Department of History and Department of English University Hour presentation, October 2, 2013, 3-4 p.m. Johnson Room Library. Poetry of John Guzlowski.
Born in a refugee camp after World War II, John Guzlowski, a Professor Emeritus at Eastern Illinois University, came with his family to the United States as a Displaced Person in 1951. His parents had been Polish slave laborers in Nazi Germany. Growing up in the immigrant and refugee neighborhoods around Humboldt Park in Chicago, he met hardware store clerks with Auschwitz tattoos on their wrists, Polish cavalry officers who still mourned for their dead comrades and women who had walked from Siberia to Iran to escape the Russians. His poetry, fiction, and essays try to remember them and their voices.
On October 9, 2013, Dr. Bernard Lafayette, one of the first students from Fisk University to participate in the Freedom Rides, will speak at the University Hour, co-sponsored by the Department of History. The event will take place at the Student Center Theater 3-4 p.m.