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History Lessons Chicago

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Explore the rich history of Chicago through classes in architectural preservation, gangster lore, and the city's role in the Civil Rights Movement, among other fascinating topics.

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History of Photography Abstracts

Chicago Botanic Garden @ Online via Zoom

Embark on a captivating exploration of abstract photography's rich history, forging connections between past innovations and contemporary projects. Delve into intermediate to advanced concepts, synthesizing historical perspectives with your unique artistic vision. Expand your creative horizons as you uncover new possibilities for expression in the captivating world of abstract photography.

(129) Intermediate 18 and older
$437

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With an Eternal Wing: Embodying Queer Histories in Photography

Penumbra Foundation @ Virtual Classroom

Embark on a transformative journey through the lens of queer history in photography. Explore the intertwined narratives of writing, performance, and visual storytelling, guided by an esteemed instructor deeply rooted in this legacy. Join a community of creatives, delving into personal narratives and emerging with a profound understanding of their place within the continuum of queer expression.

(8) All levels 18 and older
$485

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Risk Society: Crisis, Power, and Neoliberalism

Brooklyn Institute for Social Research @ Online Classroom

Unravel the complexities of the modern world through the lens of risk society. Explore the societal implications of global risks, from environmental disasters to economic instability, and their impact on governance, culture, and individual psyche. Dive into foundational texts by Ulrich Beck and Anthony Giddens, alongside critical perspectives by scholars such as Michel Foucault and Mary Douglas, to understand the emergence and consequences of the risk society paradigm.

(29) All levels 21 and older
$335

4 sessions

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Thucydides and the Fall of Athenian Democracy

Brooklyn Institute for Social Research @ Online Classroom

Explore the profound insights of Thucydides’ History of the Peloponnesian War in this compelling course. Delve into the fall of Athenian democracy and the collapse of the classical city-state, examining speeches and narratives that debate political theory, justice, and human suffering. Engage with the text’s oscillation between historical objectivity and intense pathos to understand the cultural and intellectual milieu of ancient Greece.

(29) All levels 21 and older
$335

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On the Concept of Religion

Brooklyn Institute for Social Research @ Online Classroom

Explore the complex and often incoherent concept of "religion" in this thought-provoking course. Delve into classic social scientific methodologies and examine diverse scriptures and commentaries that challenge hegemonic understandings. Engage with contemporary critiques and genealogies to deepen your understanding of the varied practices, beliefs, and institutions categorized under “religion.”

(29) All levels 21 and older
$335

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The Making of Modern Paris, 1852-1939

The Newberry @ 60 W Walton St, Chicago, IL

In this class, we’ll explore the making of modern Paris from the Second Empire through the 1930s. Political and social turbulence, as well as an architectural and artistic efflorescence, characterized Paris from the Second Empire through the 1930s. Topics to be treated in this class’s exploration of the City of Light will include Baron Haussmann and the remaking of Paris; the everyday lives of ordinary Parisians; life in the city during the...

(4) All levels 18 and older
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Harnessing The Power of Egyptian Hieroglyphics

Infinity Foundation @ 1280 Old Skokie Valley Rd, Highland Park, IL

Words are powerful and operate on many levels through sound and symbols. Explore how to use hieroglyphics and apply them with meditation, divination, and dream work. Harness and enliven ancient Egyptian hieroglyphics as tools for manifesting ideas in the material world. Join Ellis, author of Hieroglyphic Power of Words, to gain a deep experience of this ancient living art. Discover the power of writing or copying hieroglyphics with your own hand....

(33) All levels 16 and older
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Chicago’s First Progressive Movement

The Newberry

With a focus on Avant Garde writer Mary Field Parton, this class will put today's progressive movement in historical context and draw parallels between it and its predecessor from a century ago. The life of Avant Garde writer and progressive crusader, Mary Field Parton (1878-1969) serves as a means of understanding the intellectual and political bases of progressivism and the social discontent it fomented in the early 20th century. Parton embraced...

(4) All levels 18 and older
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Russia and Its Neighbors: Ukraine, the Baltics

The Newberry @ 60 W Walton St, Chicago, IL

Russia and Its Neighbors: Ukraine, the Baltics, the Caucasus, and the -Stans As current events surrounding Russia shock and puzzle, the world tries to understand, why. This class offers a historical survey of Russia’s relationship with its neighbors, from the time of Russia’s emergence as a nation and a state, through its imperial and Soviet periods, through the turbulent years following the dissolution of the Soviet Union, and up to the tragic...

(4) All levels 18 and older
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$190

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On the Corner: Storytelling on Chicago Intersections

The Newberry

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. 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...

(4) All levels 18 and older
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The Roaring Twenties and the Making of Modern America

The Newberry @ 60 W Walton St, Chicago, IL

In this class, we will learn about how the 1920s helped create America as a world superpower. The 1920's was an exciting and eventful period of time for the United States and the world. It has been represented as a carefree time after the Great War, but great change occurred and a growing United States grew into a global power. We will learn about how these changes helped create America as a world superpower. Tom Irvine works with technology in...

(4) All levels 18 and older
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Literary Capital of the West

The Newberry @ 60 W Walton St, Chicago, IL

Literary Capital of the West: Chicago Writing before 1890 This course explores the evolving relationship between Western and urban identities in Chicago writing from the 1840s through the 1880s. Histories of Chicago literature often start around 1890, with the urban sketches of writers like Finley Peter Dunne. Chicago’s antebellum literature, however, was very different, aimed at rural readers in the city’s railroad empire. After the Civil...

(4) All levels 18 and older
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African Murder Mysteries

The Newberry @ 60 W Walton St, Chicago, IL

In this class, we’re traveling to Africa to examine mysteries from the continent over five weeks. Class Description This five-week class will explore the rich history of murder mysteries in Africa. Each week, we will read and discuss a mystery from a different country and author, exploring how mysteries became popular in Africa. We will consider points that make African mysteries unique, including politics, racial tensions, economics, and outside...

(4) All levels 18 and older
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Hemingway and the Women Who Influenced His Life

The Newberry @ 60 W Walton St, Chicago, IL

Uncover the hidden stories behind Hemingway's iconic works as you delve into the captivating lives of the influential women who shaped his existence. Gain unique insights into their relationships through personal letters, rare photographs, and engaging discussions in this thought-provoking literary exploration.

(4) All levels 18 and older
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Leave the Seeds

Chicago Botanic Garden

Not only do the seedpods of perennials feed birds and wildlife throughout winter, they add a rich textural element to the dormant garden. Explore seeds, pods, and stems that bring interesting shapes and structure to the garden.

(129) Advanced 18 and older
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Gothic Chicago: Chicago's Gothic Architecture

The Newberry @ 60 W Walton St, Chicago, IL

Unearth the dark histories and mysterious tales behind Chicago's iconic gothic architecture sites on this guided Halloween tour. Join us as we explore the city's famous Water Tower, Holy Name Cathedral, and other landmarks, and discover the hidden secrets that still haunt these captivating structures.

(4) All levels 18 and older
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Shakespeare Project of Chicago: The Winter's Tale

The Newberry @ 60 W Walton St, Chicago, IL

This is a one time FREE course. Shakespeare’s romance The Winter’s Tale not only contains the playwright’s most famous stage direction (“Exit, pursued by a bear”), but a story that goes to the deepest side of tragedy before finding its triumphant redemption. A Sicilian king becomes consumed by the belief that his best friend has committed adultery with his wife, and this passionate jealousy ignites a series of events that takes...

(4) All levels 18 and older
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Shakespeare Project of Chicago: Cymbeline

The Newberry @ 60 W Walton St, Chicago, IL

This is a one time FREE course Filled with intrigue and romance, Shakespeare's Cymbeline introduces an evil queen, an innocent young princess, an upstanding young man, a conniving villain, and the titular king into the fantastical world of this twist-filled tale. Jeff Christian directs. A staged reading by professional actors from The Shakespeare Project of Chicago. An informative talk begins fifteen minutes before the performance, which is...

(4) All levels 18 and older
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Equivocation in 1606

The Newberry

When Shakespeare first used the word “equivocation” in Hamlet it was in the neutral sense of “ambiguous.” Seven years later he would make much of this word in Macbeth (whose protagonist complains of the ‘equivocation of the fiend /That lies like truth”). By then the word “equivocation” was understood to mean something duplicitous, a device by which Catholics in particular could justify lying under oath.  This talk traces the...

(4) All levels 18 and older
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Shakespeare on Screens in the 21st Century

The Newberry

Live performances streamed to movie theatres across the world. Movies watched on television, computer screen and smartphones - and even, occasionally, on the kinds of screens for which they were intended. Plays reconstructed into text messages or as tweets or in blogs or vlogs. Everything from YOLO Juliet to a Downton Abbey Romeo. We watch Shakespeare in performance on a bewildering variety of screens, large and small, through a range of delivery...

(4) All levels 18 and older
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