Watch Kate Zambreno, AM'02, Read from Her Memoir, 'Heroines'

Kate Zambreno, AM'02, visited the Logan Center to give a reading from her newest work HeroinesWatch the video of the reading here.

The Rumpus called Heroines "relentless and reflective" and "a genre-defying battle cry about forgotten and suppressed women in literature (as well as her role in the gendered story of her own life)." Heroines developed in part from Zambreno's blog Frances Farmer is My Sister, where she meditates on the voices and biographies of writers like Vivienne Eliot, Jane Bowles, Jean Rhys, and Zelda Fitzgerald.

Humanities Faculty Members Recognized with New Professorships

Two faculty members from the Division of the Humanities received new professorships. Clifford Ando has been appointed the David B. and Clara E. Stern Professor in Classics and the College. Ando studies law, religion, and government in the Roman Empire, and is the co-director of the Center for the Study of Ancient Religions. He joined the UChicago faculty in 2006.

PhD Candidate Paul Durica's Historical Tours and Reenactments Highlighted in the 'Chicago Tribune'

Paul Durica, PhD candidate in English Language and Literature, was featured in The Chicago Tribune, discussing his company Pocket Guide to Hell and how his engagement with Chicago history has informed his scholarly work (and vice versa). On his motivation for founding Pocket Guide to Hell, which regularly sponsors events such as reenactments of the 1886 Haymarket Riot, Durica explains, "As I was doing research for my dissertation (about tramps, hobos and transients in American literature), I kept coming upon all of this good material that didn't fit into my academic work. I wanted to share what I was learning with the broader public.” On Sunday, March 17, Pocket Guide to Hell will recreate "Bathhouse" John Coughlin and Michael "Hinky Dink" Kenna’s 1908 First Ward Ball at the Hideout (1354 W. Wabansia Ave.) at 8 p.m. According to the article, "Coughlin and Kenna conceived the First Ward Ball as a way of further stuffing their pockets, already bulging with graft, through imposed ticket and liquor sales...by 1908 it attracted 20,000 drunken, yelling, brawling revelers to the Coliseum on South Wabash Avenue. The guests slopped up 10,000 quarts of champagne and 30,000 quarts of beer. It was very messy." Durica will portray Kenna. Learn more about Pocket Guide to Hell here.

Arnold I. Davidson Named Officer in the Ordre des Palmes Académiques

Arnold I. Davidson, Robert O. Anderson Distinguished Service Professor in Philosophy, Comparative Literature, Romance Languages and Literatures, and the Divinity School, was promoted to the rank of Officer in the Ordre des Palmes Académiques, recognizing his contribution to the promotion of French culture. The Ordre des Palmes Académiques is a French Order of Chivalry for academics and cultural and educational figures, comprised of three ranks (Knight, Officer, and Commander). Other notable recipients include literary scholars Roger Pearson and Lionel Gossman.

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