Dear Friends:
October 2020

Welcome to the new 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 and FaceBook. 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

Our 3-week September series was "The Rise of Humans" (Topic: Science), Sept. 12-26, 1:00-2:00 pm CSTRecordings of those sessions are available (click on "All Series" to purchase access to any past series for just $8.99). The previous three series, "Pandemic," "Facebook, Social Media, and Election 2020—Why Worry?" and "Why We're Not Really Living in a Post-Truth World" are now available for purchase there.

Our most recent series, "2020—Election of a Lifetime"(Topic: Society) has concluded. Recordings will be available soon under "All Series."

Our current series, under the Sea Change theme, is "What Now—Our Next Political and Cultural Landscapes" (November 7-21). We will examine the results of Election 2020, consider the ongoing Pandemic, and explore what may lie ahead for American and the world. More information is available on this site, under "Themes/ Society.") We hope you'll join us for a very exciting and challenging program, with Jim Kenney

Watch for the email announcement of our Single-session December 12 offering and our four Winter-Early Spring 2021 Series (January-April, one under each theme).

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.



Jim Kenney 

Jim Kenney

© 2020 by Jim Kenney

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