Jun 7th 2019

Join us for a lively discussion with cultural geographer Tim Cresswell about writing about the historic Maxwell Street. For decades, people from all parts of the city converged onto Maxwell Street to buy and sell goods, play and listen to blues, and encounter new foods and cultures. Yet, remnants of what some had described as “the Ellis Island of the Midwest” have long been lost to redevelopment and urban renewal.

In Maxwell Street: Writing and Thinking Place, Cresswell looks to the iconic Chicago neighborhood to offer a new model of studying and writing about the nature of place that will interest anyone in the fields of geography, urban studies, or cultural history. By the “assemblage” of things, meanings, and practices, Cresswell displays the various texts, including archival and ephemeral, attempt to capture the essence of place.

Tim Cresswell is Dean of the Faculty and Vice-President for Academic Affairs at Trinity College. He will become the Ogilvie Professor of Human Geography at University of Edinburgh in July. Cresswell has PhDs in Geography (Wisconsin) and Creative Writing (Royal Holloway, University of London). The author or editor of a dozen books on the role of space, place and mobility in social and cultural life, he is also a widely published poet with two collections – most recently Fence (Penned in the Margins, 2015).

Discussion moderated by Chicago State University’s Professor of Geography, Dr. Daniel Block.


With support from the Department of Geography, Sociology, History, African American Studies, and Anthropology

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