Thomas C. Holt, James Westfall Thompson Distiguished Service Professor, Dept. of History, University of Chicago
The exciting, gala Woodlawn Great Conversations distinguished lecture series--a new collaboration with the AKArama Foundation--launched with a lecture by Prof. Thomas C. Holt, former president of the American Historical Association and a MacArthur 'genius' grant winner, who discussed his recent book Children of Fire: A History of African Americans. The event also featured an exhibition by local historian Bernard Turner of historical photos of Chicago's South Side. Future lectures in the series will feature, on Nov. 16, Kenneth Warren, Fairfax M. Cone Distinguished Service Professor, Dept. of English Language and Literature, University of Chicago, and, on Dec. 7, Danielle S. Allen, former Dean of the Humanities Division at the University of Chicago, now UPS Foundation Professor of Social Science at the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton.