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Mesopotamian Temple Statues and Sacred Gifts

at The Oriental Institute - Hyde Park
1155 E 58th St, Chicago, Illinois 60637

Join the Chief Curator of the Oriental Institute Museum, Jean Evans, PhD, for a discussion about the Mesopotamian sacred gifts that were given to the gods by human donors. Sacred gifting practices were related to the operations of the temple. Individuals participated in sacred gifting practices in order to overcome the restricted access of the temple...

Free

Thursday Mar 1st, 12:15pm

Family Program: Persian Nowruz Celebration

at The Oriental Institute - Hyde Park
1155 E 58th St, Chicago, Illinois 60637

Celebrate the delight of the coming Persian New Year — Nowruz! Color eggs, visit a Haft-Seen table, hunt the galleries, and take your New Year photo! Note: Registration Recommended

Free

Saturday Mar 10th, 1pm

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Lunch and Learn: Socially Engaged Art

at Museum of Contemporary Photography Colum - South Loop
600 S Michigan Ave, Illinois City, Illinois 60605

Complete Course Title: Lunch and Learn: Socially Engaged Art with the Dammeyer Fellow Bring your lunch and join us for a dynamic discussion on the topic of socially engaged art and the power of engagement and healing for immigrant and refugee women with Iranian artist and Dammeyer Fellow Anahid Ghorbani; Photograph Department Professor Judy Natal;...

Free

Tuesday Mar 6th, 12pm

Debts Crime & Prison:Daily Life in Babylonia 1200 BC

at The Oriental Institute - Hyde Park
1155 E 58th St, Chicago, Illinois 60637

The Oriental Institute Lecture Series organized by the University of Chicago brings notable scholars from around the country and abroad as they present on new breakthroughs, unique perspectives, and innovative research applications related to the Ancient Middle East. Debts, Crime and Prison: Daily Life in Babylonia CA. 1200 BC Presented by Susanne...

Free

Wednesday Mar 7th, 7pm

Alex and Andrew Lichtenstein, Marked, Unmarked,

at The Newberry - Near North Side
60 W Walton St, Chicago, Illinois 60610

Alex and Andrew Lichtenstein, Marked, Unmarked, Remembered: A Geography of American Memory This is a one time FREE course. From Wounded Knee to the Edmund Pettus Bridge, and from the Upper Big Branch mine disaster to the Trail of Tears, Marked, Unmarked, Remembered presents photographs of significant sites from United States history, posing...

Free

Thursday Mar 8th, 6pm

Thomas Jefferson and American Democracy, Then and Now

at The Newberry - Near North Side
60 W Walton St, Chicago, Illinois 60610

This is a one time FREE course. In this installment of “Conversations at the Newberry,” Annette Gordon-Reed and Peter S. Onuf, co-authors of the recent book “Most Blessed of the Patriarchs” Thomas Jefferson and the Empire of the Imagination, engage in a conversation about Thomas Jefferson’s legacy and public memory. ...

Free

Wednesday Mar 14th, 6pm

The Art Institute of Chicago: Badass Bitches Tour

at Museum Hack - The Loop
111 S Michigan Ave, Chicago, Illinois 60603

Remember when feminism happened, and Georgia O’Keeffe kicked butt, and now museums and the art world totally treat male and female artists with equal value? JK JK IT’S STILL SUPER BAD!  On this two-hour tour of the Art Institute of Chicago, we get three things done: 1. We celebrate the awesome women who ARE represented 2. We fill you in...

The Art and Architecture of Ancient

at The Oriental Institute - Hyde Park
1155 E 58th St, Chicago, Illinois 60637

The beauty and distinctiveness of ancient Egyptian art and architecture are among this great civilization’s most lasting legacies.  This eight-week course provides an introduction to the history and development of ancient Egyptian art and architecture over a time span of 4,000 years. Using lectures, in-depth online tutorials, readings, and...

$392

8 sessions

Saturday Apr 7th, 10am

Sandal Making 101 - Ancient Style Workshop

at The Oriental Institute - Hyde Park
1155 E 58th St, Chicago, Illinois 60637

This three-session class will introduce you to ancient Egyptian sandals including the opportunity to make your own pair! In the first session, Egyptologist Emily Teeter will discuss styles of sandals and their etiquette, followed by a gallery tour of real examples.  The next two sessions are “hands-on” with Sara McIntosh of the Chicago School...

$383

3 sessions

Saturday Mar 10th, 10:30am

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Sleep like an Egyptian: Ancient Egyptian Headrests

at The Oriental Institute - Hyde Park
1155 E 58th St, Chicago, Illinois 60637

Complete Title: Sleep like an Egyptian: Ancient Egyptian Headrests in Context Join Catie Witt, CMES MA student, for a perusal of the Oriental Institute's Egyptian headrests and related objects on display, and learn how to sleep like an Egyptian. We will explore conceptions of daily life and death in ancient Egypt and how these enigmatic objects...

Free

Thursday Apr 5th, 12:15pm

The Chicago Food Encyclopedia

at The Newberry - Near North Side
60 W Walton St, Chicago, Illinois 60610

This is a one time FREE course. Pizza. Alinea. Wrigley Spearmint. Soul food. Rick Bayless. Hot Dogs. Koreatown. Everest. All served up A-Z, and all part of the ultimate reference on Chicago and its food. The Chicago Food Encyclopedia is a far-ranging portrait of an American culinary paradise. Hundreds of entries deliver all of the visionary...

Free

Thursday Apr 5th, 6pm

In Their Own Form: Opening Reception

at Museum of Contemporary Photography Colum - South Loop
600 S Michigan Ave, Illinois City, Illinois 60605

In Their Own Form seeks to illuminate the myriad ways blackness might hope to exist without the imposition of oppression, racism and stereotypes ever-present in Western cultures, mediated through Afrofuturist themes including time-travel and escapism. Afrofuturism refers to a cross-disciplinary genre that combines science fiction, Afrocentrism,...

Free

Thursday Apr 12th, 5pm

Wendy Warren, New England Bound:

at The Newberry - Near North Side
60 W Walton St, Chicago, Illinois 60610

Wendy Warren, New England Bound: The Fragmented Archive of Slavery This is a one time FREE course. This talk will describe some of the lives of enslaved people in seventeenth-century New England, explaining what chattel slavery looked like in a place without plantations or cash crops. Enslavement took many forms in colonial North America; this lecture...

Free

Saturday Apr 28th, 10am

COURSE: The World of the Hebrew Bible (10 weeks)

at The Oriental Institute - Hyde Park
1155 E 58th St, Chicago, Illinois 60637

For over 2,000 years the Hebrew Bible has been considered to be sacred scripture by Jews and Christians, and contains traditions held in high regard by Muslims. One of the most influential books ever written, it is also one of the most important artifacts of ancient Near East. In this course, explore the Hebrew Bible and the world it comes from, and...

$295

6 sessions

Thursday May 3rd, 5:30pm

Reflecting on an Academic Life

at The Newberry - Near North Side
60 W Walton St, Chicago, Illinois 60610

This is a one time FREE course. In this installment of “Conversations at the Newberry,” Hanna Holborn Gray and David Spadafora discuss Gray’s new book An Academic Life: A Memoir. Hanna Holborn Gray has lived her entire life in the world of higher education. The daughter of academics, she fled Hitler’s Germany with...

Free

Wednesday May 2nd, 6pm

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