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  • laurel schmidt
    Dear Friends: Cafe Society is scheduling a discussion of the Crisis in Lebanon this Wednesday at the Buzz Cafe in Oak Park, 905 S. Lombard, at 10 am. Come if
    Message 1 of 1 , Jul 31, 2006
      Dear Friends: Cafe Society is scheduling a discussion of the Crisis in Lebanon this Wednesday at the Buzz Cafe in Oak Park, 905 S. Lombard, at 10 am. Come if you can.
      Cheers and Peace,

      Nina Klooster <ninaklooster@...> wrote:
      From: "Nina Klooster" ninaklooster@...

      Hi Laurel. Would you please forward this email to the Oak Park Peace and Justice Group. I am facilitating at Buzz cafe on Wednesday at 10 am. Thanks, Nina

      ----- Original Message ----- From: The Public Square at the IHC
      To: ninaklooster@...
      Sent: Friday, July 28, 2006 10:01 AM
      Subject: Final Week for Field Museum Tickets & The New Crisis: Hezbollah, Lebanon, Israel & the U.S.

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      THIS WEEK IS YOUR LAST CHANCE TO BRING-A-BUDDY to Café Society and get a FREE pass good for admission for a group of 4 to the Field Museum and the awe-inspiring Evolving Planet exhibit!
      INVITE a friend to come to a fun and engaging Café Society near you and GET A FREE PASS to one of the exhibits that everyone is talking about!
      CAFÉ SOCIETY is a series of moderated conversations about the pressing issues of today with a diverse group of people who care about politics, culture, and community.

      EVOLVING PLANET takes visitors on an awe-inspiring journey through four billion years of life on Earth, from single-celled organisms to towering dinosaurs and our extended human family. What would you see and hear in the swampy forest that was Chicago 300 million years ago? How would it feel to touch the face of our early human cousins? Unique fossils, animated videos, hands-on interactive displays, and recreated and landscapes help tell the compelling story of evolution, the single process that connects everything that's ever lived on Earth.
      SO...DON'T WAIT! Grab an old friend, make a new one, bring a date or someone you love to argue with and come to Café Society!
      Visit www.thepublicsquare.org or www.fieldmuseum.org for more information.

      Cafe Society Weekly Topic & Articles for August 1-4:
      The New Crisis: Hezbollah, Lebanon, Israel & the U.S.
      Violence has flared in the Middle East once again with the kidnapping of two Israeli soldiers by Hezbollah guerillas in Southern Lebanon. Israel's response has resulted in the destruction of much of Lebanon's civilian infrastructure and hundreds of civilian casualties, while Hezbollah has launched daily barrages of short-range rockets aimed toward Northern Israel in an effort to terrorize the local population. While it's easy to see this latest round of violence as yet another round of tit-for-tat attacks, many have cautioned that there is much more at play in the current situation than meets the eye.
      Hezbollah, drawing support from Iran and Syria, is a powerful organization of Shiite Muslims in Lebanon, with political, military, and charitable activities that span the globe. Many analysts of the current conflict have noted that Iran retains tight control over the group, and have suggested that the timing of the kidnapping, as the G-8 contemplated sanctioning Iran for its nuclear activities, was not coincidental.
      Israel's response has significance beyond the current conflict, as well. The Israeli military justifies its attacks upon the civilian infrastructure as necessary to prevent the transportation of the kidnapped soldiers and military supplies. Many see it however as an attempt to punish the local population that is largely sympathetic to Hezbollah. As the conflict has dragged on, both Israel and the United States have resisted calls for a cease-fire, insisting that any peace that leaves Hezbollah armed is unacceptable.
      Where does a solution to this situation lie? Is the disarming of Hezbollah necessary for peace to exist on Israel's northern border? And what exactly is Iran's role in all of this? Are we seeing a territorial clash between Israel and Hezbollah? Is Hezbollah endangering the lives and livelihoods of innocent Lebanese to show the world at large the dangers of taking a hard line with lran?
      Come to Cafe Society to learn more about Hezbollah, discuss what started this recent escalation, and work with an engaged community of your peers to muddle our way toward a solution to this crisis.

      Suggested Readings:
      Council on Foreign Relations - Hezbollah
      Hezbollah and Iran are to blame
      Failed U.S. policies caused the mess in Lebanon
      Lebanese 'Have Little Faith' in Rice's Show of Support
      America's honey trap

      Café Society Locations:
      --7:30-8:30 p.m., Intelligentsia Coffee, 3123 N. Broadway St., Chicago
      --10-11 a.m., Buzz Cafe, 905 S. Lombard Ave., Oak Park
      --***NEW LOCATION: 12:30-1:30 p.m., Chicago Cultural Center-Randolph Street Café, 77 E. Randolph St.***
      --7-8 p.m., Pause, 1107 W. Berwyn Ave., Chicago
      --7:30-8:30 p.m., Longbranch Coffeehouse, 100 E. Jackson St., Carbondale, IL
      --7-8 p.m., Caffe De Luca, 1721 N. Damen Ave., Chicago
      --7-8 p.m., Valois, 1518 E. 53rd St., Chicago
      --5-6 p.m., Ron's Barber Shop, 6041 W. North Ave., Oak Park

      Café Society, a project of the Public Square at the IHC, is a project designed to foster a more robust civil society, more cohesive and interactive communities, greater media literacy, and a more informed and engaged citizenry through weekly coffee shop conversations about contemporary social issues. Current media reports (along with ample doses of caffeine) serve as stimulants for the conversations.
      The Public Square at the Illinois Humanities Council was adopted by the Illinois Humanities Council on December 1, 2004 and became the Public Square at the IHC. To learn more about the IHC programs in Chicago and around the state, check out the website's Calendar or Events listing.

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