News Release

Cultural Affairs Sponsors Excursions Downtown

With Chicago’s proximity to Trinity, students have hundreds of opportunities to enjoy cultural activities only 30 minutes away from campus. To help students take advantage of this, the Cultural Affairs Committee arranged a series of events to get students off campus and into the city to experience what Chicago has to offer. 

Outings included:

  • Othello, Chicago Shakespeare Theater
  • Chicago’s Hyde Park book shops
  • Joshua Redman, Symphony Center
  • The Trip to Bountiful, Goodman Theatre
  • A Passage to India, Vitalist Theater and dinner on Devon Street
  • Candles to the Sun, Eclipse Theatre
  • The Time of Your Life, Provision Theater Company

 More than 170 students participated in this semester’s series of outings, which were arranged and led by professors:

Bill Boerman-Cornell, assistant professor of education
Dr. Brad Breems, professor of sociology
Dr. John Fry, associate professor of history
Dr. Mark Jones, associate professor of English
Nancy Kwasteniet, director of academic services and support
Dr. Mark Peters, associate professor of music
John Sebestyen, assistant professor of communication arts

“It was wonderful to see Othello performed, especially since we were reading and discussing it in class,” said education major Caitlin McCarthy ’09 of Byron Center, Michigan, who also went along on the bookstore outing with Professor Boerman-Cornell. “The bookstores were awesome. It was nice to have the valuable resource of a professor to help us pick out books for our future classroom libraries.”
“This also gave us the opportunity to explore and learn more about Chicago’s amazing resources,” McCarthy added. “I'm looking forward to next year’s events.”

The Cultural Affairs Committee funded transportation, a portion of the ticket fee, and refreshments afterward, providing a chance for students and professors to engage in discussion. For more information, contact Sherry Barnes, associate professor of communication arts, at 708.239.4742 or e-mail

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