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Video Recordings have been made of speaker presentations at many Caxton Club events. Methods for sharing them are being explored.

June Luncheon

Friday, June 12, Union League Club

Glenn Humphreys

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 caxtonclub@newberry.org. Reservations suggested by noon Wednesday for Friday lunch.

June Dinner

Wednesday, June 17, Union League Club

Arnold Hirshon

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 imagery.

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 caxtonclub@newberry.org no later than June 12 at 5 pm.