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Stargazing for All: Learn the Zodiac

Chicago Botanic Garden @ 1000 Lake Cook Road, Glencoe, IL

Discover the enchanting world of the zodiac constellations and learn how to navigate the night sky. This engaging program teaches participants to memorize the placement of the ecliptic constellations, aiding in celestial orientation. Perfect for stargazers looking to deepen their understanding of the cosmos.

(129) All levels 18 and older
$40
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Risk Society: Crisis, Power, and Neoliberalism

Brooklyn Institute for Social Research @ Online Classroom

Unravel the complexities of the modern world through the lens of risk society. Explore the societal implications of global risks, from environmental disasters to economic instability, and their impact on governance, culture, and individual psyche. Dive into foundational texts by Ulrich Beck and Anthony Giddens, alongside critical perspectives by scholars such as Michel Foucault and Mary Douglas, to understand the emergence and consequences of the risk society paradigm.

(29) All levels 21 and older
$335

4 sessions

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Marxism and Literature

Brooklyn Institute for Social Research @ Online Classroom

Embark on an exploration of the dynamic interplay between Marxism and literature. Delve into the multifaceted relationships, from historical analysis to ideological critique, that have shaped Marxist literary criticism. Engage with key concepts like history, ideology, mediation, and form, as we unravel the complexities of literary study through a materialist lens.

(29) All levels 21 and older
$335

4 sessions

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Alasdair MacIntyre: After Virtue

Brooklyn Institute for Social Research @ Online Classroom

Delve into Alasdair MacIntyre's profound critique of Enlightenment morality and his call for a return to Aristotelian virtue ethics. Explore the political ramifications and the revival of virtue ethics in recent years, pondering the implications of MacIntyre's enigmatic closing statement.

(29) All levels 21 and older
$335

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Thucydides and the Fall of Athenian Democracy

Brooklyn Institute for Social Research @ Online Classroom

Explore the profound insights of Thucydides’ History of the Peloponnesian War in this compelling course. Delve into the fall of Athenian democracy and the collapse of the classical city-state, examining speeches and narratives that debate political theory, justice, and human suffering. Engage with the text’s oscillation between historical objectivity and intense pathos to understand the cultural and intellectual milieu of ancient Greece.

(29) All levels 21 and older
$335

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Fake! Culture, Capitalism, and Authenticity

Brooklyn Institute for Social Research @ Online Classroom

Dive into the intricate world of authenticity and deception in our exploration of the concept of the fake. From forged art to fabricated identities, we'll dissect the cultural, social, and economic implications of fakery. Join us as we navigate the blurred lines between reality and representation, challenging notions of truth and fiction.

(29) All levels 21 and older
$335

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Sex Work and the Law

Brooklyn Institute for Social Research @ Online Classroom

Explore the intricate legal, social, and labor dynamics that define and contest sex work in this thought-provoking course. Delve into the history and regulation of sex work, examining the profound legal scrutiny and moral discourses that shape its practice. Engage with sex worker-led advocacy and scholarship to understand their fight for rights, safety, and fair compensation.

(29) All levels 21 and older
$335

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Quantum Physics: an Introduction

Brooklyn Institute for Social Research @ Online Classroom

Embark on a journey into the enigmatic world of quantum mechanics. Explore its profound implications, from the perplexing Copenhagen interpretation to the elusive boundary between the quantum and classical realms. Join us to unravel the mysteries of quantum physics and its philosophical underpinnings.

(29) All levels 21 and older
$335

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Truth and Beauty: Kant’s Critical Aesthetics

Brooklyn Institute for Social Research @ Online Classroom

Embark on a journey into Kant's realm of aesthetics, where truth and beauty converge. Delve into the intricacies of aesthetic judgment, artistic genius, and the human experience of the sublime. Join us as we unravel Kant's timeless insights and their relevance to our understanding of art and nature today.

(29) All levels 21 and older
$335

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Exploring the Brontes

Literature and Lapdogs

Embark on a literary journey through the works of the Brontë sisters, delving into the rich legacy of Charlotte, Emily, and Anne. Analyze their novels in depth, culminating in an exploration of the timeless masterpiece, Wuthering Heights.

All levels 18 and older
$100

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Jane Austen Study Group

Literature and Lapdogs

Join us for an in-depth exploration of Jane Austen's literary evolution, starting with her early works and progressing through her major novels. Engage in stimulating lectures and discussions, as we analyze and appreciate the nuances of Austen's timeless stories and characters.

Intermediate 18 and older
$150

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Jane Austen

Literature and Lapdogs

Dive into the captivating world of Jane Austen, starting with her early works and journeying through her major novels to her later writings. Join us for a thorough exploration of her literary genius, designed for passionate readers and dedicated Austen enthusiasts alike.

All levels 18 and older
$100

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Fall Lecture Series: Vienna's Golden Boy: Gustav Klimt

Santa Monica College

Explore the world of Gustav Klimt, the master of Vienna's turn-of-the-century avant-garde. Despite facing fierce criticism and scandal, Klimt's art dazzled with its shimmering abstract patterns, transforming both private and public spaces. Delve into the life and legacy of this co-founder of the Viennese Secessionists, who remains a symbol of artistic brilliance.

(513) All levels 18 and older
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Fall Lecture Series: Viva La Vida: The Art of Frida Kahlo

Santa Monica College

Discover the art of Frida Kahlo, whose deeply autobiographical work reflects the rich cultures of Mexico and her personal tragedies. Her unique and dramatic style blends complex, often disturbing self-portraits with lush, fantastic imagery, making her one of the most original artists of the 20th century. Explore the powerful personal style that defines her legacy.

(513) All levels 18 and older
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Impressionism to 1920:4 Painters & Their Influence(16+)

Evanston Art Center

Connect or rediscover with the influences of contemporary art, focusing on four major painters: Monet, van Gogh, Picasso and Matisse, and their influences. View their work, and we’ll discuss ideas related to how their focus on light, color and space transformed art from realism to abstraction.

(84) All levels 16 and older
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Literary Capital of the West

The Newberry @ 60 W Walton St, Chicago, IL

Literary Capital of the West: Chicago Writing before 1890 This course explores the evolving relationship between Western and urban identities in Chicago writing from the 1840s through the 1880s. Histories of Chicago literature often start around 1890, with the urban sketches of writers like Finley Peter Dunne. Chicago’s antebellum literature, however, was very different, aimed at rural readers in the city’s railroad empire. After the Civil...

(4) All levels 18 and older
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$247

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Seeing Race Before Race - Exhibition Series

The Newberry @ 60 W Walton St, Chicago, IL

Delve into the historical context of recent Supreme Court decisions on abortion and school prayer, and explore the evolving relationship between church and state in this thought-provoking class. Discover how ideas about freedom of conscience have been challenged and reevaluated throughout American history, leading to a recent acceptance of religious influence on law.

(4) All levels 18 and older
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$195

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African American Genealogy: Mixing Online & Offline

The Newberry @ 60 W Walton St, Chicago, IL

Using the Newberry’s collections as a starting point, this class will provide an introduction to African American genealogy research. Not sure where you should begin with researching your genealogy? In this introductory class, discover your family’s journey by creating a solid foundation, working from the known to the unknown. This session will cover oral history, interviewing techniques, and a virtual guided tour of Ancestry’s Library Edition...

(4) All levels 18 and older
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Sea Change: An Atlas of Islands in a Rising Ocean

The Newberry @ 60 W Walton St, Chicago, IL

This is a one time FREE course. Our former fellow Christina Gerhardt, in conversation with climate and environment journalist Indira Khera, discuss the disproportionate impact that climate change has on island communities. Low-lying islands are least responsible for global warming, but they are suffering the brunt of it. Atlases are being redrawn as islands disappear. What does an island see when the sea rises? Sea Change: An Atlas of Islands...

(4) All levels 18 and older
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Chicago Storytelling in Bughouse Square 2023

The Newberry @ 60 W Walton St, Chicago, IL

Chicago Storytelling in Bughouse Square 2023: Chicago Forward Celebrate the power of storytelling and the future of our city at this free event. The festivities will include the presentation of The Pattis Family Foundation Chicago Book Award. Chicago Storytelling in Bughouse Square 2023: Chicago Forward will focus on Chicago’s future and feature speakers whose work in the city strives to change our communities for the better. The festivities...

(4) All levels 18 and older
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