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The following course information is effective for the Summer 2019 term.

CDIS 5 Billy Wilder - The Less Known Films

Many of Wilder's films, such as "Double Indemnity," "Some Like It Hot" and "The Apartment" are both critically acclaimed and popular favorites. This class will center on some of his lesser known films. (4 sessions)

Typically Offered: Offered summer, fall & spring.

Offered Summer 2019: Yes

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CDIS 7 Documentary Films with a View

The truth gets strange in this series, which will examine documentary films that make no effort to be objective. The series will start with a murder case about brotherly love down on the farm and then look at another family in a loftier social class. The series would not be complete without a look at the Oscar-winning “Hearts and Minds,” and then participants will pick a Michael Moore film to screen and discuss. These filmmakers have been accused of twisting reality, but this series should have participants wondering whether reality is already twisted. (4 sessions)

Typically Offered: Offered summer, fall & spring.

Offered Summer 2019: No

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CDIS 13 Foreign Policy Book Club

The Foreign Policy Book Club will study "The American Century and Beyond, U.S. Foreign Relations, 1893-2014" by George Herring. Participants must acquire the book, read the first five chapters before the first class and be ready to participate in group discussion. (3 sessions)

Typically Offered: Offered summer, fall & spring.

Offered Summer 2019: Yes

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CDIS 27 QUEST / July 15-17, 2019 / Chicago Before and After the Fire

Quest is a three day program for adults at the Southlake Campus in Vernon Hills. We will explore the topic through architecture, film, history and literature. Lunch will be provided on the field trip. Otherwise food and beverages are on you own.

Monday 9:30-11:30 a.m. Dave Groeninger
The Myth and Meaning of the Great Fire in Chicago History
The story of Mrs. O’Leary and her cow, the inferno that leveled much of the city, and the rapid rebuilding is familiar in outline to many. Out of the ruins of a frontier town emerged the most modern city in America. This session will examine the political clashes, architectural ambitions, and city mythologizing that intersected in the story of Chicago’s rebirth following the Great Fire of 1871.

Monday 1-3 p.m. Heide Olson
The Making of a City
How Chicago's early years shaped the development and architecture of the city up until the time of the Chicago Fire. Meet Chicago's early leaders and witness the innovations required to become one of the world's greatest cities.

Tuesday 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Chicago Architecture: A Walk through Time
Get a comprehensive look at Chicago's architectural history on this unique tour that covers buildings in chronological order. Hear important stories about the city while viewing some of its earliest buildings and new, super-tall high rises.
On this tour, you'll learn about the city's beginnings on the river, its rebirth after the Great Fire and its development into a commercial and cultural hub, all while viewing structures in the order they were built. These buildings—including the Page Brothers Building, Old Dearborn Bank, the Chicago Motor Club, the Carbide and Carbon Building, NBC Tower and more—tell the story of how architectural technology evolved over time. You'll see up close how each building has its own unique design, often reflecting the style that was popular or prevalent when it was constructed.

Wednesday 9:30-11:30 a.m. TBA

Wednesday 1-3 p.m. John Kupetz
Film - Sister Carrie
Sister Carrie, Theodore Dreiser’s 1900 novel, starts in Chicago, whose urban setting serves as a cathedral to materialism and helped the author show what Thorstein Veblen meant by “conspicuous consumption.” In 1952, William Wyler directed a film adaptation that offers one of Laurence Olivier’s best – and seldom seen – performances. Participants will view Carrie and then discuss why Dreiser remains a thorn in the side of those who like rosy pictures – and speculate why this seminal novel as well as this Hays-era film are much ignored in the 21st century.

Offered Summer 2019: Yes

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CDIS 60 Great Film Directors

The class will look at the careers of four of the greatest film directors of all time. The multimedia presentations will offer a unique opportunity to examine not just the lives and the films of these brilliant artists, but an opportunity to understand how each reflected and shaped their time. Directors may include John Ford, Alfred Hitchcock, Martin Scorsese and Steven Spielberg. (3 sessions)

Typically Offered: Offered summer, fall & spring.

Offered Summer 2019: No

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CDIS 61 Broadway Comes To Chicago – 2019

Cultural historian Barry Bradford will highlight Broadway shows coming to Chicago in 2019. Highlights include "An American in Paris,” "Something Rotten,” "The Band's Visit," "Anastasia" and "Come from Away.” Each presentation will offer backgrounds on the shows, composer and inside production details, plus an introduction to the story and music. (3 sessions)

Typically Offered: Offered summer, fall & spring.

Offered Summer 2019: Yes

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CDIS 62 Barry's Best of Offbeat Broadway

Some Broadway musicals that are not big hits still produce unforgettable music, delightful characters and fascinating plots. After all, who would have guessed a musical about singing cats in a London alley would be a hit. Join Barry Bradford for a fun and insightful look at shows like Finian’s Rainbow, Call Me Madam, Xanadu and Babes in Arms, none of which was a huge smash, yet each of which is delightful and important in its own way (2 sessions)

Offered Summer 2019: No

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CDIS 63 American Royalty

Historian Barry Bradford offers a fascinating new class about Americans who have married into royalty. From the Queen of Jordan to Rita Hayworth, Grace Kelly to Wallis Simpson, all of these stories are unexpected and unique. (4 sessions)

Typically Offered: Offered summer, fall & spring.

Offered Summer 2019: No

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CDIS 64 History in Perspective

Historian and master storyteller Barry Bradford returns for a sequel to last year’s class. Each week will examine a different year in American history - 1919, 1944 and 1969 - the USA 100 years ago, 75 years ago and 50 years ago. Each multimedia presentation will include stories about the top news stories of the year, culture, sports, famous births and deaths and more. (3 sessions)

Typically Offered: Offered summer, fall & spring.

Offered Summer 2019: No

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CDIS 65 Checking in on Germany’s Current Affairs

After the recent federal elections, it took almost six months until Chancellor Angela Merkel was able to create a new coalition government. Add to that the challenging integration of Muslim refugees and the disappointment of many East Germans over unequal living conditions thirty years after the fall of the Berlin Wall – no wonder the country is currently experiencing turbulent times. (1 session)

Typically Offered: Offered summer, fall & spring.

Offered Summer 2019: Yes

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CDIS 66 The Historical Origins and Evolution of Islam and Islamic Civilization

As both a religious and a cultural orientation, Islam finds expression through the lives of countless individuals who speak hundreds of languages and constitute a complex matrix of cultures and communities. To assist the audience in building a basic vocabulary of Islam, Alex Barna will focus on the origins of Islam and the development of Islamic societies and civilization across North Africa and West, Central, and South Asia. (1 session)

Typically Offered: Offered summer, fall & spring.

Offered Summer 2019: No

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CDIS 67 Major Supreme Court Decisions of the 2018-2019 Term

Join Julie Strauss, Ph.D., as she delves into those Supreme Court cases of the most recent term that will have a major impact on particular aspects of our laws and society. We will discuss cases involving the rights of Native Americans at the intersection of the federal and tribal governance; we will also discuss issues falling under the 8th Amendment concerning excessive bail and cruel and unusual punishment. We will also examine the court’s decision concerning lengthy detentions of long-time U.S. residents. (1 session)

Typically Offered: Offered summer, fall & spring.

Offered Summer 2019: Yes

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CDIS 68 Constitutional Crises

Abraham Lincoln and John Adams defied habeas corpus, Andrew Jackson refused to follow a ruling by the Supreme Court and Woodrow Wilson’s wife ran the executive branch after his stroke. These actions were true constitutional crises that our founding fathers never anticipated. Join Professor Gary Midkiff for a review of these crises and others and how our government responded. (2 sessions)

Typically Offered: Offered summer, fall & spring.

Offered Summer 2019: Yes

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CDIS 69 The Battle of Franklin

November 30, 1864 proved disastrous for the Confederate army in Franklin, Tennessee. Though not discussed as often as Gettysburg, it had many epic moments even more impressive than that 1863 battle. Even if military history is not your interest, the human struggle of the armies and the Franklin citizens will bring home the valor and tragedy of these incredible Americans. (2 sessions)

Typically Offered: Offered summer, fall & spring.

Offered Summer 2019: Yes

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CDIS 70 The Second Most Powerful Job in Government: Presidential Chiefs of Staff

Join Julie Strauss, Ph.D., in an exploration of the multi-faceted role of a White House chief of staff. We will look at several models of how chiefs have served their Commanders in Chief and run the White House. Don’t miss this discussion of the inner workings of the Oval Office. (1 session)

Typically Offered: Offered summer, fall & spring.

Offered Summer 2019: Yes

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CDIS 72 From Guest Workers to Citizens: The Turkish Minority in Germany

It has been almost 60 years since the first guest worker recruitment treaty went into effect. In these six decades Germany evolved into a multicultural society and today about three million Turks are calling Germany their home. The integration of the Turkish community has not been without its problems but the young and the well-educated seem to manage the transition from guest workers to citizens quite well. (1 session)

Typically Offered: Offered summer, fall & spring.

Offered Summer 2019: Yes

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CDIS 75 Waukegan: The History and Development of a North Shore City

Is Waukegan influenced more by Chicago or Milwaukee? What is its role in the dynamics of Lake County growth? These and other questions will be answered as we explore Waukegan's fascinating history, challenges and future. (2 sessions)

Typically Offered: Offered summer, fall & spring.

Offered Summer 2019: Yes

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CDIS 76 Diversity in Early Christianity

Jesus of Nazareth dies after a brief one-year ministry leaving behind bewildered disciples. They wonder: who is this Jesus who surprisingly rose from the dead; how should we organize our community; what scriptures should we accept? The answers vary dramatically, and the first centuries of the church present a fascinating account of believing communities believing very different things. (2 sessions)

Typically Offered: Offered summer, fall & spring.

Offered Summer 2019: Yes

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CDIS 79 The Great Gatsby

Published in 1925—but startlingly still current—The Great Gatsby reveals America's easy surrender to the allure of wealth and its promise of instant and lasting happiness. In Jay Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald creates an amoral hero who becomes an American icon: the get-rich-quick schemer, oblivious to morals and people, whose only god is personal satisfaction. It is not necessary to read the novel to benefit from this class. (2 sessions)

Typically Offered: Offered summer, fall & spring.

Offered Summer 2019: Yes

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CDIS 84 Pandemics

Waves of disease have killed millions of people – Black Plague, Spanish Flu, Smallpox, etc. In each case medical science was initially powerless to stop the diseases but learned a great deal while fighting them. Will the next pandemic be an antibiotic resistant disease that will prove more potent than our tools to fight it? (2 sessions)

Typically Offered: Offered summer, fall & spring.

Offered Summer 2019: Yes

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