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.
5:45 - 7:45 pm
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
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).