Classicizing Chicago

Online database and website under development by members of the Department of Classics
and the Northwestern University Library

New work in the growing field of Classical Reception Studies has drawn attention to classical antiquity as a reference point and catalyst in the social, cultural and intellectual development of the United States. In Chicago, we can trace patterns of engagement with Greece and Rome across multiple forms of cultural production; this famously commercial, modern midwestern city is full of scattered traces of a changing, sometimes antagonistic, but always keen relationship with the classical past. We are developing a website and archive to investigate how and why antiquity has been not just a legacy but a living presence and a resource for a diverse set of Chicago visual artists, activists, architects, politicians, writers, journalists, educators and entrepreneurs from the 1830s through today.

This project is the first examination of the uses of the classical past over time across forms of cultural production in a single metropolis, Chicago. We hope that interdisciplinary research on this rich case study will (1) contribute to our understanding of the history of Chicago, (2) yield insight into the dynamics of the modern use of the classical past (3) expose layers of interpretation and enable deeper understanding of antiquity itself and (4) through focused study of a single city, help build greater understanding of the peculiarities of the resonance of antiquity in the American context.

The website is expected to become public in the spring of 2011. It will be announced on the Northwestern Classics Department website, and a URL will be provided there.

We warmly welcome inquiries, contributions and new collaborators.
Contact: classicizingchicago@northwestern.edu.

Directors of the Classicizing Chicago Project
Kathryn Bosher, Assistant Professor of Classics, Northwestern University
S. Sara Monoson, Associate Professor of Political Science and Classics,
    Northwestern University
LaDale Winling, Visiting Assistant Professor, Department of History, Temple University

Advisor
Daniel Garrison, Professor of Classics, Northwestern University

Project Coordinator 2009-2010
Amanda Wrigley, Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in Classics, Northwestern University

Website Development Team Web Development
Anisha Mack, Web Technologies Department, Northwestern University Library
Thomas Howell, Web Technologies Department, Northwestern University Library

Production Development & Support

Julie Rudder, Digital Collections, Northwestern University Library
Nicole Finzer, Digital Collections, Northwestern University Library
Claire Stewart, Digital Collections, Northwestern University Library

Contributors
Caitlin Adams, Masters Student in Public History, Loyola University Chicago
Kathryn Bosher, Assistant Professor of Classics, Northwestern University
Jordana Cox, Doctoral Student in the Interdisciplinary PhD in Theatre and Drama,
    Northwestern University
Louise Edwards, Doctoral Student in the Interdisciplinary PhD in Theatre and Drama
     Northwestern University
LaDonna Forsgren, Doctoral Student in the Interdisciplinary PhD in Theatre and Drama
     Northwestern University
Devin Hunter, Masters Student in Public History, Loyola University Chicago
Indre Jurksaitis, Masters Student in Public History, Loyola University Chicago
Candice Jones, Masters Student in Public History, Loyola University Chicago
Amber Kappel, Masters Student in Public History, Loyola University Chicago
Jonya Leverette, Masters Student in Public History, Loyola University Chicago
Justine McConnell, Royal Holloway, University of London
Kirby Pringle, Masters Student in Public History, Loyola University Chicago
Sarah Stephens, Masters Student in Public History, Loyola University Chicago
Daniel Tovar, Doctoral Student in Philosophy, Northwestern University
Dawn Tracey, Doctoral Student in the Interdisciplinary PhD in Theatre and Drama,
     Northwestern University
Charlie Wilkins, Masters Student in Public History, Loyola University Chicago
LaDale Winling, Visiting Assistant Professor, Temple University
Amanda Wrigley, Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in Classics, Northwestern University
John Wynne, Assistant Professor of Classics, Northwestern University

How to contribute
Classicizing Chicago is a collaborative research effort, and we welcome expressions of interest from scholars, students, and professionals in any other line of work which has a bearing on this subject of enquiry (for example, architects, archivists, theatre practitioners, etc). Whether you would like to contribute data, a brief descriptive article (as for an encyclopedia), an interpretative essay, or photographs or scans of artifacts, please get in touch. Equally, we invite you to make contact if you would like to be added to our mailing list for notices of future news and events. classicizingchicago@northwestern.edu

Acknowledgements
The Classicizing Chicago project receives the financial and administrative support of Northwestern University's Department of Classics and the Classical Traditions Initiative, the Northwestern University Library and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.