CFP: Free Speech and Chicago (4/25/06; MMLA, 11/9/06-11/12/06)

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"Free Speech and Chicago." This panel will explore the political, economic,=20
and cultural influences which are particular to the city of Chicago, as well=
the influence of forums and the art of soapboxing. Around 1913, Chicago was=20=
hotbed for the emergence of trade unions and labor movements mostly notably=20
the Industrial Workers of the World, better known as IWW and the Wobblies.=20
These groups brought to the forefront a public awareness of social injustice=
s as=20
well as oppressive political ideals. Their goals were social reform and a=20
return to a democratic society that encourages its citizens to speak out for=
change. Some of the possible topics to be examined would be: Bughouse Square=
, the=20
Dil Pickle Club, the role of Agitators and anarchists between 1900 and 1930,=
Hobohemia, Haymarket. the role of feminists, changes in Chicago in the early=
and today with regard to free speech and encouraging public awareness of=20
social injustices in today=E2=80=99s society. Send your 250-word proposals t=
o: Karen=20
Holleran at Deadline: April 25, 2006.

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