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From Greenwich Village to Midtown to Harlem, New York City is as culturally diverse as the America that we’ve travelled in past semesters. From the authors of the Harlem Renaissance to writers at the New Yorker; from the beginnings of American theater at Provincetown Playhouse to the Broadway of Berlin, Gershwin, and Porter to the experimental theater of Mabou Mines; from the first stirrings of American modernism to the triumph of Abstract Expressionism in the 1950s; from jazz at the Cotton Club to the minimalism of Glass and Rainer in 1970s Soho — “It’s a helluva town.” Over the next several semesters, we will focus on groups of authors, artists, musicians, dancers, and playwrights who collaborated at different times and in different neighborhoods of New York City from 1880 to 1980. The spring 2018 semester will focus on the years 1910- 1930. This study group makes use of a combination of class presentations, readings, discussions, and video. Participants should be willing to research and present subjects to the group. Join us on our cross-disciplinary tour of New York’s rich cultural life. We guarantee many surprises along the way. Use of Canvas is required.

210106

Location : Wieboldt Hall Location : 
  Wieboldt Hall.

Start date: 03/06/18

14 sessions.

Days of the Week : Weekly - Tue .

Weekly - Tue 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM (3/6/2018-6/5/2018)



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You may have heard these troubling comments from others, or perhaps even thought of them yourself: “Chicago’s shootings are overwhelmingly black on black.” “Inner city African Americans embrace victimhood and game the welfare system.” “The insoluble Chicago Public Schools problem is the lack of nuclear families.” “The Civil Rights Act is now fifty years old — when will things finally improve?” This study group hopes to air the laundry of our racial divide, forge through uncomfortable zones, and dare us to determine where justice lies. During the semester, we will join in discussion with inner city residents of various backgrounds and viewpoints; view and discuss two movies: The Color of Fear and 13th; and read and discuss three books: 47th Street Black by Bayo Ojikutu (Three Rivers Press, 2003); Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome: America’s Legacy of Enduring Injury and Healing by Joy DeGruy (Joy DeGruy Publications Inc., 2005); and Our America: Life and Death on the South Side of Chicago by LeAlan Jones and Lloyd Newman (Pocket Books, Inc., 1997). Join us!

210118

Location : Wieboldt Hall Location : 
  Wieboldt Hall.

Start date: 03/06/18

14 sessions.

Days of the Week : Weekly - Tue .

Weekly - Tue 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM (3/6/2018-6/5/2018)



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Theater, film, music, art and more. Meet special guests from the theater and art worlds and learn about current and upcoming cultural events in the Chicago area. Hear personalized reviews by your OLLI colleagues. Become a tastemaker by sharing your views on events you have seen: Must see? Might see? Thumbs up — Thumbs down? You decide! Join us at lunchtime for Previews and Reviews. Registration is required, but if you register for OLLI’s spring semester you are eligible to register for Previews and Reviews — at no extra charge — in addition to the number of study groups you already have in your membership package.  

210111

Location : Wieboldt Hall Location : 
  Wieboldt Hall.

Start date: 03/27/18

3 sessions.

Days of the Week :Multiple Days of the Week :
  Tuesday.  
  Tuesday.  
  Tuesday.  

Tue 12:15 PM - 1:15 PM (3/27/2018); Tue 12:15 PM - 1:15 PM (4/24/2018); Tue 12:15 PM - 1:15 PM (5/22/2018)



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Practice your photography skills while capturing historic and distinctive Chicago images. Every other week, members of the study group will go on photo shoots that reflect Chicago, reassembling after the shoot for lunch to discuss our challenges with the assignment. On alternate weeks, we will meet at Wieboldt Hall to discuss the upcoming shoot and review a specific photographic method or technique to be practiced in the field. We will also review and critique our images to help improve our composition and photography skills. We assist each other in analyzing the photo taking process. Lastly, we will discuss how some postprocessing features might enhance the photo — however, post processing is not required for this study group. A few of our photo shoots will take place in the early AM and/or late PM to “capture Chicago in its best light.” Walking 1-2 miles is not unusual during our shoots. This study group is open to all levels of photographers but a working knowledge of aperture, shutter speed and ISO is expected. Requirements: Completing weekly assignments on a specific photography method or technique; DSLR or mirrorless camera with interchangeable lenses; and manual control cameras only. No phone cameras, please. Access to Canvas, Lynda.com and You Tube are required.  

030003

Location : Wieboldt Hall Location : 
  Wieboldt Hall.

Start date: 03/06/18

14 sessions.

Days of the Week : Weekly - Tue .

Weekly - Tue 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM (3/6/2018-6/5/2018)



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In the continuing Classic Crime Cinema study group, the films for presentation and discussion this semester will focus on law enforcement — big city police departments and federal agencies. In the first half of the semester, we will watch the film noirs from the 1940s and 1950s: such as The Naked City, The Narrow Margin, and The Big Heat. In the second half, we will watch post-1960 “cop” films such as The French Connection, Serpico, and Mississippi Burning. Some of these films should no doubt stimulate class discussion and debate on the often controversial issues of law enforcement.

210113

Location : Wieboldt Hall Location : 
  Wieboldt Hall.

Start date: 03/06/18

14 sessions.

Days of the Week : Weekly - Tue .

Weekly - Tue 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM (3/6/2018-6/5/2018)



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Do you love the Chicago Symphony Orchestra? The CSO is today considered one of the top three orchestras in the world. What makes it a crown jewel of Chicago culture? Did you ever wonder when and how the CSO began? Do you know the history of Symphony Hall? How does the CSO operate? Who were the outstanding conductors? What are the five “instrumental families,” based on how they produce their sound? How does orchestra organization and management work? This is your opportunity to see the CSO from the inside out! This study group is a 14-week tour de force, covering all general aspects of a symphony orchestra, but focused on the CSO. Activities will include an open rehearsal at Symphony Center on the second class session (transportation not provided), and an option to attend other open rehearsals. Other study groupactivities may include a tour of Symphony Center and guest lectures. Study group participants will be given a discount for any CSO event including Jazz and Chamber music — but attendance at CSO concerts is not required as part of this study group. Study group participants will be asked to prepare questions for CSO guest speakers. Readings will be assigned via email and Canvas. All that’s really needed is a passion for music!

210105

Location : Wieboldt Hall Location : 
  Wieboldt Hall.

Start date: 03/06/18

14 sessions.

Days of the Week : Weekly - Tue .

Weekly - Tue 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM (3/6/2018-6/5/2018)



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Curtain Up! is an active and collegial way to participate in the Chicago’s rich theater scene. Before seeing each performance, we will read aloud and interpret the script together. After seeing the play as a group, we will discuss all aspects of the performance and give it a review. When available, a filmed version of the play will be shown, which can then be compared with the stage production. We will see four plays in theaters such as: Steppenwolf, Lookingglass, Goodman or Chicago Shakespeare — all accessible by public transportation. Theater tickets are purchased at group/student rates. Before each performance, the group will have the option of dining together at a nearby restaurant. There will be two sections of Curtain Up! You can register for either the Tuesday or Wednesday afternoon group. Groups will read and study the same plays but attend performances on different nights. The coordinator team will synchronize the groups’ activities to the greatest extent possible. Note: If you are able to attend either section of Curtain Up!, please register for your first choice and list your second choice. Otherwise, we will assume that you are not available for your second choice, so you will be placed on the wait list for you first choice, if it reaches maximum enrollment.

030004

Location : Wieboldt Hall Location : 
  Wieboldt Hall.

Start date: 03/06/18

14 sessions.

Days of the Week : Weekly - Tue .

Weekly - Tue 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM (3/6/2018-6/5/2018)



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In this study group, we will revisit the life and times of Dwight D. Eisenhower, one of the most significant figures of the twentieth century. Once viewed as a lightweight, his contributions have been re-evaluated by noted historian, Stephen E. Ambrose, in his fascinating biography, Eisenhower: Soldier and President (Simon and Shuster, 1990), which will serve as our text. Another respected historian, John Edward Smith, regards Eisenhower as one of our greatest generals credited with directing Allied armies to victory in Europe and overseeing the D-Day invasion, and, with the exception of Franklin Roosevelt, being the most successful president of the twentieth century. Eisenhower ended the Korean War; tamed Joe McCarthy; kept Berlin free; avoided entanglement in Vietnam in 1954, when others wanted to intervene; and presided over an era of peace and prosperity. The first part of the study group will examine Eisenhower’s early life and military service. The second half will delve into his presidency. In addition to the biography, we will utilize video and supplementary materials. Join us for a new appreciation of a great American, who served the nation valiantly in war and wisely in peace.

210117

Location : Wieboldt Hall Location : 
  Wieboldt Hall.

Start date: 03/06/18

14 sessions.

Days of the Week : Weekly - Tue .

Weekly - Tue 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM (3/6/2018-6/5/2018)



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Join us again this spring for another round of espionage books and movies. In this session, we will look at spy stories from World War II and the Cold War. We will continue our previous format of watching the movie first, and then discussing both the book and the movie, although we reserve the right to put a little twist on the format if the mood strikes us. The books/movies we will use are: Assignment in Brittany by Helen MacInnes; The Manchurian Candidate by Richard Condon; The Quiller Memorandum by Adam Hall; Funeral in Berlin by Eric Ambler; The Odessa File by Frederic Forsyth and Hopscotch by Brian Garfield. The books may\be read in any edition and are available from Amazon or in libraries. In addition to discussing the books and authors themselves, we will dig into the ethical, strategic and tactical aspects of spying that these stories suggest, as well as look at how intelligence gathering has changed with technology, but somehow has stayed the same.  

210108

Location : Wieboldt Hall Location : 
  Wieboldt Hall.

Start date: 03/06/18

14 sessions.

Days of the Week : Weekly - Tue .

Weekly - Tue 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM (3/6/2018-6/5/2018)



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The creative arts have the power to stir the soul and even to alter beliefs and attitudes. Can music performance, instruction, and education be transformative and used as vehicles to promote social change? Chicago is home to many arts organizations focused on bringing music education and creation to different sectors of the population to foster social change. These arts organizations are finding myriad creative ways to engage both youth and adults, making a significant and positive impact on the urban landscape. In this 7-week study group, guest speakers working in neighborhoods and in schools in Chicago will present their social outreach missions, blending culture and community to transform lives through the creation of music. Join us as we hear from those directly involved in music outreach and support to some of our underserved populations and perhaps visit a sampling of these exemplary organizations to see firsthand the positive change that they are creating in our city. Volunteer opportunities in smaller agencies may also be identified for those who are interested. Note: This study group will run during the first seven weeks of the semester. * NOTE: Participants may register for this study group alone or in combination with a second 7-week study group. Registering for up to two 7-week study groups counts as one study group choice on your membership package, but it must be done through the OLLI office. Please indicate your choice(s) on your registration form. 7-week study groups include the following: Fostering Civic Engagement through the Creative Arts II; Our Declaration; Make Powerful OLLI Presentations; Fiction Writing Workshop I or II; Strangers in Their Own Land; Chamber Music Masterpieces for Larger Ensembles.

210114

Location : Wieboldt Hall Location : 
  Wieboldt Hall.

Start date: 03/06/18

7 sessions.

Days of the Week : Weekly - Tue .

Weekly - Tue 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM (3/6/2018-4/17/2018)



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In l960, James Baldwin published The Fire Next Time, (Vintage International, 1998), the well-known view of himself in America. Lesser known are the writings on this subject by Ta-Nehisi Coates, perhaps Baldwin’s early 21st century successor, in Between the World and Me (New York: Spiegel & Grau, 2015). And perhaps even less familiar is Native American Janet Campbell Hale’s book, Bloodlines: Odyssey of a Native American Daughter (Random House, 1993). This semester we will explore these writers’ views of themselves in the specific places and the America they call home. This exploration will offer us the chance to navigate perspectives new and unfamiliar to us. Baldwin’s Black society before and during the Civil Rights movement; Coates’ counsel to his son about being Black in today’s America; and Janet Hale’s early Native American life. We will tie these perspectives together with our own to see where they converge and separate. Join us for in-depth discussions of life in America as lived at a distance from privilege.

210110

Location : Wieboldt Hall Location : 
  Wieboldt Hall.

Start date: 03/06/18

14 sessions.

Days of the Week : Weekly - Tue .

Weekly - Tue 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM (3/6/2018-6/5/2018)



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Paris in the late 1800s and early 1900s was one of the most exciting cities in the world. Its universities produced profound talents in every field of thought. People from all over the world flocked to it for its great artists, writers, fashions, restaurants, legendary theater, opera and concert performances. Living in the midst of this aristocratdominated and storied world, Marcel Proust wrote his masterpiece, In Search of Lost Time. Our study group will be continuing its reading of Proust’s autobiographical fiction with Volume 2, Within a Budding Grove. To maximize our reading of Volume 2, participants should be familiar with the first volume of the novel. Members will be asked to lead or co-lead a discussion of the pages under review and are encouraged to enhance the discussion with supplemental materials of interest. Coordinators will happily assist in such preparation, as needed. Book: In Search of Lost Time, Volume 2: Within a Budding Grove, Marcel Proust/D.J. Enright, (Modern Library, 2003).  

210115

Location : Wieboldt Hall Location : 
  Wieboldt Hall.

Start date: 03/06/18

14 sessions.

Days of the Week : Weekly - Tue .

Weekly - Tue 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM (3/6/2018-6/5/2018)



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