Video Recordings have been made of speaker presentations at many Caxton Club events.
Methods for sharing them are being explored.
Friday, June 12, Union League Club
on the Special Collections of The Chicago Public Library
June offers you a special chance to go behind the scenes of the Chicago Public Library,
through a lavishly illustrated journey to the inner sanctum of its special collections.
Caxtonian Glenn Humphreys, who serves as head of rare books and manuscripts at
special collections, will reveal the origins, holdings and unexpected treasures that lie
within. From its humble beginnings in a water tank that survived the Great Chicago
Fire, the Chicago Public Library has grown into a system that spans 80 communities
across the city. Along the way it has gathered a remarkable collection and you’ll be given
an exclusive look at highlights that illuminate Chicago politics, plays, parks, paintings,
and more. You’ll see political cartoons by Chester Commodore, one of the most
influential African American cartoonists of the 20th century; a marked up script and
photographs from Glengarry Glen Ross by David Mamet; Millennium Park construction
photographs documenting the transformation of the area from rail yard to stunning
urban park; plus so much more.
June luncheon: Union League Club, 65 W. Jackson Boulevard. Luncheon buffet (main
dining room on six) opens at 11:30 am; program (in a different room, to be
announced) 12:30-1:30. Luncheon is $32. For reservations call 312-255-3710 or e-mail
firstname.lastname@example.org. Reservations suggested by noon Wednesday for
Wednesday, June 17, Union League Club
on “Alice at 150: Artistic Visions as Visual Translation”
Arnold Hirshon is Associate Provost and University Librarian at Case Western
Reserve University. He has written extensively for scholarly publications and
lectured in over 40 countries on six continents. Dr. Hirshon will use the 150th
anniversary of the first publication of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland to examine
the visual expression of this classic story. Significant attention has been paid to the
work’s word-play, philosophical and mathematical concepts, puns, ambiguities, and
nonsense words. Much attention also has been given to translations of the complex
text into other languages. But until recently there was little popular, scholarly or
critical exploration of the illustrated Alice, despite over 200 illustrated versions and
Alice’s portrayal in other visual media ---stage, film, television and fine art. In a
richly-illustrated program, Dr. Hirshon will focus the looking glass on artists’ and
illustrators’ many efforts to portray Alice’s story beyond John Tenniel’s iconic
June dinner: Union League Club, 65 W. Jackson Boulevard. This program follows
our new format: spirits at 5, program at 6 with dinner to follow. Drinks are $5 to $9.
Dinner is $48. Reservations are essential for either the program only (which is
free) or the program and dinner combination. For reservations call 312-255-
3710 or e-mail email@example.com no later than June 12 at 5 pm.