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E.g., 10/20/2014
Tuesday, February 18, 2014
(This program continues for multiple sessions)
Recent Chicago Mayors: Richard J. Daley through Rahm Emanuel

6 pm – 7:30 pm

We will examine Chicago by studying its recent mayors, beginning with Richard J. Daley, who served as mayor from 1955 to 1976, and ending with Rahm Emanuel, the city’s current leader. In exploring mayors as political leaders we will encounter a number of questions: how does a leader’s background effect his or her worldview and personality?

Tuesday, February 18, 2014
(This program continues for multiple sessions)
C.S. Lewis: The Man in Full

5:45 – 7:45 pm

Fifty years after his death, C.S. Lewis continues to be an important literary figure. Best known as the author of The Chronicles of Narnia and a popular apologist for Christianity, Lewis was also a scholar of medieval and Renaissance literature who published in genres ranging from science fiction to poetry, children’s stories to literary criticism, theology to philosophy.

Tuesday, February 18, 2014
Picturing the Great War: Conflict, Representation, and Memory in American Culture

6 – 7:30 pm

The First World War ushered in profound changes in American society and culture. Studying diverse materials ranging from paintings and novels to periodicals and sheet music, we will analyze how the Great War affected conceptions of battle, the human body, identity, nationalism, and collective memory.

Tuesday, February 18, 2014
(This program continues for multiple sessions)
Andiamo in Italia! An Italophile's Travel and Language Course

5:45 – 7:45 pm

Whatever the passione that has made you an Italophile–fine art, architecture, music, film, fashion, gastronomy or shopping–if you have any experience traveling in Italy or studying the language, this course is intended for you.

Tuesday, February 18, 2014
(This program continues for multiple sessions)
Great Beginnings: Music from Ancient Times to the End of the Renaissance

2 – 4 pm

Through lecture, recordings, and discussion, we will explore key periods in the early development of western music.

Tuesday, February 18, 2014
(This program continues for multiple sessions)
The Second Reich: Germany in the Era of Bismarck and Wilhelm II, 1850-1918

5:45 – 7:45 pm

We will explore the politics, society, and culture of Germany from the dissolution of the Holy Roman Empire in 1806 to the end of the First World War.

Wednesday, February 19, 2014
(This program continues for multiple sessions)
Western Mysticism: St. Francis of Assisi

5:45 – 7:45 pm

One spot added! Call (312) 255-3700 to register.

Francis of Assisi (d. 1226), perhaps the most famous and beloved saint, is a key figure in the history of the mystical life. His experience of Christ and the expression of that experience in the mystic’s life, his song, and his prayer continue to shape and enrich the religious and secular consciousness of the West.

Wednesday, February 19, 2014
(This program continues for multiple sessions)
Reading James Joyce's Ulysses

6 – 7:30 pm

This class is full and registration has closed.

How does one approach James Joyce’s Ulysses? Reading this literary masterpiece is both like and unlike reading other novels. Through close examination and discussion of the text we will explore its major themes and concepts, navigate its calm and turbulent sections, and enjoy our journey through the landscape of this fascinating book.

Wednesday, February 19, 2014
(This program continues for multiple sessions)
Sex and Satire in Czech Fiction

6 – 7:30 pm

Through close reading of Milan Kundera’s The Unbearable Lightness of Being, and two of Bohumil Hrabal’s best-selling novels, I Served the King of England and Closely Watched Trains, we will consider how the unique features of Czech literary history intertwine with the equally idiosyncratic outlines of Czech political history. ...

Wednesday, February 19, 2014
(This program continues for multiple sessions)
When Johnny Comes Marching Home: Songs of the Civil War

5:45 – 7:45 pm

This class has been cancelled.

No other war in American history has produced such a variety of songs as the Civil War. We will examine the role of song during the war and the function it played in the formation of American identity. The songs—often maudlin but also devastatingly blunt—reflected the time, and many of them remain recognizable today.

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