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February 2019

Gail Lukasik, Ph.D., local author – White Like Her: My Family’s Story of Race and Racial Passing

February 17 @ 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

For Black History Month, Dr. Gail Lukasik, local author, will speak on the topic of her book, White Like Her: My Family’s Story of Race and Racial Passing. In the historical context of the Jim Crow South, Gail explores her mother’s decision to pass, how she hid her secret even from her own husband, and the price she paid for choosing whiteness. Haunted by her mother’s fear and shame, Gail embarks on a quest to uncover her mother’s racial lineage,…

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David Williams, Ph.D., Professor, Dept. of Political Science, DePaul University – Spinoza: Jew, Heretic, and Visionary

February 24 @ 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Winnetka Community House, 620 Lincoln Ave
Winnetka, IL 60093 United States
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Dr. David Williams, Professor in the Department of Political Science at DePaul University will speak on the topic, Spinoza: Jew, Heretic, and Visionary.  Benedict de Spinoza is among the most controversial and important thinkers in Western philosophy. Rejecting orthodox conceptions of God and the Bible, he was excommunicated as a heretic and exiled from his native city of Amsterdam and its Jewish community.  Rejecting traditional philosophy and politics, he never taught at a university and instead toiled away as a lens…

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March 2019

Head Banging – How Music and Concussions Impact Brain Health

March 3 @ 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Winnetka Community House, 620 Lincoln Ave
Winnetka, IL 60093 United States
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Dr. Nina Kraus, Professor of Neurobiology, Otolaryngology in the Dept. of Communication Sciences and Disorders at Northwestern University, will speak on the topic, Head Banging – How Music and Concussions Impact Brain Health. How do our experiences, such as learning how to play music and playing sports, affect our brain? Although we are surrounded by sound all of the time, we rarely give much thought to this invisible yet powerful companion. The auditory system is a uniquely complex sensory system…

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The Polarization of Politics in America: Empirical Patterns and Moral Challenges

March 10 @ 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Winnetka Community House, 620 Lincoln Ave
Winnetka, IL 60093 United States
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Dr. Laurel Harbridge-Yong, Associate Professor in the Dept. of Political Science at Northwestern University, will speak on the topic, The Polarization of Politics in America: Empirical Patterns and Moral Challenges. In recent decades, our elected officials have grown further apart, and this ideological gap is further exacerbated by contentious partisan competition that provides few incentives to work together. The same situation is true of voters, whose views of politics are increasingly shaped by partisan social identities and animosity toward the…

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From the Ground Up: A Food Grower’s Education in Life, Love, and the Movement That’s Changing the Nation

March 17 @ 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Winnetka Community House, 620 Lincoln Ave
Winnetka, IL 60093 United States
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Jeanne Nolan, Owner and CEO of the local enterprise The Organic Gardener, will speak on the topic of the title of her book, From the Ground Up: A Food Grower’s Education in Life, Love, and the Movement That’s Changing the Nation. When Jeanne Nolan, a teenager in search of a less materialistic, more authentic existence, left Chicago in 1987 to join a communal farm, she had no idea that her decades-long journey would lead her to the heart of a…

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Spirituality: A Developmental Perspective

March 24 @ 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Winnetka Community House, 620 Lincoln Ave
Winnetka, IL 60093 United States
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Dr. Susan McCracken, Clinical Psychologist and Lay Military Minister at Great Lakes Recruit Training Center, will speak on the topic, Spirituality: A Developmental Perspective. In recent years, the focus in the health care field has shifted from a bio-psycho-social conceptualization of health and illness to a bio-psycho-social-spiritual perspective on health and wellness. Psychologists and other health care professionals have rediscovered the importance of incorporating spirituality as an element of practice and have shifted their focus from treating and curing to…

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Medieval Christian Views of Jews

March 31 @ 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Winnetka Community House, 620 Lincoln Ave
Winnetka, IL 60093 United States
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Dr. Anna Jones, Professor and Chair of the Department of History at Lake Forest College, will speak on the topic, Medieval Christian Views of Jews. This talk will cover three key moments in the history of Jewish-Christian relations. First, it will discuss the earliest centuries of Christianity, as Christian authors debated what their faith's proper relationship was to Judaism. Second, it will cover the era of increasing (and increasingly violent) anti-Judaism in the later Middle Ages, as Jews were targeted…

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April 2019

Surge for Water: Providing Safe Water and Sanitation to Poverty Stricken Areas One Drop at a Time

April 7 @ 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Winnetka Community House, 620 Lincoln Ave
Winnetka, IL 60093 United States
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Ms. Shilpa Alva, Founder/CEO, Surge for Water Ms. Shilpa Alva, Founder and Executive Director of the company Surge for Water, will speak on the topic, Surge for Water: Providing Safe Water and Sanitation to Poverty Stricken Areas One Drop at a Time. Ms. Alva will share her deeply personal journey that led to the founding of Surge, and the struggles and joys associated with running a global organization that brings safe water and sanitation solutions to people in need. Surge…

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The Talmud: Its Tremendous Impact beyond the Confines of the Jewish Faith.

April 14 @ 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Winnetka Community House, 620 Lincoln Ave
Winnetka, IL 60093 United States
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Dr. Barry Scott Wimpfheimer, Associate Professor in the Department of Religious Studies at Northwestern University, will speak on the topic, The Talmud: Its Tremendous Impact beyond the Confines of the Jewish Faith.  The Talmud, the compilation of historic rabbis "discussing" or "debating" what the Torah means, has been a central canonical text of Judaism for over a millennium. An idiosyncratic anthology of ideas produced by these rabbis who were active between the second and eighth centuries, the Talmud is a…

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Dr. Karen Altar Addresses Ethical Considerations in International Relations

April 21 @ 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Winnetka Community House, 620 Lincoln Ave
Winnetka, IL 60093 United States
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Dr. Karen Alter, Professor in the Department of Political Science at Northwestern University, will speak on the Do Ethical Considerations Matter in International Relations?  When teaching students about ethics and international affairs, Dr. Alter argues that most people want see themselves as ethical.  Indeed we consider a person who cares nothing at all for ethics to be afflicted with a sociopathic disorder.  This desire to either be ethical, or to be perceived as ethical, is why ethics matters in international…

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