John Mark Hansen discusses “The City in a Garden.” He will be joined in conversation by John Boyer. A Q&A and signing will follow the discussion.
About the book: Chicago suburb, world’s fair grounds, college town, the city’s first stably-integrated community, Hyde Park and Kenwood have many distinctions. “The City in a Garden” tells the neighborhood’s story through the experiences and lives of its residents. Paul Cornell, the Illinois Central Railroad, the South Park system, the City of Chicago, the World’s Columbian Exposition, the University of Chicago, race relations, and urban renewal run as threads through the pages. Along the way, readers meet the first woman to attempt to vote in Illinois, a morality crusader and the opera diva whose performance he panned, a professor who moonlighted as a professional football player, a trend-setting African American DJ, two mayors, a governor, two justices, a president, and many more. Their stories bring the people, the times, and the places of Hyde Park and Kenwood to life.
About the author: John Mark Hansen is the Charles L. Hutchinson Distinguished Service Professor in the Department of Political Science and the College. He is also one of the nation’s leading scholars of American politics.
About the interlocutor: John W. Boyer is the Martin A. Ryerson Distinguished Service Professor in the Department of History at the University of Chicago and has been Dean of the College since 1992.