All Is Oz: Ronald Johnson's ARK and the Creative Imagination


Wednesday, November 13, 4:30 p.m.
The LeRoy Neiman Center, 37 S. Wabash Ave., 1st floor

In this faculty sabbatical lecture, Peter O'Leary, Adjunct Associate Professor, Liberal Arts, will discuss American poet Ronald Johnson's epic masterpiece ARK, which is at once an ebullient word play and a reverent monument constructed. Raised on the prairie of western Kansas, Johnson's imagination was fired by L. Frank Baum's The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, the first great American myth. ARK and Oz are both crafty and crafted utopias presided over by bizarre and generous wizard figures. O'Leary's talk will look at both tales and the creative imaginations that built them.

Presented by the Sullivan Galleries