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Karl von Frisch and Discovery of the Honeybee Language

at The Newberry

In 1973, the Austrian-born experimental physiologist, Karl von Frisch, received a share of the Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine for his discovery of the honeybee dance language. Von Frisch argued that bees communicate the distance and direction of food sources via their dance-like movements.  Language had long been considered the exclusive...

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Meet the Author: Patricia Balton Stratton

at The Newberry - Near North Side 60 W Walton St, Chicago, Illinois 60610

This is a one time FREE course Meet the Author: Patricia Balton Stratton, The Chicago Picasso: A Point of Departure An idea is a point of departure and no more. As soon as you elaborate it, it becomes transformed by thought – Pablo Picasso It has been a full half-century since the famous Chicago Picasso, the soaring steel sculpture designed...

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Meet the Author:Catherine A. Stewart, Long Past Slavery

at The Newberry - Near North Side 60 W Walton St, Chicago, Illinois 60610

Meet the Author: Catherine A. Stewart, Long Past Slavery: Representing Race in the Federal Writers' Project From 1936 to 1939, the New Deal’s Federal Writers’ Project collected life stories from more than 2,300 former African American slaves. These narratives are now widely used as a source to understand the lived experience of those who made...

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Meet the Author: Mary Wisniewski, Algren, A Life

at The Newberry - Near North Side 60 W Walton St, Chicago, Illinois 60610

Algren, A Life is the definitive biography of Nelson Algren, one of the best-known writers of mid-twentieth-century America. Chicago journalist Mary Wisniewski interviewed dozens of Algren’s inner circle, including photographer Art Shay and the late Studs Terkel, and examined Algren’s unpublished writing and correspondence, including hundreds of...

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Joanne B. Freeman: Hunting for Hamilton

at The Newberry - Near North Side 60 W Walton St, Chicago, Illinois 60610

Joanne B. Freeman, professor of history at Yale University, specializes in the politics and political culture of the revolutionary and early national periods of American History. She recently appeared in the PBS American Experience documentary “The Duel”, exploring the fatal 1804 clash between Burr and Hamilton. Freeman earned her Ph.D. at the...

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Meet the Author: Stacy Schiff, The Witches, Salem, 1692

at The Newberry - Near North Side 60 W Walton St, Chicago, Illinois 60610

Pulitzer Prize-winner Stacy Schiff, author of the #1 bestseller Cleopatra, turns her penetrating gaze and distinctive voice to a subject closer to home, as she takes on the greatest unsolved American mystery: the Salem witch trials. Schiff’s fresh and startling account, The Witches: Salem, 1692, is as psychologically riveting as the trials...

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Parent Workshop: Preschool Math Investigators

at Starnet Region V Chicago Public Schools - Near West Side 2651 W Washington Blvd, Chicago, Illinois 60612

Full Course Name: Parent Workshop: Preschool Math Investigators! Discover math that’s sometimes hidden in children’s books! Is math a mystery to you? Numbers and Number Sense, Geometry, Measurement, Graphing, Algebra; math is everywhere if you know how to find it! Let’s look at children’s literature. Discover the math already there, hidden...

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Two Books on Poetry and Geopolitics: Harris and Rachel

at The Newberry - Near North Side 60 W Walton St, Chicago, Illinois 60610

Two Books on Poetry and Geopolitics: Harris Feinsod and Rachel Galvin This is a one time FREE course. Harris Feinsod and Rachel Galvin discuss their new books on how poetry intertwined with the geopolitics of the modernist era, moderated by the Newberry’s director of Chicago Studies, Liesl Olson. The Poetry of the Americas: From Good Neighbors...

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Expanding Literary Horizons

at The Newberry - Near North Side 60 W Walton St, Chicago, Illinois 60610

This is a one time FREE course. Expanding Literary Horizons: Religious Change through Cross-Cultural Contact The massive medieval empires of Byzantium and Arabia generated great literature that lasts to our present day. Despite the frequent animosity between East and West, these two cultures were brought into contact by perhaps the least expected...

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Experiments in Writing

at School of the Art Institute of Chicago - The Loop 112 S Michigan Ave, Chicago, Illinois 60603

Especially useful for overcoming writer’s block, this course explores the surprising potential of a playful union between fixed rules and imaginative writing. This workshop invites participants into the strange and meticulous world of constraint-based writing.  We take as our entry point a group of French writers and mathematicians called the...

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Centering Prayer

at Infinity Foundation - Highland Park 1280 Old Skokie Valley Rd, Highland Park, Illinois 60035

Though called prayer, centering prayer is contemplative prayer or Christian meditation, placing a strong emphasis on interior silence. This practice is a direct way to feel a union with God beyond words and concepts. Find out about the origins, history, and practice of centering prayer. Be informed of how it is similar to—and different from—other...

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Early Identification and Treatment of Challenges

at Erikson Institute - River North 451 N. LaSalle St, Chicago, Illinois 60654

Regulatory, sensory, and motor challenges are now widely recognized as the earliest red flags for children at risk for ASD and related disorders. These deficits impact functional motor skill development, and also have a profound impact on ideation, communication, and social-emotional development. This presentation will review the current literature...

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Effective Literacy Strategies in Early Childhood

at Erikson Institute - River North 451 N. LaSalle St, Chicago, Illinois 60654

The Common Core State Standards for Literature and Informational Texts emphasize sophisticated thinking and deep comprehension. Over emphasis on phonics instruction creates “word-callers” who focus too much on decoding, and not enough on understanding what the words mean. This training will provide concrete strategies, and the theory behind their...

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