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8 classes in-person in Chicago have spots left, and 7 classes live online are available.

Literary Capital of the West

The Newberry @ 60 W Walton St, Chicago, IL 60610

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...

Wednesday Jun 14th, 2–3:30pm Central Time

 (6 sessions)

$247

6 sessions

Sea Change: An Atlas of Islands in a Rising Ocean

The Newberry @ 60 W Walton St, Chicago, IL 60610

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...

Thursday Jun 29th, 6–7pm Central Time

Free

Chicago Storytelling in Bughouse Square 2023

The Newberry @ 60 W Walton St, Chicago, IL 60610

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...

Saturday Jul 15th, 1–4:30pm Central Time

Free

Common Plant Diseases in the Landscape

Chicago Botanic Garden @ 1000 Lake Cook Road, Chicago, IL 60022

The first step in any disease-management program is proper identification of the problem. Learn to identify both infectious and non-infectious diseases that attack many landscape plants. Through a lecture and Garden walk, explore several disease problem and discuss control options. Dress for the weather.

Saturday Jul 8th, 9am–12pm Central Time

Gardening Techniques: Session D

Chicago Botanic Garden @ 1000 Lake Cook Road, Chicago, IL 60022

Learn tips and techniques used by professional gardeners through a combination of lecture and hands-on activities. Acquire solid gardening skills, learn a variety of techniques, and determine best management practices in the field of horticulture. Gain applicable skills in plant selection, perennial and annual care and maintenance, pruning techniques, tool maintenance, and identification and control of common weeds. Dress for the weather. A supply...

Sunday Jul 9th, 9am–12pm Central Time

 (6 sessions)

$374

6 sessions

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Botany for Botanical Artists

Chicago Botanic Garden @ 1000 Lake Cook Road, Chicago, IL 60022

Bring realism to your botanical artwork with a focus on identifying the morphological features of plants. Emphasizing specific plant parts in illustrations is critical to the identification of plant species in both scientific floras and identification manuals. Through a combination of lectures and lab/studio time, you will identify key characteristics in each plant specimen and then transfer them to botanical illustrations. A supply list will be...

Thursday Sep 7th, 6–8:30pm Central Time

How to Meet and Connect with Women (3-Day Bootcamp)

Craft of Charisma

This bootcamp is an intensive program designed to help a man learn how to approach women, start conversations, and set up a dates. The program includes lecture, role-play, infield practice, and real time feedback from some of the world's top dating coaches. Day 1: Evening Session 1 Understand and overcome your fears: We start by explaining the causes of approach anxiety, answering your questions, and then working with you to understand and confront...

Friday Jul 28th, 7:30–11:30pm Central Time

 (3 sessions)

$4,000

3 sessions

Past Life Regression Training for Mental Health Prof

Infinity Foundation @ 1280 Old Skokie Valley Rd, Highland Park, IL 60035

Past Life Regression Training for Mental Health Professionals There is an explosive interest in regression therapy and spiritual psychotherapy. Expand the scope of your practice to provide your clients with additional support. Past life regression therapy is often useful when conventional therapy, which emphasizes experiences in this life, does not work. Sometimes the root of the problem or issue is in a past life.  As the soul returns...

Friday Aug 25th, 6:45–9pm Central Time

 (3 sessions)

$499

3 sessions

Philosophy of History

Brooklyn Institute for Social Research @ Online Classroom

Does history have a direction, a purpose, or an end goal? Can we deduce general historical patterns from studying the past? Is it naïve to hope and work for a better future? From the Enlightenment to the twenty-first century, liberal, Marxist, positivist, and post-structuralist thinkers have offered radically different responses to these fundamental questions related to the philosophy of history. This course will survey these attempts to grapple...

Tuesday Jul 11th, 6:30–9:30pm Eastern Time

 (4 sessions)

$335

4 sessions

Weekly Torah Portion, Gleanings from the Torah

92nd Street Y

Back by popular demand! Join Abby Eisenberg for a weekly exploration of community, character and sanctity — elemental themes of the Torah. Throughout the year, we’ll consider texts that both challenge and inspire us as we read our sacred ancient words while gleaning modern meaning and relevance for our lives today.

Wednesday May 31st, 8–9pm Eastern Time

Narcissism: Pathology, Culture, and Politics

Brooklyn Institute for Social Research @ Online Classroom

Do we live in an “Age of Narcissism,” or has vanity been with us always? Is narcissism necessarily pathological, or is it a structural feature of human subjectivity in general? Is narcissism a diagnostic concept, a moral problem, or a little bit of both at once? Are we all “narcissists”—or is it just you? In this course, we’ll consider the origins of narcissism as a clinical concept alongside its function as a polemical term in modern...

Sunday Jun 11th, 2–5pm Eastern Time

 (4 sessions)

$335

4 sessions

Bollywood: Art, Culture, and Hegemony

Brooklyn Institute for Social Research @ Online Classroom

The largest film industry in the world is located not in Hollywood but in “Bollywood,” its yearly film output nearly doubling that of the United States. As it increasingly encroaches on the Western cultural imaginary, Bollywood plays an already titanic role in India—as a site of creative ferment, economic power, and nationalist and ideological myth-making. If Bollywood once emphasized Indian cultural pluralism, today Indian national cinema...

Monday Jun 5th, 6:30–9:30pm Eastern Time

 (4 sessions)

$335

4 sessions

Feminist Economics: An Introduction

Brooklyn Institute for Social Research @ Online Classroom

Traditional economic thinking posits a frictionless universe of rational actors, profit-pursuing firms, and the harmonious equilibrium of supply and demand. What’s lost in this sanitized picture of economy is any recognition of the hierarchies that not only shape economic behavior and opportunity, but also, at the root, make capitalist economy exploitative and unequal—chief among these, gender relations. Often falling upon women are the tasks...

Wednesday Jun 7th, 6:30–9:30pm Eastern Time

 (4 sessions)

$315

4 sessions

Georg Lukács: Consciousness and Revolution

Brooklyn Institute for Social Research @ Online Classroom

Written at the crest of the revolutionary wave sparked by the cataclysm of World War I and the 1917 Russian Revolution, Georg Lukács’ History and Class Consciousness stands as one of the most influential Marxist texts of the 20th century. Though suffused with the revolutionary spirit of its time, History and Class Consciousness nevertheless attempts to take stock of the failure of revolutions in Germany (both in Berlin and...

Wednesday Jun 7th, 6:30–9:30pm Eastern Time

 (4 sessions)

$335

4 sessions

Antonio Gramsci: Prison Notebooks

Brooklyn Institute for Social Research @ Online Classroom

At Antonio Gramsci’s 1928 trial, the prosecutor famously demanded, “we must stop this brain working for twenty years!” Despite being imprisoned in rather brutal conditions by Mussolini’s fascist government, this goal was not achieved. Gramsci would produce, in the notes, scraps, fragments, commentaries, and essays, that constitute his so-called prison notebooks, his most famous thinking. Although the work covers tremendous ground—from...

Tuesday Jul 11th, 6:30–9:30pm Eastern Time

 (4 sessions)

$335

4 sessions

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Lecture in Photography: Corey Keller

Museum of Contemporary Photography Colum @ 600 S Michigan Ave, Illinois City, IL 60605

Lectures in Photography is presented by the Museum of Contemporary Photography and the Photography Department of Columbia College Chicago. Corey Keller is curator of photography at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.

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Free

Lecture in Photography: Jennifer Blessing

Museum of Contemporary Photography Colum @ 600 S Michigan Ave, Illinois City, IL 60605

Jennifer Blessing is senior curator of photography at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York. Throughout her career, she has curated many photography-based exhibitions, including Carrie Mae Weems: Three Decades of Photography and Video (2014), Rineke Dijkstra: A Retrospective (2012), and Francesca Woodman (2012).  Most recently Blessing curated Photo-Poetics: An Anthology (2016), a group exhibition...

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Free

Lecture in Photography: Diana Matar

Museum of Contemporary Photography Colum @ 618 S MICHIGAN AVE, Chicago, IL 60605

Using photography, testimony, and archive, Diana Matar explores the controversial question of how beauty can be used in the depiction of power and violence. Speaking about her long-term projects Evidence and This Violent Land, Matar will discuss the practicalities of her research methods and explore how photography can respond to history and our contemporary political reality. Lectures in Photography are co-presented by the MoCP and the Photography...

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Free

Lecture in Photography: Mark Sealy

Museum of Contemporary Photography Colum @ 600 S Michigan Ave, Illinois City, IL 60605

Since 1991, Mark Sealy has served as director of Autograph ABP, the Association of Black Photographers, based in Shoreditch, London. He has written for a number of international photography publications, including Foam Magazine (Amsterdam), Aperture (New York), and in 2002, published Different, a book project focused on photography and identity. Sealy is currently a PhD candidate at Durham University, England. His research and curatorial...

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Free

Lecture in Photography: Zackary Drucker

Museum of Contemporary Photography Colum @ 600 S Michigan Ave, Illinois City, IL 60605

Lectures in Photography is presented by the Museum of Contemporary Photography and the Photography Department of Columbia College Chicago. Zackary Drucker is an independent artist, cultural producer, and trans woman who breaks down the way we think about gender, sexuality, and seeing. She has performed and exhibited her work internationally in museums, galleries, and film festivals including the Whitney Biennial 2014, MoMA PS1, Hammer...

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Free

A Lecture by Leslie Marmon Silko

The Newberry @ 60 W Walton St, Chicago, IL 60610

We are proud to host a lecture by Leslie Marmon Silko. Ms. Silko is one of the most important American literary figures of the twentieth century.  Please join us for this opportunity to meet with Ms. Silko and to share in the discussion about the perspectives of Native peoples and their histories and cultures.

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Free

Wing Foundation Lecture Series on History of the Book

The Newberry @ 60 W Walton St, Chicago, IL 60610

Wing Foundation Lecture Series on the History of the Book The year 2017 marks the centenary of the death of John M. Wing, the remarkable and eccentric collector whose bequest founded the Newberry’s John M. Wing Collection on the History of Printing. Over the last one hundred years the collection’s curators have amassed an extraordinary group of materials ranging from incunables to modern artist’s books to everything in between. Together...

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Free
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