Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Learn about the Daley family's rise to power at 6:30 p.m. on Thurs., Oct. 13 at SXU

"The Daleys of Chicago: An American Family" with Columbia College Professor Dominic Pacyga, Ph.D.

Chicago (Oct. 5, 2011) Learn more about the Daley family's rise to political power and their role in shaping Chicago from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Thurs., Oct.13 at Saint Xavier University. Dominic Pacyga, Ph.D., of Columbia College will present "The Daleys of Chicago: An American Family" in the Bishop Quarter Room, located in the Warde Academic Center at SXU's Chicago campus, 3700 W. 103rd St. This event is free and open to the public.

During the past 50 years, no other family has influenced an American city like the Daleys have in Chicago. Rising out of Chicago's intensely working-class, multi-ethnic Bridgeport neighborhood, the Daley’s came to national prominence. With the possible exceptions of the Kennedy, Clinton and Bush families, no other family has had as great an influence on the national political stage. Pacyga's presentation will examine the rise of the Daley family and explore how their Catholic working-class culture influenced them, as well as the four Daley brothers' roles as inheritors of the family's political fortunes.

Pacyga is a professor of history in the Department of Humanities, History, and Social Sciences at Columbia College in Chicago. He has worked on five books about Chicago's history and lectured widely on a variety of topics, including urban development, labor history, immigration, and racial and ethnic relations. He has worked with the Chicago History Museum, the Museum of Science and Industry, and the Field Museum in Chicago on a variety of public history projects and has appeared in both local and national media. Pacyga has also consulted with numerous neighborhood organizations, student groups, and ethnic, labor, and fraternal groups to preserve and exhibit their histories.


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