Friday, May 11, 2018

Upcoming Lecture (10/17/2018) - The Devil in the White City



The Devil in the White City:   
America’s Urban Aspirations - 
and Nightmares
Wednesday, October 17, 2018
10:30 AM to 3:30 PM
CSU East Bay, Concord, CA


In his book The Devil in the White City, Eric Larson interweaves the history of Chicago’s epic 1893 World Columbian Exposition with the horrifying story of one of America’s first serial killers, Dr. H. H. Holmes.  Larson’s book forms the backdrop for my lecture on America’s great hopes for its cities—and the nightmares encountered along the way.
The 1893 Columbian Exposition

Join me for this day of exploring:
  • The historical and social context of the 1893 Expositions glamorous and promising While City
  • The scandalous living and working conditions, crime and utter hopelessness that was the lot of the have-nots in America’s cities of the Gilded Age that were exposed by the 1890 photographic work of Jacob Riis (How the Other Half Lives)—and that further shocked the American public when Upton Sinclair published The Jungle in 1906 
    H. H. Holmes
  • The City Beautiful Movement with its beaux arts architecture and principles of landscape architecture proposed by Frederick Law Olmstead embraced by the White City and cities around the country as a cure for urban ills.
  • And of course, the story of  serial killer, H. H. Holmes (Herman Webster Mudgett) - along with Caleb Carr’s 1984 novel The Alienist, the fictional story of a serial killer roaming New York City when Teddy Roosevelt was chief of police, inspired Larson’s pursuit of Holmes with its philosophy of the nature of evil and poverty.
This lecture is no less epic than the exposition itself!



About Me:  Kevin P. Dincher

I have a 40-year track record that includes organization and strategic consulting with non-profits, both big and small, as well as small family-owned business and Fortune 500 global technology companies.  My experience also includes work in education, counseling psychology and crisis management, program and operations management, nonprofit management and consulting, and human resources and education.




Although I currently work primarily as an organization development consultant, one of the things that energizes me is learning new things and sharing what I learn - and not just career-related things about organizational change and development.  I create exciting and enriching educational opportunities for adults that incorporate psychology, philosophy, history, historical anthropology and more—with a perspective that “everything’s related.”  My broad background in psychology, philosophy and theology along with my deep interest in history, sociology, politics and organizational systems have given me the perspective that nothing ever really happens in isolation.  Ideas, decisions, actions and events all occur in a web of other interrelated ideas, decisions, actions and events.  I enjoy pulling connecting threads to see where they lead – and if you don’t come away from my classes and lectures asking more questions than you started with, I haven’t done my job!




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