Events

May
17
Sat
Cycle tour of of South Loop and Lakeshore @ Meet at the Henry George School
May 17 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Guided by HGS instructor Bob Jene, this tour starts with a look at the City of Chicago amenities on the lakefront in Grant Park, and their effect on land values in neighboring private properties especially along Prairie and Indiana Avenues south of Roosevelt.  This is the museum campus area with a mixed style of housing.  We continue down to the Central Station Area where there are some vintage mansions on Prairie Avenue. We will stop to look at assessor’s data on the value of units, properties and parking spaces and how they relate to location.

May
21
Wed
Progress & Poverty (modern version) @ Henry George School suite 1207
May 21 @ 6:00 pm – May 21 @ 8:00 pm

You are welcome to attend the first session, on Wednesday May 7 6PM, at no charge and without committing to enroll.  Instructor Bob Jene will provide an overview of and introduction to the course.  At the conclusion you may choose to enroll ($25 fee), or pass up this opportunity (There will be another chance next term, and more thereafter.) More about Progress & Poverty

May
28
Wed
Progress & Poverty (modern version) @ Henry George School suite 1207
May 28 @ 6:00 pm – May 28 @ 8:00 pm

You are welcome to attend the first session, on Wednesday May 7 6PM, at no charge and without committing to enroll.  Instructor Bob Jene will provide an overview of and introduction to the course.  At the conclusion you may choose to enroll ($25 fee), or pass up this opportunity (There will be another chance next term, and more thereafter.) More about Progress & Poverty

Jun
4
Wed
Progress & Poverty (modern version) @ Henry George School suite 1207
Jun 4 @ 6:00 pm – Jun 4 @ 8:00 pm

You are welcome to attend the first session, on Wednesday May 7 6PM, at no charge and without committing to enroll.  Instructor Bob Jene will provide an overview of and introduction to the course.  At the conclusion you may choose to enroll ($25 fee), or pass up this opportunity (There will be another chance next term, and more thereafter.) More about Progress & Poverty

Jun
11
Wed
Progress & Poverty (modern version) @ Henry George School suite 1207
Jun 11 @ 6:00 pm – Jun 11 @ 8:00 pm

You are welcome to attend the first session, on Wednesday May 7 6PM, at no charge and without committing to enroll.  Instructor Bob Jene will provide an overview of and introduction to the course.  At the conclusion you may choose to enroll ($25 fee), or pass up this opportunity (There will be another chance next term, and more thereafter.) More about Progress & Poverty

Jun
13
Fri
Invisible Robbery Tour @ leaves from Henry George School, 30 E Adams #1207
Jun 13 @ 6:00 pm
Power structure along the tour route (Henry George School photo)

Power structure along the tour route (Henry George School photo0

Originating as a field trip for students completing our Progress & Poverty course, this stroll thru downtown Chicago examines some of the ways that average people, and the community as a whole, are deprived of their just earnings. Among other things we’ll see who benefits from the expensive infrastructure and “economic development” projects, how Thomas Jefferson wanted Chicago to fund its public schools, what happens when a well-located building burns down, and how land speculators get productive workers to pay their taxes. Expect to walk about 2 km, maybe we’ll stop for snacks (individual settlement) along the way.

A $10 donation is requested from those who are not recent or current HGS students or donors, but nobody will be excluded due to lack of funds. You can make your donation by credit card here, or bring cash or a check.

Jun
14
Sat
Film: Anarchism in America @ Henry George School suite 1207
Jun 14 @ 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm
poster from Wikipedia

poster from Wikipedia

Anarchism in America is a documentary, directed by Steven Fischler and Joel Sucher, and produced by Pacific Street Films. It has been re-released by AK Press to DVD. The film begins by explaining the filmmakers’ interest in anarchism based on their involvement in the group Transcendental Students while in film school at NYU. The film includes interviews with influential anarchists Murray Bookchin, Paul Avrich, Jello Biafra, Mollie Steimer and Karl Hess, and with poet Kenneth Rexroth. It also discusses the Spanish Civil War, the Russian Revolution, the influence of Emma Goldman and the case of executed anarchists Sacco and Vanzetti.

The film labels anarchism as the only ideology that is staunchly anti-authoritarian, and discusses how anarchist ideals align with the revolutionary, independent spirit of America from rural communities to urban zones.

[from wikipedia]

Steven Fischler/Joel Sucher − USA −  1982 or 1983 −  75 minutes. Refreshments and discussion following.

Jun
17
Tue
PEBC Discussion of “The Jungle” by Upton Sinclair @ Henry George School
Jun 17 @ 6:00 pm – Jun 17 @ 8:00 pm

The Political Economy Book Club discusses “The Jungle” by Upton Sinclair.

The Jungle is a 1906 book written by the American journalist and novelist Upton Sinclair (1878–1968). Sinclair wrote the novel to portray the lives of immigrants in the United States in Chicago and similar industrialized cities. The book depicts working class poverty, the absence of social programs, harsh and unpleasant living and working conditions, and a hopelessness among many workers. These elements are contrasted with the deeply rooted corruption of people in power. A review by the writer Jack London called it, “the Uncle Tom’s Cabin of wage slavery.”

“The Jungle” is available for free download in several popular formats at Project Gutenberg here: http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/140

 

 

Jul
19
Sat
Movie: Windtalkers @ Henry George School suite 1207
Jul 19 @ 2:00 pm
poster from Wikipedia

poster from Wikipedia

John Woo returns to his eternal theme of bonds of loyalty forged through violence in this World War II drama that draws on the inspiration of classic Hollywood war films yet still puts forth a surprisingly strong anti-military message. Nicolas Cage stars as a platoon leader teetering on breakdown who reluctantly befriends the Navajo soldier (Adam Beach) brought in as one of th “code talkers” who used their native languiage to keep vital information from the enemy. Less hyper-kinetic than Woo’s Hong Kong films, Windtalkers stresses the realism of its extreme violence, while its consideration of the real causes and costs of warfare put the more celebrated Blackhawk Down (a similar film in many ways) to shame.  John Woo — USA — 134 mins. (description from FacetsDVD, see also Wikipedia articles about codetalkers and this film.)

Refreshments and discussion following.  The event is free to all, but donations to help cover expenses are appreciated.

 

Aug
9
Sat
Movie: Blood Diamond @ Henry George School suite 1207
Aug 9 @ 2:00 pm
Poster via Wikipedia

Poster via Wikipedia

Blood Diamond is a 2006 American-German political war thriller film co-produced and directed by Edward Zwick, starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Jennifer Connelly and Djimon Hounsou. The title refers to blood diamonds, which are diamonds mined in African war zones and sold to finance conflicts, and thereby profit warlords and diamond companies across the world.

Set during the Sierra Leone Civil War in 1996–2001, the film depicts a country torn apart by the struggle between government loyalists and insurgent forces. It also portrays many of the atrocities of that war, including the rebels’ amputation of people’s hands to discourage them from voting in upcoming elections.

The film’s ending, in which a conference is held concerning blood diamonds, refers to an historic meeting that took place in Kimberley, South Africa in 2000. [excerpted from Wikipedia]

Directed by Edward Zwick — USA — 2006 — 143 minutes