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Historian to Provide Chicago Perspective for Honors Institute

Historian to Provide Chicago Perspective for Honors Institute

Dr. Domenico Ferri will set the stage for Honors Institute City As TextTM explorations during the First General Session on Monday, June 5, by discussing the evolution of the Chicago metropolitan area from a frontier outpost to a modern metropolis. He will highlight relevant economic, social, political, and cultural changes and analyze the city’s current problems in context of their historical background.

Ferri earned his B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. in history from Chicago’s Loyola University. His dissertation, “Funk My Soul: The Assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Funk, and the Recasting of Black America,” reflects his focus on race, culture, and social identity.

He teaches United States and world history, American Social Problems, and History of the Chicago Metropolitan Area at Harold Washington College and co-chairs the Social and Applied Sciences Department. Ferri is a six-time winner of the Harold Washington College Employee of the Month Award.  He has also taught history at Wilbur Wright College in Chicago.

Ferri’s work has been published and he has presented at numerous conferences. He is also responsible for organizing college-wide talks on race and as the transcriber for oral history projects.

His lecture pays tribute to Dr. Gayle Wyatt, a former member of Phi Theta Kappa Headquarters staff, who played a key role in the creation and development of the Honors Study Topic and Honors Institute. Dr. Wyatt is a former college teacher who served as Academic Dean at Navarro College. He resides in Texas.

To begin a week of studying the Honors Study Topic and exploring the city of Chicago, Ferri’s presentation will help participants to:

  • Explore Chicago’s environmental, economic, social, cultural, and political history
  • Highlight how Chicago has exemplified fundamental trends in the broader scheme of national urban development.
  • Draw links between race relations and urban change.
  • Probe Chicago’s popular culture and examine historical problems of race, class, and gender.

Honors Institute is a unique honors programming event that engages participants in the study of timely, real-world issues. Learn more about our 50th Annual Honors Institute at Loyola University, Chicago, and register today!  


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