Calendar

E.g., 09/18/2014
E.g., 09/18/2014
Tuesday, September 23, 2014
(This program continues for multiple sessions)
How War Changed Women: Perspectives on British Life, Fiction, and Fashion during World War I

5:45 - 7:45 pm

This class is full and registration has closed.

This seminar considers the lives of British women from the years leading up to the Great War through its aftermath (1910–1925). As women coped with wartime, they forged and expressed new identities through memoirs, novels, imagery, and dress.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014
(This program continues for multiple sessions)
Tales of the Jazz Age

6 - 7:30 pm

Although it was a short period in American culture, the Jazz Age (1919–1929) continues to attract and excite students of American literature and history. We will read literature from Lost Generation and Harlem Renaissance writers to better understand the thrall and significance of the era. In addition to critical articles and essays, we will read This Side of Paradise by F.

Thursday, September 25, 2014
(This program continues for multiple sessions)
Writing the City

5:45 - 7:45 pm

This workshop will give Chicagoans the chance to capture the essence of their city in words. Using personal essays, blog posts, opinion pieces, and short memoirs, we will write about those aspects of urban living that most captivate us: the rich and varied cultural offerings; the architecture, community gardens, and green spaces; our vast network of vibrant and struggling neighborhoods.

Thursday, September 25, 2014
(This program continues for multiple sessions)
The Beat Goes On: Writing Poetry in Meter and Form

2 - 4 pm

Have you ever wanted to write iambic meter after reading Shakespeare? Has a poem in Poetry magazine surprised you by being formal and colloquial? Maybe you are already writing in meter and rhyme but want to know more about how today’s poets use forms such as iambs, trochees, and dactyls?

Thursday, September 25, 2014
(This program continues for multiple sessions)
Queen of Instruments: The Violin and Its Music

2 - 4 pm

Traceable to the harp and lyre of antiquity, as well as to the medieval fiddle, the violin began to acquire its present shape and character in the seventeenth century. At first it was an ensemble instrument, but its possibilities as a solo instrument were soon recognized.

Saturday, September 27, 2014
Finding Your Voice, Telling Your Stories

10 am - 4 pm

This class has been cancelled.

This workshop is designed for journal writers, people writing family stories, and creative writers who want to record their life stories–those significant tales of transition, adventure, loss, and triumph. We will use a series of writing exercises to retrieve and record the important people, places, and events in our lives.

Saturday, September 27, 2014
(This program continues for multiple sessions)
The Elements of Creative Writing

1 – 3 pm

This class is full and registration has closed.

Suspense and conflict, figures of speech and points of view, setting and scene, history and invention, diction and dialogue, plot and theme, line breaks and stanzas: these are just some of the elements of creative writing. This supportive yet challenging workshop will provide weekly assignments to help writers at all levels and in every genre master these principles.

Saturday, September 27, 2014
(This program continues for multiple sessions)
Louis XIV, His Court, and Seventeenth–Century France

1 - 3 pm

This class has been cancelled.

This course offers a well-rounded introduction to Louis XIV’s energetic and complex personality, his complicated love-life, his sophisticated political skills, and his accomplishments in the expansion and modernization of France. Nancy Mitford’s deeply researched The Sun King and W. H.

Saturday, September 27, 2014
The Map Thief: The Gripping Story of an Esteemed Rare-Map Dealer Who Made Millions Stealing Priceless Maps : A Meet the Author Event

1 pm

Maps have long exerted a special fascination—as beautiful works of art and as practical navigational tools. But to those who collect them, the map trade can be a cutthroat business, inhabited by quirky and sometimes disreputable characters in search of a finite number of extremely rare objects.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014
(This program continues for multiple sessions)
Marcel Proust's The Guermantes Way

6 - 7:30 pm

The third volume of In Search of Lost Time, Proust’s monumental novel, is a dazzling portrait of the salon society of late nineteenth-century Paris rendered in loving detail even as it is ruthlessly satirized. The narrator discovers the shallowness of a world he had mythologized as a boy in Combray.

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