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This class will combine classroom sessions and outings, in the Chicago area, to allow participants to improve their photographic skills. The goal of the study group is to help participants turn their snapshots into great shots. Open to all skill levels, the requirements are a digital camera with interchangeable lenses or advanced digital Point & Shot camera, a computer (PC or MAC) and basic computer skills. Some level of comfort with photo editing software is also recommended. We will photograph varying topics including architecture and landscapes, critters and creatures, macro and close-up, and street photography. We will also spend time studying famous photographers and favorite types of photography. This semester will add advanced camera techniques such as control the depth of field, and creating panoramic and HDR (High Dynamic Range) images as well tools to process images.

170038

Location : 500 Davis Center Location : 
  500 Davis Center.

Start date: 03/07/18

14 sessions.

Days of the Week : Weekly - Wed .

Weekly - Wed 9:00 AM - 11:30 AM (3/7/2018-6/6/2018)



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This workshop is for OLLI participants who love words and is designed for the improvement and practice of creative writing skills across the various genres: poetry, creative non-fiction, essay, memoir, and fiction. Participants present their work to the group for response, encouragement, critique, and suggestions. Revisions and resubmissions are encouraged. Longer works can be submitted in segments. This workshop will give you the creative outlet you want, in a positive, supportive atmosphere, while providing an opportunity to produce a finished piece of writing that you can be proud of. Participants will: (1) use email for OLLI and Creative Writing Workshop updates; (2) use an electronic copier to make copies of their writing to hand out to other workshop members. The goal is to help all of participants improve their writing skills.

170039

Location : 500 Davis Center Location : 
  500 Davis Center.

Start date: 03/07/18

14 sessions.

Days of the Week : Weekly - Wed .

Weekly - Wed 9:30 AM - 11:30 AM (3/7/2018-6/6/2018)



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In six films and the texts from which they are adapted, we’ll deal with the many dimensions of family life, its challenges, crises, and conflicts, as well as its joyful experiences. There’s comedy, mystery, drama, and romance. Our outstanding, Academy Award-winning films include: You Can’t Take It With You: love triumphs when an eccentric family follows its dreams; My Cousin Rachel: young English heir obsesses over a mysterious beauty who may be the murderer of his benefactor; To Kill A Mockingbird: a small town Southern lawyer defends a black man and provides invaluable life lessons for his children; Hud: a bitter conflict between a principled rancher and his heedless son erupts over a cattle crisis; The Lion In Winter: a royal family squabbles over the successor to the British throne on Christmas Eve; The Descendants: in Hawaii, a man’s unfaithful wife dies, rendering him simultaneously a single parent and the decider of his family’s fortune. The study group structure consists of a three-hour session where we first discuss the text, then see the film. The following week is a two-hour discussion of the film’s adaptation. Texts consist of two plays, a novella and three short novels. The coordinators will provide the readings.

170045

Location : 500 Davis Center Location : 
  500 Davis Center.

Start date: 03/07/18

14 sessions.

Days of the Week : Weekly - Wed .

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



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Welcome poetry lovers! Join us for Poetry for Pleasure, where we will learn more about life and death, love and loss, and memory. We will discover and discuss a wide variety of poets and poetry, some known, some less known. Each week a study group member selects a poet for discussion and prepares copies of poems for each study group participant. The presenter leads with a brief biography or critical commentary, and then we take turns reading and discussing the poems. The participation can be lively and challenging and may give new insights to the work. There is no better way to combine learning with pleasure!

170043

Location : 500 Davis Center Location : 
  500 Davis Center.

Start date: 03/07/18

14 sessions.

Days of the Week : Weekly - Wed .

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



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What do we know about Africa — probably the most misunderstood continent in the world? Africa has experienced the peak of wealth and civilization, but has also known the tragedy and despair of slavery and subjugation by foreign powers. It has been coveted for its riches since the time of the pharaohs. For centuries it was the lure of gold, ivory and slaves that drew fortune-seekers. More recently the focus of attention has been on diamonds, oil and other valuable minerals. This study group will trace the rise and fall of kingdoms and empires, the spread of Christianity and Islam, and the impact of European colonization. It is only by understanding the history of Africa that we can make sense of the current economic and political climate and understand future prospects of the over 50 countries that now comprise this great continent. We will read and discuss The Fortunes of Africa: A 5,000 Year History of Wealth, Greed, and Endeavor by Martin Meredith (Public Affairs, 2014). We will encourage the use of Canvas but will also email discussion questions which may contain attachments and links to supplemental material.

170040

Location : 500 Davis Center Location : 
  500 Davis Center.

Start date: 03/07/18

14 sessions.

Days of the Week : Weekly - Wed .

Weekly - Wed 9:30 AM - 11:30 AM (3/7/2018-6/6/2018)



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Since 1926, The New Yorker has attracted — sometimes discovered — the finest artists our world offers. Each week, this lively study group examines Monday’s issue cover to cover. From award-winning reportage to up-to-date political intelligence to cutting-edge reviews. We will grapple with it all and find ourselves informed, intrigued, and amused (those famous cartoons). So bring your curiosity — and your sense of humor — and join us as we explore the pages of this standout magazine. A subscription or access to The New Yorker magazine is required.

170044

Location : 500 Davis Center Location : 
  500 Davis Center.

Start date: 03/07/18

14 sessions.

Days of the Week : Weekly - Wed .

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



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The power and responsibility of the office of U.S. president make it a lonely job. As John Kennedy once said, “Only the President himself can know what his real pressures and his real alternatives are.” Yet in that solitary office, the Chief Executive is also a member of an exclusive “club.” Throughout our history American presidents have been able to rely on the experience and insights of their predecessors and have sometimes crossed party lines to form productive friendships with their political enemies. We will use The Presidents Club: Inside the World’s Most Exclusive Fraternity by Nancy Gibbs and Michael Duffy (Simon & Schuster, Reprint Edition, 2013) to examine the intertwined (and sometimes tangled) relationships of our post-World War II presidents to discover how they helped shape the presidency and our modern history. Participation will include reading, home study/research, presentations, and discussions. Participants need access to email, the ability to open Word attachments and PDF documents, and follow links to material online.

170042

Location : 500 Davis Center Location : 
  500 Davis Center.

Start date: 03/07/18

14 sessions.

Days of the Week : Weekly - Wed .

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



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Journalists and historians have referred to the last 50+ years as the “sweet spot” of history — a time when many who witnessed the events are still alive; and yet sufficient time has passed to place the period in an historical perspective. These were turbulent times involving post WWII rehabilitation, decolonization, the Cold War, and the dissolution of the Soviet Union. We will follow this period through a book entitled Post War, A History of Europe Since 1945 by Tony Judt (Penguin 2005), a monumental text and Pulitzer Prize nominee. Beautifully written with the pace of a mystery novel, our text will stimulate discussion on thesecomplex developments in history from our contemporary perspective. Can the seeds of today’s turmoil be found in the disruptions of the past?

170041

Location : 500 Davis Center Location : 
  500 Davis Center.

Start date: 03/07/18

14 sessions.

Days of the Week : Weekly - Wed .

Weekly - Wed 9:30 AM - 11:30 AM (3/7/2018-6/6/2018)



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