Hip hop, houses, baseball and Buckley: UIC at the Lit Fest
From baseball to Buckley, hip hop to houses, UIC will be well represented at this weekend’s Chicago Tribune Printers Row Lit Fest.
The 31st annual event, June 6 and 7 in Chicago’s Printers Row neighborhood, will include three faculty members and one alumnus among the featured contributors.
Soho House Slam
Kevin Coval, poet and adjunct instructor in the School of Art and Art History, is curator of “Lit After Dark: Soho House Slam,” a hip hop spoken word performance at 6 p.m. Saturday at the Lit Fest center stage.
Coval is founder of the Louder Than A Bomb youth poetry festival and the artistic director of Young Chicago Authors. He co-wrote the play This is Modern Art, which premiered at Steppenwolf Theater earlier this year, and co-edited The Breakbeat Poets, a hip hop poetry anthology published in April.
UIC alumnus Laurent Pernot will be among three panelists in “Play Ball,” a baseball-focused discussion at 11 a.m. Sunday on the Lit Fest center stage.
Pernot is the author of Before the Ivy: The Cubs’ Golden Age in Pre-Wrigley Chicago. The book details early Cubs history, including the franchise’s success playing on the West Side Grounds, where UIC’s College of Medicine is now located. The native of France is a former Honors College student who earned undergraduate and graduate degrees from the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences in English and political science. He later worked for UIC News and the UIC news bureau.
Buckley and Mailer
Kevin Schultz, associate professor of history and Catholic studies, will discuss his latest book, Buckley and Mailer: The Difficult Friendship that Shaped the Sixties, with University of Chicago’s Jane Dailey at 3 p.m. Sunday at Jones College Prep’s north auditorium, 700 S. State St. CSPAN2’s Book TV is scheduled to broadcast the talk live.
Schultz teaches 20th century American history with special interests in religion, ethno-racial history and American intellectual and cultural life. He is the author of Tri-Faith America: How Postwar Catholics and Jews Held America to its Protestant Promise.
A conversation about architecture
Stuart Cohen, professor emeritus of architecture, will be in conversation with Chicago Tribune architecture columnist Blair Kamin at 3 p.m. Sunday at Hotel Blake, Burnham Room, 500 S. Dearborn St.
Cohen, a partner in the firm of Stuart Cohen & Julie Hacker Architects, is a fellow of the American Institute of Architects and author of Great Houses of Chicago, 1871-1921 and North Shore Chicago: Houses of the Lakefront Suburbs, 1890-1940.
Tickets are available online for the events featuring Schultz and Cohen.