What’s new and great in contemporary literature? This seminar will examine recent, award-winning works, including two short novels–Julian Barnes’ Sense of an Ending and Mohsin Hamid’s The Reluctant Fundamentalist–and short stories from Jhumpa Lahiri’s Unaccustomed Earth, George Saunders’ Tenth of December and Elizabeth Strout’s Olive Kitteridge.
6 - 7:30 pm
5:45 - 7:45 pm
Have you ever said, “I have the perfect idea for a movie”? Well, it’s time to stop talking and start writing. Over the course of this seminar, participants will develop a first draft based on the industry-accepted blueprint for the 120-page screenplay. We will explore act breaks, character arcs, story, and plot points to put your brilliant idea into a sizzling story.
10 am - Noon
Between 1870 and 1930, Chicago was home to some of the nation’s most important women reformers, including Jane Addams, Frances Willard, and Ida B. Wells. Seminar participants will gain a deeper understanding of the lives and times of six influential Chicago women.
1 - 3 pm
Rahm Emanuel is best known for his three years as mayor of Chicago. His lesser-known past, however, reveals a complex personality and a suave politico who has successfully played the game of Democratic politics for the last 30 years. We will examine Emanuel from an historical and biographical perspective as well as explore questions about how and why political leaders are successful.
6 - 7:30 pm
This year marks the 200th anniversary of the publication of Jane Austen’s Mansfield Park, probably the novelist’s most complex and challenging work. Fanny Price, the painfully shy heroine, and Edmund Bertram, the somewhat self-righteous hero, have had few supporters, even among Austen’s most devoted fans.
6 - 7:30 pm
In this seminar, we examine the many ways in which Richard J. Daley shaped modern Chicago, both physically (expressways, universities, public housing) and metaphysically (in how Chicagoans understand each other and create their sense of identity).
5:45 – 7:45 pm
Kafka, the inscrutable founding spirit of literary modernism, and Hašek, a satiric, cynic, and lapsed revolutionary, were born in the same city in the same year, spent most of their lives in Prague, wrote their world-famous books around the time of World War I, and died a year apart. What kind of an environment produced writers as dissimilar and alike as Hašek and Kafka?
1 - 4 pm
The Newberry has one of the strongest genealogy research collections in the nation. This one-session course will show you where to begin tracing your family’s history in America. Learn about genealogical relationships, traditional family trees and charts, DNA testing for kinship, and accredited research methods for finding information at home and in public sources.