhetoric” by Wayne C. Booth (English language and literature professor emeritus). Biological Sciences Learning Center, room 115.
Robert Lowell at the End of History Oren Izenberg (English language and literature). Cochrane-Woods Art Center, room 153.
Robie House Tour led by Frank Lloyd Wright Preservation Trust volunteers. Robie House.
Science and Fiction in Human Evolutionary Studies by Russell H. Tuttle (anthropology). Biological Sciences Learning Center, room 205.
“The Speculum Romanae Magnificentiae”: An Enigmatic Renaissance Print Collection” by Rebecca Zorach (art history). Special Collections Research Center, Regenstein Library, room 130.
You Can’t Get There From Here: The Limits of Translatability and the Triumphs of Translation by Peter Jansen (Germanic studies professor emeritus). Stuart Hall, room 104.
KEYNOTE: 11 AM
Magic Rings in Mythic Narratives by Wendy Doniger (history of religions). Mandel Hall.
SESSION II: 1:30 PM
Court Theater Open Rehearsal The company rehearses an upcoming production of The Importance of Being Earnest; a Q & A with artistic director Charles Newell and cast members follows. Off-site location; shuttle pickup at 57th & University for registered attendees (call 773-702-4847 for more).
A Dictionary From L to Z and A to K by Theo van den Hout (Hittite and Anatolian languages). Film Studies Center, Cobb Hall, room 306.
Examining Cultural Stereotypes Through Language and Behavioral Norms by Nadine DiVito (French, romance language programs director). Biological Sciences Learning Center, room 115.
Fathers and Daughters in Shakespeare’s Late Plays by David Bevington (humanities, English language and literature). Bond Chapel.
How Does Culture Outrun Biology? by William Wimsatt (philosophy, committee on evolutionary biology). Biological Sciences Learning Center, room 205.
Images of Catastrophe: W.G. Sebald and Claude Simon by Robert Buch (Germanic studies). Oriental Institute, room 210.
Listening to the Movies by Berthold Hoeckner (music). Biological Sciences Learning Center, room 109.
Literature and the Environment in 20th-Century Japan by Gregory Golley (east Asian languages and civilizations). Classics Building, room 10.
Medieval and Modern French Romance by Daisy Delogu (French) and Thomas Pavel (romance languages and literatures). Stuart Hall, room 104.
Mesopotamian Gallery Tour led by museum staff. Oriental Institute, room 208.
Monieux (or How an Ancient Hebrew Manuscript Metamorphosed Into a Novel About a Town of the High Provence) by Norman Golb (Jewish history and civilization). Oriental Institute, Breasted Hall.
The Nature of Historical Inquiry, or How Does the Past Exist? by Robert Richards (history, philosophy, and psychology). Stuart Hall, room 101.
Photographs as Hearsay Evidence by Joel Snyder (art history). Cochrane-Woods Art Center, room 157.
Robie House Tour led by Frank Lloyd Wright Preservation Trust volunteers. Robie House. Note: begins at 1:45 PM.
Rockefeller Carillon Tour led by assistant carillonneur Jim Fackenthal. Rockefeller Memorial Chapel.
Was Lorado Taft a Modern Sculptor? Walking tour led by sculptor Herbert George (committee on visual arts). Midway Studios, Lorado Taft House.
SESSION III: 3 PM
Between Past and Future: New Photography and Video From China Tour led by curator Stephanie Smith. Smart Museum of Art.
1848: The Failed French Revolution by Francoise Meltzer (French, comparative literature). Stuart Hall, room 104.
The Eucharistic “We” and the Triumph of the Chiastic by Michael Silverstein (anthropology, linguistics, and psychology). Stuart Hall, room 102.
Fiction and Poetry Readings by creative writing faculty members Susan Fromberg Schaeffer, Achy Obejas, and Alane Rollings. Fulton Recital Hall, Goodspeed Hall.
The Godless 1780s: An Introduction to Quantitative Intellectual History by Eric Slauter (English language and literature). Wieboldt Hall, room 408.
Goethe’s Yiddish by Jerrold Sadock (linguistics chair). Stuart Hall, room 101.
Kawaii Babies: Americanization and the 1950s Japanese Teen Musical by Michael Raine (Japanese cinema, east Asian languages and civilizations). Film Studies Center, Cobb Hall, room 306.
Learning to Be Surprised: The Close Reading of Poetry by Richard Strier (English, civilizations). Biological Sciences Learning Center, room 205.
Metaphors and Jokes: Working Without a Net by Ted Cohen (philosophy). Biological Sciences Learning Center, room 001.
Muslim Politics in a Non-Muslim Context: India in Precolonial Times by Muzaffar Alam (south Asian history). Classics Building, room 10.
Performance and Pedagogy by Pamela Pascoe (theater and performance studies). Bartlett Hall, rehearsal space.
Philip II, Alexander the Great, and the “Royal” Tombs at Vergina: A Historical Detective Story by Jonathan Hall (history, chair of classics and the ancient Mediterranean world). Cochrane-Woods Art Center, room 157.
The Romantic Guitar by Lawrence Zbikowski (music). Goodspeed Hall, room 402.
Visiting an Assyrian Palace at Chicago by Seth F.C. Richardson (ancient near Eastern history). Oriental Institute, Mesopotamian Gallery.
Vladimir Putin and the Structure of Modern Russian History by Richard Hellie (history, director of the Center for East European and Russian/Eurasian Studies). Biological Sciences Learning Center, room 115.
Bartlett Hall 5640 S. University
Biological Sciences Learning Center 924 E. 57th
Bond Chapel 1050 E. 59th
Classics Building 1010 E. 59th
Cobb Hall 5811 S. Ellis
Cochrane-Woods Art Center 5540 S. Greenwood
Goodspeed Hall 5845 S. Ellis
Mandel Hall 1131 E. 57th
Midway Studios 6016 S. Ingleside
Oriental Institute 1155 E. 58th
Regenstein Library 1100 E. 57th
Robie House 5757 S. Woodlawn
Rockefeller Memorial Chapel 1156 E. 59th
Smart Museum of Art 5550 S. Greenwood
Stuart Hall 5835 S. Greenwood
Wieboldt Hall 1050 E. 59th
For maps of locations see maps.uchicago.edu
Art accompanying story in printed newspaper (not available in this archive): photo/Dan Dry.