For you Chicagolanders who enjoy getting out on balmy January evenings in your city, with the gentle tropical windsfrom the lake caressing your parkas, below is information about a free public lecture based on material from The Color of Christ at the Newberry Library two weeks from tomorrow (Tuesday, Jan. 22, at 6 p.m.). Thanks to blog contributor and digital humanist extraordinaire Chris Cantwell for organizing this event. Ed and I will also be giving presentations that same week at the University of Chicago, UIC, Valparaiso University, Northwestern, and hopefully at some blues dives or on some perpetually stalled-out El train on the blue line somewhere along the way as well; contact me if you want any information about any of those.
A Meet the Author Event
Tuesday, January 22, 2013
Ruggles Hall, Newberry Library, Chicago
Edward J. Blum, San Diego State University, and Paul Harvey, University of Colorado Colorado Springs
How is it that in America the image of Jesus Christ has been used both to justify the atrocities of white supremacy and to inspire the righteousness of civil rights crusades? In The Color of Christ, Edward J. Blum and Paul Harvey weave a tapestry of American dreams and visions–from witch hunts to web pages, Harlem to Hollywood, slave cabins to South Park, Mormon revelations to Indian reservations–to show how Americans remade the Son of God visually time and again into a sacred symbol of their greatest aspirations, deepest terrors, and mightiest strivings for racial power and justice.
Cost and registration information:
This program is free and no reservations are required.