Richard Quinney


Richard Quinney

Richard Quinney
33 Frederick Circle
Madison, Wisconsin 53711

Chronology—Richard Quinney

1934 Richard Quinney born May 16, Elkhorn, Wisconsin, to Alice Holloway Quinney, rural schoolteacher, and Floyd Quinney, third-generation farmer on the family farm in Walworth County.

1940–1948 Dunham School, one room grade school. Family photographs are taken regularly—with a Kodak box camera—resulting in several family albums.

1948–1952 Photographer and photography editor of Delavan High School newspaper, The Spotlight.

1956 Bachelor’s degree in sociology and biology from Carroll College.

1957 Master’s degree in sociology from Northwestern University.

1957–1962 Graduate work in rural sociology, anthropology, and sociology at the University of Wisconsin in Madison. Ph.D. degree awarded in 1962.

1958 Marriage to Valerie Yow, fellow graduate student at the University of Wisconsin.

1959 Birth of daughter Laura Ellen in Madison, Wisconsin.

1960–1998 Faculty positions—from instructor to full professor—in sociology departments at St. Lawrence University, University of Kentucky, New York University, City University of New York, Boston College, and Northern Illinois University.

1962–1975 Influenced and inspired by the of books Walden, Let Us Now Praise Famous Men, Tao Te Ching, Sand County Almanac, Spoon River Anthology, The Myth of Sisyphus, God’s Country and My People, The Land of Little Rain, Waiting for Godot, The Dhammapada, Stop-Time, A River Runs through It, The Bhagavad Gita, The Zen of Seeing, Markings, A Fortunate Man, Journal of Solitude, The Daybooks of Edward Weston, Narrow Road to the Deep North, The Land Remembers, Mornings in Mexico, The Great Gatsby, North Toward Home, The Miracle of Mindfulness, A Moveable Feast, The Inman Diary, Four Quartets, The Voyage of the Beagle, All the Strange Hours, O Pioneers!, As I Lay Dying, The Odyssey, and So Long, See You Tomorrow.

1965–1971 Move to Greenwich Village in New York City. Teaching at New York University.

1967–2005 Books and journal articles are published in the academic fields of sociology and criminology, including the books Criminal Behavior Systems, The Social Reality of Crime, Criminology, Critique of Legal Order, Providence, Social Existence, Criminology as Peacemaking, Bearing Witness to Crime and Social Justice, and Storytelling Sociology.

1968–1970 Enrollment in photography courses in extension education at New York University taught by Sandra Weiner and Cornell Capra. Photographs of the construction of the World Trade Center. First photograph published in the photography magazine Infinity. Participation in the civil rights and anti-war movements. Travel in Europe.

1969 Death of father on the farm in Wisconsin.

1970 Birth of daughter Anne Holloway in New York City. Summer spent in Madison.

1971–1974 Sabbatical leave, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.

1972–present A series of guest lectures at universities, including: University of Minnesota, University of North Carolina, Florida State University, North Carolina State University, University of Montana, University of Groningen, University of Windsor, University of Nebraska, American University, University of Nevada, Gettysburg College, University of Florida, Pennsylvania State University, University of Georgia, University of Missouri, San Diego State University, Marquette University, Western Michigan University, Indiana University, and University of Wisconsin.

1974–1982 Move to Providence, Rhode Island. Teaching at Brooklyn College, Boston University, and Boston College.

1977–present Manuscripts and photographs are archived at the Wisconsin Historical Society.

1983 Return to the Midwest, accepting a professorship at Northern Illinois University.

1983–2000 1983–2000 Photographic projects in DeKalb and DeKalb County, Illinois.

1985 Delegate, Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice Tour, People’s Republic of China, Eisenhower Foundation.

1986 Fulbright Visiting Lecturer, National University of Ireland, Galway.

1987 Marriage of daughter Laura to William Flesch. Birth of grandsons Daniel and Julian, 1996 and 2000.

1990–2001 Writing and publication of several autobiographical and ethnographic books with photographs: Journey to a Far Place, For the Time Being, and Borderland: A Midwest Journal.

1991 Marriage to Solveig Schavland Holmes, DeKalb, Illinois.

1993 Canterbury Visiting Fellowship, University of Canterbury, New Zealand.

1998 Retirement as Professor Emeritus from Northern Illinois University.

1999 Death of mother. Preservation of the family farm, with brother Ralph, following the practices of a sustainable agriculture.

2000 Treatment begins for chronic lymphocytic leukemia.

2001 Move to Madison, Wisconsin.

2003–2011 Exhibition of photographs in solo exhibits at the Steenbock Gallery of the Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts and Letters; the Ploch Art Gallery at the Sharon Lynne Wilson Center for the Arts; the Hoard Museum; and Price Tower Art Center. Exhibit of photographs at the biannual PhotoMidwest exhibition at the Porter Butts Gallery at the University of Wisconsin Memorial Union and at the James Watrous Gallery in the Overture Center for the Arts.

2003 Photographs the ruins and artifacts at the farm. Medium format camera.

2005 Founding of the independent press Borderland Books.

2005–2006 Member of the Madison Sesquicentennial photography project, organized by the Center for Photography at Madison, culminating in the exhibition “Madison at 150.”

2008–present Publication of memoirs and photography books:

2010 Marriage of daughter Anne to Bryan Smyth. Birth of grandchildren Fyntan and Aurélia, 2010 and 2013.

2015–2018 Sale of the Quinney farmily farm, death of brother, Ralph, and donation of the Old Place to Sugar Creek Township for a nature preserve and park

Present Writing and photographing.

Recent article: “Elegy for a Family Farm,” Wisconsin People & Ideas, Winter 2018. "Elegy for a Family Farm"

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