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Training Hands as Well as Educating Heads

Connie Goddard

Revisiting Industrial Education: Lessons from Three Distinctive Progressive Era Schools                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Tuesday, Nov. 16, 2021;  7:00 – 8:15 p.m.

Free, open to the public              No need to register

 Zoom link:shorturl.at/xGHR3


Before there were vocational-education programs, there was manual training and industrial education, which emphasized the practical instruction of the hand and eye. Manual training improved perception, observation, dexterity and visual accuracy. It combined practical with academic education.

Goddard’s forthcoming book, Revisiting Industrial Education: Lessons from Three Distinctive Progressive Era Schools, examines influential schools in North Dakota, New Jersey and Chicago. Chicago’s innovative Manual Training School (CMTS), was created in 1884 and influenced dozens of similar schools before being incorporated into John Dewey’s department of education at the University of Chicago in 1901; once there, it lost its distinctive identity. Why Dewey ignored CMTS – as well as complementary ideas from Frank Lloyd Wright and W.E.B. Du Bois – are among the fascinating questions Goddard asks in her “rich contextualization of educational activities around the turn of the century,” as an early reviewer said of her book.

Goddard will also discuss: Getting published; Writing during Covid and Lessons from writers who guided her research.

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For more information, contact program chair Greg Borzo: (312) 636-8968; gregborzo54@gmail.com

Woodstock @ 50 with Gerald Plecki

Woodstock at 50

POSTPONED. Watch this space for the rescheduling. 


 Cocktail hour: 6-7 pm; Panel discussion: 7-8 pm at the Cliff Dwellers Club, 200 S. Michigan Ave., 22ndfloor penthouse­—with a great view of Millennium Park!

Masks will be required; social distancing will be practiced. Stay safe!

Free, open to the public; Free appetizers, cash bar

Singing in the Rain: The Definitive Story of Woodstock at Fifty, by Gerard Plecki


An inside look at the creative energyand seminal performances that shaped this legendary event in 1969.The only publicationthat reviews every song performed by every musician at the iconic festival. Foreword by Jorma Kaukonen of the Jefferson Airplane.

Plecki will discuss his new book, in conversation with Walter Podraziktelevision historian and analyst, and lecturer at the Dept. of Communication, University of Illinois, Chicago.

“Wally” is co-author of ten books, including Watching TV: Eight Decades of American Television.

Plecki has written articles on music and film criticism, and his previous book, Robert Altman, is an authoritative analysis of this unconventional American director’s films. Come hear Plecki discuss the inside story of how Woodstock came to be—and how it profoundly impacted politics, music and society.

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For more information, contact Greg Borzo: (312) 636-8968; gborzo@comcast.net