The Burnham Plan Centennial - Bold Plans, Big Dreams

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Located 30 minutes southwest of Chicago, Lewis University is a comprehensive, Catholic university where the traditions of liberal learning and preparation for professional life provide its educational identity and mission focus.

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Centennial Activities

Tuesday, September 22, 2009 12:30pm

Burnham and Bennett: Their Imprint on Chicago and Joliet

Lewis University

Dennis Cremin, Professor of History at Lewis University, will make a presentation on the collaboration between these two architects and city planners. He will also profile the "We Built this City" exhibit at the Joliet Area Historical Museum [MORE]

Thursday, November 12, 2009 2:00pm

Geographical Memory: The 25th Anniversary of the Illinois and Michigan Canal National Historic Corridor

Lewis University

From a historical perspective, the creation of the Illinois and Michigan Canal National Heritage Corridor represents historical revisionism that placed geography and the history of waterborne transportation at the center of local consciousness. The NHC concept has become a national trend that recovers a sense of place in the local and national context. [MORE]

Monday, October 5, 2009 7:00pm

The Imprint of the World Columbian Exposition

Lewis University

Emmy Award-winning documentarian and WTTW producer Geoffrey Baer will present a lecture on how the1893 World Columbian Exposition, for which Daniel Burnham served as Director of Works, left its mark on the shape of the current city and on visions of urban culture. [MORE]

Tuesday, September 15, 2009 12:30pm

The World Columbian Exposition as Watershed Event

Lewis University

Professors Mark Schultz (History), Christopher Wielgos (English) and Joseph Kozminski (Physics) will review how late 19th century intellectuals thought about the World Columbian Exposition. [MORE]

Tuesday, October 13, 2009 12:30pm

The World Comes to Chicago

Lewis University

Professors Eileen McMahon (History), Tennille Allen (Sociology), and James Burke (Theology) will consider how the World Exposition of 1893, of which Daniel Burnham served director of works, was an important early moment in the exploration of human diversity.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009 2:00pm

“Making Bold Plans: Frank J. Lewis and the Founding of Lewis University”

Lewis University

Kurt Schackmuth, Associate Vice President for Mission, talks about the life of the Catholic philanthropist who donated the land and provided start-up funding for the technical school that became Lewis University.
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