October  2016


 Sunday, October 2nd


Katherine Ozment


"Grace Without God: The Search for Meaning, Purpose, and Belonging in a Secular Age"

Katherine Ozment, author of "Grace Without God: The Search for Meaning, Purpose, and Belonging in a Secular Age" (HarperWave), will discuss the reasons so many Americans are leaving organized religion and what this growing trend means for individuals, families, and communities as we seek to create connection and meaning outside the traditional framework of organized religion. Katherine will speak about the seemingly simple question her son asked her, which led her to write this book, and she will share what she learned from her three years of researching and reporting across the secular landscape of America.



Sunday, October 9th


Bob Creamer & Chris Robling


"Clinton Vs. Trump: The Battle for the Presidency"

Democratic activist and consultant Bob Creamer and Republican analyst and consultant Chris Robling will engage in a lively debate on who they think should succeed Barack Obama and lead our nation for the next four years. This will be the seventh quadrennial appearance at the Society of these veteran political advocates.


Sunday, October 23rd


Clark Elliott, Ph.D.

professor of artificial intelligence and cognitive science at DePaul University


"The Ghost in My Brain: How I Recovered from the Concussion that Stole my Life"

Clark Elliott, professor of artificial intelligence and cognitive science at DePaul University, will discuss how he recovered from a debilitating traumatic brain injury with the help of two Chicago-area research clinicians working on the cutting edge of brain plasticity.


Sunday, October 16th


B. C. Koh

Professor Emeritus, UIC Department of Political Science

"Origins of the Korean Divide & North Korea Today"

Byung Chul (B. C.) Koh, Retired Professor of Political Science at the University of Illinois at Chicago, will discuss how there came to be a North and South Korea and his impression of the present day North Korea.

Dr. Koh, a war orphan, former officer in the Korea Air Force, reporter and columnist of The Korea Herald, grew to young adulthood in Korea during the Korean War.

As a preeminent expert on North Korea, he has authored two books plus a multitude of articles on this enigmatic nation. Dr. Koh has visited North Korea three times and will share his personal view of what the conditions are in North Korea, its viability, and the threat it poses.



Sunday, October 30th


Seth Darling

Research Scientist at Argonne National Laboratory

"The End of Water As We Know It"

We are witnessing the end of the golden age of water. Freshwater was once abundant, cheap and safe for humans, but that is changing rapidly. Couple that with the fact that over the next 35 years, the world’s demand for water will rise by 55 percent, and it’s no wonder that water technology and management figure to shape the 21st century much like oil conflicts influenced the 20th century.


November 2016


Sunday, November 20th


Dana Suskind, MD

Professor of Surgery and Pediatrics at the University of Chicago and the Director of the Thirty Million Words Initiative

"Thirty Million Words: Building a Child’s Brain"

Professor of Surgery and Pediatrics at the University of Chicago and the Director of the Thirty Million Words Initiative, Dr. Dana Suskind will share her observations of disparities in the language development of young Children. As early as nine months of age, infants born into poverty score lower in cognitive development than their more affluent peers. This disparity triples by the age of two, and by their fourth birthday, these vulnerable children were found to have heard 30 million fewer words than others their age. This profound disparity in early language environments—known as the national word gap— has a cascade of consequences for cognitive development, school readiness, academic achievement, occupational status, and health and social wellbeing later in life.

Dr. Suskind will share the science behind TMW, and describe some of the current interventions under the Thirty Million Words Initiative that utilize existing social and health infrastructures—like Early Head Start centers and pediatric clinics—to engage adults and children in using their words to build a child’s brain and to disseminate critical public health information from the start.









October 8
8:00 pm. 


A Prairie State Companion


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