The Center for Life and Learning:
   Free Member-Run Programs

Our member-run programs are available for all to enjoy! These groups were created by CLL members and are open to all 60 and older. One not need be a member of the CLL to participate. For information on any of these programs, contact Susan Quaintance at 312.981.3386.

 

Cinema Group
CLL Bridge Group

Men's Discussion Group
CLL Monthly Book Club
Great Decisions Discussion Group

 

Cinema Group

   Fridays, March 16, April 20, May 18, and June 15
   AMC River East 21 (322 E. Illinois St.)
   Time and film announced the Wednesday before (matinee showing)

Seeing films is always more enjoyable in the company of others, and if you can never seem to find someone to go with, now you have company! 

This group meets the third Friday of every month for a matinee movie at AMC River East 21 Theatre. An email will be sent with the film and the time the Thursday before. After the film, the group heads to Niu Fushion Lounge right next door (optional) to discuss the film and have a bite to eat.

If you are interested in joining the group, please email Susan Quaintance or give her a call at 312.981.3386.

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CLL Bridge Group

   March 12 and 26, April 9 and 23, May 14, and June 11 and 25
   1:00–4:00 p.m. 
   Organized by CLL Member Janet Reece 

   Contact Susan Quaintance (312.981.3386) to inquire about joining
   Free and open to all 60 and older; no RSVP necessary
    
Interested in playing bridge? The CLL Bridge Group meets every other Monday at the church to enjoy a game. Three tables are needed each week. If you are interested, substitute players are always needed!

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Men's Discussion Group

   Wednesdays, December 13, January 17 and 31, February 14 and 28,          March 14 and 28, April 11 and 25, and May 9 (year-end luncheon
         at Ditka’s Restaurant)

   10:30 a.m.–12:00 p.m. 
   Led by members of the group
   Contact Susan Quaintance (312.981.3386) to inquire about joining

The CLL men’s discussion group has met faithfully since the fall of 2006 and come together to discuss foreign and domestic policy issues as they relate to the United States. In the fall the group selects articles from Foreign Affairs Magazine and in the spring the group participates in the Foreign Policy Association’s “Great Decisions” study series. This group is facilitated by members and come from a variety of different backgrounds. All are welcome.

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CLL Monthly Book Club

   Tuesdays, March 20, April 17, May 29, and June 26  
   11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
   Free and open to all 60 and older; no RSVP necessary

In its third year, the CLL member-run book club enjoys books selected by members who wish to lead the discussion. Grab a great read, and bring a friend!


Tuesday, March 20
   Lab Girl
   
by Hope Jahren

Winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award for Autobiography, Lab Girl takes its readers on a journey in which a girl grows from playing in her father’s college laboratory into a woman whose love for geobiology has made her into one of the most engaging science authors writing today. Her wisdom extends beyond the walls of the lab as she paints vivid pictures of her family, co-workers, and the world around us all.


Tuesday, April 17
   The Underground Railroad
   
by Colson Whitehead

The Underground Railroad won both the 2016 Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award for its ferocious re-casting of the slave narrative as adventure tale, history lesson, and reflection on the American present. In choosing it for her Book Club, Oprah Winfrey said, “Get it, then get another copy for someone you know because you are definitely going to want to talk about it once you read that heart-stopping last page.”


Tuesday, May 29
   Fahrenheit 451
   
by Ray Bradbury

HBO will be releasing a new film of this class novel in 2018, so we will re-visit this mid-twentieth century exploration of conscience, censorship, and of course, the critical role of books in a free society. In a time when television dictates reality and owning a book can get a person killed, one “fireman” (whose job it is to burn books) comes to wrestle with what he previously believed and unthinkingly accepted.

Tuesday, June 26
   Black Narcissus
   
by Rumer Godden

One of Rumer Godden’s earliest (1939) works, Black Narcissus follows a group of British Anglican nuns in India. A subtle, gentle, and even humorous consideration of cultural colonization and the cost of mission—to those on both sides of the proposition—the novel was made into a well-regarded 1947 film.

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Great Decisions Discussion Group

   Tuesdays, starting May 1
   1:00-2:30 p.m.
   Meets every other Tuesday through June 26 (5 weeks of the study)
   Facilitated by Barlow Nelson
   Free, open to all 60 and older

Contact Susan Quaintance (312.981.3386) to inquire about joining

Great Decisions is America's largest discussion program on world affairs run through the Foreign Policy Association. The program model involves reading the Great Decisions Briefing Book, watching the DVD and meeting in a Discussion Group to discuss the most critical global issues facing America today. Each year, eight topics are chosen by a panel of experts. This year critical issues from nuclear security to trade to the future of Europe are tackled.

Note: There is no cost to the class, but participants are in charge of ordering the book and completing the study before each class.

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