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There is more to literature than novels, plays, and poetry; there are essays. Essays, when well executed, intrigue the reader with a thoughtful perspective about the human condition. The goal of this study group is the interpretation, analysis, and appreciation of that perspective. Participants will develop an awareness of the essay as an art form and will refine their literary analytic skills. The book we will use during this semester will be The Best American Essays 2017, by Leslie Jamison, (Mariner, 2017, paper). Note: No class on 05/28/18

150040

Location : 500 Davis Center Location : 
  500 Davis Center.

Start date: 03/05/18

13 sessions.

Days of the Week : Weekly - Mon .

Weekly - Mon 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM (3/5/2018-6/4/2018)



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Expand your mind and behold the expanding universe. We are going on a journey far beyond our familiar earth, solar system and Milky Way Galaxy to a realm of quasars, black holes, dark matter, dark energy and much more. We will read and discuss Astrophysics for People in a Hurry by Neil deGrasse Tyson (Norton, 2017). Tyson takes us from the beginning of time, fourteen billion years ago, when in Tyson’s words, “all the matter and all the space of the known universe was contained in a volume less than one-trillionth the size of the period that ends this sentence,” to the outer reaches of our known universe. In addition to increasing our fundamental knowledge, a cosmic perspective will provide wisdom and insight about our place in the universe. Supplemental readings and videos will be provided. Knowledge of scientific principles will be helpful but is not essential. Familiarity with Canvas is expected. Participants may need to use the internet to look up unfamiliar concepts and ideas they come across in assignments and to identify supplemental materials for a class session they may lead. Note: No class on 05/28/18

150039

Location : 500 Davis Center Location : 
  500 Davis Center.

Start date: 03/05/18

13 sessions.

Days of the Week : Weekly - Mon .

Weekly - Mon 9:30 AM - 11:30 AM (3/5/2018-6/4/2018)



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In a few pages of carefully crafted thoughts, short story writers can capture a piece of our minds, memories, beliefs, flaws or realities that we often don’t admit to or understand. And yet we come to these stories to have these aspects of our thoughts revealed and presented for our contemplation. Each week we will read one or two short stories for discussion. Study group members have a reputation for being perceptive, thoughtful and thorough in these discussions, and while we may not always agree on what a story means, we always leave the class with a deeper understanding of it (and often of ourselves) than when we arrived. Each study group participant is asked to choose a date to lead one of these discussions. Stories will be selected from two texts: The Best American Short Stories 2017, Meg Wolitzer and Heidi Pitlor, eds. (Mariner Books, 2017); and The O. Henry Prize Stories 2017, Laura Furman, ed. (Anchor, 2017). Join us! Note: No class on 05/28/18

150037

Location : 500 Davis Center Location : 
  500 Davis Center.

Start date: 03/05/18

13 sessions.

Days of the Week : Weekly - Mon .

Weekly - Mon 9:30 AM - 11:30 AM (3/5/2018-6/4/2018)



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Curtain Up! is based on three core activities: reading aloud the script of a play currently being presented in a North Shore area theater, attending the performance together, and returning to the classroom to discuss the total experience. It is an active and collegial way to participate in the rich North Shore area theater scene. Before seeing each performance, we will read the script together, offering budding thespians a chance to show off their stuff. After completing the reading, we will see the play as a group and we will discuss all aspects of the written script and the performance. 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 Writers Theater, Northlight, Northwestern, Piccolo or Raven. Theater tickets are purchased at group/ student rates. Before each performance participants will have the option of dining together at a nearby restaurant. Please note: The plays we will cover in this course will be different from the plays in the Chicago version of Curtain Up! Please register for both if you wish! Note: No class on 05/28/18

150043

Location : 500 Davis Center Location : 
  500 Davis Center.

Start date: 03/05/18

13 sessions.

Days of the Week : Weekly - Mon .

Weekly - Mon 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM (3/5/2018-6/4/2018)



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Short stories have the power to entertain, inform, and even heal. Interpreting those stories and uncovering the author’s message is a noble, challenging task. This task is the goal of the study group. Each week two complex stories by two different master authors are vigorously dissected for their ideas. During a lively exchange of interpretations, participants learn from one another and refine their own positions. At discussion’s end study group members will have a clearer sense of the author’s words and, week by week, all become more adept at literary interpretation. There are no prerequisites or specialized knowledge required. The coordinators will provide any necessary definitions of literary terms as well as guidance on how to lead a discussion. The books we will use during this semester will be Signals, by Tim Gautreaux, (Knoft, 2017); The Complete Stories, by Clarice Lispectot, (New Directions, 2015); Gods and Angels, by David Park, (Turtleback Books, 2017) and The Dark and Other Stories, by Deborah Willis, (W.W. Norton, 2017). Note: No class on 05/28/18

150002

Location : 500 Davis Center Location : 
  500 Davis Center.

Start date: 03/05/18

13 sessions.

Days of the Week : Weekly - Mon .

Weekly - Mon 9:30 AM - 11:30 AM (3/5/2018-6/4/2018)



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I imagine one of the reasons people cling to their hates so stubbornly is because they sense, once hate is gone, they will be forced to deal with pain. - James Baldwin. “We were eight years in power” was the lament of Reconstruction-era black politicians as the American experiment in multiracial democracy ended with the return of white supremacist rule in the South. We will read and discuss We Were Eight Years in Power by Ta-Nehisi Coates (One World Publishing, 2017) where he explores the tragic echoes of that history in our own time: the unprecedented election of a black president followed by a vicious backlash that fueled the election of the man Coates argues is America’s “first white president.” We will also read The Fire Next Time by James Baldwin (Vintage, 1992) to reveal just how little has changed between the races in this country since 1963, when he published this coolly impassioned plea to “end the racial nightmare.” We will also watch the critically acclaimed, Oscar-nominated 2016 documentary on Baldwin, I Am Not Your Negro. Discussion questions and other material will be sent by email which may include attachments and links. Note: No class on 05/28/18

150042

Location : 500 Davis Center Location : 
  500 Davis Center.

Start date: 03/05/18

13 sessions.

Days of the Week : Weekly - Mon .

Weekly - Mon 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM (3/5/2018-6/4/2018)



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This study group is for long time fans of The New Yorker as well as newcomers! Each session will examine the contents of the current issue and then explore a previously assigned article in depth. A volunteer discussion leader who has chosen the article leads the discussion. Conversations are lively. Everyone is expected to lead a discussion once a semester. Participants will be encouraged to become “watchers” who briefly discuss cartoons, movie reviews, covers, or some other aspect of the current issue. A subscription or access to the magazine is required. Note: No class on 05/28/18

150038

Location : 500 Davis Center Location : 
  500 Davis Center.

Start date: 03/05/18

13 sessions.

Days of the Week : Weekly - Mon .

Weekly - Mon 9:30 AM - 11:30 AM (3/5/2018-6/4/2018)



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