July 2021
Dear Friends:

Welcome to the Global Lecture Hall, a center for creative online inquiry and community-building. In this challenging time, the spirit and vision that shaped Common Ground over almost forty-five years as an unparalleled learning center in the Chicago area seems more necessary than ever.


This website is your gateway to a growing series of timely and fascinating online workshops, lectures, and panel discussions offered on ZOOM. Here, you’ll find information about upcoming programs, recordings of past presentations, and access to paid registration.

The GLH website includes:

  • A map of our offerings in four thematic areas:

    • Sea Change: Cultural Evolution

    • Life in Society: Culture, Politics, History

    • Science: Physics, Evolution, Archaeology 

    • Inner Life: Religion, Philosophy, Spirituality

  • A repository of support materials and useful links

  • A library of recorded past programs, accessible for a small fee

  • An occasional blog (still under construction), where I will be joined by guest contributors, offering thoughts on unfolding events

Recordings of our past series are available for purchase. (Click on "All Series" to purchase access to any past series for just $8.99).

Starting in June we began a special series – "Summer Spotlights," with 3 series of 3 lectures each:


• Exploring the InnerLife (June 12-26) $35 (CONCLUDED)


• Inside the Issues (July 10-24) $35 (UNDERWAY)


• Cultural Barometers (July 31-August 14) $35 (COMING UP).

Registration still available for "Summer Spotlights" Series 2:

"Inside the Issues."Only one session remains, but registrants will receive all three recordings and copies of all slides.

Click here and then click the "Summer Spotlights #2 button.

Registration available now for "Summer Spotlights" Series 3: "Cultural Barometers."

Click here and then click the "Summer Spotlights #3 button.

We’re very grateful to those that have already offered financial support. Your donations are not tax-deductible but they are very important and greatly appreciated.