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The Chicago Shaw Symposium

The Chicago Cultural Center, May 16-17, 2014

Co-Sponsored by 

The ShawChicago Theater Co., the International Shaw Society,

The Literature and Languages Department at Roosevelt University,

and the Illinois Humanities Council



Bernard Shaw’s Use of Language:

Artistic Innovation, Social Critique, and Political Argument.

His Cultural Legacy

Deadline: February 1, 2014








Accommodations      Registration       Symposium Schedule      Tickets for Man and Superman       TOPIC       Travel Grants



To help celebrate the 20th Anniversary of the ShawChicago Theater Company and the 10th Anniversary of the International Shaw Society, the Chicago Shaw Symposium will be held at the Chicago Cultural Center on May 16 and 17, 2014.  Come to hear papers and talks from scholars/actors/directors, participate in discussions, and see a dramatization of Shaw’s Man and Superman on Saturday at the Ruth Page Center for the Arts. 





Welcomed are proposals for papers and panel discussion topics either focused as much as possible on Shaw's use of language in his plays or other works but especially those works, issues, and topics that inform Man and Superman, the featured production by the ShawChicago Theater Co. for the Symposium; or on the general subjects of Shaw’s artistic innovations, social critiques, and political arguments, most especially those that intersect with Man and Superman; or on the cultural echoes, legacies, and influences of Shaw, most especially those that arose from Man and Superman, The Revolutionist's Handbook, etc. 

Send proposals to ISS President Michael O’Hara, preferably as an attachment to an email (, or by mail to Associate Dean Michael O’Hara, 2000 W. University Ave., College of Fine Arts, AC 200, Ball State University, Muncie, IN 47306.   Please copy the ISS Vice President Ellen Dolgin at  Include a cover letter, a 300-500 word abstract, and a c.v., all in one document and in that order if you’re sending an attachment to an email.   Deadline is February 1, 2014.



Those applying for ISS Travel Grants should submit additional information (see instructions and form online at   Deadline for both grant applications and paper proposals is February 1, 2014.



For some, this is a matter of finding a hotel that suits you; but for those looking for cheaper housing, the Hostelling International Chicago (or Hi-Chicago) rents both dorm rooms and private rooms at quite reasonable rates.   See  It’s about six blocks south of the Chicago Cultural Center.      



             Shaw’s play will receive a concert performance on Saturday at 3:00 (ending about 6:00) at the Ruth Page Center for the Arts at 1016 N Dearborn St., followed by discussions with the director and the actors.   The Ruth Page Center is near the Red Line (Clark and Division stop) and #22, #36, #70 and #156 bus lines.  Call the box office at (312) 587-7390 to reserve a seat or buy your ticket online at .  You have the option, however, of seeing this production on Sunday, May 18, at 3:00, if that suits you better.   




Registration is free, but we urge you to notify Michael O’Hara at that you plan to attend, to assist in planning, and this is especially the case if you’re not giving a talk.     



           A detailed schedule will be provided here in February or March, but for now please note that in booking a flight, it’s recommended that you fly in no later than Thursday evening, May 15, and depart no sooner than Saturday night, May 17, and reservations for accommodations should be made accordingly.  The Symposium will begin on Friday, May 16, as papers and discussions will start at 9:00am in the Claudia Cassidy Theater in the Chicago Cultural Center (78 E. Washington St.), and a reception for ISS members and guests will occur at 5:30pm at The Cliff Dwellers Club, 200 Michigan Ave., 22nd Floor, where you can also dine on your own afterwards (closes at 9:00pm) or go elsewhere.   The concert reading of Man and Superman will take place on Saturday, May 17, at 3:00, followed by discussions with the director and actors.  You can also see it on Sunday.  



Questions about registration (which is free!), accommodations, travel grants, the symposium schedule, where things are, costs, and other symposium features will all be answered here as answers become available, but if you still have questions, please email or call Michael O’Hara at 765-285-5495.



SPONSORS: For information about the sponsors, see the websites of the following:

International Shaw Society ( GBS Globetrotter ISS

ShawChicago Theater Co. ( shaw_logo

                            Literature and Languages Department at Roosevelt University headerLogoOverlay


      Illinois Humanities Council (  IHC logo for partners

You do not need to be a member of any of these organizations to participate in this symposium.  




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