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Group geared towards reading books together with a pop punk'n'roll attitude (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fp9B7-Yd7XQ). Importantly, willingness to read texts with honesty, humility, an open mind (https://now.uiowa.edu/2015/11/see-i-was-right) and respect for others; their different opinions and individuality. "The Chicago Humanities Meetup is the breaker of signifying chains." Daenerys Targaryen

Sometimes we are also attending lectures, going out to theater and field trips - while tirelessly quoting Tommy Wiseau. "I inspire myself." Tommy Wiseau

"Facts are stubborn things." John Adams

"If a nation expects to be ignorant and free in a state of civilization, it expects what never was and never will be." Thomas Jefferson

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The Past, Present, and Future of Indigenous Studies @ Newberry Library

Free Program at Newberry Library. Site info https://newberry.org/03192019-indigenous-studies Tuesday, March 19, 2019 6 pm Ruggles Hall Free and Open to the Public. Registration required. Open to the Public Center for American Indian Studies Programs Join us for a conversation between two emerging leaders in the field of Native American and Indigenous studies. Christina DeLucia and Holly Guise will discuss the ways in which scholars have approached the field, new trends developing in the 21st century, and the changing role places like the Newberry Library and the American Philosophical Society play in research.

Leonardo's Books: New Light on Leonardo's Intellectual World @ Newberry Library

Free Lecture at Newberry Library Program info https://newberry.org/03262019-leonardos-books-new-light-leonardos-intellectual-world Tuesday, March 26, 2019 6-8 pm Ruggles Hall Presented by Carlo Vecce, University of Napels Center for Renaissance Studies Programs In our age, Leonardo da Vinci is regarded as an outstanding genius, the lonely forerunner of modern science and technology, able to read directly in the great Book of Nature without the mediation of culture or literacy. His manuscripts tell another reality: that of a man deeply rooted in his times, in dialogue with contemporary intellectuals and artists, and mostly with ancient and modern authors. As a passionate reader of both scientific and literary texts, young Leonardo in Florence approached works such as Dante’s Comedy, Ovid’s Metamorphoses, Pliny’s Natural History. At the end of his life, he owned almost 200 books: an extraordinary number, in fifteenth century, for a man who was not a professional of literacy and culture, but an artist and an engineer. This research project (developed by Accademia dei Lincei and Museo Galileo) aims at the reconstruction of Leonardo’s library, in order to give new light on his extraordinary intellectual world.

Two Books on Newspapers and the Making of Modern America @ Newberry Library

Free Lecture at Newberry Library Deets https://www.newberry.org/04112019-two-books-newspapers-and-making-modern-america Guarneri’s Newsprint Metropolis: City Papers and the Making of Modern Americans tells the linked histories of daily newspapers and the cities they served. Guarneri shows that in the early twentieth century, newspapers did not just report on cities, but truly helped to build them by hosting marketplaces, waging civic campaigns, and teaching readers new urban habits. She looks beyond newspapers’ front pages to much-loved features such as the sports page, the Sunday magazine, and the comic strips. Although dismissed by critics as crass and commercial, these features attracted millions of new readers and magnified the power of the paper. Stamm’s Dead Tree Media: Manufacturing the Newspaper in Twentieth-Century North America reveals the international history of the commodity chains connecting Canadian trees and US readers. Drawing on newly available corporate documents and research in archives across North America, and focusing particularly on the Chicago Tribune Company, Stamm traces newspapers’ industrial production from the forest to the newsstand. He provides an account of the obscure and often hidden labor involved in this manufacturing process, driven by not only publishers and journalists but also lumberjacks, paper mill workers, policymakers, chemists, and urban and regional planners.

Indigenous Prosperity and American Conquest @ Newberry Library

Free lecture at Newberry Library. Registration required Site info and to register https://newberry.org/09182018-indigenous-prosperity-and-american-conquest Indigenous Prosperity and American Conquest: Indian Women of the Ohio River Valley,[masked] (https://www.uncpress.org/book/9781469640587/indigenous-prosperity-and-american-conquest/), by Susan Sleeper-Smith, recovers the agrarian village world Indian women created in the lush lands of the Ohio Valley. Algonquian-speaking Indians living in a crescent of towns along the Wabash tributary of the Ohio were able to evade and survive the Iroquois onslaught of the seventeenth century, to absorb French traders and Indigenous refugees, to export peltry, and to harvest riparian, wetland, and terrestrial resources of every description and breathtaking richness. These prosperous Native communities frustrated French and British imperial designs, controlled the Ohio Valley, and confederated when faced with the challenge of American invasion. By the late eighteenth century, Montreal silversmiths were sending their best work to Wabash Indian villages, Ohio Indian women were setting the fashions for Indigenous clothing, and European visitors were marveling at the sturdy homes and generous hospitality of trading entrepôts such as Miamitown. Confederacy, agrarian abundance, and nascent urbanity were, however, both too much and not enough. Kentucky settlers and American leaders—like George Washington and Henry Knox—coveted Indian lands and targeted the Indian women who worked them. Americans took women and children hostage to coerce male warriors to come to the treaty table to cede their homelands. Appalachian squatters, aspiring land barons, and ambitious generals invaded this settled agrarian world, burned crops, looted towns, and erased evidence of Ohio Indian achievement. This book restores the Ohio River valley as Native space. Susan Sleeper-Smith will be interviewed by Jesse Dukes, Audio Producer for WBEZ Chicago and author of the interactive website, Without Native Americans, Would We Have Chicago as We Know It? (http://interactive.wbez.org/curiouscity/chicago-native-americans/). Following their conversation, Sleeper-Smith will sign copies of her book, which will be available for purchase.

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