This seminar will explore Chicago’s riches in the realm of public art, including murals, commemorative statues, architectural sculpture, commercial decorations, and park designs, through a series of walking tours.
5:45 – 7:45 pm
2 – 4 pm
This is the first of two seminars examining the people, organizations, and events of music in Chicago. The story begins before the city was incorporated in 1837, with dance music heard in local taverns, and will move to popular songs and minstrel shows. We will consider opera, which began in the 1880s, and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, which gave its first concerts in 1891.
6 – 7:30 pm
Each week a different Chicago-based playwright will discuss one of his or her plays with the class. Ranging from established plays which have had a number of productions to scripts still in development, this seminar will give participants an intimate glimpse into the creative process and a unique opportunity to engage in an in-depth dialogue with local playwrights.
6 – 7:30 pm
We will immerse ourselves in the world of James T. Farrell’s classic Studs Lonigan trilogy. It tells the story of a young Irish-American man trying to make his way on the South Side of Chicago during the years between World War I and the Great Depression.
10 am – Noon
Jack Benny created the situation comedy and put radio on the map, creating a legacy of timeless humor that still delights audiences today. In this seminar, we take a closer look at Benny’s special brand of radio comedy and how he was able to sustain this excellence for decades. We will also explore his crucial supporting cast, including Phil Harris, Eddie Anderson, and Mel Blanc.