April 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).

Our most recent series, "Our Home in the Universe,” concluded on April 10. Recordings will be available soon.

Our next series will take a four-week tour of the events, the clichés, the mysteries and the complex dynamics of a period that ought to be better remembered:


“Golden Years to Days of Hope and Rage: the Fifties and Sixties”

Click here for information and registration (on this site): https://www.jklecturehall.net/society.

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.