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"All Hail, Macbeth, that Shall be King hereafter!": Self-fulfilling Prophecies in and around Macbeth with Cynthia Rutz
Chicago, IL
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Kibbitznest Discussion Series is in collaboration with The University of Chicago Graham School to host presentations and discussions of original research.

Early in Shakespeare's Macbeth, the title character meets three witches who give him what he believes to be a prophecy about becoming king. He goes on to make that prophecy come true by murdering King Duncan and taking his place. But was that really the only route open to Macbeth? Others who have also faced a seemingly predestined future, such as Socrates, Oedipus, and Aeneas, handled that dilemma very differently. Comparing these stories will help us address a question that applies to all of us as well: What is the proper response to knowledge about the future?"

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Cynthia Rutz completed her PhD on Shakespeare at the University of Chicago in 2013. Other interests include mythology, folktales, and ancient Greek philosophy and literature. She is a former staff chair of the Basic Program and currently teaches at Valparaiso University.

She has also worked with Mortimer Adler on his Paideia Project, an education reform project which encourages high school and elementary school teachers to help students think critically through Great Books seminar and coaching.

Ticket includes one drink and other refreshments and will support kibbitznest programs, dedicated to promoting a better understanding of the world and its people by coming together face-to face to think, to teach, to learn, to talk, to listen, to read, to argue, to discuss, to inquire, to look at, and to be human.

kibbitznest is a registered 501(c)3 non-profit organization and wifi-free zone dedicated to the preservation of quality face-to-face human communication.

Sponsor: The Jené Group at Morgan Stanley, William B. Jené, CIMA®, Senior Investment Management Consultant, Senior Vice President Financial Advisor, 2135 City Gate Lane, Naperville, IL 60563, 630-799- 9856 | Morgan Stanley Smith Barney LLC. Member SIPC
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2212 N. Clybourn Ave.
Chicago, IL 60614
United States



Minimum Age: 21
Kid Friendly: No
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


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