Come Learn About the Fair!: Symposium on the 1893 World's Columbian Exposition

Mckay Library Special Collections (MCK 220)
October 25th-26th

Join Special Collections as we celebrate the 125th anniversary of the World’s Columbian Exposition of 1893 with Dr. Andrea Radke-Moss’s collection of original fair artifacts. Faculty from various campus departments will discuss how important figures and developments in technology, arts, science, and design came together at the fair to influence society and culture for years to come. Faculty will discuss these events on October 25 and 26 in the Special Collections Reading Room. See below for a schedule of speakers. 

Thursday, October 25, MCK 220

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Faculty
Department
Session Title
8:30 a.m. David Pigott History Representations of Africans and Africa at the Chicago World’s Columbian Exposition of 1893
11:45 a.m. Michael Madsen Geography Chicago: The Inevitable City
12:30 p.m. Emily Gilliland Grover English "'Books do not merely recount history; they make it': Darnton's 'Communication Circuit' and Print Culture at The Chicago World's Fair."
1:15 p.m. Tyson Yost History Who gets to join the "World Religions" Club and How do you get an invitation? Vivekananda, Hindu Nationalism, and the 1893 Parliament of World's Religions
2:00 p.m. Andrea Radke-Moss History Those Fair Women: How the 1893 World's Columian Exposition Engaged Women of the Nation and the World
3:15 p.m. Michael Lenhart History  “The Krupps' Gun: Nobody does it better”

Special Concert: Come Hear the Fair! 7:30 p.m. @ Snow Recital Hall

Please join the BYU-Idaho Department of Music for an evening of music composed for the World's Columbian Exposition, or Chicago World's Fair of 1893. Faculty members Lonna Joy Smoot, Stephen Thomas, Dallin Hansen, David Peck, and Michael Lenhart, along with student performers will play pieces by Amy Beach, Clara Schumann, John Philip Sousa, and Antonin Dvorak. World's Fair historian and history faculty member Andrea Radke-Moss will add historical commentary. Performance held in the Snow Recital Hall. 

Friday, October 26, MCK 220

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Faculty

Department

Session Title

9:00 a.m. Jeff Slagle English “‘The Key to All’: Buffalo Bill’s Wild West at the Gates of the Chicago World’s Fair.”
10:15 a.m. Gerald Griffin Art “The Evolving Aesthetic— Gustav Stickley and Arts and Crafts Movement.”
11:30 a.m. David Oliphant Physics “The wiggles in your walls, how a madman genius got power into your house starting at the Chicago World’s Fair.“