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Front of the new Edgewater branch of Chicago Public Library.  Credit: Jeremy Bressman

Front of the new Edgewater branch of Chicago Public Library. Credit: Jeremy Bressman

For a complete list of all events occuring at the Edgewater Branch Library, click here.Modern Lives & Movements Documentary Screening: The Century of the SelfDate: Sat. November 23, 2013

Time: 2:00 pm

About this event: As the Edgewater Branch’s Modern Lives & Movements series turns to the topic of ‘The Science of Sex’ in November and December, join us for a screening of select portions of Adam Curtis’s critically acclaimed four-part documentary series,The Century of the Self.
In this series, Curtis explores how Sigmund Freud’s theory of sexual and aggressive subconscious drives was put to use by those who wished to manipulate consumer behavior and public opinion during the 20th century. Curtis tracks the shift from the sexually repressive, ‘Victorian’ mores of the 19th century to the sexually expressive ethos associated with the 1960s; he further argues that new forms of social domination were bound up with this sexual liberation. A discussion of the film will follow this screening.
The Edgewater branch’s Modern Lives & Movements series will continue to explore the topic of the science of sex in December, via two events: a discussion of Thomas Maier’s biography of sex researchers William Masters and Virginia Johnson on Thursday, December 5 at 6:30 PM and a panel discussion on the current state of insight into sexuality, gender, and orientation on Saturday, December 14 at 2:00 PM. Please join us for one or more of these events!

 

Modern Lives & Movements Book Discussion: Masters of Sex

Date: Thurs. December 5, 2013

Time: 6:30 pm

About this event: As the Edgewater Branch’s Modern Lives & Movements series turns to the topic of ‘The Science of Sex’ in November and December, join us for a discussion of Thomas Maier’s biography of William Masters and Virginia Johnson, titledMasters of Sex: The Life and Times of William Masters and Virginia Johnson, the Couple Who Taught America How to Love.
Showtime’s dramatic TV series, ‘Masters of Sex,’ starring Michael Sheen and Lizzy Caplan, is based on this real-life story of sex researchers William Masters and Virginia Johnson. BeforeSex and the City, America relied on Masters and Johnson to teach us everything we needed to know about what goes on in the bedroom. Convincing hundreds of men and women to shed their clothes and copulate, the pair were the nation’s top experts on love and intimacy. Highlighting interviews with the notoriously private Masters and the ambitious Johnson, critically acclaimed biographer Thomas Maier shows how this unusual team changed the way we all thought about, talked about, and engaged in sex while they simultaneously tried to make sense of their own relationship. Entertaining, revealing, and beautifully told,Masters of Sex sheds light on the eternal mysteries of desire, intimacy, and the American psyche.
Copies of this biography are available at the Edgewater branch’s reference desk for book discussion participants.
The Edgewater branch’s Modern Lives & Movements series will continue to explore the topic of the science of sex with a panel discussion on the current state of insight into sexuality, gender, and orientation on Saturday, December 14 at 2:00 PM. Please join us!

 

Which Way Forward for Health Care Reform: Obamacare, Single-Payer, or the Free Market?

Date: Sat. December 7, 2013

Time: 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

About this event: Please join the Edgewater branch for a three-way public debate about health care reform. The following three speakers will participate in this debate:
Dr. Ram Krishnamoorthi will advocate the continued implementation of the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, as it currently stands. Dr. Krishnamoorthi will speak as a representative ofDoctors for America.
Dr. Mark Neerhof will advocate health care reform based on free-market principles such as competition, consumer choice, and innovation. Dr. Neerhof will speak as a representative ofDocs4PatientCare.
Dr. Philip Verhoef will advocate a universal, single-payer national health program. Dr. Verhoef will speak as a representative ofPhysicians for a National Health Program.
Each speaker will be asked to address five basic questions:
1) How would you characterize the United States health care system historically and comparatively? 2) How would you characterize the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and the reform measures undertaken therein? 3) Why were the reform measures of the ACA, instead of alternative reform measures, actually undertaken? 4) What lessons do you draw from your organization’s recent successes or failures in reforming health care in the United States? 5) What future do you predict for health care and for health care reform in the United States?
Audience members will be invited to submit written questions; the debate moderator will agglomerate these questions and pose them to the panel if time permits.

 

Modern Lives & Movements Public Event: The Science of Sex Today

Date: Sat. December 14, 2013

Time: 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

About this event: How can we understand human sexuality, gender, and sexual orientation from a scientific perspective, today? Should we look to medical research, psychoanalysis, population surveys, evolutionary psychology– none, some, or all of the above? This panel discussion aims to gather speakers with differing theoretical approaches to the science of sex.J. Michael Bailey, professor of psychology at Northwestern University and author ofThe Man Who Would Be Queen: The Science of Gender-Bending and Transsexualism (2003), will take up the question of whether and how an evolutionary lens might offer insight.Erika Schmidt, director of the Center for Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy at theChicago Institute for Psychoanalysis, will take up the question of whether and how the psychoanalytic tradition might offer insight. A third panelist, TBD, will join the discussion as well. Q&A with the audience will follow the panelists’ remarks.


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