Calendar of Events

October 2014

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First Friday Lectures: Unacknowledged Legislators
10/03

First Friday Lectures: Unacknowledged Legislators

Fri., Oct. 3
12:15 PM
Chicago Cultural Center
78 E. Washington Street
Chicago, IL 60602
$0.00

Hosted by the Basic Program of Liberal Education for Adults, these free lectures take place at 12:15 PM the first Friday of every month except July at the Chicago Cultural Center.

Unacknowledged Legislators: Politics, Poetry, Philosophy

Register for all three Autumn First Friday Lectures.


 
 
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Great Conversations: Jason Bridges on Reasons and Rationality
10/09

Great Conversations: Jason Bridges on Reasons and Rationality

Thu., Oct. 9
5:30 PM–7:30 PM
Gleacher Center
450 North Cityfront Plaza Drive
Chicago, IL 60611
$30.00

Great Conversations: Frontiers of the Mind
Are you interested in live thought? Thinking about the future? Please join us as our prestigious, popular, and venerable Great Conversations series continues. Our theme for autumn 2014 is fascinating: Frontiers of the Mind. We will cover everything from reasoning to sleep, and will be featuring some world-class thinkers concerned with these issues. Come get to know these remarkable individuals in an intimate conversational setting. On select Thursdays, from 5:30 to 7 pm, the Graham School and Civic Knowledge Project will provide food, drink, and the best talk in town. We hope that you will join us for the conversation!

Jason Bridges

Jason Bridges is an Associate Professor in the Department of Philosophy at the University of Chicago, where he won the Quantrell Award for excellence in undergraduate teaching. He received his PhD from the University of California at Berkeley in 2001 and his BA from Harvard University in 1994. His primary research and teaching areas are the philosophy of mind and the philosophy of language, as well as studying metaphysics and epistemology, the philosophy of action, the later work of Wittgenstein, and political philosophy. His current projects are about reasons and rationality, and epistemic and semantic contextualism. He has published widely in philosophy, and co-edited the book The Possibility of Philosophical Understanding.

Register for all three Great Conversation lectures.


 
 
The Bronzeville Experience
10/11

The Bronzeville Experience

Sat., Oct. 11
1:00 PM–5:00 PM
$90.00

Half-day seminar and bus tour in collaboration with the University of Chicago Civic Knowledge Project

Visit Bronzeville for an enchanting afternoon of storytelling by and discussion with the great civil rights activist and oral historian of Chicago’s South Side Bronzeville neighborhood, Timuel D. Black, who has lived in the area for nine decades and known just about everyone there. Prof. Black’s memoirs, Sacred Ground, will provide the point of departure for his wonderful tales of life on the South Side, when Bronzeville rivaled Harlem as the black cultural capital of the U.S. His memories of his encounters with Duke Ellington, Nat King Cole, Billy Holiday, A. Phillip Randolph, Martin Luther King, Jr., Harold Washington, Studs Terkel, and so many others are truly unforgettable.

The tour will leave promptly at 1:00 PM from the southeast corner of University Avenue and 59th St. There is street parking, but please allow sufficient time (10–15 minutes) to park and check in before boarding the bus. Walking will be required during the on-site visits. IN CASE OF EXTREME WEATHER CONDITIONS, PLEASE CONTACT THE GRAHAM SCHOOL AT 312.464.8655 TO CONFIRM THAT THE TOUR WILL RUN.


 
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Graduate Student-at-Large Information Session
10/14

Graduate Student-at-Large Information Session

Tue., Oct. 14
6:00 PM– 7:00 PM
Gleacher Center
450 North Cityfront Plaza Drive
Chicago, IL 60611
$0.00

Take credit for your accomplishments. Attend regular graduate and undergraduate courses at the University of Chicago, define academic focus, and build a transferable record of study. GSAL staff will discuss the courses and resources available to students through the Graduate Student-at-Large and Returning Scholar programs, as well as the application process. Come have your questions answered and discover how GSAL can help you achieve your academic and professional goals.

 

Register


Unlimited slots available
 
Master of Liberal Arts Information Session
10/15

Master of Liberal Arts Information Session

Wed., Oct. 15
12:00 PM–1:00 PM
Online
$0.00

A liberal education, built from a broad engagement with the humanities, the social sciences, and the natural sciences is a foundational experience. The Master of Liberal Arts program offers graduate-level course work in the liberal arts. All courses are taught by world-renowned University of Chicago faculty drawn from divisions across the University. This is a graduate program for those seeking self-enrichment, context for further graduate studies, and career advancement. Join us for this online information session to learn program details, admission requirements and how you can get started.

 

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Works of the Mind: The Great War
10/19

Works of the Mind: The Great War

Sun., Oct. 19
1:00 PM
Chicago Cultural Center
78 E. Washington Street
Chicago, IL 60602
$0.00

Hosted by the Basic Program of Liberal Education for Adults, these free lectures take place at 1:00 PM on selected Sundays at the Chicago Cultural Center.

The Great War: What we Need to Know about the War that Changed the World
October 19, 2014 (14A2)
Michael Geyer
Samuel N. Harper Professor of History and faculty director, Human Rights Program, Department of History, the University of Chicago

Register for all three Works of the Mind Autumn Lectures.


 
 
 
 
Great Conversations: A Special Debate: Is the Mind “Nothing But” the Brain?
10/23

Great Conversations: A Special Debate: Is the Mind “Nothing But” the Brain?

Thu., Oct. 23
5:30 PM–7:30 PM
Gleacher Center
450 North Cityfront Plaza Drive
Chicago, IL 60611
$30.00

Great Conversations: Frontiers of the Mind
Are you interested in live thought? Thinking about the future? Please join us as our prestigious, popular, and venerable Great Conversations series continues. Our theme for autumn 2014 is fascinating: Frontiers of the Mind. We will cover everything from reasoning to sleep, and will be featuring some world-class thinkers concerned with these issues. Come get to know these remarkable individuals in an intimate conversational setting. On select Thursdays, from 5:30 to 7 pm, the Graham School and Civic Knowledge Project will provide food, drink, and the best talk in town. We hope that you will join us for the conversation!

Join the action as distinguished representatives from a range of different disciplines debate one of the toughest philosophical problems ever posed.

Register for all three Great Conversation lectures.


 
 
Basic Program Autumn Symposium
10/25

Basic Program Autumn Symposium

Sat., Oct. 25
9:00 AM–3:30 PM
Gordon Center
927 E. 57th Street
Chicago, IL 60637
$195.00

“The War to End All Wars?”: Great Literature from the Great War

In August 1914, shortly after World War I’s outbreak, H.G. Wells first called it, with entirely idealistic intent, “the war that will end war.” Over the four years of the war’s duration, that phrase or something similar was used more frequently with irony; by now it is almost entirely forgotten that it had ever been used otherwise. The nature of the war and its vast increase in brutality thanks to new technology had a defining effect on the thought of the early 20th century, and many great writers attested to its profound effect on shaping and shaking civilization. This symposium will explore some of the great literature growing out of the Great War, as the works reflected events of their own times, and also their impact on the literature and culture of the subsequent century.

Our guest speaker will be Allen J. Frantzen of Loyola University Chicago, author of Bloody Good: Chivalry, Sacrifice, and the Great War (University of Chicago Press, 2003), on "Why the War Was Great." Other talks will be given by Basic Program instructor Claudia Traudt ("One against Nullity: Presence, Play, Making, Meaning in The Enormous Room"); and by Basic Program instructor and chair Michaelangelo Allocca ("Words Fail: Poets Confront the Unspeakable").

Cancellation must be received at least 10 days before the start of the event. After that time, a $100 cancellation fee will be applied.

Recommended readings (for more detail see "Suggested advance readings" under Course Documents, below):

 E. E. Cummings, The Enormous Room (The Cummings Typescript Edition). Liveright, 1994. ISBN 13 # 978-0871401502

The Penguin Book of First World War Poetry: Revised Edition. Jon Silkin, editor. Penguin Classics, 1997. ISBN 13 # 978-0141180090


 
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Graduate Student-at-Large Information Session
10/28

Graduate Student-at-Large Information Session

Tue., Oct. 28
6:00 PM–7:00 PM
Gleacher Center
450 North Cityfront Plaza Drive
Chicago, IL 60611
$0.00

Take credit for your accomplishments. Attend regular graduate and undergraduate courses at the University of Chicago, define academic focus, and build a transferable record of study. GSAL staff will discuss the courses and resources available to students through the Graduate Student-at-Large and Returning Scholar programs, as well as the application process. Come have your questions answered and discover how GSAL can help you achieve your academic and professional goals.

 

Register


Unlimited slots available