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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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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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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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“If you want to feel young, go to a chamber music concert,” wrote Joseph Epstein, essayist and short-story writer. Chamber music provides an opportunity for the listener to share the intimate, intense communication of a small group of musicians performing masterpieces by great composers. Chamber music initially was written for 2 to 4 instruments, primarily with strings and sometimes keyboard. It was commissioned by patrons and performed in elegant settings such as homes or palaces. Beginning with Mozart, composers began to write chamber works for larger ensembles of up to 8 or more instruments to be performed in concert for paying audiences. The additional instruments provided an added dimension to the musical experience. Because few chamber ensembles have the required musicians for such works, they are less frequently performed and well known. Yet, many are among the most beloved masterpieces of both chamber and the entire classical music literature. Join us as we look at some of the composers, their chamber music oeuvre, and listen to several of these works, including one considered by many to be the greatest chamber works ever written. Participants will be encouraged to do research, make presentations and/or lead discussions. 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.

230086

Location : Wieboldt Hall Location : 
  Wieboldt Hall.

Start date: 04/26/18

7 sessions.

Days of the Week : Weekly - Thu .

Weekly - Thu 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM (4/26/2018-6/7/2018)



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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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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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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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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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