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When Fascism Wins: 80 Years from the Spanish Anti-Fascist Exile

Exhibit Location: The Joseph Regenstein Library, Third Floor
Exhibit Dates: April 1 – June 15, 2019

Photograph of María Teresa León

María Teresa León, 1938 (Source: Archivo Isabel Clara Ángeles Alarcón, Barcelona)

Curated by Collegiate Assistant Professor Miguel Caballero, with a selection of poems and prose translated into English by Maya Osman-Krinsky (Class of 2021)

In the spring of 1939, General Francisco Franco and his allied Nazi and Fascist forces took Madrid and Catalonia. After three years of war, the Spanish Republic eventually collapsed. Hundreds of thousands died or went into exile, among them dozens of writers and artists. Many fled to Europe, which was on the cusp of the Second World War. Many others moved to Latin America, the Soviet Union and even the United States, where they spent decades, as Franco’s military dictatorship continued in Spain.

The Regenstein Library has a rich collection of works by these authors who died fighting fascism or had to flee Spain. Some never came back. This exhibition, on the 80th anniversary of the beginning of their mass exile, is a homage to their political commitment and literary endeavors. Curated by Collegiate Assistant Professor Miguel Caballero, with a selection of poems and prose translated into English by Maya Osman-Krinsky (Class of 2021), it presents a selection of works written in the 1930s or during exile organized around three themes: uprooting and death; domestic epics; and self-sufficiency and power.

Tribune: Bellow Papers at UChicago Library ‘bring you closer to the writer’

Diving into Saul Bellow’s archives
Chicago Tribune – May 16, 2019

Maroon: UChicago Library ‘ideal place’ for collection of rare books

Alum Donates 400 Volumes to Special Collections
Chicago Maroon – May 7, 2019

‘Augie March’ Panel Discussion

Celebrate the exhibition The Adaptations of Augie March and the production The Adventures of Augie March by joining in conversation with:

The Adaptations of Augie March

  • Charles Newell, Marilyn F. Vitale Artistic Director, Court Theatre
  • Nora Titone, Resident Dramaturg, Court Theatre
  • Daniel Meyer, Director of Special Collections and University Archivist

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

5:00 pm — Exhibition Viewing
5:45 pm — Special Remarks and Program
7:00 pm — Reception

The Joseph Regenstein Library
Room 122
1100 East 57th Street, Chicago, Illinois

RSVP by May 14, 2019

Presented by the University of Chicago Library Society and Court Theatre

 

Chicago Tonight: Gift of rare books includes ‘remarkable’ incunabula

Cancer diagnosis leads to donation of 400 rare, valuable books
Chicago Tonight – May 1, 2019

The Adaptations of Augie March: A Novel by Saul Bellow, A Play by David Auburn, A Production Directed by Charles Newell, An Exhibition by Special Collections and Court Theatre

Exhibition Dates: April 29 — August 30, 2019
Location: Special Collections Research Center Gallery, 1100 E. 57th Street, Chicago, IL 60637

Rendering of costume for Augie March with blue shirt and blue pants

Sally Dolembo’s costume design for “The Adventures of Augie March,” final rendering of Augie March

Saul Bellow’s 1953 masterpiece, The Adventures of Augie March, launched his reputation as a novelist and established the future Nobel Laureate’s literary renown. In 2015, Court Theatre commissioned the Pulitzer Prize- and Tony Award-winning playwright David Auburn, AB ’91, to adapt Augie March for the stage. This exhibit showcases treasures from Special Collections Research Center’s Saul Bellow Papers in juxtaposition with materials generated by theatre artists working toward Court’s May 2019 world premiere. On display are early handwritten drafts of Bellow’s novel; the original drafts of David Auburn’s stage adaptation; Charles Newell’s artistic notes and plans for building the world of the play; costume designer Sally Dolembo’s sketches; the mind-bending design work of shadow puppetry collective Manual Cinema; and John Culbert’s minimalist, non-literal design for a set capable of evoking disparate places. The exhibit invites visitors to step into the world of Augie March—as Bellow imagined it, Auburn adapted it, and Newell envisioned it on stage. 

Curator: Nora Titone, Dramaturg at the Court Theatre

Photo of David Auburn

David Auburn

 

Associated Production

The Adventures of Augie March
Court Theatre
May 9 — June 9, 2019

Use of Images and Media Contact

Images from the exhibition included on this page are available for download to members of the media and are reserved for editorial use in connection with University of Chicago Library exhibitions, programs, or related news. For more information and images, contact Rachel Rosenberg at ra-rosenberg@uchicago.edu or 773-834-1519.

Photo of Saul Bellow with his signature in passport

U.S. Passport, 1951, Saul Bellow Papers, Special Collections Research Center, The University of Chicago Library

Tribune: Graham School student donates treasure trove of rare books

After cancer diagnosis, Oak Park man surprises U. of C. with treasure trove of rare books
Chicago Tribune — April 11, 2019

UChicago Common Book Initiative: An Evening with Thi Bui

Photo of Thi Bui with event informationJoin the UChicago campus community in a conversation with Thi Bui, award-winning author of The Best We Could Do, the inaugural Common Book selection. The graphic novel details the author and her family’s journey from Vietnam to the United States as part of the wave of refugees in the 1970s.

Monday, April 22, 2019
Assembly Hall
UChicago International House
1414 E. 59th St.

6 p.m. – Lecture
7 p.m. – Book signing (books will be available for purchase)

Registration is appreciated but not required. Visit inclusion.uchicago.edu/commonbook.

Persons with disabilities who may need assistance should contact International House at 773-753-2274 or i-house-programs@uchicago.edu.

UChicago students, faculty, and staff can borrow copies of The Best We Could Do from Regenstein Library or access an e-copy at http://www.lib.uchicago.edu/h/best.

 

Independent Nations Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania

Exhibit Location: The Joseph Regenstein Library, Second Floor
Exhibit Dates: March 28 – June 27, 2019

Map of Baltic States

The Baltic nations of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania have long and complex histories.  They have rarely been allowed independence or any individuality. Now in the 21st century, each nation finds itself creating its own path, as an independent country.

Symposium for Teaching with Technology

When: Tuesday, April 23, 2019 8:00 a.m.4:00 p.m.
Where: Regenstein Library, Room 122A-B
1100 East 57th Street, Chicago, IL
Description: The UChicago Symposium for Teaching with Technology is an event that brings together faculty, instructors, lecturers, learning designers, academic technologists, and students to share and showcase a wide variety of innovative and effective uses of technology in teaching and learning. Faculty and instructors will give presentations on their use of educational technology, with staff and students serving in a supporting role. The Symposium is open to all UChicago faculty, instructors, staff, graduate student lecturers, and teaching assistants.
Register: https://teachwithtech.uchicago.edu#rsvp
Contact: Academic Technologies
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Notes: Persons with disabilities who need an accommodation in order to participate in this event should contact the event sponsor for assistance.