The Knowledge Exchange invites you to join this winter’s stimulating set of course offerings. Sessions are held on Fridays for eight weeks beginning January 10 and ending on February 28, mornings and afternoons
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The Knowledge Exchange Winter 2014
Morning sessions (10 a.m. - noon)
- Cinema Studies (9:30am-12noon)
- The Dark Ages, 400AD to 1100AD
The Dark Ages, 400AD to 1100AD
Class Leaders: Linda and Myras Osman
What happened in Europe and the Near East after the fall of the Roman Empire? We will take a tour through the 700 years following the end of the Empire in the West. Various topics will be discussed, including the survival of the Eastern Roman Empire, the Germanic tribes that laid the foundations for the modern European states, the development of the Papacy and eventual division of Christianity into Catholic and Orthodox churches, the rise of Islam and the Arab Conquest and the appearance of the Vikings in European history.
In each class, we will view a film followed by lecture and open discussion.
Cinema Studies: This is not a Cartoon! – Animation in Feature Film
Class Leader: Suzanne Patterson (Note class start time of 9:30a.m.)
Enjoy this look at the recent wave of animated films which have made groundbreaking strides since the days of Disney and Warner Brothers cartoons. As enchanting as Cinderella, Lady and the Tramp and Tom and Jerry are, this class will examine the style and content of the more unusual, topical animated films of the 21st century. Participants will screen full-length and short films which employ various animation techniques from pen and pencil drawings to Roto-scoping to Claymation and cover a myriad of thought provoking topics. Films will include Persepolis, Mary and Max, Peter and the Wolf, and Chico and Rita.
FREE: ‘Lunch and Learn’ Special Presentations
Open to all course participants; bring a lunch and join these fun, informational sessions:
Friday, January 24, 12:15pm-1pm/Room B2203
Cook County Matters with the Cook County League of Women Voters
Friday, January 31, 12:15pm-1pm/Room B2203
A Reverse Mortgage Re-Think with Marvin Cohen
Friday, February 7, 12:15pm-1pm/Room B2203
A sneak peek at what’s coming up in the spring 2014 session. All are welcome to offer comments and suggestions for future course topics and presentations.
Afternoon Sessions (1 – 3 p.m.)
- Great Decisions 2014
- Before the Fire: The Story of the First Chicago
Great Decisions 2014
Class Leaders: Brock Harring, Al Sturges and Shoshana Falk
A staple of our winter curriculum, Great Decisions returns with a program to enhance your knowledge of international events through discussions with others interested in foreign policy. The text for the course is published by the Foreign Policy Association stating its mission “to help stimulate constructive and informed citizen participation in world affairs.” Topics for discussion in the 2014 series are as follows: Defense Technology, Israel and the U.S., Turkey’s challenges, Islamic awakening, Energy Independence, Food and Climate, China’s Foreign Policy and U.S. trade policy.
Copies of the Great Decisions 2014 books will be available for purchase at GSU’s Follett Bookstore for $20.00.
Before the Fire: The Story of the First Chicago
Class Leader: David Epstein
There are many accounts of “old Chicago,” but most of them focus on the second Chicago, the one rebuilt on the ashes of the Great Fire. This course will tell the story of the first Chicago from its foundation to the fire. In less than 50 years, starting from a huddle of log cabins beside a muddy stream crawling through a huge swamp, this Chicago grew into a great inland port and one of the chief transportation and manufacturing centers of the world. From 1830 to 1860 the city mushroomed from 4,000 people to 110,000, became a great railroad hub, hosted the Presidential convention that nominated Abe Lincoln, and provided much of the guns, ammunition, uniforms, boots, and food for the Union Army. And then, on Sunday, October 8, 1871 in two catastrophic days of fire, the first Chicago burned to a smoldering ash heap by Lake Michigan.
This course will describe the birth and rise of that “first Chicago” and give a picture of the lives of the mansion-dwellers, slum-dwellers, inventors, manufacturers, gamblers, prostitutes, pimps, and politicians of the day.