Munch and Learn 2017-18

October 10:  Rebecca Janowitz
Looking Back, Looking Forward: A Perspecitve on Development and Density in Hyde Park
Rebecca Janowitz has worked in politics and community affairs in Hyde Park for more than twenty years. A lawyer by trade, she has applied her skills with Arne Duncan at the Chicago Public Schools, in the Fourth Ward office of Alderman Toni Preckwinkle, on the board of the South East Chicago Commission, and most recently at the Cook County Jail.

November 14:  Dan Silverstein
Chicago Architecture:  Focus on Jewish Architects and Artists
After an over-30-year career at Council for the Jewish Elderly, Dan has channeled his passion for architecture into being a docent for the Chicago Architecture Foundation.  With photos by Fred Stein, Dan will take us on a “walking” tour of the Loop highlighting buildings with historical Jewish significance.     

December 12:  Cantor David Berger
Does this sound Jewish to you? Authenticity,  Nostalgia and Innovation in Jewish Music   
Come hear our amazing Cantor Berger talk (and maybe sing a little) about what makes music Jewish.

January 9:  Carole Levine
Courts Matter Illinois
Carole Levine is a long-time social activist and advocate.  She is the chair of Courts Matter Illinois, which works to build awareness and advocacy about the importance of the federal judiciary.  She had been active at local and national levels with the National Council of Jewish Women.  Carole’s day job is a principal consultant with Levine Partners, which consults to non-profit organizations.

No February program!

March 13:  Sara Paretsky
Topic TBA
It is said that V.I. Warshawski reflects her creator’s own passion for social justice. Sara Paretsky is an impassioned advocate for those on society’s margins. In college she chaired the University of Kansas’ first Commission on the Status of Women. Paretsky worked as a community organizer on Chicago’s South Side during the turbulent 1960s.  She has mentored teens in some of Chicago’s most troubled schools and also with literacy and reproductive rights groups. Not only has Paretsky’s own work broken barriers, she also helped open doors for other women. In 1986 she created Sisters in Crime, a worldwide organization to support women crime writers.

April 10:  Joseph Cross
Mesopotamian Influences on the Hebrew Bible
Joseph Cross is a PhD student in the department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilization at the University of Chicago.  His talk last year about Egypt was a fascinating Munch and Learn favorite.

May 9:  The return of the Munch and Learn Book Club
UPDATED: This year we will read High-Risers: Cabrini-Green and the Fate of American Public Housing, written by our own Ben Austen. And if that weren't exciting enough, Ben will join us for the conversation!

The very readable High-Risers joins the ranks of The Warmth of Other Suns and classic works of literary non-fiction by Alex Kotlowitz and J. Anthony Lukas as it braids personal narratives, city politics, and national history to tell the story of Chicago's Cabrini-Green.

Please bring a friend for what we know will be a rich conversation about America's most iconic public housing project.