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E.g., 01/30/2015
E.g., 01/30/2015
Wednesday, February 18, 2015
(This program continues for multiple sessions)
Great Movie Music from Garbo and Valentino to Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid

2 - 4 pm

This course will explore the development of film music from the early 1900s to the 1960s. By listening to and discussing some of the greatest film composers of that era, we will discover how music enhances cinema’s atmosphere and emotional expression. We will get to know composers Max Steiner, Aaron Copland, Adolph Deutsch, Erich-Wolfgang Korngold, Alfred Newman,

Wednesday, February 18, 2015
(This program continues for multiple sessions)
Medieval Britain 1307-1485 through Historical Fiction

5:45 – 7:45 pm

Explore the Hundred Years War, the Black Death, the Age of Wycliffe, the Peasants’ Revolt, the Wars of the Roses, and other highlights of medieval British history. Rigorously-researched historical novels by P.C. Doherty, Sharon Penman, Candace Robb, Josephine Tey, and others provide an engaging introduction to the period. With the readings as background, we will discuss historical issues

Wednesday, February 18, 2015
(This program continues for multiple sessions)
Flannery O'Connor and the Agency of Grace

2 - 3:30 pm 

In the work of Flannery O’Connor, the human condition is reduced, often by violent circumstances, to a state in which faith may or may not lead to any kind of salvation or redemption. Freakish tragedies strip O’Connor’s characters of pretention, leaving them in a state of grace—a condition most of them, no doubt, would have preferred to avoid. Following an introduction to southern …

Wednesday, February 18, 2015
(This program continues for multiple sessions)
Dazzled by the Truth: the World and Work of Franz Kafka, a Modern Jewish Storyteller

6-7:30 pm 

W.H. Auden wrote, “Had one to name the author who comes nearest to bearing the same kind of relation to our age as Dante, Shakespeare and Goethe bore to theirs, Kafka is the first one would think of.” Through a close reading of Kafka’s short stories, and through examination of his life and of early-twentieth-century Prague, we shall attempt to penetrate the seemingly unfathomable...

Wednesday, February 18, 2015
(This program continues for multiple sessions)
Reading James Joyce's Ulysses

6-7:30 pm 

How does one approach James Joyce’s Ulysses? Reading this literary masterpiece is both like and unlike reading other novels. Through close examination and discussion of the text, we will explore its major themes and concepts, navigate its calm and turbulent sections, and enjoy our journey through the landscape of this fascinating book. Participants will emerge from the seminar …

Thursday, February 19, 2015
(This program continues for multiple sessions)
Ballet Music From Beethoven to Bernstein

2 - 4 pm

This seminar will trace ballet’s journey from Beethoven’s 1801 The Creatures of Prometheus to Bernstein’s 1944 Fancy Free. After setting the stage with the early patrons Catherine de Medici and Louis XIV, we will leap into great nineteenth- and twentieth-century ballets by masters such as Copland, Gershwin, Prokofiev, Respighi, Stravinsky, and Tchaikovsky. We will pay special…

Thursday, February 19, 2015
(This program continues for multiple sessions)
Hannah Arendt's The Human Condition

2 - 4 pm 

This course examines the human condition through a close reading of Hannah Arendt’s 1958 work of the same title, which portrays the rise of modern society from its origins in the classical Greek city-state. Short weekly readings will let us appreciate the great complexity and scope of Arendt’s examination—made in prose of surpassing power and beauty—of the forces that have…...

Thursday, February 19, 2015
(This program continues for multiple sessions)
Jean-Paul Sartre and Albert Camus: Existential Literature as Philosophy

5:45 – 7:45 pm

The literary texts of the great French existentialists are perhaps the most effective presentations of their philosophies. Close readings of Jean-Paul Sartre’s Nausea and Albert Camus’ The Stranger will elucidate the themes of existential angst, the absurd, and the possibilities of authentic living and action. Before the first session, please read the Sartre chapter (chapter 10) of...

Thursday, February 19, 2015
(This program continues for multiple sessions)
Ellis Island: the Immigrant's Experience

5:45 - 7:45 pm

Sixty percent of Americans descended from immigrants who arrived at Ellis Island, and multitudes of Chicagoans can claim Ellis as their ancestor’s entry point into the United States. This seminar explores the iconic status of this island and details the procedures of immigration, including how arrivals were processed between 1892 and 1954. Using architectural drawings, immigration

Thursday, February 19, 2015
(This program continues for multiple sessions)
Colonial Rivalries: The West and the World, 1870-1918

5:45 - 7:45 pm

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