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Violence and Indigenous Communities

at The Newberry - Near North Side 60 W Walton St, Chicago, Illinois 60610

Recognizing the reality of war and massacre, this scholarly symposium takes new approaches to examining violence in past and present-day Native communities by engaging the intersections of a broad array of themes, including: historical memory destruction of homelands and environments appropriation of arts and cultural heritage gendered assault...

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Indigeneity, Gender and Sexualities

at The Newberry - Near North Side 60 W Walton St, Chicago, Illinois 60610

Indigeneity, Gender, and Sexualities: A Scholarly Symposium This program highlights indigenous concepts of identity and sexuality that surpass standard contemporary gender binaries. American Indian and other indigenous communities have historically celebrated multiple gender identifications, including two-spirit peoples, as well as the unique roles...

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Shakespeare Project of Chicago: The Changeling

at The Newberry - Near North Side 60 W Walton St, Chicago, Illinois 60610

Shakespeare Project of Chicago: The Changeling, Thomas Middleton & William Rowley “Our eyes are sentinels unto our judgements, And should give certain judgement what they see; But they are rash sometimes, and tell us wonders Of common things, which when our judgments find, They can then check the eyes, and call them blind.” From the Project’s...

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Milton and the Secular Metamorphoses of Grace

at The Newberry - Near North Side 60 W Walton St, Chicago, Illinois 60610

Analyzing Durer’s 1514 engraving Saint Jerome in his Study, Brian Cummings suggests that the intellectual world of the early modern period is “poised between the clarity of faith and the melancholy of skepticism.” What transforms skepticism into faith and overwhelms the fear of mutability or contingency is grace. Grace is one of the single...

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Arcadia in a Nutshell: History of British Gardening

at Chicago Botanic Garden - Glencoe 1000 Lake Cook Road, Chicago, Illinois 60022

The British are known for their green thumbs and have had a long history in horticulture and landscape design. Tudors and Victorians, plant collectors, and glass house builders were all part of the mix.  Come learn the A to Z of garden history from this green and pleasant land in an entertaining, informative overview.

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Thomas Jefferson and American Democracy, Then and Now

at The Newberry - Near North Side 60 W Walton St, Chicago, Illinois 60610

This is a one time FREE course. In this installment of “Conversations at the Newberry,” Annette Gordon-Reed and Peter S. Onuf, co-authors of the recent book “Most Blessed of the Patriarchs” Thomas Jefferson and the Empire of the Imagination, engage in a conversation about Thomas Jefferson’s legacy and public memory. ...

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Wendy Warren, New England Bound:

at The Newberry - Near North Side 60 W Walton St, Chicago, Illinois 60610

Wendy Warren, New England Bound: The Fragmented Archive of Slavery This is a one time FREE course. This talk will describe some of the lives of enslaved people in seventeenth-century New England, explaining what chattel slavery looked like in a place without plantations or cash crops. Enslavement took many forms in colonial North America; this lecture...

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Creating the Land of Lincoln

at The Newberry - Near North Side 60 W Walton St, Chicago, Illinois 60610

This is a one time FREE course. How three constitutions built the modern Prairie State. In its early days, Illinois seemed destined to extend the American South. Its population of transplants lived an upland southern culture and in some cases owned slaves. Yet the nineteenth century and three constitutions recast Illinois as a crucible of northern...

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Shakespeare Project of Chicago: Cymbeline

at The Newberry - Near North Side 60 W Walton St, Chicago, Illinois 60610

This is a one time FREE course Filled with intrigue and romance, Shakespeare's Cymbeline introduces an evil queen, an innocent young princess, an upstanding young man, a conniving villain, and the titular king into the fantastical world of this twist-filled tale. Jeff Christian directs. A staged reading by professional actors from The Shakespeare...

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In Their Own Form: Opening Reception

at Museum of Contemporary Photography Colum - South Loop 600 S Michigan Ave, Illinois City, Illinois 60605

In Their Own Form seeks to illuminate the myriad ways blackness might hope to exist without the imposition of oppression, racism and stereotypes ever-present in Western cultures, mediated through Afrofuturist themes including time-travel and escapism. Afrofuturism refers to a cross-disciplinary genre that combines science fiction, Afrocentrism,...

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Lunch and Learn: Socially Engaged Art

at Museum of Contemporary Photography Colum - South Loop 600 S Michigan Ave, Illinois City, Illinois 60605

Complete Course Title: Lunch and Learn: Socially Engaged Art with the Dammeyer Fellow Bring your lunch and join us for a dynamic discussion on the topic of socially engaged art and the power of engagement and healing for immigrant and refugee women with Iranian artist and Dammeyer Fellow Anahid Ghorbani; Photograph Department Professor Judy Natal;...

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"Illustration” as Truth

at The Newberry - Near North Side 60 W Walton St, Chicago, Illinois 60610

“Illustration” as Truth: The Woodcuts in Guazzo’s Compendium Maleficarum (Milan, 1608) Guazzo’s treatise has received remarkably little scholarly attention, and its twenty-two woodcuts even less, but they offer the opportunity to investigate the relationship between fact and fiction, fantasy and belief. The book claims to arm readers with...

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The Chicago Food Encyclopedia

at The Newberry - Near North Side 60 W Walton St, Chicago, Illinois 60610

This is a one time FREE course. Pizza. Alinea. Wrigley Spearmint. Soul food. Rick Bayless. Hot Dogs. Koreatown. Everest. All served up A-Z, and all part of the ultimate reference on Chicago and its food. The Chicago Food Encyclopedia is a far-ranging portrait of an American culinary paradise. Hundreds of entries deliver all of the visionary...

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Reflecting on an Academic Life

at The Newberry - Near North Side 60 W Walton St, Chicago, Illinois 60610

This is a one time FREE course. In this installment of “Conversations at the Newberry,” Hanna Holborn Gray and David Spadafora discuss Gray’s new book An Academic Life: A Memoir. Hanna Holborn Gray has lived her entire life in the world of higher education. The daughter of academics, she fled Hitler’s Germany with...

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The Untold Story of School Desegregation in Evanston

at The Newberry - Near North Side 60 W Walton St, Chicago, Illinois 60610

This is a one time FREE course. Full Course Title: From Jim Crow to Civil Rights: The Untold Story of School Desegregation in Evanston Mary Barr writes about race in Chicago’s northern suburbs. She is the author of Friends Disappear: The Battle for Racial Equality in Evanston, which details the city’s 1960s civil rights history. Despite its reputation...

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