Matti Bunzl (PhD'98, Anthropology) is the Artistic Director of the Chicago Humanities Festival,which takes place throughout October and November in Chicago. This year's theme is ANIMAL: He'll be in conversation with Bill Hutchison of the Council on Advanced Studies Animal Studies Workshop, and a First Year graduate student in English.
Matti's career path, which has led him to a dual role--both as a professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and at the Chicago Humanities Festival--will be interesting to graduate students across disciplines. He will talk about the skills and interests he developed as a graduate student that led him to his current roles.
A small reception will follow discussion and questions.
Matti is a native of Vienna's small post-Holocaust Jewish community. A graduate of Stanford and UChicago, he has taught at the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign since 1998. He is a professor of anthropology, history, and German and serves as the Director of the Program in Jewish Culture and Society. Bunzl is the author of Symptoms of Modernity: Jews and Queers in Late-Twentieth-Century Vienna (2004) and Anti-Semitism and Islamophobia: Hatreds Old and New in Europe (2007) and is currently writing a book on the contemporary art world. Bunzl joined the CHF staff in January 2010.
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