TITLE: Civic Passions: Seven Who Launched Progressive America
SPEAKER: Cecelia Tichi
EVENT DATE: 03/25/2010
RUNNING TIME: 73 minutes
In the last quarter of the 19th century, great industrial growth resulted in corporate excesses and economic inequities, somewhat similar to current economic and social conditions. The Gilded Age led to community organizers fighting tirelessly to better the lives of working people. Cecelia Tichi discussed the era and its parallels to today in a lecture about her new book "Civic Passions: Seven Who Launched Progressive America (and What They Teach Us)."
Speaker Biography: Cecelia Tichi is the William R. Kenan Jr. Professor of English at Vanderbilt University, where she teaches classes in 19th- and 20th-century American literature, focusing on aspects of culture from consumerism and social critique to country music. She received her Ph.D. from the University of California, Davis. Tichi is the author of six scholarly books and the editor of several others. She was a holder of the Chair of Modern Culture at the John W. Kluge Center at the Library of Congress.