Encountering The Great American Songbook

Instructor: Mitchell Brown The period of 1910 to 1965 (roughly from Alexander’s Ragtime Band through Moon River) witnessed one of the high points of American culture. A group of composers and lyricists were all working at the same time, creating a catalog of popular song of such astounding quality, that it ranks with the greatest […]

Waltzing With Dictators : An American Past Time

Instructor: Richard Rupp The United States has long championed the spread of democracy throughout the world.  Simultaneously Washington has topped democratically elected governments (Iran, Guatemala, Chile) and stood by a host of dictators from the Philippines to South Africa to Nicaragua.  What explains this schizophrenic quality that has long characterized American Foreign Policy?  Has the […]

Shakespeare, 400 Years Later

Instructor: Mita Choudhury April of this year marked Shakespeare’s 450th birth anniversary—one which was celebrated in pockets of intellectual, educational, and theatrical circles throughout the world. On April 21, a group of “Shakespeare enthusiasts”—those who are invested in the culture industry associated with Shakespeare—assembled at the Newberry Library to listen to and watch Tony Award […]

How the Federal Reserve Innovated During The Great Recession

Instructor: Paul McGrath, Professor of Economics At the beginning of the recent recession – now popularly known as the “Great Recession” – the United States Federal Reserve responded by deploying its tried-and-true set of policy tools in an attempt to stave off a severe recession and to stabilize financial markets. It became quickly apparent that […]

Doing Business in China

Instructor: Dr. Kuan-Chou Chen, Professor of Management Information Systems COURSE DESCRIPTION: China represents a huge opportunity to import products & services. Over the past 10 years, USA exports to China have quadrupled to approximately $65 billion which was 5 times faster than exports to the rest of the world. With a population of over 1.37 […]