Class Schedule

Monday


Chicago Mafia Families

Dating back to the early 1900s and originating in South Side Chicago, the Chicago Mafia or Outfit rose to power in the 1920s and 1930s. Capone, Bugs Moran, Nitti, Ness, and Giancana are just some of the figures linked to this colorful Chicago history. We will examine the Chicago Mafia crime families, how they were structured, key members, their impact on Chicago's growth and development, and their demise.

Dates: Sept. 14, 21, 28

Time: 10:00am—12:00pm

Class max: 18

Reg. deadline: Sept. 10

Cost: $48.

Instructor: Tim Wilsey, M.A.

Class code: F1510



C L O S E D - Introduction to the French Language


Immerse yourself in the French culture through its language.Learn basic French to enhance your travel plans or just to satisfy your curiosity.The emphasis will be on learning the French language with some common French and European customs.

Dates: Sept. 14, 21, 28, Oct 5

Time: 10:00am—12:00pm

Class max: 12

Reg. deadline: Sept. 10

Cost: $64.

Instructor: Christiane Koch, M.A.

Class code: F1511



William Shakespeare: Songs and Sonnets

Scholars and commentators proclaim that Shakespeare's sonnets alone would earn him a permanent place in literary history.Approach Shakespeare with "no drama."The sonnets convey the Bard's lyric voice, shaped by a specific verse form all his own. The poems are brief, exquisite, and packed with wit and wisdom.  Required text: paperback Shakespeare's Sonnets (Folger Shakespeare Library Series).Attend to the Bard's lyric voice to access or deepen your enjoyment of Shakespeare and poetry.

"If this be error and upon me proved, / I never writ, nor no man ever loved."

Dates: Sept. 14, 21, 28

Time:1:00—3:00pm

Class max: 18

Reg. deadline: Sept. 10

Cost: $48.

Instructor: Michael Casey, M.A.

Class code: F1512



C L O S E D.........Composing Musical Memorials for Lincoln 


From Lincoln's death in 1865 to the present composers of popular songs, symphonies, musicals, and operas dedicated them to the late president, connecting his memory to the issues of different times. This course will review Lincoln musical works composed for the 1865 funeral, during periods of European immigration, First and Second World Wars, Civil Rights Movement, U.S. Bicentennial (1976), and Lincoln Bicentennial (2009). Discuss the diverse musical styles and genres that composers employed and what these compositions can tell us about American culture at each moment in history.

Dates: Sept. 14, 21, 28

Time:1:00—3:00pm

Class max: 18

Reg. deadline: Sept. 10

Cost: $48.

Instructor: Thomas Kernan, PhD.

Class code: F1513



Chicago Music Legends  (Special: One Class Only)

Chicago has a historical impact on the development of many music styles.Chicago-style blues, jazz, electronic music and rock all call Chicago home.This class will cover the artists (Bo Diddley, Muddy Waters, Miles Davis, Herbie Hancock) the bands (Chicago, Styx, REO) and the history.

Date: Oct. 5

Time: 10:00am—12:00pm

Class max: 18

Reg. deadline: Oct. 1

Cost: $19.

Instructor: Tim Wilsey, M.A.

Class code: F1514



Privacy in America

The word "privacy" does not appear in the U.S. Constitution or in its amendments, yet, the Supreme Court recognizes a right to privacy.From government to big business to junk mail, is our privacy under assault? Are technological advances and the world we live in destroying traditional notions of privacy? Can civil liberties and security co-exist? The course examines these questions and other privacy issues.

Dates: Oct. 5, 12, 19, 26

Time:1:00—3:00pm

Class max: 18

Reg. deadline: Oct. 1

Cost: $64.

Instructor: Patricia deRosset, J.D.

Class code: F1515



Triumphs and Tragedy of LBJ

This course examines the president who succeeded the youngest person ever elected president in U.S. history, LBJ's attempt to end an unpopular war and how he met his own Waterloo. Learn about LBJ as educator, leader in the U.S. Senate, vice president and president of the United States.

Dates: Oct. 12, 19, 26

Time: 10:00am—12:00pm

Class max: 18

Reg. deadline: Oct. 8

Cost: $48.

Instructor: Tim Wilsey, M.A.

Class code: F1516



Our World Today

With over 7 billion people in the world, current political, social and economic issues that influence all of us are changing faster than ever before.Investigate the world's happenings by looking at significant national and international current events, behind the scenes causes, who's who, and future trends. Lively discussions and active participation are encouraged as current events are churned, probed and analyzed.

Dates: Nov. 2, 9, 16, 23

Time:10:00am—12:00pm

Class max: 18

Reg. deadline: Oct. 29

Cost: $64

Instructor: Patricia deRosset, J.D.

Class code: F1517



Symbols of America

We live in a world where symbols convey meaning in an instant.We have our symbols of freedom and pride in the United States of America .Course focuses on two individuals whose creative genius and passion gave us two of the greatest symbols of America: the Statue of Liberty and Mount Rushmore.Discover the history, the challenges and the success of both American iconic symbols.

Dates: Nov. 2, 9, 16

Time:10:00am—12:00pm

Class max: 18

Reg. deadline: Oct. 29

Cost: $48.

Instructor: James Weren, M.A.

Class code: F1518


Tuesday

Treasures of the Louvre

The Musee du Louvre, located on Paris' Right Bank, is one of the world's largest museums.The Louvre is home to over 70,000 pieces of art and hosts 9 million visitors annually.Art work created by selected European artists is explored as we work our way through 650,000 square feet of gallery space. If you are planning a trip, or just have a curiosity about great art, you will enjoy this course.

Dates: Sept. 8, 15, 22

Time:10:00am—12:00pm

Class max: 18

Reg. deadline: Sept. 4

Cost: $48.

Instructor: Nancy D'Agostino, B.A.

Class code: F1520



C L O S E D...........The Roberts Supreme Court

John Glover Roberts Jr. is the 17th Chief Justice of the United States Supreme Court.While originally nominated to replace Associate Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, he replaced Chief Justice Rehnquist upon his death.This course will review the Roberts Court and its' decisions from campaign finance to the Fourth Amendment to presidential power and more. How durable will the Roberts Court decisions be in history?What is the long term impact of Chief Justice Roberts' tenure?These questions and others will be explored.

Dates: Sept. 8, 15, 22, 29

Time:1:00—3:00pm

Class max: 18

Reg. deadline: Sept. 4

Cost: $64.

Instructor: Patricia deRosset, J.D.

Class code: F1521



C L O S E D..........How and What to Pack  (Special: One Class Only)

According to a travel industry survey, 75% of travelers over pack.This can result in higher airline fees.Some of us pack the night before and others weeks in advance.This class will share tips on packing, how to maximize your limited space, dos and don'ts of packing and best practices to use from a world traveler.

Date: Sept. 22

Time:10:00am—12:00pm

Class max: 18

Reg. deadline: Sept. 18

Cost: $19. Instructor:

JoAnn Wesley Hessler, M.A.

Class code: F1522



Computers: Microsoft Office at Home

Join us for this comfortably paced, hands-on course. Create MS Word documents by starting with the basics and moving up to using backgrounds, borders, pictures, bullets, headers, footers and more! Learn the basics of MS Excel by creating a sample budget spreadsheet and use basic formulas, formatting, sorting and more. Discover what you can do with a MS PowerPoint presentation. Bring your MS Office questions to class! No prior experience beyond basic keyboard and mouse ability is necessary.

Dates: Sept. 22, 29, Oct. 6, 13, 20

Time:10:00am—12:00pm

Class max: 12

Reg. deadline: Sept. 18

Cost: $80.

Instructor: Carrie Swift, B.A.

Class code: F1523



C L O S E D...........Painting Class

This class is for everyone, those who have never painted and those who are experienced artists. Learn the basics of painting with acrylic paints on canvas as we complete four paintings. Gain self-confidence with materials and develop your own painting style.All materials will be provided by the instructor. Additional art supply fee of $30.

Dates: Oct. 6, 13, 20, 27, Nov. 3

Time:10:30am—12:30pm

Class max: 12

Reg. Oct. 2

Cost: $ 80. Additional Art Supply Fee: $30.

Instructor: Nancy D'Agostino, B.A.

Class code: F1524



Bring Out Your Inner Gauguin

Paul Gauguin, a French Post-Impressionist artist, was recognized for his use of color and distinguishable style. We'll use his work and style as inspiration to create four paintings.  Students learn the basics of painting with acrylic paints on canvas. Beginners and advanced painters are welcome. Work with materials and develop your own painting style. All materials will be provided by the instructor. Additional art supply fee of $30.

Dates: Oct. 6, 13, 20, 27, Nov. 3

Time:1:00pm—3:00pm

Class max: 12

Reg. Oct. 2

Cost: $ 80. Additional Art Supply Fee: $30.

Instructor: Nancy D'Agostino, B.A.

Class code: F1525



C. S. Lewis


Clive Staples Lewis, commonly known as C.S. Lewis, was a novelist, poet, academic, literary critic, essayist, theologian, and world-renowned lecturer.He was one of the intellectual giants of the 20th century.Course explores the Irish author, his nonfictional work about Christianity, the first book in his fantasy series, The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe and his other literary works.One class session features a visit to Wheaton College's Wade Center, an internationally acclaimed archive of works and artifacts related to C.S. Lewis and his contemporaries.

Dates: Oct. 20, 27, Nov. 3, 10

Time:1:00—3:00pm

Class max: 15

Reg. deadline: Oct. 16

Cost: $64.

Instructor: Clare Walker, D.V.M.

Class code: F1526



Poor Decisions that Changed History

Step back in history and ask the question: "What if?" Review decisions that may have changed the course of history relating to the American Revolution, the Civil War, World War I, Vietnam, and the Iraq War.The course is based on the book: The March of Folly, From Troy to Vietnam by B. Tuchman.Join us as we challenge the conventional decisions of history.

Dates: Nov. 3, 10, 17, 24

Time: 10:00am—12:00pm

Class max: 19

Reg. deadline: Oct. 30

Cost: $64.

Instructor: David Diamond, M. A.

Class code: F1527



 The Myth of Aging and Power of Meditation


Even as young as 40 and 50, we generally start to feel "like we're getting old".Movements aren't as fluid with pain, aches, and stiffness becoming more common.We are told to just accept it as part of aging.This course is designedto help you experience a different way of aging, a way where you feel vibrant and alive and continue to do all of your favorite activities –all through slow and gentle movements.In addition, the course will introduce the power and benefit of everyday meditation.

Dates: Nov. 3, 10, 17, 24

Time:1:00—3:00pm

Class max: 19

Reg. deadline: Oct. 30

Cost: $64.

Instructor:Nancy Nesyto-Freske, C.Y.Th.

Class code: F1528


Wednesday


Adobe Photoshop


Photoshop introduces students to the basic concepts and skills of image manipulation through the Adobe Photoshop application program.Related vocabulary, workspace, and basic program tools will be reviewed.Work on class assignments and your personal photos on a PC platform.

Dates: Sept. 9, 16, 23, 30, Oct. 7

Time:1:00—3:00pm

Class max: 16

Reg. deadline: Sept. 4

Cost: $80.

Instructor: Georgia Velisaris, M.S.

Class code: F1530



Generals of the Civil War


More than three million men fought in the war.Two percent of the total U.S. population –more than 620,000 people died in it.The extraordinary circumstances of the Civil War produced more unforgettable generals than any other war in our history.This course will explore the Civil War through the generals of the Union Army and the Confederate States Army.

Dates: Sept. 16, 23, 30

Time:10:00am—12:00pm

Class max: 18

Reg. deadline: Sept. 14

Cost: $48.

Instructor: James Weren,M.A.

Class code: F1531



C L O S E D............History of American Country Music


Country music's origins can be found in the recordings of fiddle players of the southern Appalachian mountains around World War I. It wasn't until the 1920s that country

music took hold with Jimmie Rodgers, known as the "Father of Country Music".Course explores the history, artists and their music of the 20th Century. Visual enhancements and the music, performed by Lee Donovan will be an integral part of the course.

Dates: Sept. 16, 23, 30, Oct. 7

Time:1:00—3:00pm

Class max: 18

Reg. deadline: Sept. 14

Cost: $64.

Instructor: Leonard Donovan, M.S.

Class code: F1532



 The Unfinished American Revolution


The words and actions of our Founding Fathers who fought the American Revolution reflect the will of the citizens of the thirteen colonies.Or do they?Many of the beliefs held by colonists, including women's rights, racial equality, and states' rights, were contrary to or more radical than those of the Founding Fathers.These views helped to shape today's state and federal governments and current political debate. This course is based on the book Revolutionary Founders.

Dates: Oct. 7, 14, 21

Time:10:00am—12:00pm

Class max: 20

Reg. deadline: Oct. 5

Cost: $48.

Instructor: Edward Lichtenstein, J.D.

Class code: F1533



How to Self-Publish

Considering self-publishing a book?This course discusses the ins and outs of what it's all about.Learn to put together a well-packaged product, save cost and avoid the pitfalls in self-publishing.The instructor is an experienced self-publisher who will share his valuable expertise on how to self-publish.

Dates: Oct. 14, 21, 28

Time:1:00—3:00pm

Class max: 20

Reg. deadline: Oct. 12

Cost: $48.

Instructor: Steve Szabodos, M.B.A.

Class code: F1534



Kennedy Assassination Theories   (Special: One Class Only)

November 22, 1963 left an indelible mark on U.S. history. It also left an ongoing

debate on what really happened that day in Dallas. Was the Warren Report correct? What about Cuba? the Mafia? the USSR? We will review the top known theories –both

popular and obscure.

Date: Oct. 28

Time:10:00am—12:00pm

Class max: 18

Reg. deadline: Oct. 26

Cost: $19.

Instructor: Tim Wilsey, M.A.

Class code: F1535



The Korean War

The Korean War began on June 25, 1950 when 75,000 North Korean soldiers crossed into South Korea.It was the first military action of the Cold War.Hostilities lasted 37 long months with 5 million dead, wounded, or missing. Half of the dead, wounded, or missing were civilians.Explore the events leading up to the war itself, the war and the 1953 armistice that ended the Korean War.

Dates: Nov. 4, 11, 18

Time:10:00am—12:00pm

Class max: 18

Reg. deadline: Nov. 2

Cost: $48.

Instructor: John Panarese, M.B.A.

Class code: F1536



Decoding the Vatican

Vatican City has an area of approximately 110 acres, a population of fewer than 1,000 people and is filled with artistic and spiritual riches too difficult to absorb. Take a virtual tour of some of the most famous and lesser known treasures with a discussion of their forgotten histories and deeply embedded meanings. Focus on select chapels and papal tombs of St. Peter's, the Secret Gardens, and Renaissance frescos by Rome's greatest artists. Included are the papal tombs of Innocent VIII, Sixtus IV, the Casino (little house) of Pius IV, the Sala Regia and the Sistine Chapel.

Dates: Nov. 4, 11, 18, Dec. 2

Time:1:00—3:00pm

Class max: 20

Reg. deadline: Nov. 2

Cost: $64.

Instructor: Ruth Nelson, M.A.

Class code: F1537



Christmas Around the World  (Special: One Class Only)


Japanese Christmas cake, blue Santa Claus suit in South Korea, decorated Christmas cribs in India, shoes under the Christmas tree in France, and a bonfire made of thorn bushes in Iran make Christmas around the World a unique special one-time class.Learn about different Christmas customs, the origin of our Christmas traditions, and share the Christmas season with other CLL students.

Date: Dec. 2

Time:10:00am—12:00pm

Class max: 18

Reg. deadline: Nov. 30

Cost: $19.

Instructor: Tim Wilsey, M.A.

Class code: F1538



Thursday

C L O S E D.........The Great Chicago Fire of 1871 (Special: One Class Only)

The Great Chicago Fire burned from October 8 to October 10, 1871.It destroyed thousands of buildings, killed an estimated 300 people, caused an estimated $200 million in damages and left an area of about four miles long and almost a mile wide in ruins. Review the destruction and reconstruction that spurred great economic

development and growth unmatched in our Chicago history.

Date: Sept. 10

Time:10:00am—12:00pm

Class max: 18

Reg. deadline: Sept. 8

Cost: $19.

Instructor: John Boda, B.A.

Class code: F1540



C L O S E D...........Contemporary Economics

The effects of the financial crisis are still being felt, eight years on.This course looks at traditional economic theory, the United States Federal Reserve System, and the events that led up to the worst recession in over 80 years.We will discuss the U.S. recovery compared to the global economic recovery and what the future holds.

Dates: Sept. 10, 17, 24

Time:10:00am—12:00pm

Class max: 20

Reg. deadline: Sept. 8

Cost: $48.

Instructor:Dennis Reher, M.B.A.

Class code: F1541



Health Care Advocacy

Accidents, strokes, heart attacks, and dementia happen at any age. Whether raising children or caring for aging parents, advocacy is a powerful tool. Course discusses and reviews of healthcare issues in estate planning, your legal rights when working with healthcare professionals, and how to advocate for yourself or a family member.

Dates: Sept. 10, 17, 24, Oct. 1

Time:1:00—3:00pm

Class max: 14

Reg. deadline: Sept. 8

Cost: $64.

Instructor: Mary Kay Furiasse, B.S.N., J.D.

Class code: F1542



Religious Iconography

Explore the deep symbolism imbedded in Christian and Catholic art. This course will examine motifs and allegories developed in the early years of the Church, as well as those that evolved with the rise of the Gothic cathedrals in the 13th to 15th centuries. After the Reformation, many of these iconographic systems fell out of favor, but can still be understood and appreciated today. We start with the art of the catacombs, continue with medieval imagery and close with the attributes of the saints.

Dates: Sept. 10, 17, 24, Oct. 1

Time:1:00—3:00pm

Class max: 20

Reg. deadline: Sept. 8

Cost: $64.

Instructor: Ruth Nelson, M.A.

Class code: F1543



SS Eastland Disaster  (Special: One Class Only)


The SS Eastland was the largest loss of life from a single shipwreck on the Great Lakes.844 passengers and crew were killed on July 24, 1915 as the chartered ship left the Chicago dock with Western Electric Company employees and families heading to a picnic in Michigan City.Class will discuss the actual events of July 24th and their impact on Chicago one hundred years later.

Date: Sept. 17

Time:10:00am—12:00pm

Class max: 18

Reg. deadline: Sept. 15

Cost: $19.

Instructor: John Boda, B.A.

Class code: F1544



The Real Story Behind the Assassination of Abraham Lincoln  (Special: One Class Only)


Abraham Lincoln was the first American president to be assassinated.The assassination occurred only five days after General Lee surrendered to General Grant;thus ending the Civil War. This two hour class will reveal the real story behind the assassination of the president, Booth and his co-conspirators, and the twist and turns of the event.

Date: Sept. 24

Time:10:00am—12:00pm

Class max: 18

Reg. deadline: Sept. 22

Cost: $19.

Instructor: John Boda, B.A.

Class code: F1545



Adventures of Women Traveling Alone


Have you ever wanted to travel but not alone? Eleanor Roosevelt said, "Every day, do something you fear." Traveling alone can be a bit frightening, but the memories are worth facing the fear. This class will include tips on efficient packing, finding the right tours, utilizing guide books and mapping out your dream trip.

Dates: Oct. 1, 8, 15

Time:10:00am—12:00pm

Class max: 18

Reg. deadline: Sept. 29

Cost: $48.

Instructor: JoAnn Wesley Hassler, B.A.

Class code: F1546



General Robert E. Lee

Robert Edward Lee was a top graduate of the U.S. Military Academy and an officer of distinction in the United States Army for over 25 years prior to commanding the Confederate Army of Northern Virginia.General Lee was a shrewd tactician and battlefield commander.This course will focus on Lee's early life, his military career, Civil War years,his surrender at Appomattox Court House on April 9, 1865 and his post-Civil War years during Reconstruction.

Dates: Oct. 8, 15, 22

Time: 10:00am—12:00pm

Class max: 18

Reg. deadline: Oct. 6

Cost: $48.

Instructor: Steve Pikul, B.A.

Class code: F1547



Novel Series: Middlemarch by George Eliot

One of the greatest English novels was written by a woman—Mary Ann Evans—who found it necessary to adopt a male pen name, George Eliot.Middlemarch (1874) is a rich, absorbing narrative of depth—and length.At its center is Dorothea Brooke who pursues a full life that energizes her strong independent mind.Vital questions are posed: What does it mean to live a good life?How essential to fulfillment are marriage, religion, independence, and knowledge?Are intellect and emotion opposing or complementing forces?Six classes are scheduled with a one week break after the third class to assure steady progress through the 880 page novel.Obtain the Penguin Classics edition of Middlemarch.Before the first class, read the "Prelude" and "Book One: Miss Brooke."Together we can do this, and enjoy an

unforgettable reading experience! 

Dates: Oct. 8, 15, 22, Nov. 5, 12, 19

Time:1:00—3:00pm

Class max: 15

Reg. deadline: Oct. 6

Cost: $96.

Instructor: Michael Casey, M.A.

Class code: F1548



C L O S E D.............BRAIN Games  (Special: One Class Only)

This two-hour, one-time class will focus on lively activities and exercises on 6 areas of cognitive function (attention to detail, multi-tasking, executive function, processing speed, long–term and working memory).      Join us for fun and mental exercise.

Date: Oct. 29

Time:10:00am—12:00pm

Class max: 18

Reg. deadline: Oct. 27

Cost: $19.

Instructor: Angeline Finnigan, B.A.

Class code:F1549



People and Events that Ended the Civil War  (Special: One Class Only)

This single class will explore the key political and military personnel for both the North and South and how they impacted the end of the Civil War.We will discuss the thoughts and actions of powerful leaders, the impact of certain battles, political demands on both Abraham Lincoln and Jefferson Davis, and how the end of the Civil War really evolved.

Date: Oct. 29

Time:1:00—3:00pm

Class max: 22

Reg. deadline: Oct. 27

Cost: $19.

Instructor: James Weren, M.A.

Class code: F1550

History and Workings of the C.I.A.

Motto: "The Work of a Nation.The Center of Intelligence."Annual Budget: Classified.Employees: Classified.Parent Agency:Independent.Formed at the end of WW II, the CIA is tasked with gathering, processing and analyzing national security information from around the world.We will discuss the history and workings of the CIA, their increasing role in fighting terrorism since 9/11, covert actions, cyber-operations and criticism by the press and private citizens.

Dates: Nov. 5, 12, 19

Time:1:00—3:00pm

Class max: 20

Reg. deadline: Nov. 3

Cost: $48.

Instructor: Steve Pikul, B.A.

Class code: F1551


Friday

No Classes Scheduled.

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