Calendar

E.g., 03/28/2015
E.g., 03/28/2015
Saturday, March 28, 2015
(This program continues for multiple sessions)
Best Addresses: Notable Residential Streets in Chicago

10:30 am - 12 pm, 10:30 am - 12:30 pm on April 11th

Registration is full. Call (312) 255-3700 for the waitlist.

Seminar Description

Saturday, March 28, 2015
(This program continues for multiple sessions)
An Introduction to Western European Surnames

1 – 3 pm

This class has been cancelled.

What mysteries of the past can be unlocked by your family’s last names? This seminar provides an introduction to the surnames of Western Europe, which derive from family lineage, occupations, nicknames, and placenames. In addition to a primary focus on English, French, German, Italian, and Spanish, we will touch on Jewish surnames, as well as Dutch, Gaelic…

Tuesday, March 31, 2015
(This program continues for multiple sessions)
Writing the Hero’s Journey

5:45 – 7:45 pm

Good stories resonate deeply within our psyche: they make us laugh, cry, shriek, blush, or howl. But how do writers successfully develop the unforgettable characters that elicit these responses? One way is by learning how to construct character arcs and the hero’s journey through the plot. Using excerpts from Joseph Campbell, Christopher Vogler, and Maria Louis…

Thursday, April 2, 2015
(This program continues for multiple sessions)
The Elusive Muse: Journaling Your Way To Better Writing

5:45 - 7:45 pm 

There are days when we are confounded by writer’s block, but that does not mean that we must submit to it. Practice leads to proficiency: the more we write, the better our writing becomes. One easy and creative way to commit to writing and produce better work is to keep a journal. This class will show you how to use journaling techniques to find ideas, practice skills…

Thursday, April 2, 2015
(This program continues for multiple sessions)
Toni Morrison's Beloved

6 – 7:30 pm

A 2006 New York Times survey of writers and literary critics found Toni Morrison’s Beloved to be the best work of American fiction of the previous 25 years. An enthralling and shocking work of historical fiction, Beloved portrays a woman and her children’s escape from slavery—and the aftermath. In the seminar, we will read and discuss the novel, considering its story’s…

Saturday, April 11, 2015
(This program continues for multiple sessions)
Genetic Genealogy

10 am - 12 pm

The use of DNA testing is exploding in the genealogy field. All genealogists know the frustration of being stymied when the paper trail ends or there is not enough evidence from existing documents to prove relationships. An analysis of DNA results, combined with traditional documentary research methods, can extend the reconstruction of your family tree. This in-depth …

Saturday, April 18, 2015
(This program continues for multiple sessions)
The Golovlyov Family and Satirical Tales by Shchedrin

10 am-12 pm 

This course is full. Call (312) 255-3700 for the waitlist.

We will examine Shchedrin’s The Golovlyov Family, one of the least-known great nineteenth-century Russian novels, and several tales that demonstrate Shchedrin’s gift as a satirist. Exploring this masterpiece of unsentimental naturalism, we will encounter Porphyry Golovlyov, a classic hypocrite and Shchedrin’s most original creation. Readings will be supplemented by biographical,