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  • December 19, 2013 10:04 PM | Linda Zanieski (Administrator)
    Eighth grade girls are invited to Argonne National Laboratory for Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day on Thursday, February 20, 2014.  An online application must be completed by December 31, 2013 to be included in the lottery to determine participants.

    What is Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day?  From the Argonne National Laboratory web site:

    Are you a problem solver? Are you compelled to understand how things work? Come join Argonne National Laboratory in exploring the world of Engineering and the endless possibilities a career in this exciting field offers. Argonne’s Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day gives young female students a unique opportunity to discover Engineering careers alongside world class scientists and engineers. Participants will be able to enjoy motivational presentations by fellow female engineers, tour Argonne’s cutting edge research facilities, connect with a mentor, engage in hands on engineering experiments, and compete in a team challenge. Come unlock the doors to your future with Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day.
  • December 13, 2013 1:29 PM | Linda Zanieski (Administrator)
    In the midst of holiday shopping? Use this link to access Amazon and Amazon will make a donation to CGCC.  Yes, it is that simple. The link also is available on our Home page. Thanks for supporting CGCC.
  • November 24, 2013 10:09 AM | Leslie Contos
    Public Libraries are evolving to increasingly reflect the digital information age.  You have probably already downloaded  e-books from your library website and your kids may have checked out computer games from the local branch.

    There is also a current movement to create digital media spaces and makerspaces within libraries. In Chicago, the library system has partnered with Digital Youth Network to create an expanding YOUmedia program which provides spaces filled with computers, tablets, digital cameras, editing software, and mentorship for any teen with a Chicago library card.  A makerspace is also open at Harold Washington Library, offering 3D printers, laser cutters, vinyl cutter, milling machine and design software. 

    What's important to understand is that this is not an isolated phenomenon; it is a national movement within public libraries.  The idea of a library makerspace likely won't be a new idea for your local librarian; and resources for librarians such as websites offering project ideas for library maker spaces are popping up. Since this may already be on their radar as a program for consideration; now may be a great time to encourage your local library to create a makerspace in your community.
  • November 07, 2013 12:30 PM | Linda Zanieski (Administrator)

    Join the University of Chicago for a three-day event exploring four of the most read novels in the English-language canon. Writers A. S. Byatt and Tom McCarthy alongside Fredric Jameson and other scholars will take up Pride and Prejudice, Middlemarch, The Golden Bowl, and Ulysses. Join us for readings, lectures, panels, book signings, and receptions.


    Please register in advance if you plan to attend any of the events taking place November 7–9. All events will be held at the Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts (915 East 60th Street, Chicago, IL). The conference is free and open to the public.

    Friday and Saturday's events include panel presentations by scholars on four of the most widely read novels in the English-language canon: Pride and Prejudice, Middlemarch, Ulysses, and The Golden Bowl. The conference will close on Saturday afternoon with Fredric Jameson on “The Persistence of Narrative.”

    All events are free and open to the public.

    Conference Schedule
    Thursday, November 7
    5–6 p.m.  Tom McCarthy on Ulysses
    6:30–8 p.m.  A. S. Byatt and Tom McCarthy readings and discussion
    Doors will open at 4:15 p.m.; reception and book signings to follow
    Friday, November 8
    9:15 a.m.–3 p.m.  Presentations on Pride and Prejudice and Middlemarch
    5:30–6:30 p.m.  A. S. Byatt on Middlemarch and The Golden Bowl
    Doors will open at 4:15 p.m.; book signing to follow
    Saturday, November 9
    9:15 a.m.–3 p.m.  Presentations on The Golden Bowl and Ulysses
    3:30 p.m.  Fredric Jameson, “The Persistence of Narrative”
    Closing remarks and reception to follow
    All events will be held in the Performance Hall at the
    Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts,
    915 East 60th Street, Chicago, IL.

    The full schedule and information on the presenters can be found at

    For additional information or to request assistance, email or call 773.702.7423.
    These events are made possible through the generous support of Randy L. and Melvin R. Berlin. Additional support provided by the Seminary Co-op Bookstore and the UChicago Division of the Humanities, Department of English Language and Literature, Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts, and Nicholson Center for British Studies.
  • October 28, 2013 10:59 AM | Linda Zanieski (Administrator)

    Chicago Public School 6th, 7th and 8th graders - the first competition of the Chicago Junior Mathematics League is coming up on Saturday, November 16 at UIC.  The Chicago Junior Mathematics League is sponsored by the Chicago Public Schools' Office of Mathematics in order to encourage students to challenge themselves mathematically.  You need to sign up in advance so contact Jason Major at if you are interested. Additional information can be found at


  • October 05, 2013 7:04 PM | Linda Zanieski (Administrator)

    Do you know any teens between the ages of 13 and 18 who would like to make stuff?  Well then they might be interested in this contest:  The Wanger Family Fab Lab at the Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago is excited to announce a youth contest hosted on the website We are challenging teens to design something new to improve their rooms. Winners will receive various items related to making, including a 3D printer! 

    The deadline to submit entries is December 2nd, and five Chicago local finalists chosen after that date will be invited to the Fab Lab at MSI to make their designs real. Enter at


    Dan Meyer

    Fab Lab Manager
    Wanger Family Fab Lab
    Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago

  • October 02, 2013 8:58 AM | Linda Zanieski (Administrator)

    The Art of Science Learning project at the Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago seeks to spark innovation and creativity in education and the workplace by integrating arts-infused learning methods. MSI is one of only three Incubators for Innovation nationwide in this National Science Foundation-funded project that aims to change how people think about science education.


    Over the course of a year starting in January 2014, a diverse group of scientists, artists, engineers, educators, business professionals, high school and college students, and community leaders will meet at the intersection of art, science, creativity. Utilizing a newly designed, arts-infused curriculum, participants will:

    • Learn innovation skills applicable to any work setting.
    • Practice creativity, collaboration and communication skills through the visual and performing arts.
    • Work in cross-disciplinary teams to create STEM solutions to address the urban nutrition crisis in Chicago.
    • Create new STEM learning programs inspired by the arts.

    From January to December 2014, the program will include 14 to 18 workshop sessions and additional time working as innovation teams. Sessions will be held at the Museum of Science of Industry on Saturdays and will last between 4 and 7 hours. Overall, participants can expect to devote up to a total of 150 hours on the project. This program is tuition free, and all participants will receive certification as an innovation fellow as well as many other benefits.


    Not only is The Art of Science Learning a unique opportunity to learn innovation and creativity from nationally recognized experts, but it is a chance for each participant to help change the way science, art, creativity and innovation come together to change the world.


  • September 27, 2013 9:51 AM | Linda Zanieski (Administrator)


    Chicago-area students are invited to the Museum of Science and Industry for its Saturday Science Club program. Get ready to investigate, experiment and play with a wide range of hands-on science activities as we work together to create exciting new curriculum. 


    The fall session is being offered at no charge because they will be piloting new activities and experiments. They are offering two programs with a special Family Day on Dec. 7. Programs are:


    Beta Labs: Grades 3 - 5
    10 a.m. to noon
    Oct. 12, Oct. 26, Nov. 16 and Nov. 23
    Family Day on Dec 7


    Beta Labs: Grades 6-8
    10 a.m. to noon
    Nov. 2, Nov. 9, Nov. 16 and Nov. 23
    Family Day on Dec. 7


    There is no cost for this program. Parents must attend a mandatory orientation at the Museum held on the first day of science club.


    You MUST submit an application.  Space is limited, and submitting an application does not guarantee acceptance into the program. Click here for complete details. 

  • September 25, 2013 12:37 PM | Linda Zanieski (Administrator)

    The 30th annual Chicago International Children's Film Festival 

    October 25 - November 3, 2013

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    The Chicago International Children's Film Festival is the largest festival of films for children in North America, welcoming 25,000 Chicago-area children, adults, and educators each year, and featuring over 250 films from 40 countries. The Festival screens a wide range of projects, from live-action and animated feature films to shorts, TV series, documentaries, and child-produced works. One of the most unique festivals in the country, the Chicago International Children's Film Festival showcases the best in culturally diverse, non-violent, value-affirming new cinema for children, and is one of the only Academy Award qualifying children's film festivals in the world.

    Schedule and tickets are available now.

  • September 12, 2013 10:21 AM | Linda Zanieski (Administrator)

    Are humans animals? Not long ago, the question produced a predictable standoff. Now it is the start of a fascinating conversation.


    The 24th Annual Chicago Humanities Festival will take this new exchange of ideas out of the academy and into the public. We will explore what it means to think about culture biologically, about biology culturally, and about the human-animal relationship beyond the science/humanities divide. In presenting the most cutting-edge work on this subject, Animal will give us a whole new perspective on our world and ourselves. Most important, though, it will give us new answers to the oldest and most fundamental question in the humanities: What makes us human?


    Mark your calendar for the following dates:
    Sunday, October 13: Morry and Dolores Kohl Kaplan Northwestern Day
    Sunday, October 20: 7th Annual Hyde Park Day
    Friday, November 1 - Sunday, November 10: Downtown

    Tickets will go on sale to CHF Members on Tuesday, September 3 and to the general public on Monday, September 16.

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