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Chicago: What It Is and What It Could Have Been

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From the late 1930s through the 1950s, Chicago was poised to become a world leader in arts, architecture, and social relations. Its cultural life would soon be enriched by talented refugees from Nazi Germany. Tune in as we explore these times through The Third Coast: When Chicago Built the American Dream (The Penguin Press, 2013) by Thomas Dyja. According to Dyja,  "Chicagoans produced much of which the world now calls 'American': the liberated, leering sexuality of Playboy; glass and steel modern architecture; rock and roll and the urban blues; McDonald's and the spread of fast-food nation; the improvisational sketch comedy that's trained everyone from Joan Rivers and John Belushi to Steve Carell and Tina Fey; Ebony magazine and Emmett Till, whose murder catalyzed the civil rights movement; geodesic domes; avant-garde jazz and gospel music; the Nation of Islam; modern photography; the atom bomb and the Great Books; Kukla, Fran and Ollie; and the last great political machine." This study group will use Dyja’s book as a guide to discuss the changes during these transitional decades of the 20th century. Members will view materials found online including those about buildings, entertainment, art, and politics. We will better understand where we are by seeing how we got here. 

Class Details

13 Sessions
Weekly - Thu

500 Davis Center

MultipleInstructor :
1.Sergio de los Reyes2.Fred Gleave 



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Schedule Information

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Date(s) Class Days Times Location Instructor(s)
9/9/2021 - 12/9/2021 Weekly - Thu 9:45 AM - 11:45 AM Evanston, 500 Davis Center  Map Fred Gleave  ; Sergio de los Reyes 
/*NOV 14 2020*/