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E.g., 06/22/2015
E.g., 06/22/2015
Saturday, June 6, 2015
(This program continues for multiple sessions)
The Sonnet: Not Just a Love Song

10 am – noon

The sonnet keeps showing up—in classrooms, on websites, and at weddings. Contemporary sonnets are colloquial, and their subjects include love (of course), dysfunctional families, racial violence, and many other topics. This writing workshop will explore the sonnet’s history through readings, and participants will learn how to pack their own sonnets with powerful words and…

Saturday, June 6, 2015
(This program continues for multiple sessions)
"Gaelic and Free": The Gaelic Revival and Irish Nationalism

10 am – noon

In examining the complicated interplay between cultural and political nationalism in Ireland, this course will consider such topics as the founding of the Gaelic League; the Irish Literary Revival, including the efforts by W. B. Yeats and Lady Gregory to establish an Irish national theater; D. P. Moran and the Irish Ireland ideal; Arthur Griffith and the Sinn Fein Party; and the politicization...

Saturday, June 6, 2015
(This program continues for multiple sessions)
Persuasion: An Exploration of Jane Austen’s Novel

10 am – noon

This seminar is full. Please call (312) 255-3700 for waitlist.

Persuasion was Jane Austen’s last completed novel. Often described as having an “autumnal” mood, it is a richly textured work about romantic second chances, social change, and integrity. The first two weeks of the seminar will consist of in-depth discussions of Persuasion, followed by sessions devoted to the novel’s historical context, critical interpretations, and modern literary…

Saturday, June 6, 2015
(This program continues for multiple sessions)
The World of Russian Fairy Tales

Section A: 10 am – noon, Section B: 1 – 3 pm

Online registration closed. Call (312)-255-3700 to register.

We will enter the world of Russian fairy tales, one of the largest collections of folk stories in Western literature. Exploring Russian beliefs and myths—from both pagan and Christian traditions—we will examine the structure and meaning of the fairy tales, as well as their influence on Russian literature, music, opera, ballet, art, and film. For the first meeting, please read pages 3-37 in...

Saturday, June 6, 2015
(This program continues for multiple sessions)
Folly and Fury: The Diplomacy of the Mexican Revolution, 1910–1917

10 am – 2 pm

The Mexican Revolution was an epic event in the history of our continent and hemisphere, and the United States and other great powers were at times deeply involved. This seminar will cover the origins and course of the revolution, how it nearly brought on a second war between the U.S. and Mexico, how it could have brought World War I into the Western Hemisphere, and how…

Tuesday, June 9, 2015
(This program continues for multiple sessions)
Andiamo in Italia: An Italophile’s Travel Course

5:45 – 7:45 pm

Whatever the passione that has made you an italophile—fine art, architecture, music, film, fashion, gastronomy, or shopping—this seminar is intended for you. Our classroom role-play of real-life travel situations and presentation of high-frequency language patterns will prepare you for a more enjoyable and authentic exploration of Italian language and culture. Participants should…

Tuesday, June 9, 2015
(This program continues for multiple sessions)
Chicago Playwrights and Their Plays

6 – 7:30 pm

This class is full. Call (312) 255-3533 for the waitlist.

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Tuesday, June 9, 2015
(This program continues for multiple sessions)
Best Addresses: Notable Residential Streets in Chicago

6:15 – 7:45 pm

This seminar is full. Please call (312) 255-3700 for waitlist.

Through a series of walking tours, we will explore some of Chicago’s best addresses —streets known for significant domestic architecture, notable residents, or historical events. Examples will be drawn from a variety of neighborhoods, including Prairie Avenue, the Gold Coast, Streeterville, Lake Shore East, Lakeview, and Hyde Park. We will pay special attention to how residential …

Tuesday, June 9, 2015
(This program continues for multiple sessions)
Legacies of the Great War

Section A: 1 – 3 pm, Section B: 5:45 – 7:45 pm

Online registration is closed. Call (312) 255-3700 to register.

The political, social, and cultural consequences of the First World War continue to shape the world today. New political boundaries in Central and Eastern Europe laid the seeds for future conflict. Discontent with the terms of the treaty contributed to the rise of fascism in Italy and Nazism in Germany. Ongoing unresolved issues in the Middle East, including the Israeli-Palestinian conflict...

Tuesday, June 9, 2015
(This program continues for multiple sessions)
River Life: Twain's Huck Finn and Cormac McCarthy's Suttree

5:45 – 7:45 pm

It’s time to tackle a virtually unknown American masterpiece and revisit one that’s familiar, but misread. Suttree (1979) has been called “unsurpassed in American Literature,” and McCarthy’s “magnum opus”—but it’s rarely read. We’ll crack it open by revisiting Huck Finn, a novel we think we remember. There’s an affinity: Cornelius Sutree has been called “a...

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