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Upcoming Sunday Programs

Our programs are on Sunday mornings from 10:30 a.m. to noon and are free and open to the public. 



November  2014






• Beth Wagner and her Scales & Tales Traveling Zoo presents an interactive, intergenerational program on Sunday, November 16th. We’ll meet a sloth and walk an anteater by the tail. We’ll fly an owl and feed a pig that eats like a vacuum cleaner. We’ll touch, hold, and wear live animals! Always a hit with kids and parents alike, Beth and her animal crew make even the most timid person comfortable enough to encounter her menagerie.











• Mara Blumenfeld, continues our World at Work series on Sunday, November 23rd, with “Behind the Scenes: A Career in Theater Costume Design.” Blumenfeld will describe her work for Chicago theater companies such as Lookingglass, Goodman, Steppenwolf, and Chicago Shakespeare, and for other theater companies such as the Metropolitan Opera in New York, Stratford Shakespeare Festival of Canada, and K-Ballet in Tokyo. She will discuss how she got into costume design, what the job of a costume designer is, and the personal and professional challenges she has faced.









• Michael Gurin, CEO of CogniTek, a company specializing in clean energy solutions, will speak on Sunday, November 30th, on "The Unique Flavor of a Chicago Technology Hub." Mr. Gurin will present an entrepreneur's perspective on the representative government/private/university technology initiatives in the Chicago area such as the proposed digital manufacturing hub in Goose Island and 1871 at the Merchandise Mart. He will also give his perspective on the ability of a technology hub to prosper in Chicago analogous of Silicon Valley to Palo Alto. He will present his experiences with various government/private touch points in his commercial development of technology and how they have contributed to successful R&D and commercialization efforts.









• Stephen Asma, professor of philosophy at Columbia College Chicago, will speak Sunday, December 7th, on "Lessons from Galileo’s Trial." Professor Asma will discuss the sequence of events that culminated in the trial and conviction of Galileo Galilei for heresy. He will describe the discoveries that Galileo made, explain how these findings challenged the orthodoxy of the Roman Catholic church, and discuss the role that the church played in his trial and sentencing.










• Nicholas Epley,  University of Chicago psychologist, will speak Sunday, January 11th, on "Mindwise: How We Understand What Others Think, Believe, Feel, and Want." Epley will tell us what scientists have learned about our abilities to understand the most complicated puzzle on the planet—other people—and the surprising mistakes we so routinely make. Why are we sometimes blind to the minds of others, treating them like objects or animals instead? Why do we sometimes talk to our cars, or the stars, as if there is a mind that can hear us? Why do we so routinely believe that others think, feel, and want what we do when, in fact, they do not? And why we do we believe we understand our spouses, family, and friends so much better than we actually do? His talk will not turn others into open books, but it will give you the wisdom to revolutionize how you think about them—and yourself.









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