Great Books Chicago 2019

Something Wicked This Way Comes

May 3–5, 2019

Registration for Great Books Chicago 2019: Something Wicked This Way Comes has been humming along nicely. Don’t miss your chance to join us May 3–5, 2019, for great discussions and fine fellowship in the heart of downtown Chicago. We have a few spots left, but we will cap registration at 60, so please don’t delay!

We’ve put together a fantastic agenda around this theme, exploring the wickedness that people contemplate and perpetrate. The readings are:

  • “A Good Man is Hard to Find” by Flannery O’Connor
  • “The Grand Inquisitor,” a chapter from The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
  • The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
  • The Meaning of Human Existence by Edward O. Wilson

On Saturday evening, we will attend the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, where Riccardo Muti leads an evening of dramatic and evocative works, pairing Respighi’s captivating Pines of Rome with a rare performance of Bizet’s own portrait of the great city. Celebrated mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato returns for Berlioz’s poignant cantata based on the ill-fated Cleopatra.

The registration fee of $450 includes:

  • Welcome reception dinner at Pinstripes Chicago on Friday evening
  • All readings to be discussed at the event (to be shipped approximately one week after you register)
  • Saturday evening outing to the Chicago Symphony Orchestra
  • Interactive talks on the theme, to be announced

You will love this weekend of growth, friendship, and great discussion. Call Dan Lindstrom with any questions at 312.646.7116.

Saturday Evening Outing

Riccardo Muti leads an evening of dramatic and evocative works, pairing Respighi’s captivating Pines of Rome with a rare performance of Bizet’s own portrait of the great city. Celebrated mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato returns for Berlioz’s poignant cantata based on the ill-fated Cleopatra. “The staggering, joyful artistry of Joyce DiDonato—one of the finest singers of our time—compels us to listen actively, to hear things anew” (Gramophone).

What is the registration fee?

$400

What’s included in the registration fee?

  • One copy each of the Great Books Foundation’s new anthology Her Own Accord: American Women on Identity, Culture, and Community, and Willa Cather’s celebrated novel, My Antonia
  • Participation in three discussions, one each day, led by Great Books Foundation staff. Discussions will be held at the DePaul University conference center located at 333 S. State St., 8th floor
  • A visit to the Art Institute of Chicago along with a slideshow presentation and talk by artist Sean Forester
  • Friday evening reception with hors d’oeuvres and drinks at Pinstripes Chicago
  • Ticket to a performance of “Shakespeare in Love” at the Chicago Shakespeare Theater at 3:00 p.m. Saturday, May 6
  • Free time to explore Chicago

What readings will we discuss?

My Antonia by Willa Cather (full novel)
Readings from Her Own Accord

  • At Odds, by Julia Serano
  • Rowing, by Anne Sexton
  • I Go Back to May 1937, by Sharon Olds
  • The Box House and the Snow, by Christina Henríquez
  • Reeling for the Empire, by Karen Russell
  • Recitatif, by Toni Morrison

Is there a more detailed itinerary?

Yes, the itinerary is:

Friday, May 5
12:15—12:30 p.m.
Check-in, pick up registration packet

12:30—1:00 p.m.
Welcome and opening remarks

1:00—2:00 p.m.
A conversation with Sean Forester, artist: ““Workers, Thinkers, Artists, Mothers,
Lovers, and Friends”

2:15—4:00 p.m.
Visit to The Art Institute of Chicago

4:30—6:30 p.m.
Discussion #1: Selections from Her Own Accord

  • “Rowing” by Anne Sexton
  • “At Odds” by Julia Serano
  • “Recitatif” by Toni Morrison

7:30—9:30 p.m.
Reception with drinks & buffet, Pinstripes Chicago

Saturday, May 6
9:30—11:30 a.m.
Discussion #2

  • My Ántonia by Willa Cather

11:30 a.m.—3:00 p.m.
Lunch on your own

3:00—5:45 p.m.
Event: Shakespeare in Love, Chicago Shakespeare Theater

Evening
Free time

Sunday, May 7
9:30—10:15 a.m.
A conversation with Christine I. Hooker, PhD, Stanley G. Harris Sr. Professor of Psychiatry, Rush University Medical Center: “The Science of Gender Bias and the
Gender Bias in Science”

10:30 a.m.—12:30 p.m.
Discussion #3: Selections from Her Own Accord

  • “I Go Back to May 1937” by Sharon Olds
  • “The Box House and the Snow” by Cristina Henriquez
  • “Reeling for the Empire” by Karen Russell

12:30 -12:45 p.m.
Hail & farewell

Where will the discussions take place?

DePaul University Center, 1 East Jackson Blvd., 8th Floor

What else do I need to know?

Read our Tips & Practical Information sheet for essential details that will help make sure your weekend in Chicago runs as smoothly as possible!

Are any Great Books Chicago events held at a centralized hotel?

No.

Are attendees staying at the same hotel?

No. Participants can stay wherever they want. Here is a partial list of the many hotels in downtown Chicago provided by DePaul University for people participating in events there.

Should I book accommodations early?

Yes, we suggest you don’t wait too long to reserve your accommodations.

“I enjoyed meeting new people and sharing the love of good books and ideas.”
“I loved how everyone (participants and workers) was so friendly and willing to listen.”
“I liked everything! Loved Chicago, loved the discussions, the leaders, all of it!”

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