The Center for Life and Learning:
   Special-Topic Classes

Center for Life and Learning (CLL) special-topic classes bring in experts from the Chicago area to enrich our annual curriculum and provide a flexible avenue of participation. One need not be a CLL member to register. The special-topic classes cover a broad range of topics from politics to bridge to the humanities; come and check us out!

For information about our special-topic classes, contact Sue Hakes at 312.981.3389.

Beginning in September
   Beginner T'ai Chi

   History of the Broadway Musical Part 2 (1961-2016)
   Explorations with Jane Hunt

Beginning in October
   Eight of the Greatest Orchestra Pieces Ever Written
   Abe and Mary Lincoln
   History of Ballet, Part 2

   Music Inspired by Shakespeare
   Lunch and Learn:
The Picture of Dorian Gray

Beginning in November
   The Original “Road Scholars”: The Canterbury Tales and Its Pilgrims


Beginner T'ai Chi

   Tuesdays, September 12-December 19 (15 weeks)
   2:00-2:45 p.m.
   Led by Hau Kum Kneip
   Please note this class is limited to 15 registrants
   Register online here

T'ai Chi Chuan is an effective exercise for anyone seeking to enhance balance, strength, and coordination. It is made up of a fluid series of postures joined with deep breathing exercises. In this class, beginning students will learn the history and fundamentals of T'ai Chi Chuan and will be prepared to join the intermediate class upon completion of the beginner series.

Hau Kum Kneip studied with Chinese T'ai Chi masters in Hong Kong, Taiwan, mainland China, and Hawaii beginning in 1978. She has taught T'ai Chi Chuan at the CLL since 1995 and focuses on increasing balance, strength, and focus in her students.

$80 CLL members
$90 guest registrants

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History of the Broadway Musical Part 2 (1961-2016)

   Thursdays, September 21- October 12
   2:30-4:00 p.m.
   Led by Wydetta Carter
   Register online here

The Golden Age of Broadway ends and Rock Musicals come to Broadway. Stephen Sondheim, Hal Prince and Bob Fosse put their stamp of the American musical. An abundance of new musicals create a decade of hits and disasters followed by a British invasion. Then the Jukebox musicals, Disney, and comic books characters see light on the Great White Way. Let’s explore and appreciate the never-ending changes of the Broadway musical.

Wydetta Carter has been a singer and actress in the international theater scene for over twenty- five years. Her credits include the Broadway touring companies of How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, Dreamgirls; Hong Kong Disney production of the Lion King. Regional productions of Show Boat, All Shook Up, Hairspray, Nunsense, Little Shop of Horrors, Little Rock Nine, Porgy and Bess and numerous companies of the long running show Menopause the Musical. She is also a song presentation coach. A graduate of Mercyhurst College in Pennsylvania, she also studied at the Denver Center Conservatory.

$25 for CLL members
$40 for guest registrants

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Explorations with Jane Hunt

   Wednesdays, September 20, October 11, 18, and 25
   10:30-11:30 a.m.
   Led by Jane Hunt
   Register online here

Celebrating her 25th year with us, award-winning teacher Jane Hunt leads this popular class through a new topic based in the humanities each week.  This fall topics will include politics and healthy aging.

Jane Hunt is a retired College of DuPage English and humanities Instructor and has been on faculty at the CLL since 1990. She is a graduate of DePauw University and Indiana University and enjoys formulating questions on diverse topics and then looking for answers with her classes.

Free for CLL members
$25 for guest registrants 

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Eight of the Greatest Orchestra Pieces Ever Written

   Mondays, October 2–November 20
   11:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
   Led by Stephen Kleiman

   Register online here

This eight-week class will study one classical music piece each week by looking at the periods in which they were written, the composer's inspiration (programmatic or pure), the piece's impact on the musical world, the composer's life and, of course, the music and what makes it "great."

Stephen Kleiman holds a bachelor’s degree from the Mannes College of Music and a master’s degree from the University of Michigan. An orchestra conductor in Europe and former music director of the National Chamber Orchestra in Washington, D.C., his compositions have been performed internationally and recently at Eastern Michigan University (Ypsilanti), International Chamber Artists (Chicago), the Longy School (Boston), the Newberry Library (Chicago), Music at Eden's Edge (Beverly Farms, Massachusetts) and the Chicago Danz Theatre.

$40 for CLL members 
$55 for guest registrants

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Abe and Mary Lincoln

   Tuesdays, October 3, 10, 17
   
(last class is a trip to the Chicago History Museum)
   11:30 a.m.-12:45 p.m.
   Led by Diane Kelliher
   Register online here

This class will look at the cleverness and drive of Lincoln and how he won the heart of Mary Todd. The complexities of their emotions and personality differences led to hardships, but it also paved the way for a devout partnership, and one that has gone down in history.

After the two part lecture series, a special opportunity will be given to students in the class to attend a private tour of the Chicago History Museum’s costume collection of archived items from Abe and Mary. More information will be available at the first class.

Diane Kelliher earned two masters degrees from Loyola Universityone in sociology (social psychology) and the other in pastoral theology and has been interested in history for over 30 years. She is devoted to making history lively, informative, and interesting, and she enjoys being with other seniors in the process.

Free for CLL Members
$10 for guest registrants

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History of Ballet, Part 2

   Tuesdays, October 10-November 14
   1:30-2:45 p.m.
   Led by Jeff Nigro and John Nygro
   Register online here

Join us as we continue our journey through the glorious world of ballet. We will explore the music, choreography, and video performances of ballet masterpieces both classic and modern, as well as the role of ballet in opera. A special session will feature an in-depth discussion with two dancers from the world renowned Joffrey Ballet. You don’t need to have attended the first installment of History of Ballet to attend this class.

Jeff Nigro is an art historian, lecturer, and educator. Jeff has had a professional relationship with the Art Institute of Chicago for twenty-five years, first as a staff lecturer and then as Director of Adult Programs in the Department of Museum Education.

John Nygro is a lecturer, musician, and actor with a career spanning more than thirty years. As a lecturer, he has spoken on a number of subjects from classical theater and opera to medieval and Renaissance music to film and television.

$40 for CLL members
$55 for guest registrants

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Music Inspired by Shakespeare

   Wednesdays October 25-December 6 (No class November 22)
   10:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
   Led by John Nygro
   Register online here

From their first appearances in the 16th century, the plays and poetry of William Shakespeare have inspired classical composers to create works of great beauty and universal dramatic appeal. We will view and listen to music inspired by Shakespeare’s writings in various genres: symphonic music, choral works, solo songs, ballets and film scores. We will experience how composers have struck a delicate balance of paying respect to Shakespeare’s stories and texts while creating a strong personal expression through music.

John Nygro is a lecturer, musician, and actor with a career spanning more than thirty years. As a lecturer, he has spoken on a number of subjects from classical theater and opera to medieval and Renaissance music to film and television.

$25 for CLL members
$40 for guest registrants

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Lunch and Learn: The Picture of Dorian Gray

   Thursday, October 26
   11:00 a.m.-1:45 p.m.
   Led by Jeff Nigro and John Nygro
   Register online here

The 1945 film based on Oscar Wilde's novel, about a man who remains forever young and handsome as his painted portrait ages and decays, is often viewed as a horror story but it is also an exploration of the complex relationship between art and life. Hurd Hatfield stars as Dorian Gray, with George Sanders, Angela Lansbury, and Donna Reed.

The instructors will begin with an exploration Wilde's novel and its cultural context, and the making of the film. A complete showing of the film will be followed by a class discussion. Bring your lunch!

Jeff Nigro is an art historian, lecturer, and educator. Jeff has had a professional relationship with the Art Institute of Chicago for twenty-five years, first as a staff lecturer and then as Director of Adult Programs in the Department of Museum Education.

John Nygro is a lecturer, musician, and actor with a career spanning more than thirty years. As a lecturer, he has spoken on a number of subjects from classical theater and opera to medieval and Renaissance music to film and television.

$10 for CLL members
$15 for guest registrants

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The Original “Road Scholars”:
The Canterbury Tales
and Its Pilgrims

   Mondays, November 6-December 11
   11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
   Led by Susan Quaintance
   Register online here

A fourteenth century poem, written in Middle English, about thirty religious pilgrims who entertain each other (and reveal themselves in the process) by telling a wide range of tales. Do twenty-first century Chicagoans really have anything to gain from spending their time on that? Oh, you bet! After a brief introduction to the literary form, historical context, and Geoffrey Chaucer himself, we’ll dig in to some of the funniest, sharpest, and most provocative stories written in English. Though time only allows for study of five or six of the twenty-four tales, there will still be plenty to learn, appreciate, and enjoy.

Susan Quaintance holds an M.A. in theology from St. John's University in Collegeville, Minnesota. She taught high school theology and English for more than twenty years and has facilitated many adult days of recollection and retreats.

$25 for CLL members   
$40 for guest registrants 

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