Event—Adult Education

On the Corner: Storytelling on Chicago Intersections

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Drawing on oral histories, personal reflections, and the Newberry’s Chicago collection, class participants will have a chance to co-author Chicago’s past, present, and future.

“Greetings from Chicago” postcard, Curt Teich Postcard Archives Collection, production number 2BH-327.

“Greetings from Chicago” postcard, Curt Teich Postcard Archives

Class Description

Every Chicago street corner has a story—many stories—where past, present, and future identities intersect. From Little Village to Little Vietnam, Chicago has stories waiting to be told, and every citizen is a co-author of our city’s shared narratives.

Drawing on oral histories, personal reflections, and the Newberry’s Chicago collection, class participants will have a chance to co-author Chicago’s past, present, and future, while empowering fellow citizens to do the same. Those who wish will be invited to publish their work online and in a forthcoming book.

Discussion topics will include the evolution of neighborhoods and communities; intersections of place and identity; architectural history; narratives around urban planning; demographics; public art; Chicago landmarks; immigration; collective storytelling.

Classroom activities will include interactive discussions of short assigned readings, interview training, writing workshops, and collaborative voice-based storytelling.

Dr. Aaron Greenberg co-founded Biograph, a storytelling technology company. He has served on the Core Faculty of Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine’s Bioethics Clinical Scholars Program and is a lecturer at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Materials List

Required:

  • Instructor-distributed materials

Recommended:

First Reading:

Cost and Registration

Four sessions, $215 ($193.50 for Newberry members, seniors, and students). Learn about becoming a member.

To register multiple people for this class, please go through the course calendar in Learning Stream, our registration platform. When you select the course and register, you’ll be prompted to add another registrant.

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