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

Our member-run programs 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 Bridge Group
CLL Monthly Book Club
Short Story Reading Group
Great Decisions Discussion Group
French Practice Group
Great Ideas Men’s Group
CLL Games Group
Cinema Group

 


CLL Bridge Group

   Mondays, February 24; March 9, 23 
   1:00–4:00 p.m. 
   Organized by CLL Member Janet Reece 

   Contact Robbin Kotajarvi (312.981.3391) to inquire about joining
   Free and open to all 60 and older; no RSVP necessary
    
Interested in playing bridge? The CLL Bridge Group meets at the church on the second and fourth Mondays of every month. Three tables are needed each week. If you are interested, substitute players are always needed!

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CLL Monthly Book Club

   Tuesdays, February 18, March 24
   11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
   Free and open to all 60 and older; no RSVP necessary

Come join us to see what we are reading - you are welcome even if you have not read the book!


February 18, 2020
Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI
by David Grann

In the 1920s, the richest people per capita in the world were members of the Osage Indian Nation in Oklahoma. After oil was discovered beneath their land, the Osage rode in chauffeured automobiles, built mansions, and sent their children to study in Europe. Then, one by one, they began to be killed off. One Osage woman, Mollie Burkhart, watched as her family was murdered. Her older sister was shot. Her mother was then slowly poisoned. And it was just the beginning, as more Osage began to die under mysterious circumstances.

 

March 24, 2020
The Man Who Saw Everything
by Deborah Levy

It is 1988 and Saul Adler, a narcissistic young historian, has been invited to Communist East Berlin to do research; in exchange, he must publish a favorable essay about the German Democratic Republic. As a gift for his translator's sister, a Beatles fanatic who will be his host, Saul's girlfriend will shoot a photograph of him standing in the crosswalk on Abbey Road, an homage to the famous album cover. As he waits for her to arrive, he is grazed by an oncoming car, which changes the trajectory of his life.

The Man Who Saw Everything is about the difficulty of seeing ourselves and others clearly. It greets the specters that come back to haunt old and new love, previous and current incarnations of Europe, conscious and unconscious transgressions, and real and imagined betrayals, while investigating the cyclic nature of history and its reinvention by people in power.



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Short Story Reading Group

   Tuesdays, 11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
   February 25;
   March 3, 10, 17, 31


The short story is a literary art form that packs a lot of humanity into a small space. Because the writing is so concise, the reader is often required to connect the dots to uncover the messages behind the words. Doing this as a group allows us to experience the story from different perspectives and enrich our individual understanding. Each meeting, we focus on one story drawn from The Best American Short Stories 2018, edited by Roxane Gay.

In 2020. the group will be reading stories from The Best American Short Stories 2019, edited by Anthony Doerr.

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Great Decisions Discussion Group

   Tuesdays: February 18; March 3, 17, 31
   Tuesdays, 1:00–2:30 p.m.

   Administered by Mike Ban; each meeting facilitated by a volunteer    group member

   Free, open to all 60 and older

   Contact Robbin Kotajarvi (312.981.3391) 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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French Practice Group

  Thursdays, 2:00–3:00 p.m.

Grammar and conversational practice for CLL members currently enrolled in French classes.

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Great Ideas Men’s Group

   Wednesdays, February 26,
   March 11, 25
   10:30 a.m.–12:00 p.m. 
   Led by members of the group
   Contact Robbin Kotajarvi (312.981.3391) 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, with articles selected from Foreign Affairs magazine. This group is facilitated by members and come from a variety of different backgrounds. All are welcome.

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CLL Games Group

   Mondays, February 24; March 9 and 23
   2:00–3:30 p.m.
   Free and open to all 60 and older; no RSVP necessary

The simplest ideas are usually the best: the name of this group says it all! We put the games (Scrabble, Trivial Pursuit and the like) out every other Monday afternoon, and those who show up decide what they want to play. Join the fun!

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Cinema Group

   Fridays, February 21, March 20

   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. The group heads to Niu Fushion Lounge right next door after the film (optional) to discuss the film and have a bite to eat.

If you are interested in joining the group, please email Susan Quaintance or give her a call at 312.981.3386.

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For more information about the Center for Life and Learning, contact Susan Quaintance (312.981.3386), Director of the Center for Life and Learning.