The Compelling Questions We All Face
The Campus Theme program facilitates and coordinates a host of events, lectures, and discussions centered around an enduring and ultimate question of human experience—a fresh question each academic year. Events are open to the general public.
2016–2017 Campus Theme: What Is Beauty?
"The Beauty of Mathematics and Poetry"
September 20, 6:30–7:30 pm
Olsson Lounge – Nyvall Hall
Mark Tardi (in conjunction with the Humanities Meet & Greet dinner).
Poet and translator Mark Tardi grew up in Chicago, Illinois and earned his MFA in creative writing from Brown University. His collections of poetry include the chapbooks Part First—Chopin’s Feet (2005) and Airport Music (2005), as well as the full length collections Euclid Shudders (2003) and Airport Music (2013). Tardi’s Polish heritage led him to an early interest in Polish poetry, and he was a 2008–2009 Fulbright Senior Lecturer in American Literature and Culture at the University of Lódz, Poland. He has translated work from Polish and, as an editor of the journal Aufgabe, devoted an issue in 2010 to Polish poetry and poetics.
Artists' Panel "On Beauty"
September 23, 3:00–5:00 pm
Brandel Library, 2nd Floor
Karl Clifton-Soderstrom will moderate a panel of artists as a part of the Alumni Art show. Artists include Kate McCandless, Maya Durham, Rebekah Putera, Elizabeth Rice, and Daniel Warren Johnson.
"The Beautiful City"
October 14, 10:30 am
Natalie Y. Moore, author of North Park's Common Read book The South Side: A Portrait of Chicago and American Segregation.
Beauty Conventions — Art Gallery Installation
Carlson Tower Art Gallery
Other artists TBA
Artists in this show will use conventions of beauty in the medium of photography and film to overtly reference socials norms as well as challenge them and make them appear strange.
"Beauty, Identity, and Social Change"
February 10, 10:30 am
Dr. Reggie Williams, Assistant Professor of Christian Ethics, McCormick Seminary
Dr. Williams will be speaking about how the revolution in conventions of beauty were integral to the social changes that occurred in the Harlem Renaissance.
"Beauty and the Good Life"
Dr. Gabriel Richardson Lear, Chair of University of Chicago Philosophy Department
Unless otherwise noted, all Campus Theme events will be held in Anderson Chapel on North Park's Chicago campus. Get directions to our campus or download a campus map.