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E.g., 09/17/2014
E.g., 09/17/2014
Wednesday, September 17, 2014
(This program continues for multiple sessions)
Medieval Britain 1066-1307 through Historical Fiction

5:45 - 7:45 pm

Explore the highlights of Medieval British history– including the Norman Conquest, the Anarchy, the Anglo-Norman invasion of Ireland, and the Conquest of Wales–through quality historical fiction. Novels by Morgan Llywelyn, Sharon Penman, and others will introduce the period.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014
(This program continues for multiple sessions)
Picturing the Great War: Conflict, Representation, and Memory in American Visual Culture

6 - 7:30 pm

American society and culture underwent profound transformations in the wake of the unprecedented violence, loss, and trauma of World War I.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014
(This program continues for multiple sessions)
Moral Philosophy 101: Aristotle’s Nichomachean Ethics

2 - 4 pm

Aristotle’s Nichomachean Ethics is one of the most influential textbooks of moral philosophy ever written. Celebrated in antiquity, canonized in the Middle Ages, and widely rejected in the Early Modern period, Aristotle’s ethical theory is undergoing a resurgence today.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014
(This program continues for multiple sessions)
The Rise and Fall of Ancient Maya Civilization: A Comparative Perspective

2 - 4 pm

New space added!

Of all the pre-Hispanic civilizations of the New World, the Maya inspire a particular fascination for scholars, artists, and the public. How did they achieve such splendor in the inhospitable rain forest and why did their civilization collapse from such heights?

Wednesday, September 17, 2014
(This program continues for multiple sessions)
The Hobbit: J.R.R. Tolkien's Mythic Sources

5:45 - 7:45 pm

Discover the roots of The Hobbit in Norse mythology, German legend, and English literature. Participants will read J.R.R. Tolkien’s classic novel in detail as they explore ancient poems and tales of wizards and wanderers, dwarves and dragons, heroes and hoards.

Thursday, September 18, 2014
(This program continues for multiple sessions)
It Didn't All Go Up in Flames: Exploring Pre-Fire Chicago at the Newberry

5:45 - 7:45 pm

Worried that the Fire burned your chances of discovering what Chicago was like in its early days? Think again! Join us as we explore a gold mine of pre-Fire treasures, many drawn from the Newberry’s collections, including maps, diaries, church records, newspapers, and sheet music.

Thursday, September 18, 2014
(This program continues for multiple sessions)
Twentieth Century Classical Music: Evolution, Revolution, or Bust

2 - 4 pm

Was the twentieth century a musical wasteland from which emerged a plethora of inspired ideas but only a few that can stand the test of time? Or was it a wonderland of new sounds and images that have inspired and enriched the music of today?

Thursday, September 18, 2014
(This program continues for multiple sessions)
No Exit for Art: European Drama, 1906-1968

6 - 7:30 pm

This class is full and registration has closed.

This lecture and discussion-based seminar will examine the rich period of European theater from the first half of the twentieth century.

Saturday, September 20, 2014
George Kennan and American Diplomacy

9 am - 4 pm

The short book American Diplomacy, 1900–1950 by the late scholar-diplomat George F. Kennan, is an unusual classic: a critique of US foreign policy widely used in the training of american diplomats. Participants will discuss this text and and assess whether there is a place in the foreign policy of a democracy for Kennan’s “realist” style of dispassionate analysis.

Saturday, September 20, 2014
(This program continues for multiple sessions)
Dostoevsky's The Gambler and The Idiot

10 am - Noon (Morning session) OR 1 - 3 pm (Afternoon session)

Afternoon class is cancelled.

We will examine Dostoevsky’s sprawling and mysterious The Idiot against his compact and fast-moving novel The Gambler and several film adaptations, including Akira Kurosawa’s The Idiot. Through interactions between characters and exploration of various systems of ethics, we will navigate the multiple levels of plot and ideas in The Idiot. Readings will be...

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