Culture Club

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marshall

Black History Month Movie - Marshall


Tu, Feb 23 |1pm | No Cost
Starring: Chadwick Boseman
The late Chadwick Boseman stars in the story of Thurgood Marshall, the crusading lawyer who would become the first African-American Supreme Court Justice, as he battles through one of his career-defining cases.
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Introduction to East Asian Garden


Tu, Mar 30 | 11:30am | $10M/$15NM
Yvonne Wolf gives a short background on the aesthetics of the Japanese and the Chinese gardens. Find out the Confucian symbolism expressed in gardens and how they are used to relieve stress and cultivate inner peace. Learn the cultural history of the East Asian Garden and it's carefully composed scenes of mountains, ponds, bonsai, forests, moon doors, and pavilions. Yvonne will use examples from the Japanese Garden at the Chicago Botanic Garden and Ping Tom Park in Chinatown. After attending this presentation, you will have a greater appreciation of East Asian gardens. The program will also include a hands-on activity for each participant to make their own miniature East Asian garden to take home for decoration. What a great way to welcome spring with new growth and new life.

 


Culture Club Reading Group

Jon the Culture Club as we continue our thought provoking conversations over literature!  We will consider a mix of fiction and non-fiction works, themed around “hot topics” in the nation and world. Join us in person or over Zoom. Not into reading? No worries!  Just come and share your opinions and thoughts on the topic at hand with the group. (No Cost—virtual & in-person option)

 


Theme: Judaism/Gender
The Saturday Wife, by Naomi Ragen


Th, Mar 18 | 3pm|No Cost
Beautiful, blonde, materialistic  Delilah Levy steps into a life she could have never imagined when in a moment of panic she decides to marry a sincere Rabbinical student. But the reality of becoming a paragon of virtue for a demanding and hypocritical congregation at an Orthodox synagogue in the suburbs leads sexy Delilah into a vortex of shocking choices which spiral out of control into a catastrophe which is as sadly believable as it is wildly amusing.- Macmillan Publishers
saturday wife

Theme: Social Issues
White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard For White People to Talk About Racism, by Robin DiAngelo


Th, Apr 15 | 3pm | No Cost
One the most popular books of 2020, sociologist Robin DiAngelo explores the counterproductive reactions white people have when their assumptions about race are challenged, and how these reactions maintain racial inequality.

 

 


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Theme: Mental Health
72 Hour Hold, by Bebe Moore Campbell


Th, May 20 | 3pm|No Cost
In recognition of Mental Health Awareness Month, Campbell’s provocative novel explores our culture’s treatment of mental illness through the story of one mother’s desperate attempts to save her manic-depressive teenaged daughter.

 


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