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E.g., 06/22/2015
E.g., 06/22/2015
Tuesday, June 9, 2015
(This program continues for multiple sessions)
Me Write Funny One Day

5:45 – 7:45 pm

Must short stories be tragic and humorless to be moving? We restrict our writing if we think we can only achieve emotional resonance by being serious. You, too, can learn to “write funny” and your readers will thank you for it. The seminar format includes assigned readings, in- and out-of-class writing exercises, and discussion. For the first session, please bring an excerpt of any work...

Wednesday, June 10, 2015
(This program continues for multiple sessions)
Moby-Dick: Reading and Envisioning an American Epic

5:45 – 7:45 pm

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

From the most famous first sentence in American literature to the climactic chase scene, reading Herman Melville’s Moby-Dick is a great challenge—and memorable experience—in the life of any reader. This seminar will help participants chart an exciting course through the novel. We will also explore many of the beautiful illustrated editions of the book held in the Newberry’s…

Wednesday, June 10, 2015
(This program continues for multiple sessions)
The Golden Age: Dutch Art in the Age of Rembrandt

5:45 – 7:45 pm

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

The Dutch Golden Age of the seventeenth century witnessed a flourishing of the visual arts in a prosperous and proudly independent nation. No longer thought of as simple “realism,” Dutch art is now appreciated for its complexity and sophistication. This seminar will explore Dutch artists’ creativity and virtuosity in what were thought of as lesser genres in the wider world of art…

Wednesday, June 10, 2015
(This program continues for multiple sessions)
Friedrich Nietzsche's Thus Spoke Zarathustra: A Book for All and None

5:45 – 7:45 pm

Who was Nietzsche’s Zarathustra, this self-professed antichrist, proclaimer of the Übermensch, teacher of the eternal recurrence of the same? Nietzsche’s magnum opus develops specific philosophical themes, but cannot be reduced to any simple ideology. We will examine Nietzsche’s varied relations to Plato, Socrates, Christ, Christianity, Judaism, and antisemitism…

Wednesday, June 10, 2015
(This program continues for multiple sessions)
After the Collapse: Classic Maya Disintegration and Resurgence

2 – 4 pm

Why and how civilizations recover from disintegration are among the most challenging questions facing scholars today. Research agendas are increasingly focusing on the post-collapse dynamics of ancient societies and cultures. Do societies disappear or are they transformed to offer a foundation for facing future challenges? This seminar will provide participants with the opportunity to…...

Wednesday, June 10, 2015
(This program continues for multiple sessions)
Degenerate Music in the Nazi Era

2 – 4 pm

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

In the twentieth century, music audiences split into the traditional and the avant-garde. Composers who were prominent in one world were usually unacceptable in the other. Today this divide continues, with many concert audiences listening only reluctantly to music of the past hundred years. This seminar is an opportunity to explore key figures of post-Romantic German and…

Wednesday, June 10, 2015
(This program continues for multiple sessions)
The Write Place: A Facilitated Children’s Book Writers Group

5:45 – 7:45 pm

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

Writers will have the opportunity to share their stories in a supportive, focused, and instructive environment. Facilitated discussions of participants’ manuscripts will highlight the writing process, story components, elements of narrative, revision, and a story’s marketability within today’s children’s book publishing world. Writers of all levels, all formats, and all genres will be offered...

Wednesday, June 10, 2015
(This program continues for multiple sessions)
The Nature of Forgiveness in Biblical Texts

2 – 4 pm

What is forgiveness? This seminar explores and compares the varieties of forgiveness found in biblical stories. We will get behind the eyes of characters like Jacob and Esau; Joseph and his brothers; David, Bathsheba, and other adulterous women; the Prodigal Son; and the Apocalypse’s Spirit/Bride. Culminating in a radical reading of Revelation, we will consider how forgiveness…

Thursday, June 11, 2015
(This program continues for multiple sessions)
Summertime Shakespeare

5:45 – 7:45 pm

Shakespeare is never out of season, but these six plays—A Midsummer Night’s Dream; Henry IV, parts 1 and 2; Romeo and Juliet; Measure for Measure; and Much Ado About Nothing—will make for a profound and dreamy summer that will take us to the far frontiers of the real and the unreal, to the heights of passion and comedy, to deep within the waste of a world in decay…

Thursday, June 11, 2015
(This program continues for multiple sessions)
A Serious Look at Comedy: Five Plays From 1599-1743

2 – 4 pm

Five comedies will serve as the foundation for exploring the rich and complex relationship between writer, performer, and audience. We will read Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing, Molière’s The Middle-Class Gentleman, Wycherley’s The Country Wife, Gay’s The Beggar’s Opera, and Goldoni’s The Servant of Two Masters. Participants will also view and discuss video clips of these …

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