Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Book Talk/Lecture
“Emmett Till: Meaning and Memory”
A lecture by Elliott J. Gorn

Elliott J. Gorn is the author of Let the People See: The Story of Emmett Till (Oxford University Press, October 2018). Gorn delves more fully than anyone has into how and why the story of Emmett Till still resonates, and always will. Till’s murder marked a turning point, Gorn shows, and yet also reveals how old patterns of thought and behavior endure, and why we must look hard at them.  This program will be introduced by Professor Jeffrey Sammons, Department of History. Gorn’s lecture “Emmett Till: Meaning and Memory” will be followed by book signing.

Time:  6:00 – 8:00 pm
Location: Silver Center, Jurow Lecture Hall
100 Washington Square East, Room 101A, 1st floor



Elliott J. Gorn
 (Ph.D. Yale University, 1983, A.B. University of California, Berkeley, 1973) is the Joseph A. Gagliano Chair in American Urban History at Loyola University Chicago and has a distinguished record of scholarship, publication and excellence in teaching and student mentorship.  His books and articles embrace multiple aspects of urban and American culture, particularly the history of various social groups in American cities since 1800.  Gorn’s work is interdisciplinary and intersects with numerous other fields.  His five major books examine various aspects of urban life and city cultures in the nineteenth- and twentieth-century United States, including Let the People See: The Story of Emmett Till (Oxford University Press, October 2018), Dillinger’s Wild Ride: The Year That Made America’s Public Enemy Number One (Oxford University Press, 2009); Mother Jones: The Most Dangerous Woman in America (Hill and Wang, 2001, Korean edition, 2003); A Brief History of American Sports, co-authored with Warren Goldstein (Hill and Wang, 1993; reissued University of Illinois Press, 2004); and The Manly Art: Bare-Knuckle Prize Fighting in America (Cornell University Press, 1986; 2nd edition, 2010, with a new bibliography and afterword).


Co-sponsored by: Department of History; Office of the Dean-College of Arts and Science; Office of the SVP Global Inclusion, Diversity and Strategic Innovation; and Global Cultural Competency and Language Initiatives Committee