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Artists through the ages have time and again addressed similar themes in their art — life, death, beauty, power, war, spirituality, fantasy and many others — although from very different perspectives of time and place. We will examine selected themes, in each case looking at the work of artists of different periods and cultures. Our aim will be to better understand their art as well as develop a context for understanding the art of our own day. In doing so, we will examine how art pays homage to its traditional roots, how it incorporates widely varying media and techniques, and how art today reflects the multicultural, globalized, technologically-oriented society in which we now live. The only prerequisite for this adventure through the world of art is an open mind. We will look, learn, reflect, and discuss. Our goal will be to develop a greater understanding of the nature and purposes of art through the ages and thus enhance our enjoyment of the art of our own time.

220050

Location : Wieboldt Hall Location : 
  Wieboldt Hall.

Start date: 03/07/18

14 sessions.

Days of the Week : Weekly - Wed .

Weekly - Wed 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM (3/7/2018-6/6/2018)



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Six months after the signing of the Declaration of Independence, Benjamin Franklin arrived in France on a special mission. It was his charge to secure assistance from the French monarchy to establish a republic in America. Franklin, at age 70, was one of the most famous men in the world yet he was neither a politician nor a diplomat. And, to be successful, this seemingly home-spun representative of a newly-formed republic would have to convince the sophisticated ministers of a thousand-year old monarchy that it would be in their best interest to furnish the American colonies with money, credit, munitions, gunpowder, and more. Franklin, renowned as a great inventor, spent the next eight years in Paris brilliantly inventing what would become his greatest achievement: French support for the American Revolution. Come along on Benjamin Franklin’s mission: it is a true adventure tale recounted through intriguing anecdotes that includes a cast of politicians, statesmen, courtiers, patriots, profiteers, and spies as eccentric as Franklin himself. We will read and discuss the work Pulitzer Prize-winning biographer Stacy Schiff: A Great Improvisation: Franklin, France, and the Birth of America (Henry Holt and Company, 2005). Join us!

220097

Location : Wieboldt Hall Location : 
  Wieboldt Hall.

Start date: 03/07/18

14 sessions.

Days of the Week : Weekly - Wed .

Weekly - Wed 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM (3/7/2018-6/6/2018)



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Join fellow OLLI members as we travel the world in search of new experiences. Since many OLLI members travel and have had amazing travel experiences over the years, OLLI On The Road provides an opportunity to share photographs and experiences from travel within the United States and overseas. Each month we will discuss a different locale with formal presentations each about 10 minutes followed by an opportunity to ask questions about highlights as well as recommended itineraries. Monthly noon hour program to exchange travel information among OLLI members. In the spring semester we plan to visit India as well as adventure travel in North America.

220096

Location : Wieboldt Hall Location : 
  Wieboldt Hall.

Start date: 04/11/18

2 sessions.

Days of the Week :Multiple Days of the Week :
  Wednesday.  
  Wednesday.  

Wed 12:15 PM - 1:15 PM (4/11/2018); Wed 12:15 PM - 1:15 PM (5/16/2018)



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The United States was and still is a country of immigrants. This study group will delve into the immigrant experience as portrayed in a selection of movies, starting with Charlie Chaplin’s 1917 classic, The Immigrant. We will view and discuss one film per week, each illuminating a different aspect of the immigrant experience including movies that deal with native Americans and enslaved Africans as well as voluntary immigrants from Europe, Asia and Mexico. Among the films we are considering are: Last of the Mohicans (1992-British and Native Americans); Amistad (1997-Africans); The Emigrants (1971-Swedes); Hester Street (1975) or Avalon (1990-Polish Jews); Angela’s Ashes (1999-Irish); Brides (2005-Greeks from Anatolia); The Immigrant (2013-Poles); The Golden Door (2006-Sicilians); Dim Sum: A Little Bit of Heart (1985-Chinese); A Better Life (2011-Mexicans); House of Sand & Fog (2003-Iranian); and The Namesake(2006). This study group continues our examination of immigration to the USA, following the fall 2017 study group on Immigration & Ethnicity in American History. All are welcome to delve into the multi-dimensional story of immigration.

220100

Location : Wieboldt Hall Location : 
  Wieboldt Hall.

Start date: 03/07/18

14 sessions.

Days of the Week : Weekly - Wed .

Weekly - Wed 1:30 PM - 4:00 PM (3/7/2018-6/6/2018)



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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: 03/07/18

14 sessions.

Days of the Week : Weekly - Wed .

Weekly - Wed 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM (3/7/2018-6/6/2018)



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Join us for an adventure into the fascinating world of documentary films. In each session we will view a film of artistic, political, historical, or social merit — always of interest and sometimes controversial. Members choose which film they want to present and lead the discussion following the screening. This semester you will be able to vote on your choice of film. Please join us for a semester of thought-provoking learning and discussion.

220035

Location : Wieboldt Hall Location : 
  Wieboldt Hall.

Start date: 03/07/18

14 sessions.

Days of the Week : Weekly - Wed .

Weekly - Wed 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM (3/7/2018-6/6/2018)



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We live in a challenging world. Opportunities and threats arise from global trade, terrorism, human rights abuse, climate change, technology, military power, the drug trade and other similar issues. The goal of this study group is to provide a lively forum for discussing how these challenges are addressed by the United States, other nations and global institutions. Each week’s discussion focuses recent Foreign Affairs essays, supplemented by material from think tanks, magazines and other sources of insight and analysis. Our discussion topics are selected by the group. Discussion leaders choose each week’s study materials and provide open-ended questions to guide our discussion. The group is limited in size to provide each participant an opportunity to lead a discussion and explore topics of interest. Participants should have a subscription to Foreign Affairs and its weekly email newsletter. Discounted student subscriptions to Foreign Affairs are available to OLLI members. Thorough preparation and active involvement in our discussions are expected. All materials will be posted on Canvas and distributed by email. You should be able to use Northwestern’s online library of e-Journals. We will examine some of the most important issues of our times. Please join us!

220093

Location : Wieboldt Hall Location : 
  Wieboldt Hall.

Start date: 03/07/18

14 sessions.

Days of the Week : Weekly - Wed .

Weekly - Wed 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM (3/7/2018-6/6/2018)



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This cinephile’s confection will include the ever popular, Let’s Talk About the Movies, a bi-weekly analysis of a feature film, together with a beginning study of film criticism. Every other week, study group members will be assigned a new release movie to see at a local theater. We will then get together for an in-depth analysis of the movie and its cinematic elements. These analyses will alternate with a study of film criticism, including its history and comparisons of film reviews written by several renowned critics. What attributes make a good critic? What does a good review include? Our studies will include comparisons of writing style, insights provided, what the reader can take away from the essay, biases and more. Our text will be: The Complete History of American Film Criticism by Jerry Roberts (Santa Monica Press, 2010). Other readings and materials will be provided weekly by the coordinators, solely on the Canvas site (no paper distribution). Note: This is a 12-week study group, beginning March 21.

220099

Location : Wieboldt Hall Location : 
  Wieboldt Hall.

Start date: 03/21/18

12 sessions.

Days of the Week : Weekly - Wed .

Weekly - Wed 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM (3/21/2018-6/6/2018)



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Constantly-evolving information and communication technologies have fundamentally changed the nature of global relationships and opportunities for economic and social development. The rise of these new technologies that seem so obvious in retrospect should not have been so hard to see accurately, while they were unfolding. Did Facebook and YouTube really motivate millennials to bring Obama to power? Did they impact disenfranchised whites and turned off millennials, bringing Trump to power? This class will discuss the why and how of what some call the “Second Machine Age.” To address these questions, we will use, Joshua Ramo’s book, The Seventh Sense: Power, Fortune, and Survival in the Age of Networks (Little, Brown and Company, 2016). It will be supplemented with excerpts, provided by the coordinators, from McAfee & Brynjolfsson’s Machine Platform Crowd (Norton 2017); Sara Wachter-Boettcher’s, Technically Wrong, (Norton, 2017); and Niall Ferguson’s The Square and the Tower (Allen Lane, 2017). This study group will be a special opportunity to discuss the power and direction new technologies and social networks are taking. It is designed for all who are interested in the newly-connecting world — not just for computer nerds and techies. It will be fun and provocative and we’ll learn a lot together. Join us!

220098

Location : Wieboldt Hall Location : 
  Wieboldt Hall.

Start date: 03/07/18

14 sessions.

Days of the Week : Weekly - Wed .

Weekly - Wed 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM (3/7/2018-6/6/2018)



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Danielle Allen’s Our Declaration: A Reading of the Declaration of Independence in Defense of Equality, a book that brings a provocative perspective to one of the most studied texts in U.S. history, is Northwestern University’s One Book One Northwestern all-campus read for the 2017–18 academic year. The book begins with a detailed review of the drafting, editing, and approval of this historic document in sufficient detail to provide valuable insight to even the most serious students of our nation’s founding documents. It follows with a thorough review of what the document says, the author’s intents, and the meaning we should take from this document. The author argues effectively that the document is a relevant call to equality today. Join us for the study group, and join Northwestern (and OLLI) for a series of activities throughout the spring based on the ideas in this book. Note: This study group will run during the last 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.

220086

Location : Wieboldt Hall Location : 
  Wieboldt Hall.

Start date: 04/25/18

7 sessions.

Days of the Week : Weekly - Wed .

Weekly - Wed 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM (4/25/2018-6/6/2018)



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Are we living in the most peaceful period in humanity’s existence? Watching the daily news makes this seem improbable. But that is the assertion made by Steven Pinker in his provocative, best-selling book, The Better Angels of Our Nature: Why Violence Has Declined (Penguin Books, 2012). In his continuing exploration of human nature, Pinker documents in detail on how violence has declined over the long stretch of human history. He examines those elements of human nature that incline us toward violence, explodes many myths about violence, and shows us how an increasingly enlightened world has allowed our “better angels” to prevail. Bill Gates referred to it as “One of the most important books I’ve read — not just this year, but ever.” Join us to explore Pinker’s masterful and witty blending of psychology and history and share your view of his conclusions.

220102

Location : Wieboldt Hall Location : 
  Wieboldt Hall.

Start date: 03/07/18

14 sessions.

Days of the Week : Weekly - Wed .

Weekly - Wed 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM (3/7/2018-6/6/2018)



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Why read about the Cold War — a period we all lived through? We worried about the Berlin airlift, the Cuban missile crisis, wars in Korea and Vietnam and many other events, all with the threat of a devastating nuclear war hanging over our heads. But since we survived and defeated the enemy, you might think there is nothing else to tell. As Odd Arne Westad shows in The Cold War: A World History (Basic Books, 2017), it was much more than that. It was a century-long ideological struggle transforming nearly every corner of the globe. The choices that many governments had to make, and the consequences of those choices, continue to define those countries today. Studying the actions of the U.S. and Russia during this time will prove most helpful in understanding how the U.S. should interact with the rest of the world. In this grand narrative of the Cold War, Westad provides a powerful analysis of why it occurred, what it meant and, most importantly, why it still matters. Join us for a comprehensive and insightful history of the Cold War.

220101

Location : Wieboldt Hall Location : 
  Wieboldt Hall.

Start date: 03/07/18

14 sessions.

Days of the Week : Weekly - Wed .

Weekly - Wed 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM (3/7/2018-6/6/2018)



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