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First Friday Lectures

These lectures are offered at 12:15 pm on the first Friday of every month in the Claudia Cassidy Theatre at the Chicago Cultural Center, (Michigan Avenue and Randolph Street). See below for a list of the lecture descriptions and to register.

Click a course title to read the course description and register for the course.

Courses

First Friday Lecture Series First Friday: Is it Raining? Texts and Subtexts in Great Works of Literature 04/7/2017

BPFFLS | First Friday: Is it Raining? Texts and Subtexts in Great Works of Literature

Oscar Wilde makes the following observation: “Pray don’t talk to me about the weather. Whenever people talk about the weather, I always feel quite certain they mean something else. And that makes me nervous." There are many examples of this kind of ‘nervousness' in literature. Sometimes it is blatantly obvious; other times hidden, veiled, sublimated, purposefully ambiguous. As we approach several examples in literature, let us relax as we unravel some of the greatest hidden examples of ‘nervousness.' In our adroitness, let us quell and unravel some of those hidden textual meanings that are meant to allude us.

Prerequisite(s):
none
Instructor:
Raymond Ciacci

Raymond Ciacci

Raymond Ciacci

Mr. Ciacci is a lecturer in the College and the Basic Program of Liberal Education for Adults at the University of Chicago. He holds a PhD from the university’s Committee on the Ancient Mediterranean World.

Course Code: BPFFLS
Section: 17S1
Location: Chicago Cultural Center
Dates: Apr 07
Tuition: $0.00
Days/Times: Fri
12:15 PM



Unlimited slots available

Online Registration Close Date:
April 7, 2017
Online registration closes at 11:59 PM the day before the posted close date.

First Friday Lecture Series First Friday: ‘...I can’t go on, I’ll go on.’ and GOING ON: Thoughts on James Joyce and Samuel Beckett 05/5/2017

BPFFLS | First Friday: ‘...I can’t go on, I’ll go on.’ and GOING ON: Thoughts on James Joyce and Samuel Beckett

Irishmen James Joyce and Samuel Beckett were fabulously different writers - at least on the face of it. Yet they worked together: Beckett assisted Joyce with his last great work Finnegans Wake, and wrote an essay championing it and Joyce's methods for a famous collection on its first appearance - Our Exagmination Round His Factification for Incamination of Work In Progress - to which William Carlos Williams, Eugene Jolas, Stuart Gilbert and others contributed. Their divergence is pitched - Joyce for always more; Beckett for always less.  We will juxtapose and explore passages of Joyce's Ulysses and Finnegans Wake, Beckett's Waiting for Godot and Three Novels - for discovery.

Prerequisite(s):
none
Instructor:
Claudia Traudt

Claudia Traudt

Claudia Traudt

Ms. Traudt holds an MA from the Committee on Social Thought at the University of Chicago. Her art-making, research, and teaching explore modes of creation and perception in word and image. She is the 2006 recipient of the Graham School's Excellence in Teaching Award for the Basic Program.

Course Code: BPFFLS
Section: 17S2
Location: Chicago Cultural Center
Dates: May 05
Tuition: $0.00
Days/Times: Fri
12:15 PM



Unlimited slots available

Online Registration Close Date:
May 5, 2017
Online registration closes at 11:59 PM the day before the posted close date.

First Friday Lecture Series First Friday: Civil Disobedience and the Intimacy of the Law: Reading Crito and Letter from a Birmingham Jail Together 06/2/2017

BPFFLS | First Friday: Civil Disobedience and the Intimacy of the Law: Reading Crito and Letter from a Birmingham Jail Together

At the end of his Crito, Plato imagines the Laws of Athens addressing Socrates, giving him reasons why he should not break of out jail and avoid execution. This lecture probes not only the content of the Laws’ argument, but also the very notion that the Laws might address us, offering reasons and thereby inviting challenge. This notion suggests that integral to justice is a sort of rational intimacy between the law and its adherents. This account of justice, I argue, is implicit in Martin Luther King’s Letter from a Birmingham Jail, and the upshot of tracing this out is an account of civil disobedience as rooted in the desire not simply for new or others laws, but for a more intimate relationship with law.

Prerequisite(s):
none
Instructor:
Joshua Daniel

Joshua Daniel

Joshua Daniel

Joshua Daniel graduated from the University of Chicago Divinity School in 2013. Since then he has taught religious studies and philosophy courses at various Chicago-area colleges and universities. His area of scholarly interest is philosophical and religious ethics.

Course Code: BPFFLS
Section: 17S3
Location: Chicago Cultural Center
Dates: Jun 02
Tuition: $0.00
Days/Times: Fri
12:15 PM



Unlimited slots available

Online Registration Close Date:
June 2, 2017
Online registration closes at 11:59 PM the day before the posted close date.

First Friday Lecture Series First Friday: East Already Met West: The Questions of Menander or when a Greek King converses with a Buddhist monk 08/4/2017

BPFFLS | First Friday: East Already Met West: The Questions of Menander or when a Greek King converses with a Buddhist monk

Description coming soon.

Prerequisite(s):
none
Instructor:
Pierre-Julien Harter

Pierre-Julien Harter

Pierre-Julien Harter

Pierre-Julien Harter received his PhD from the University of Chicago in the philosophy of religions program in 2015. He specializes in Buddhist philosophy in India and Tibet, as well as in Indian philosophy.

Course Code: BPFFLS
Section: 17U1
Location: Chicago Cultural Center
Dates: Aug 04
Tuition: $0.00
Days/Times: Fri
12:15 PM



Unlimited slots available

Online Registration Close Date:
August 4, 2017
Online registration closes at 11:59 PM the day before the posted close date.

First Friday Lecture Series First Friday: The Content of Our Character: Lessons from Gibbon’s Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire 09/1/2017

BPFFLS | First Friday: The Content of Our Character: Lessons from Gibbon’s Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire

Description coming soon.

Prerequisite(s):
none
Instructor:
Adam Rose

Adam Rose

Adam Rose

Mr. Rose has taught in the Basic Program since 1993, and is a former Staff Chair of the program. He is primarily interested in the ways texts affect human life. He is the recipient of the 2007 Graham School of Continuing Liberal and Professional Studies Excellence in Teaching Award.

Course Code: BPFFLS
Section: 17U2
Location: Chicago Cultural Center
Dates: Sep 01
Tuition: $0.00
Days/Times: Fri
12:15 PM



Unlimited slots available

Online Registration Close Date:

Online registration closes at 11:59 PM the day before the posted close date.