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Picturing Chicago’s Jewish Ghetto: Todros Geller and Louis Wirth on Maxwell Street
In 1928, sociologist Louis Wirth published The Ghetto, the first in-depth study of Chicago’s Maxwell Street district. Wirth’s book included six striking woodcuts by Todros Geller, one of Chicago’s most popular Jewish artists of the modern era. This talk will focus on how Wirth and Geller depicted Chicago’s Jewish ghetto and how they raised important questions about the future of Jewish religion and culture—a concern for Chicago’s Jewish communities both then and now.
Daniel Greene is adjunct professor of history at Northwestern University and guest exhibition curator at the US Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, DC. He is currently curating a special exhibition on Americans and the Holocaust, which will open at the US Holocaust Memorial Museum to commemorate its twenty-fifth anniversary in 2018. He is the author of The Jewish Origins of Cultural Pluralism: The Menorah Association and American Diversity (Indiana, 2011) and co-author and co-editor of Home Front: Daily Life in the Civil War North (Chicago, 2013).