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E.g., 10/20/2014
Tuesday, October 21, 2014
Native American Journey Stories

9:30 am to 12:30 pm

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The journey story represents a well-traveled literary path. In countless Euro-America novels and films, an individual moves away from home in search of something better, bigger, or just different, experiencing a reinvention of self.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014
Art as a Weapon : The Black Chicago Renaissance of the 1930s and 1940s (second session)

9:30 am to 12:30 pm

This seminar will examine the questions of how and why an African American “Renaissance” in the arts emerged in 1930s Chicago and what impact it had on the ideas about race, class, and politics, both in Chicago and across the nation.

Thursday, October 23, 2014
The Decline and Fall of the Ottoman Empire : Culture and Politics in the Ottoman Balkans

9:30 am to 12:30 pm

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The Ottoman Empire was one of the longest-lasting empires in world history, stretching across the Middle East, Northern Africa, and Eastern Europe since the 1500s.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014
The U.S. Empire

9 am to 3 pm

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At the end of the nineteenth century, the United States did something it had never done before: it claimed territory overseas. Usually this is treated as just a short episode in U.S. history. But the United States held onto its empire—the fifth largest in the world—for decades. In this seminar we will probe the history of the United States’ overseas territories. How and why were they acquired...

Wednesday, October 29, 2014
Homer on Marriage and the Ideal Society

9:30 am to 12:30 pm

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The Odyssey is popularly thought of as one of the world’s greatest adventure stories, thanks to Odysseus’ famous encounters with the Lotus-Eaters, the cyclops, Circe, the Sirens, and others. Yet these encounters do not actually take place in the narrative present of the poem, and they only occupy four of The Odyssey’s twenty-four books.

Monday, November 3, 2014
The Mexican Revolution and Its Legacy

9:30 am to 12:30 pm

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This seminar will take stock of the Mexican Revolution more than a century after its outbreak in 1910. Traditional histories tell a story of rough-hewn revolutionaries like Pancho Villa and Emiliano Zapata raising armies of peasant warriors to overthrow the dictator Porfirio Díaz in a bid for social justice and national honor. But how accurate is that version?

Wednesday, November 5, 2014
Challenges Facing Russia and Ukraine in the 21st Century

9:30 am to 12:30 pm

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This seminar will build on a historical perspective on the problems facing countries with a post-Communist legacy and will turn to the contemporary internal and external challenges of political control, economic development, and societal management.

Friday, November 7, 2014
An Analysis of the 2014 Mid-Term Elections : What it Means for the Nation, Illinois, and Chicago

9:30 am to 12:30 pm

Mid-term elections in a President’s second term usually do not bode well for the incumbent’s party (the exception: Bill Clinton in 1998). In 2014 the Republicans are making an all out effort to take over the US Senate—they need six pickups.

Monday, November 17, 2014
The First World War : The Significance of the "Great War" Then and 100 Years Later (first session)

9:30 am to 12:30 pm

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“The war to make the world safe for democracy,” “the war to end all wars,” and “the great war.” All these phrases were used to describe the First World War until Europe experienced the rise of dictatorships of the right and the left, and a second world war occurred which was greater in magnitude and destruction.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014
Sandburg to Brooks to Dybek : Identity, the City, and Nature in Chicago Poetry

9:30 am to 12:30 pm

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When Americans think about Nature, we tend to sort the world into “wilderness” and “the city.” Nature is beautiful, the city is ugly. Nature is life-enhancing, the city is a moral threat. The built environment is thought to oppose or contradict or ruin the natural world, no matter how many parks and beaches we also build into our cities. But how do Chicago poets see this relationship?

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