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Discover the rich literary history of Chicago through in-depth classes on iconic authors such as Saul Bellow and Gwendolyn Brooks, as well as exploring the city's vibrant contemporary literary scene.

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Melinda Cooper: Family Values

Brooklyn Institute for Social Research @ Online Classroom

Dive into the intricate intersections of free-market neoliberalism and social conservatism with Melinda Cooper's illuminating exploration. Unravel the unexpected alliance forged through the centrality of family and Christian values in late 20th-century politics. Through critical analysis, delve into the underlying motivations behind this alliance and its implications for our understanding of liberty, inequality, and the market.

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Gilles Deleuze: Difference and Repetition

Brooklyn Institute for Social Research @ Online Classroom

Explore the revolutionary ideas of Gilles Deleuze in his seminal work on Difference and Repetition. Delve into his anti-Hegelian philosophy of difference, challenging conventional notions of identity and sameness. Uncover the significance of pure difference as the foundation of experience and unravel the complexities of repetition in shaping new possibilities.

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William Faulkner: Absalom, Absalom

Brooklyn Institute for Social Research @ Online Classroom

Embark on a profound exploration of William Faulkner's Absalom, Absalom! and its impact on Southern narratives of race and history. Delve into Faulkner's literary excavation of the South's dark past, challenging official evasions and confronting the legacy of racism. Explore the perspectives of influential writers influenced by Faulkner's work, from James Baldwin to Toni Morrison, as we critically examine his complex portrayal of race and society.

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Greek Mythology: Order and Chaos

Brooklyn Institute for Social Research @ Online Classroom

Delve into the origins of Western thought with Greek Mythology. Explore cosmic order, divine origins, and the complexities of human existence through close readings of ancient texts. Unravel the mysteries of creation, gender, justice, and the divine in this captivating journey through myth and philosophy.

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Gershom Scholem: Mysticism & the Philosophy of History

Brooklyn Institute for Social Research @ Online Classroom

Delve into the rich intellectual legacy of Gershom Scholem. Explore his profound insights into Jewish mysticism and its intersection with contemporary politics and the Jewish historical condition. Uncover Scholem's influential philosophy of history, rooted in kabbalah, messianism, and a deep engagement with language, literature, and nationhood.

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Gender, Sex, and Performance: an Introduction to Judith Butler

Brooklyn Institute for Social Research @ Online Classroom

Embark on a comprehensive exploration of Judith Butler's groundbreaking theories on gender, sex, and performance. From their seminal work in Gender Trouble to their latest insights in Who’s Afraid of Gender?, delve into Butler's complex examination of identity and politics. Gain a nuanced understanding of Butler's influential contributions to feminist and queer theory, challenging conventional notions of gender and sexuality.

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Marxism and Literature

Brooklyn Institute for Social Research @ Online Classroom

Embark on an exploration of the dynamic interplay between Marxism and literature. Delve into the multifaceted relationships, from historical analysis to ideological critique, that have shaped Marxist literary criticism. Engage with key concepts like history, ideology, mediation, and form, as we unravel the complexities of literary study through a materialist lens.

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Friendship: Ethics, Politics, and Literature

Brooklyn Institute for Social Research @ Online Classroom

Explore the profound bonds of friendship through philosophy and literature. From Homer's Achilles and Patroclus to modern tales like Thelma and Louise, delve into the ethics and politics woven into the fabric of human connection. Join us in unraveling the mysteries of friendship in an age where digital interactions challenge its traditional meanings.

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Jürgen Habermas: The Structural Transformation of the Public Sphere

Brooklyn Institute for Social Research @ Online Classroom

Embark on an exploration of the public sphere with Jürgen Habermas. Analyze the evolution of this crucial space for democratic discourse and its challenges in today's fragmented society. Delve into Habermas's seminal work to uncover insights on renewing and revitalizing public dialogue in the 21st century.

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Hannah Arendt: The Human Condition

Brooklyn Institute for Social Research @ Online Classroom

Delve into Hannah Arendt's profound exploration of human existence. Uncover her insights on labor, work, and action, and their significance in today's world of advancing technology and eroding public space. Join us to reflect on what it truly means to be human in an ever-changing landscape.

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Laura Ingalls Wilder and the Little House Books

The Newberry @ 60 W Walton St, Chicago, IL

Uncover the hidden depths of Laura Ingalls Wilder's beloved Little House series in this literary class that delves into the series' settings, authorship, adaptations, translations, and lasting impact on American history and girlhood. Taught by a dedicated Wilder scholar, this course will explore not only Wilder's eight-book series but also the works of her daughter, Rose Wilder Lane. Don't miss this opportunity to engage with the societal, ideological, and historical themes embedded within these iconic books.

(4) All levels 18 and older
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Nationalism: Myth and Reality

The Newberry @ 60 W Walton St, Chicago, IL

What are the historical roots of nationalism? How does it impact nations across the globe today? What is the future for this political ideology? Nationalism is at the root of most of the violence in the world today, both internationally and domestically. Dictators and would-be dictators appeal to nationalism to solidify their support. Their ideology poses a threat to democracy, whether in the U.S., Hungary, or non-Western states. In this class,...

(4) All levels 18 and older
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Meet the Author: Tom Shachtman

The Newberry @ 60 W Walton St, Chicago, IL

This is a one time FREE course. Meet the Author: Tom Shachtman, How the French Saved America Americans today have a love/hate relationship with France, but in this illuminating new history, Tom Shachtman shows that without France, there might not be a United States of America. How the French Saved America: Soldiers, Sailors, Diplomats, Louis XVI, and the Success of a Revolution is about French aid to Americans during the American...

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The 33rd Annual Newberry Book Fair

The Newberry @ 60 W Walton St, Chicago, IL

Don’t miss our annual Newberry Book Fair, one of the largest used book sales in the country. Browse through more than 120,000 used books, movies, records and more in 70 categories, many of which are priced at $3 or less. Admission is FREE! Everything for sale at the Book Fair is generously donated, and all proceeds help further the Newberry’s mission to build and care for an extraordinary collection and share it—free of charge—with...

(4) All levels 18 and older
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Re-Imagining Shakespearean Works in Opera

The Newberry @ 60 W Walton St, Chicago, IL

Join experts from Chicago Opera Theater (COT), as well as musicologist Linda Austern, in a discussion, and sneak peek performance, of their 2016 production of The Fairy Queen, by Henry Purcell.  This adaptation of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dreampremiered in 1692, creating an opera based on the masques from the original play. COT, in partnership with Culture Clash, has taken the adaptation one step further...

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A Cricket on the Hearth

The Newberry

The Cricket on the Hearth: A Fairy Tale of Home was written by Charles Dickens in 1845. It is the third of Dickens’ five short Christmas books (the best-known of which is A Christmas Carol). Featuring a cast of eight professional actors, Jeff Christian’s adaptation brings this heart-warming and touching tale of love, loss, empathy, and reunion to life. Join us for a cup of hot chocolate and a cookie to celebrate the holiday season....

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Meet the Author:Catherine A. Stewart, Long Past Slavery

The Newberry @ 60 W Walton St, Chicago, IL

Meet the Author: Catherine A. Stewart, Long Past Slavery: Representing Race in the Federal Writers' Project From 1936 to 1939, the New Deal’s Federal Writers’ Project collected life stories from more than 2,300 former African American slaves. These narratives are now widely used as a source to understand the lived experience of those who made the transition from slavery to freedom. But in this examination of the project and its legacy, Catherine...

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Chasing Wilder in Chicago

The Newberry @ 60 W Walton St, Chicago, IL

This is a one time FREE course. Celebrate the fiftieth anniversary and new edition of Wilder’s National Book Award-winning novel with a reception, actors, commentators, and cake! Participants: Tappan Wilder, Thornton Wilder’s nephew and literary executor, is Honorary Chairman of the Thornton Wilder Society. Jeremy McCarter, author of Young Radicals: In the War for American Ideals and co-author with Lin-Manuel Miranda of Hamilton:...

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