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E.g., 06/25/2015
Thursday, June 11, 2015
(This program continues for multiple sessions)
H. G. Wells's The War of the Worlds: Imaginative Science and Social Commentary

5:45 – 7:45 pm

A prominent historian of science once astutely observed that The War of the Worlds (1898) launched not only Wells’s literary career, but also that of the alien. In the novel, Wells also famously predicted the brutality of twentieth-century warfare and technology’s role in diminishing personal security. This seminar will explore the book’s origin, scientific content, social-scientific themes...

Thursday, June 11, 2015
(This program continues for multiple sessions)
Writing for the Theater

5:45 – 7:45 pm

Seminar Description

Thursday, June 11, 2015
(This program continues for multiple sessions)
Darwin and the Darwinian Revolution

2 – 4 pm

Seminar participants will gain first-hand knowledge of Darwin’s ideas through readings from his works The Origins of Species, The Descent of Man, and Autobiography. The seminar will also address important matters of historical context, including those qualities of Darwin’s work that were typical and novel for his time. Finally, the seminar will examine the extent to which Darwin’s...

Thursday, June 11, 2015
(This program continues for multiple sessions)
Divinely Funny: Joy and Laughter in Religion

5:45 – 7:45 pm

The sacred tends to be associated with gravity, not levity. But laughter has had a role in religion. In this seminar we will look at laughter in religion and laughter at religion. We will survey the ancient Near East and the Greco-Roman world and Judaism, Christianity, and other religions. Then, we will end the class with a look at recent attempts to satirize religion. For the first session...

Thursday, June 11, 2015
(This program continues for multiple sessions)
The Medieval Origins of Mass Media

6 – 7:30 pm

This seminar explores the origins of modern mass media in medieval intellectual culture. By examining key medieval texts from St. Augustine through Martin Luther, we will see how religious thinkers’ evangelical approaches gradually transformed intellectual life into a mass market enterprise dedicated to reshaping thought and society. Please read Book IV of Augustine’s On…

Tuesday, June 16, 2015
(This program continues for multiple sessions)
Writing Poetry: The Visual and the Poetic

2 – 4 pm

In this poetry-writing workshop, we will explore the visual aspect of poetry and the use of found texts and images to create new work. Each week, we will discuss a specific concept or idea and write new poems based on writing exercises. In a supportive, encouraging atmosphere, we will discuss and share our work. The exercises will draw inspiration from concrete poetry…

Tuesday, June 16, 2015
(This program continues for multiple sessions)
Let's Go Shopping! Zola's Octave Mouret Novels

5:45 – 7:45 pm

Octave Mouret, gifted seducer in Émile Zola’s novels Pot Luck (Pot-Bouille) and The Ladies’ Paradise (Au Bonheur des Dames), had an advantage over his rivals in mid-nineteenth-century Paris. He knew what women wanted and, as the owner of the largest department store in the city, he could deliver the goods. Through his rise from a salesman to the sovereign of style in Paris…

Tuesday, June 16, 2015
(This program continues for multiple sessions)
Leonard Bernstein: His Life, Music, Contribution, and Legacy

2 – 4 pm

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

Leonard Bernstein was one of the greatest musicians of the twentieth century. We will explore his career as a conductor and composer, as well as his life as a vibrant, controversial man of his time. This seminar not only will examine Bernstein’s symphonies, choral works, concertos, ballets, chamber music and, yes, even West Side Story, but will also delve into his impact as an interpreter of...

Wednesday, June 17, 2015
(This program continues for multiple sessions)
Jazz: A Listener's Guide

5:45 – 7:45 pm

Gain a deeper understanding of America’s original music from a listener’s perspective. Learn about the great musicians of the jazz tradition, explore the music’s fascinating social history, and discover Chicago’s unique contributions to the art form. We will study the development of early jazz in New Orleans, the swing era, bebop, fusion, and more. No previous familiarity...

Wednesday, June 17, 2015
(This program continues for multiple sessions)
T. S. Eliot's Four Quartets

 2 – 4 pm

How do we read a modern poem? Reading the Four Quartets by T. S. Eliot asks us to wrestle with that question. Written at the end of his career and after a religious conversion, Four Quartets (like Eliot’s earlier, more secular epic The Waste Land) challenges us to read without the aid of the traditional unities of time, place, and narrator. Eliot’s musicality, imagery, and allusions…

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