The Center for Life and Learning:
   Free Member-Run Programs

Our member-run programs are available for all to enjoy! These groups were created by CLL members and are open to all 60 and older. One not need be a member of the CLL to participate. For information on any of these programs, contact Susan Quaintance at 312.981.3386.

 

CLL Monthly Book Club
CLL Bridge Group

Men's Discussion Group
Great Decisions Discussion Group
Cinema Group

 

CLL Monthly Book Club

   Tuesdays, September 25, October 30, November 27, and December 18
   11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
   Free and open to all 60 and older; no RSVP necessary

In its third year, the CLL member-run book club enjoys books selected by members who wish to lead the discussion. Grab a great read, and bring a friend!

Tuesday, September 25
   Exit West by Mohsin Hamid

One of the New York Times Book Review’s Ten Best Books of 2017 and a Man Booker Prize finalist, Hamid’s story of two young people who must flee their unnamed city in the midst of civil war and chaos, is timely and timeless. Both love story and work of inventive surrealism, Exit West asks its readers to ponder the state of the world and its future.

Tuesday, October 30
   Island of the Lost: Shipwrecked at the Edge of the World
   by Joan Druett

Award-winning maritime historian Joan Druett chronicles the fascinating story of two shipwrecks, both off the coast of the Auckland Islands in 1864. Using diaries, shiplogs, and newspaper accounts, the author weaves a tale part survival how-to, part reflection on effective leadership, and part vivid description of a far-away place.

Tuesday, November 27
   The Sellout by Paul Beatty

Existence. Family discord. Police brutality. Racism in a post-racial world. Can these topics be funny? In Paul Beatty’s sharp satire, they are. A 2015 book that landed on multiple “Best Books of the Year” lists, the novel follows the protagonist’s plan to reinstate slavery and segregation in a fictional neighborhood of Los Angeles.

Tuesday, December 18
   A People’s History of Chicago
by Kevin Coval

In the traditions of Studs Terkel, Carl Sandburg, and Chance the Rapper, these seventy-seven poems (one for each Chicago neighborhood) reflect the city through the voices of everyday people. We’ll learn history from the margins and have good discussion of what we discover.

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CLL Bridge Group

   Mondays, September 10 and 24, October 8 and 22,
      November 12 and 26, December 10
 
   1:00–4:00 p.m. 
   Organized by CLL Member Janet Reece 

   Contact Sue Hakes (312.981.3389) to inquire about joining
   Free and open to all 60 and older; no RSVP necessary
    
Interested in playing bridge? The CLL Bridge Group meets every other Monday at the church to enjoy a game. Three tables are needed each week. If you are interested, substitute players are always needed!

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Men's Discussion Group

   Wednesdays, August 29, September 12 and 26, October 10 and 24,         November 7 and 28, December 12
   10:30 a.m.–12:00 p.m. 
   Led by members of the group
   Contact Sue Hakes (312.981.3389) to inquire about joining

The CLL men’s discussion group has met faithfully since the fall of 2006 and come together to discuss foreign and domestic policy issues as they relate to the United States. In the fall the group selects articles from Foreign Affairs Magazine and in the spring the group participates in the Foreign Policy Association’s “Great Decisions” study series. This group is facilitated by members and come from a variety of different backgrounds. All are welcome.

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Great Decisions Discussion Group

   Tuesdays, September 11 and 25, October 9 and 23,
        November 6 and 20, December 4 and 18
   1:00-2:30 p.m.
   Facilitated by Barlow Nelson
   Free, open to all 60 and older

   Contact Sue Hakes (312.981.3389) to inquire about joining

Great Decisions is America's largest discussion program on world affairs run through the Foreign Policy Association. The program model involves reading the Great Decisions Briefing Book, watching the DVD and meeting in a Discussion Group to discuss the most critical global issues facing America today. Each year, eight topics are chosen by a panel of experts. This year critical issues from nuclear security to trade to the future of Europe are tackled.

Note: There is no cost to the class, but participants are in charge of ordering the book and completing the study before each class.

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Cinema Group

   Fridays, September 21, October 19, November 16, and December 21
   AMC River East 21 (322 E. Illinois St.)
   Time and film announced the Wednesday before (matinee showing)

Seeing films is always more enjoyable in the company of others, and if you can never seem to find someone to go with, now you have company! 

This group meets the third Friday of every month for a matinee movie at AMC River East 21 Theatre. An email will be sent with the film and the time the Thursday before. After the film, the group heads to Niu Fushion Lounge right next door (optional) to discuss the film and have a bite to eat.

If you are interested in joining the group, please email Sue Hakes or give her a call at 312.981.3389.

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