What a wonderful afternoon we enjoyed at the Renaissance Society as we heard about artist Dawoud Bey’s latest practice.  If you would like to know more about this exciting new project, please let me know.

Whether you were with us last year or not, we hope to see you at our next event when we host our Second Annual Bridge Course Student Symposium and All-Odyssey LUAU!

We hope to see you February 25th, from 2:00 to 5:00, at the AKArama Community Service Center (6220 S. Ingleside).

There will be a roasted pig. There will also be whatever anyone else brings to eat and drink (no alcohol please).

Bridge Course students will present on what they have learned this year. Bring prospective students. Bring kids.

Please RSVP, especially about kids, so that we can plan accordingly.

Some photos from last year’s event:
Galyna presents on Children of Men; Harold in the wings

Join the discussion at the “Invisible Man: In its Time and Ours” Symposium at the DuSable Museum this Friday, February 3rd, 10am-12pm.

For detailed information, please click the link below:

Our distinctive way of engaging in the Humanities is highlighted in the latest issue of The Core. Please check us out here or the link below.


Thanks to those who joined Joanie and me at the Court’s Invisible Man performance on Saturday, January 28, 2012.

A good time was had by all as we watched the first authorized play based on Ralph Ellison’s masterpiece, Invisible Man. This also marked the first collaborative event with the South Side Arts and Humanities Network and the Odyssey Project.

For a review of the play, please check out this review in the Tribune.

Last year we discussed the state of the nation’s public schools and made a wish list for improving the quality of education.  Here is one simple (but great) approach.


Check out this article regarding fees and the potential impact on the poorest in America.

AT&T Drops $39Billion Bid to Buy T-Mobile: Here’s Why You Should Be Happy

To continue the Cafe Society discussion online, please click here.

During last week’s discussion about the Internet, politics, and consumer rights, we decided to find out what role the Obama administration is playing.

Today’s article on AT&T sheds some light. Stay tuned for more articles.

If you would like to share your thoughts, please contact edudley@uchicago.edu.


Saving the Internet

Please join us for the next Cafe Society as we discuss this timely topic.

What: Saving the Internet and Net Neutrality

When: Tuesday, December 6th, 6:00-7:00 pm

Where: Zaleski & Horvath MarketCafé

1323 East 57th Street, Chicago, IL 60637 (for map/details, click here)

From “Net Neutrality 101″ by Save the Internet

“The network owners say they want a ‘tiered’ Internet. If you pay to get in the top tier, your site and your service will run fast. If you don’t, you’ll be in the slow lane….Make no mistake: The free-flowing Internet as we know it could very well become history.  What does that mean?  It means we could be headed toward a pay-per-view Internet where Web sites have fees.  It means we may have to pay a network tax to run voice-over-the-Internet phones, use an advanced search engine, or chat via Instant Messenger.”

Questions for Consideration

If phone or cable companies are able to interfere with content on the internet, how would that affect our experience as internet users?  With our current economic climate why is it important to keep all information on the internet safe-guarded and open for all users?  How can we preserve the freedom of information on the internet?

Want to learn more?

If you don’t get a chance to read the articles, please still join in the discussion.  For more information, please contact Erika Dudley at edudley@uchicago.edu.

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