was part of a panel at Walker Library, in Minneapolis. Christopher
Isherwood is known as the writer behind the
phenomenally successful musical play and film,
Cabaret, based on his Berlin Stories. How did
this British writer come to have such an influence
on American popular culture? Isherwood immigrated
to the United States and settled in Los Angeles
in 1939, and he wrote many influential novels
and memoirs in the United States. But he is
still best known for his vivid descriptions
of Germany in the 1930s. What can Isherwood's
work tell us about life in today? Are his observations
on the buildup to World War II relevant to
the current world situation?
recent publication of Isherwood's Diaries and
the opening of his archive at the Huntington
Library in California have generated new interest
in his life and work.
Cities writers and scholars gathered to examine
the legacy of Christopher Isherwood on American
literature and pop culture. Panelists included:
Barrie Jean Borich, author of My Lesbian Husband,
winner of an American Library Association GLBT
book award; Patrick Scully, performance artist
and founder of Patrick's Cabaret; and James
J. Berg and Chris Freeman, editors of The Isherwood
Century, winner of a Lambda Literary Award
for Gay Studies, and Conversations with Christopher
Isherwood. A brief panel discussion will be
followed by audience questions and interaction.
program was made possible in part with funding
from the Minnesota Humanities Commission in
cooperation with the National Endowment for
the Humanities and the Minnesota State Legislature.
MHC supports and promotes excellence in humanities
education through its programs in family reading,
K-12 education, civics, older adult learning,
and grants for humanities projects.
Lagoon and Hennepin Avenues, Mpls.
10:30 am Saturday May 17th
for more info go to: Friends
of Minneapolis website