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You Are Invited

To

The Chicago Shaw Symposium

About The Fights”

22-23 October 2010

 

at The Chicago Cultural Center (Oct. 22)

and

The Ruth Page Center for the Arts (Oct. 23)

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Artistic Director: Robert Scogin

Managing Director: Tony Courier

 

 

 

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Sponsored by

The ShawChicago Theater Co.

and the International Shaw Society,

in association with the

Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs. 

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Come to hear  papers and talks

from authors/actors/directors,

participate in discussions,

and see dramatizations of both

Shaw’s Cashel Byron’s Profession

(at 7:30 PM Friday in the Chicago Cultural Center)

 And Shaw’s Candida

 (at 2:00 PM on Saturday

at the Ruth Page Center for the Arts)

 

 

Featuring Jay Tunney,

author of and speaking on his new book

“The Prizefighter and the Playwright:

Gene Tunney and Bernard Shaw”

(Book Signings Afterward)

 

Symposium Introduction by

Professor Richard Dietrich,

Founding President of the International Shaw Society,

author of Portrait of the Artist as a Young Superman:

A Study of Shaw’s Novels.

 

 

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President of the International Shaw Society: Leonard Conolly, Trent University

Symposium Coordinator: Michael O’Hara, Associate Dean, College of Fine Arts,

  Ball State University

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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SYMPOSIUM PROGRAM:

The 2010 Chicago Shaw Symposium is a two-day event, Friday and Saturday, Oct. 22 & 23, at two different venues, in which you will find a variety of activities: talks by professionals, a keynote address followed by a reception and a book signing, a panel discussion, Q & A sessions with the speakers, and dramatizations by the ShawChicago Theater Co. of two Shaw plays.  A detailed program will be available online in the week before the Symposium, but for now a General Schedule can be viewed by clicking HERE.   Descriptions of the events also follow here, under the yellow highlighted dates.

 

PLEASE NOTE: As all events in the Chicago Cultural Center must be free and open to the public, registration for this symposium will not carry a fee, but we do need to know if you’re planning to attend, so please fill out the registration form below and send it via email to dietrich@usf.edu.  There will also be an opportunity to register on the day of the Symposium at the Chicago Cultural Center, but, to facilitate planning, it’s important that as many as possible notify us in advance.

 

Friday, October 22, 2010:

v  Exact times and places are yet to be decided (so check back here before arriving), but it appears the symposium will convene at 9:00 AM on Friday, October 22, at the Chicago Cultural Center (78 East Washington Street on the corner of Michigan Ave. ), in the Millennium Park Room on the 5th Floor.   After a brief welcoming by the Conference Coordinator, Associate Dean Michael O’Hara, of Ball State U., a Symposium Introduction will be delivered by Richard Dietrich, Professor Emeritus at the University of South Florida and Founding President of the International Shaw Society, followed by a series of short papers/talks/panel discussions on a miscellany of topics but always to do with Bernard Shaw (See General Topic below), with time after each session for a Question and Answer period in which members of the audience are invited to participate.  

v  Lunch (probably from 1:00 to 2:00) is on your own (there are plenty of nearby restaurants in all directions, and there’s a snack bar in the File:Gene Tunney.jpgCenter).   

v  The afternoon session will begin at 2:00 in the Claudia Cassidy Theatre on the 2nd floor with a keynote address from Jay Tunney, who will draw from his new book The Prizefighter and the Playwright: Gene Tunney and George Bernard Shaw for a talk that will focus on this seemingly unlikely relationship between the Nobel-Prize-winning writer (in 1925) and the Heavyweight Champion of the World in 1926 – 1928 (when a postage stamp was 9¢--see right).  The fact that Chicago’s Soldier Field was the scene of the famous “Long Count,” when Tunney defeated Dempsey after being knocked down, will be highlighted with a film replay. 

v  From 4:00 to 5:00 there will be a panel discussion entitled “Boxing, A Metaphor for Life,” featuring various celebrities in the sports and literary worlds (TBA), at the conclusion to which there will be a short wine and cheese reception in the foyer to the Claudia Cassidy Theatre, at which Jay Tunney will be available for book signings. 

v  Dinner from 6:00 to 7:30 is on your own. 

v  In the evening at 7:30 PM there will be a concert reading of an adaptation of Shaw’s novel, Cashel Byron’s Profession, a tale about an English boxer whose likeness to himself is partly what inspired Gene Tunney to become Shaw’s friend.   This concert reading will be provided by the highly acclaimed professional theater company, ShawChicago.  This performance is free to everyone.

Saturday, October 23:

v  From 9:00 AM to 11:30 AM, there will be an additional 5 speakers on, again, various topics related to Shaw, at the Ruth Page Center for the Arts (1016 N. Dearborn St. between W. Walton & W. Oak).  Lunch on your own from 11:30 to 1:30 (there are many restaurants just a block or so east of the Ruth Page Center.   Recommended is Bistrot Zinc, at 1131 N. State St.).  

v  There will be a performance of Candida at 2:00 PM at the Ruth Page Center for the Arts (1016 N. Dearborn St.), after which there will be an opportunity for a post-play discussion with the cast and director Robert Scogin, followed by a book signing session with Jay Tunney, which will conclude the symposium.  [You can order tickets for Candida for as many seats as you like through the box office of the theater.  Call 312.587.7390 to reserve: Tickets: $22, $20 (Seniors), $10 (Students with ID)].   Or you can order them online at www.shawchicago.org, either printing them out or holding them at the box office.]

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SYMPOSIUM COSTS AND REGISTRATION:

v  The Symposium, thanks to the generosity of the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs, will be free to those who attend only the Friday events at the Chicago Cultural Center.   Use of this building is predicated on the assumption that its cultural events will be free and open to the public.  So all you would have to do is sign in, either before or on the day you attend, just so we have a record of who is interested (see the registration form below).  Of course you’re on your own for meals, but the cost of registering for the symposium is zero, nothing.   Refreshing, is it not?         

v  Remember that while the performance of Shaw’s Cashel Byron’s Profession at the Claudia Cassidy Theatre on Friday night at 7:30 is free, you must order tickets from the ShawChicago Box Office (312.587.7390) for the Saturday 2:00 matinee performance of Shaw’s Candida at the Ruth Page Center for the Arts (1016 N. Dearborn St. between W. Walton & W. Oak). Or you can order them online at www.shawchicago.org, either printing them out or holding them at the box office.]

 

       REGISTRATION FORM: (Copy and paste into an email and send to dietrich@cas.usf.edu.)

       NAME(S):

    

     ADDRESS:

     EMAIL ADDRESS:

     TELEPHONE(S):

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TRAVEL AND ACCOMMODATIONS:

Participants are responsible for arranging their own travel and accommodation.   Hotels in Chicago can be expensive, especially within walking distance of the Cultural Center, but you may get cheaper rates if you ask for discounts (such as AARP, AAA, Senior, etc.) or book online with discount websites such as Orbitz.com, Hotels.com, Expedia.com, Priceline.com, etc., or search online under “hotel discounts Chicago.”   Keep in mind that you may be able to splurge a bit on the hotel because there is no registration fee for the Symposium.    However, the sooner you commit to a hotel reservation, the better, for the fall is a busy season there.   For a list of possible hotels, click HERE.  (or scroll down to the bottom).  

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MEMBERSHIP IN THE INTERNATIONAL SHAW SOCIETY:

You need not be a member of the International Shaw Society to attend or participate in the Fall Shaw Symposium (typically, about half of the people attending ISS events are not members, in fact), but, if you wish to be eligible for the discounts that come with membership, such as a bargain rate on the hardbound journal SHAW (published annually) and discounts on books, conferences, and other symposiums, information about membership is available at http://www.shawsociety.org/ (or go directly to http://www.shawsociety.org/2010-Membership-Form-&-Benefits.htm).  

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CALL FOR PAPERS / SUBMIT PROPOSALS /GENERAL TOPIC:

Welcomed are proposals for papers and panel discussion topics either focused as much as possible on:

Ø  “the fights” at the center of all Shaw’s works but especially in Cashel Byron’s Profession and Candida, the two Shaw works scheduled for dramatization during the Symposium by the acclaimed ShawChicago Theater Co.,

Ø  or on the general subject of Shaw’s embodiment and figurative use of fighting and struggle, such as in his “fighting” for many causes or changes (against censorship, for women’s rights or human rights, against militaristic jingoism, for political reform, for theater or dramatic reform, etc.),

Ø  or his picking of “fights” with particular people (the Shaw-Shakespeare fight perhaps being the most famous, although the dead Shakespeare wasn’t really his opponent),

Ø  or the paradox of Shaw’s pugnacious pursuit of a more peaceful world

Ø  etc. 

Shaw once said that “The final battle will be between the cruel will and the humane will,” so what exactly did he mean by that and to what extent did he and his works exemplify that?  Send proposals to Michael O’Hara, preferably as an attachment to an email (mohara@bsu.edu), or by mail to Associate Dean Michael O’Hara, 2000 W. University Ave., College of Fine Arts, AC 200, Ball State University, Muncie, IN 47306.   Please copy the ISS President Leonard Conolly at lconolly@trentu.ca.   Include a cover letter, a 300-500 word abstract, and a c.v., all in one document and in that order if you’re sending an attachment to an email.  Those applying for ISS Travel Grants should submit additional information (see online).   Deadline is July 1, 2010.    

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ISS TRAVEL GRANTS,

Downloadable or Printable Application

 

The International Shaw Society is offering up to three grants of a maximum of $500 each to young scholars (40 and under) to attend this Fall Shaw Symposium in Chicago, from October 22 through October 23, 2010.   Although there is no registration fee for this Symposium, there are travel and accommodation costs, and the ISS wishes to assist in covering these.    To apply, please follow the instructions below.

 

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ELIGIBILITY

Generally, any young scholar 40 or under may apply, whether student or faculty or independent.  Students should be registered at a recognized degree-granting institution.  Preference will be given to applicants who are also submitting a proposal for a paper to be given at the 2010 Fall Shaw Symposium.  

 

 

APPLICATION

Applicants for the grant should send, if by attachment to an email, all in one document and in this order, a covering letter, a grant application form, an abstract, and a current c.v. (see below) to the selection committee by attachment to an email to Michael O’Hara (mohara@bsu.edu) or by mail to Associate Dean Michael O’Hara, 2000 W. University Ave., College of Fine Arts, AC 200, Ball State University, Muncie, IN 47306.   Please copy the ISS President Leonard Conolly at lconolly@trentu.ca.       Proposals for papers should go to the same addresses.

 

DEADLINES:

·    Deadline for submitting a 300-500 word abstract for a paper is July 1, 2010.

·    Deadline for travel grant applications is also July 1, 2010.

     ·    Candidates will be notified no later than August 1, 2010 regarding the acceptance of their paper proposal and grant application.

 

ISS MEMBERSHIP: You need not be a member of the ISS to apply for this travel grant.  In fact, non-members who receive a grant will be given a free membership to the ISS for 2011.   

 

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 Accommodations  

The cheapest arrangement might be to stay at a youth hostel, and for that please check http://www.hiusa.org/hostels/usa_hostels/illinois/chicago/60034.    Otherwise, below is a list of mid-town hotels in the vicinity of the Chicago Cultural Center:

               

                          Downtown Chicago Hotels

    Close to the Cultural Center but relatively expensive:

 

The Palmer House Hilton Hotel (Recommended)

17 East Monroe Street, Chicago, IL - (312) 726-7500 - 0.3 mi S

 

The Silversmith Chicago Hotel & Suites

10 South Wabash Ave, Chicago, IL - (312) 372-7696 - 0.2 mi SW

 

Hard Rock Hotel Chicago

230 North Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL - (312) 345-1000 - 0.2 mi N

 

Hotel Monaco-Chicago

225 North Wabash Avenue, Chicago, IL - (312) 960-8500 - 0.2 mi N

 

Wit Hotel

201 North State Street, Chicago, IL - (312) 467-0200 - 0.2 mi NW

 

University Club of Chicago

76 East Monroe Street, Chicago, IL - (312) 726-2840 - 0.2 mi S

 

Comfort Suites

320 North Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL - (312) 376-1887 - 0.2 mi N

 

Hotel 71

71 East Wacker Drive, Chicago, IL - (312) 346-7100 - 0.3 mi N

 

Renaissance Chicago Hotel

1 West Wacker Drive, Chicago, IL - (312) 372-7200 - 0.3 mi NW

 

River Hotel

75A East Wacker Drive, Chicago, IL - (888) 977-4837 - 0.3 mi N

 

Hyatt Regency Chicago

151 East Wacker Drive, Chicago, IL - (312) 565-1234 - 0.3 mi NE

 

The Fairmont Chicago

200 North Columbus Drive, Chicago, IL - (312) 565-8000 - 0.3 mi NE

 

Club Quarters

75 East Wacker Drive, Chicago, IL - (312) 357-6400 - 0.3 mi N

 

Hampton Inn - Majestic Chicago Theatre District, IL

22 West Monroe Street, Chicago, IL - (312) 332-5052 - 0.3 mi SW

 

Swissotel Hotel

323 East Wacker Drive, Chicago, IL - (312) 565-0565 - 0.4 mi NE

 

Trump International Hotel & Tower: A Chicago Luxury Hotel

401 North Wabash Avenue, Chicago, IL - (312) 588-8000 - 0.4 mi N

 

Hotel Sax Chicago

333 North Dearborn Street, Chicago, IL - (312) 245-0333 - 0.4 mi NW

 

The Westin Chicago River North

320 North Dearborn Street, Chicago, IL - (312) 744-1900 - 0.4 mi NW

 

Less Expensive (and less close and less elegant) Hotels

 

Allerton Hotel

701 North Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL (866) 553-5040

 

Hampton Inn & Suites Chicago-Downtown

33 West Illinois Street, Chicago, IL - (312) 832-0330 - 0.5 mi NW

 

Embassy Suites-Chicago

302 East Illinois Street, Chicago, IL - (312) 661-0340 - 0.5 mi NE

 

Embassy Suites Chicago Downtown / Lakefront

511 North Columbus Drive, Chicago, IL - (312) 836-5900 - 0.6 mi NE

 

Comfort Inn & Suites Downtown

15 East Ohio Street, Chicago, IL - (312) 894-0900 - 0.6 mi N

 

Travelodge Chicago

65 East Harrison Street, Chicago, IL - (312) 427-8000 - 0.7 mi S

 

Howard Johnson Inn Downtown Chicago

720 North La Salle Drive, Chicago, IL - (312) 664-8100 - 1.2 mi NW

 

 

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GENERAL SCHEDULE FOR THE 2010 CHICAGO SHAW SYMPOSIUM

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The 2010 Chicago Shaw Symposium

 

“About the Fights”

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October 22 at the Chicago Cultural Center

(Corner of Michigan Ave. & East Washington Street. 9 AM Start)

October 23 at the Ruth Page Center for the Arts

(1016 N. Dearborn Street between W. Walton & W. Oak. 9:00 AM Start)

 

 

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Cashel Byron’s Profession on Oct. 22 at 7:30 PM (free)

and Candida on Oct. 23 at 2:00 PM (tickets needed)

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Sponsored by The ShawChicago Theater Co. and the International Shaw Society, in association with the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs

 

 

 

THE FRIDAY MORNING PROGRAM, OCTOBER 22

At the Chicago Cultural Center

Millennium Park Room on the 5th Floor

 

WELCOME & INTRODUCTION

 

9:00 am

 

Welcome by Symposium Coordinator Michael O’Hara, Ball State University

 

 

9:10 am

 

“About the Fights,” Symposium Introduction by Richard Dietrich, University of South Florida and Founding President of the International Shaw Society

 

THE SPEAKERS

9:30

 

Speaker # 1

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Speaker # 2

 

10:10

 

Speaker # 3

10:30

 

 

Q & A for Speakers 1, 2, 3

 

 

10:45

 

15 Minute Break

 

 

11:00

 

Speaker # 4

 

11.20

 

Speaker # 5

 

11:40

 

 

Speaker # 6

 

12:10

 

Q & A for Speakers 4,5,6

 

12:30

 

Speaker # 7

Q & A

 

LUNCH BREAK FROM 1:00 TO 2:00 (On Your Own)

 

 

THE FRIDAY AFTERNOON KEYNOTE ADDRESS, OCTOBER 22

At the Chicago Cultural Center

Claudia Cassidy Theatre, 2nd Floor

 

2:00 – 4:00 KEYNOTE SPEAKER: Jay Tunney speaks on the subject of his new book: The Prizefighter and the Playwright: Gene Tunney and Bernard Shaw. 

(Introduced by Leonard Conolly, Trent University, President of the International Shaw Society)

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 4:00 – 5:00 PANEL DISCUSSION: “Boxing as a Metaphor for Life”   Panelists:

 

 

5:00 – Reception & Book Signing by Jay Tunney in foyer of Claudia Cassidy Theatre.

 

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6:00 – 7:15 Dinner (on your own)   

 

THE FRIDAY EVENING THEATER PROGRAM, OCTOBER 22

At the Chicago Cultural Center

The Claudia Cassidy Theatre, 2nd Floor

 

 

Bernard Shaw’s Cashel Byron’s Profession

 

 

7:30 to 10:00 pm

Cashel Byron’s Profession adapted for the stage and introduced by Director Robert Scogin. Performed by the ShawChicago Theater Co.   

Free to everyone.    

 

 

THE SATURDAY PROGRAM, OCTOBER 23

At the Ruth Page Center for the Arts Theater

(1016 N. Dearborn St. between W. Walton & W. Oak)

 

THE SPEAKERS

 

9:00 am

 

Speaker # 8

 

 

9:20

 

Speaker # 9

 

9:30

 

Speaker # 10

 

10:00

 

Q & A for Speakers 8,9, 10

 

10:15

15 minute break

 

10:30

 

Speaker # 11

 

11:50

 

Speaker # 12

11:10

Q & A for Speakers 11, 12

 

11:30

 

Lunch (on your own). Restaurants are just a block or so east of the Ruth Page Center.  Recommended is Bistrot Zinc, at 1131 N. State St.

 

 

 

Bernard Shaw’s CANDIDA

 

 

2:00 PM

 

ShawChicago Production of Candida.  Tickets must be purchased. Get them at the box office by calling 312-587-7390: Tickets: $22, $20 (Seniors), $10 (Students with ID)]. Or buy them online at www.shawchicago.org , where you can print them out and have them held at the Box Office.

 

4:30

 

Post-play discussion with cast and artistic team

 

 

5:00 - SYMPOSIUM CONCLUDED

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Many thanks to everyone on the Chicago Symposium Committee (Michael O’Hara, Leonard Conolly, Tony Courier, and Robert Scogin joining me) and especially to ShawChicago Managing Director Tony Courier for assistance in building this website.

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