Understanding the World of Islam: Community Voices

Understanding the World of Islam: Community Voices

Wednesday, May 16, 2018 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm

Gain deeper understanding and appreciation, expand your knowledge base, and reconsider some ideas you might already have about Islam through this continuing academic lecture series, in partnership with the Center for Middle Eastern Studies at the University of Chicago.

In the finale of this academic lecture series, a guided panel discussion will feature local residents. 

Location: 
Main Library
Second Floor - Veterans Room
John Wasik: "Why Illinois is Ground Zero for Innovation"

John Wasik: "Why Illinois is Ground Zero for Innovation"

Thursday, April 19, 2018 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm

Learn about the many technological innovations that have occurred in Illinois that have impacted the globe-from John Deere inventing the self-scouring plow in Illinois fields to the first steel-framed skyscraper on the Chicago horizon. Author John Wasik discusses how and why Illinois became such a hub of innovation and how to ensure it continues to thrive.

Location: 
Main Library
Second Floor - Veterans Room
<em>The Civically Engaged Reader</em> Series

<em>The Civically Engaged Reader</em> Series

Tuesday, July 10, 2018 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm

Join us on the second Tuesday of each month, May through October, to ponder the meaning of civic activity in its most basic forms: associating, serving, giving, and leading. In The Civically Engaged Reader discussion series, we'll read and reflect on short stories, poems, and essays by writers including Alexis de Tocqueville, Dave Eggers, Maya Angelou, Ursula K.

Location: 
Main Library
Second Floor - Veterans Room
Meet Nasreen Sheikh: Helping Nepali Women Survive and Thrive

Meet Nasreen Sheikh: Helping Nepali Women Survive and Thrive

Tuesday, April 17, 2018 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm

Meet Nasreen Sheikh, an inspiring young woman from Nepal who escaped forced
marriage and, while still in her teens, founded a small business and foundation
to help empower other women in her native Nepal. Born in a small village on the
Nepal/India border, Nasreen ran away at the age of 11 from conditions oppressive

Location: 
Main Library
Second Floor - Veterans Room

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