Free lectures at Near North Library
Where: Near North Library: 310 W. Division Street,
Ethical Dilemmas in Our Own Time and Beyond Tuesday, February 19, 2019 (6:00PM – 7:00PM) Location: DePaul University Richardson Library 2350 N Kenmore Ave
How will the ethical issues embedded throughout Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? play out in the future? What should we do now to prepare? Come watch an interdepartmental lineup of DePaul faculty discuss these questions from the differing perspectives of their fields. Bioethics, philosophy, artificial intelligence and more combine in one exciting night of enlightening discussion.
From Dreaming to Running: Putting the Android on Screen Tuesday, March 5, 2019 (6:00PM – 8:00PM) Location: DePaul University Richardson Library 2350 N Kenmore Ave
In 1968, Philip K. Dick published Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep, his exploration of the thin line between human and machine. In 1982, director Ridley Scott turned Dick’s post-apocalyptic novel into one of the most celebrated science-fiction films of the past fifty years. And in the years since, other media creators and fans have been playing in the world they created. Join DePaul University professors as they discuss adaptation and beyond, with topics ranging from the design and score of the film, to the Blade Runner comic books, to fan-created objects from the Blade Runner universe.
Chicago’s Unbuilt Projects Monday, April 22, 2019 (6:30PM – 7:45PM)
What do we want Chicago to be like in the future? It’s an ongoing conversation that happens today in small groups, conferences, and among a number of policy groups. Over the past 130 years or so, a range of speculative plans have been unveiled for everything from transit systems to elaborate urban renewal projects that were never completed. Author and historian Max Grinnell will talk about Frank Lloyd Wright’s plans for a mile-high skyscraper, the plans for a unified Civic Center, and other projects that would have dramatically changed Chicago.
About Near North Branch
- Near North Branch was dedicated August 6, 1997, replacing a temporary reading room in Seward Park.
- Near North Branch originally opened October 12, 1972 in two combined apartments at 1157 N. Cleveland Avenue as a study center for residents of the Cabrini Green Housing Project.
- a painting entitled “Two Children: Boy and Girl” by William Gettings
- Near North Branch also features artwork funded through the Percent for Art Ordinance administered by the City of Chicago Public Art Program:
- a mixed media collage entitled “Scott Street at Cabrini Green” by Mat Barber Kennedy
- a series of paintings entitled “Illinois Writers” by Steve Musgrave
- a painting entitled “Key Bearer U” by Jane Williams Ferris