The Illustrated Press at Studs Terkel Fest
Let’s Get Working is a three-day festival celebrating the legacy of Studs Terkel, revisiting his work and tracing his influence through oral histories, film screenings, performances, art installations, storytelling, and community dialogues.
In addition to hosting a live comics journalism exhibition, The Illustrated Press was commissioned to design the festival’s web and print art, including posters and promotional materials for the event.
Craft Talk: Division Street with Illustrated Press
May 10 @ 4:00 pm – 4:50 pm
The Illustrated Press combines oral history and graphic art in this real-time event. Moderator, Hillary Chute, Neubauer Family Assistant Professor, Department of English, University of Chicago
The festival will introduce Terkel’s work to new and younger audiences while celebrating individuals and groups, local and national, who have been impacted, influenced, and inspired by the man and his legacy.
As a writer, broadcaster, and activist, Louis “Studs” Terkel (1912-2008) often served as the voice of Chicago—but as an oral historian, he recognized the value in listening to all of the city’s voices. His work—including the books Division Street: America (1967), Race (1992), and Pulitzer Prize-winning The Good War (1984)—preserves the past while encouraging audiences to fully inhabit the present and imagine a better future.
Let’s Get Working focuses on issues such as such as labor, race, faith, and community—all prominent themes throughout Terkel’s broadcasting and literary careers. Featuring oral histories, film screenings, musical performances, art installations, storytelling, and community dialogues, Let’s Get Working will showcase the remarkable depth of knowledge, diversity of subjects, and range of communities Terkel engaged in his work.