If you feel like expanding your horizons and learning something new, then consider attending a lecture in the Chicago area this summer and fall. From poetry to science, the area boasts a wide selection of lectures and seminars so there is something for just about every interest. Attending lectures in a subject that fascinates you is also a great way to meet new people who share your interests. To get started in finding the right lecture for you, check out the following list.
Loyola University Chicago’s Cuneo Mansion & Gardens
1350 N. Milwaukee Ave.
Vernon Hills, IL 60061
Date: July 14
If learning about World War II history is right up your alley, then be sure to check out the lecture “Chippewa Valley Rosies” on July 14, 2013, at Loyola University Chicago’s Cuneo Mansion & Gardens. The lecture, by Lisa Cushing Davis, discusses how middle class women in Wisconsin’s Chippewa Valley were recruited to work in jobs that were typically held by men. The lecture is part of Loyola University Chicago’s Continuum Classes, with other classes scheduled for the summer. To find other lectures, check out the website.
Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory
Pine St. and Kirk Road
Batavia, IL 60510
Date: July 19
For those who want to explore more than just their own world, consider checking out the lecture “How to discover a planet from your sofa,” by Oxford University researcher Chris Lintott, who is the citizen science project lead at the Adler Planetarium. The lecture discusses the impact of Zooniverse, which, according to its website, is “the Internet’s largest, most popular and most successful citizen science project.” Users on the site can breakdown data that scientists have received and analyze it, resulting in new discoveries. The lecture is part of Fermilab’s Arts & Lectures Series, with another lecture scheduled on August 9, 2013. It is advised that you purchase tickets in advance.
61 W. Superior St.
Chicago, IL 60654
Date: July 19 to 21
Calling all high school teachers! If you would like a boost when it comes to teaching contemporary poetry, then the seminar “Five Powers of Poetry” is for you. The free three-day seminar takes place at the Poetry Foundation, located in Chicago’s Near North Side neighborhood; participants must provide their own travel and lodging. The seminar is limited to 30 participants and is first-come, first-served, and participants must attend all three days of the workshop to participate. You can also request to be placed on the waitlist.
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Museum Of Contemporary Art Chicago
220 E. Chicago Ave.
Chicago, IL 60611
Date: Aug. 10
Whether your home is in a highrise, a bungalow or a townhouse, you’ll want to check out the lecture “Behind Closed Doors: The Psychology of Our Domestic Spaces with Dr. Ilianna Kwaske” at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago in Chicago’s Near North Side neighborhood. Kwaske, an industrial-organizational psychologist, will discuss how people define their homes. She will use artwork from the MCA exhibit “Homebodies” to illustrate how a domestic space can impact how an inhabitant feels. After the lecture, stick around for a bit and explore the MCA’s other exhibits.
Creative Living In The City Lecture Series
Chicago Cultural Center
Claudia Cassidy Theater
78 E. Washington St.
Chicago, IL 60602
Date: Sept. 12
If you’ve ever visited the Forest Preserve District of Cook County and wondered how it all began, then the lecture “The Brilliance of the Forest Preserve District of Cook County: Celebrating 100 Years” is for you. The talk focuses on the history of the Forest Preserve District, which was established in 1913 as a way to safeguard forests in Cook County from being developed. The Friends of the Park has organized this talk as part of the 2013 Walter Netsch Lectures series. The final lecture in the series is planned for December and will focus on the rise of boating and canoeing in Chicago; for more details, check out the City of Chicago’s website.
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