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Art, Music, and Performance

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A1571: A New Way to See Movies from Our Past
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Bill Geraci

What good are old movies? Some are just plain great movies having terrific performances, great photography and / or writing. (Even in black and white! Even silent!) And some are just crap. But there's another entire use for old movies. Come find out what I mean and see if you really see into our past! Increase your awareness of things present and past!

A1579: Popping 101
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Nicholas Sapp

Going over the history and techniques that constitute the art of popping, a dance born out of California in the late 60s and early 70s. Will utilize videos to supplement oral history. If possible, will also teach popping fundamentals: how to "hit" or "pop," the robot, dimestops, isolations, positions, etc.

A1581: West African and Caribbean Dance
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Kayla Moore

A dance class featuring traditional West African and Caribbean dance styles with modern influences. An energetic and fun class sure to make you sweat!


Social Science

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E1587: Public Health and Inequality
Difficulty: **

Public health is not just a concern of doctors; it is a great social justice issue that requires the attention of a diverse range of professions and disciplines. Inequalities in the health world often arise from -- and perpetuate -- existing inequalities in our society. Learn more about the meaning of public health, and how it relates to justice and inequality more broadly!

E1582: Culture and Belief
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Scott Jung

How does where we live and what we experience shape the beliefs we have? If we are influenced by our culture, is our understanding of the world relative? What role do so-called "superstitious" beliefs play in our everyday lives? This course will examine these questions and many more through anthropological, psychological and philosophical perspectives. If you are interested in thinking critically about the way you view the world, this is the course for you!

E1578: Infamy In Psychology
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Adrianna Barnett

In the spirit of psychological inquiry, many experiments that have been heavily criticized for their methods, including simulating armed robbery, leaving rhesus monkeys in isolation for up to one year, and allowing participants to believe that they had caused the death of other participants. This course will be a brief introduction to psychology's most interesting and -in some cases- most infamous experiments.

E1585: Intro to Game Theory
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Dimitry Karavaikin

This class will be a fun introduction to what Game theory is with a few examples of games that students will have a chance to work through and potentially a class demonstration.


Prerequisites
N/A

E1562: Understanding the Wave of Educational Activism in Chicago
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Sabah Hussain

For nearly a decade, Chicago has been struggling to keep our education system afloat, public, and equitable. However, in recent years the fight for a fulfilling public education has emerged at the forefront of the second-wave racial equality movement and the growing movement calling for divestment from privatization and a test-centered education. In order to truly understand the education crisis in Chicago, it is important to understand the growing charter expansion, toxic swaps that have resulted in tremendous debt, the controversy surrounding Chicago’s TIF surplus, and the Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) fight for a fair contract. It is particularly important to understand the education crisis because only then can we understand the negotiation gridlock among the CTU, state legislators, and Chicago Public Schools (CPS).
It is a truth universally acknowledged that education is critically important for class mobility, and a tool with which people can transform their communities. By denying disadvantaged students their right to education, through policies of privatization and segregation, the appointed Board of Education is stripping Chicago students of their futures, their dignity, and their intrinsic human rights. More importantly, in order to resolve this crisis and restore equitability in public education, it is crucial to understand the beginnings of a rusting system.


Humanities

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H1577: Moral Philosophy
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Christian Palacios

Are you interested in morality? Do questions of right and wrong keep you up at night? Have you ever heard of the trolley problem? Come to learn about all of that and more in "Moral Philosophy"

H1570: The Four Forms of Prayer
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Bill Geraci

Prayers are a large part of our relationship with God. But what forms do prayers take and what do these forms tell us? From Homeric Greek to 20th Century movies clips: how may we learn more about our relationship to God by re-examining the four forms of prayer.

H1575: The History of the Good Life
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Ted Engels

This course will serve as a brief introduction to a few of the ways in which great thinkers in the Western academic tradition have answered the question "What is the good life for a human being?". This class will address the question in six historical and philosophical chapters:

THOUGHT: Plato and Socratic Influences
VIRTUE: Aristotle and Marcus Aurelius
REVERENCE: Saint Francis of Assisi
ENLIGHTENMENT: Immanuel Kant
POWER: Friedrich Nietzsche and Lord Byron
FREEDOM: Jean-Paul Sartre

-Recommended Texts-

Plato - The Symposium
Aristotle - The Nichomachean Ethics
M. Aurelius - Meditations
S. Francis - Admonitions
I. Kant - What Is Enlightenment?
F. Nietzsche - Beyond Good and Evil
G. Byron - Childe Harold's Pilgrimage
JP. Sartre - Existentialism is a Humanism

NOTE: I don't expect you to read these before you come! I list them here in order to indicate what material we will be discussing, as well as provide support for whatever research you wish to do after the course is over.


Prerequisites
None! Just show up and be ready to discuss and think deeply.

H1569: What A Government We Have! What Government Do We Have?
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Bill Geraci

What are the three ways humans have organized themselves? And how have we Americans set ourselves up for our "experiment"? Are we a democracy? Spoiler alert: It's not what you think! Come find out just how crazily our Founding Fathers didn't trust politicians!


Prerequisites
None


Sports and Hobbies

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H1574: Vinyasa Yoga for Beginners and Experienced!
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Akshaya Sekharan

An hour long yoga class encouraging students to engage both the mind and body in their yoga practice designed with periods of both stimulation and relaxation. Don't worry though, plenty exercise too!


Humanities

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H1590: Art as War: The Ghost Army of WWII
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Harper Graf

During the latter half of WWII, a group of painters, designers, sculptors, and audio producers were gathered together for a secret project funded by the US Army. These men were recruited to use their artistic abilities to create the world's first "ghost army" - a battalion of inflatable tanks, dummy artillery, and sound bytes of a regiment on the move. All of this was a dream of army captains who believed that they could fool the enemy into thinking the Allies had more men than they did. Despite its seemingly ludicrous and sometimes impossible purpose, this Ghost Army ran over 25 successful missions and saved hundreds of thousands of lives. In this class, we'll examine the men who ran the mission as well as the pretty badass inventions and ideas they spawned to fool the Nazis.


Prerequisites
N/A


Math & Computer Science

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M1564: Droplet 3D! And 2D! And 1-and-a-half-D?
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Tim Black

Come visit the bizarre world of fractals. There are lines that are infinitely long, yet fit on a sheet of paper. There are shapes that can be described in a sentence, yet are infinitely detailed. If you zoom in on any tiny piece, it looks just like the whole thing. We'll explore how to make these, how to talk about their size, and what it means to be in between two- and three-dimensional.

M1583: Math Origami
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Jane Jun

Curious about how intricate, beautiful art is created just by folding a piece of paper? Want to understand how complex art pieces are made using four simple mathematical principles?

Come to gain a deeper understanding of the math of origami, its amazing current-day applications, and create an origami masterpiece yourself!


Science

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S1589: Biology of Gender/Gender of Biology
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Lauren Daurizio

This course explores the various biological indicators of sex, including genes and gene expression, hormone levels, and genitalia, and analyzes how these biological components compose our understanding of gender.

Gender is, contrary to belief, not a direct product of biology sex, but a function of
Society. We learn our genders through social conditioning, and the relationship they have to biology is complex. Are there more than two genders, what is transgender, and are these genders "true?

S1573: The Birth, The Life And The Death Of The Universe
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Cagan Sengul

Our universe came into existence 13.7 billion years ago. We now call it "The Big Bang". But it was not just "big", it was "everywhere". Moreover, it was not just a "bang", it was a "stretch". Although "The Everywhere Stretch" is not a catchy name for it.
In this class, we will read the biography for our universe. We will start from its birth, then tell the story of how it evolved into the universe in which we live and love. (The whole universe was orange at some point in its evolution!)
Then we will cover how our universe will look like in the distant future (not thousands, not millions, but billions of years later). Eventually we will learn about how it will die, this time not with a bang but with a whimper.


Prerequisites
Awe, wonder and a tiny bit of existential crisis

S1572: What is biodiversity?
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Matthew Schumm

Scientists estimate that between 1 and 5 billion species, or different kinds of living things, have lived on and disappeared from Earth since life first evolved on our planet about 3.8 billion years ago. Thousands of new species have been discovered in the last year alone. But what exactly is a species? Why are all domestic dog breeds generally considered to be the same species, while giraffes are now thought to be split up into five different species? What is it about plants and animals’ DNA, bodies, and behavior that distinguishes some organisms from others? And how, where, and why do unique and unusual species, like platypuses in Australia or fluorescently-colored mantis shrimp on coral reefs, evolve? In this class, we’ll talk about the process of speciation (the evolution of a new species), the roles that rare and unique species play within larger ecosystems, and the value of biodiversity–the variety we see in genes, species and ecosystems around the world–to human health and society.


Prerequisites
Interest in plants, animals, and the environment–some high school biology is encouraged, but not required.

S1580: Super-fly, Drosophila as the Ultimate Model Organism
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Michael Allara

Looking at Drosophila as a model organism, how they are objectively better than stupid worms or zebrafish or whatever. Class will begin with a brief overview of how a fly lab operates, then dive in to a couple of signaling pathways (probably Antennapedia or Hippo).


Prerequisites
Some experiance with biology


Miscellaneous

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X1576: SAT Prep
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Anoushka Chowdhary

Learn tips and tricks to ace your SATs! We will focus specifically on the Critical Reading and Writing sections and will work through sample papers and questions. The goal is to teach you how to pick answers and use the test format to your advantage. Some topics that will be covered are:
1. How to answer vocabulary questions without memorizing the dictionary?
2. How to prep for the essay writing part of the test?
3. How to answer the Critical Reading questions?