Calendar

E.g., 08/31/2014
E.g., 08/31/2014
Tuesday, September 16, 2014
(This program continues for multiple sessions)
The Lincoln-Douglas Debates

5:45 - 7:45 pm

In 1858 Stephen A. Douglas and Abraham Lincoln, fighting for the Illinois senate seat then held by Douglas, met in seven debates. Focused on the question of slavery and its extension into the western territories, these “joint discussions” went to the very heart of American society and government.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014
(This program continues for multiple sessions)
Upstate–Downstate: Chicago in Illinois, the Midwest, and the World

5:45 - 7:45 pm

This discussion-based seminar will survey the “Upstate-Downstate” divide in Illinois history. Is it a reality? If so, how powerful is the trope? If mythical, what undermines the idea? If half true, what topics transcend the divide?

Tuesday, September 16, 2014
(This program continues for multiple sessions)
The First World War, 1914–1918

1 - 3 pm - OR - 5:45 - 7:45 pm

Both sections of this class are full. Registration has closed.

Note: There are two sessions of this class to accommodate demand. They both have the same content.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014
(This program continues for multiple sessions)
Medieval Britain 1066-1307 through Historical Fiction

5:45 - 7:45 pm

Explore the highlights of Medieval British history– including the Norman Conquest, the Anarchy, the Anglo-Norman invasion of Ireland, and the Conquest of Wales–through quality historical fiction. Novels by Morgan Llywelyn, Sharon Penman, and others will introduce the period.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014
(This program continues for multiple sessions)
Picturing the Great War: Conflict, Representation, and Memory in American Visual Culture

6 - 7:30 pm

American society and culture underwent profound transformations in the wake of the unprecedented violence, loss, and trauma of World War I.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014
(This program continues for multiple sessions)
The Rise and Fall of Ancient Maya Civilization: A Comparative Perspective

2 - 4 pm

Of all the pre-Hispanic civilizations of the New World, the Maya inspire a particular fascination for scholars, artists, and the public. How did they achieve such splendor in the inhospitable rain forest and why did their civilization collapse from such heights?

Wednesday, September 17, 2014
(This program continues for multiple sessions)
The Hobbit: J.R.R. Tolkien's Mythic Sources

5:45 - 7:45 pm

Discover the roots of The Hobbit in Norse mythology, German legend, and English literature. Participants will read J.R.R. Tolkien’s classic novel in detail as they explore ancient poems and tales of wizards and wanderers, dwarves and dragons, heroes and hoards.

Thursday, September 18, 2014
(This program continues for multiple sessions)
It Didn't All Go Up in Flames: Exploring Pre-Fire Chicago at the Newberry

5:45 - 7:45 pm

Worried that the Fire burned your chances of discovering what Chicago was like in its early days? Think again! Join us as we explore a gold mine of pre-Fire treasures, many drawn from the Newberry’s collections, including maps, diaries, church records, newspapers, and sheet music.

Saturday, September 20, 2014
George Kennan and American Diplomacy

9 am - 4 pm

The short book American Diplomacy, 1900–1950 by the late scholar-diplomat George F. Kennan, is an unusual classic: a critique of US foreign policy widely used in the training of american diplomats. Participants will discuss this text and and assess whether there is a place in the foreign policy of a democracy for Kennan’s “realist” style of dispassionate analysis.

Saturday, September 20, 2014
(This program continues for multiple sessions)
Victoria and Edward VII: The British Monarchy, 1837–1910

10 am - Noon

The Victorian and Edwardian periods encompassed enormous social, political, and cultural changes.

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