Upcoming Events
  • Jim Kenney
06/30/2015
9:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Morning Workshop
Common Ground Deerfield
Inspired by Carrie Gibson’s remarkable new book, Empire’s Crossroads: A History of the Caribbean from Columbus to the Present Day, this workshop will reflect on the rich and important history of this complex region: “a stage for projected fantasies and competition between world powers.”
  • Jim Kenney
07/07/2015
9:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Morning Workshop
Common Ground Deerfield
Inspired by Carrie Gibson’s remarkable new book, Empire’s Crossroads: A History of the Caribbean from Columbus to the Present Day, this workshop will reflect on the rich and important history of this complex region: “a stage for projected fantasies and competition between world powers.”
  • John Wasik
07/08/2015
7:30 PM - 09:30 PM
Lecture
Common Ground Deerfield
Drawing on the new book, Misbehaving, by University of Chicago Economist Richard Thaler, John Wasik tells how we can identify and avoid our worst instincts in many realms of our lives.
  • Ahmad Sadri
07/14/2015
9:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Morning Workshop
Common Ground Deerfield
Ahmad will analyze the current state of Iran's relationship with the U.S, the changing character of Sunni-Shiite relations, as well as Iran's internal evolution toward a secular state from the point of view of his own recent arrest and imprisonment at the notorious Evin Prison of Tehran.
  • Jim Kenney
07/21/2015
9:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Morning Workshop
Common Ground Deerfield
CG participants should be at least somewhat familiar with the fascinating work of Steven Johnson. In this program, we’ll take a good look at his latest book, How We Got To Now: Six Innovations that Made the Modern World. We’ll talk about Glass, Cold, Sound, Clean, Time, and Light.
Announcements
CG regrets to announce that Carl Jerome's Mindfulness Meditation sessions (Thursday evenings) have ended.
CG deeply regrets to announce that the Flossmoor satellite will no longer be in operation. The May, June, and July dates are cancelled.
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About Common Ground

Founded by Ron Miller and Jim Kenney in 1975, Common Ground is a center for inquiry, study, and dialogue. Our primary concern is the human quest for understanding and the human pursuit of significance. While our endeavor began with the study of world religions and the commitment to inter-faith dialogue, our range of program offerings has been greatly expanded over the past several years.

Today, our primary focus is on the world's great cultural, philosophical, religious, and spiritual traditions and their implications for every dimension of human experience. Our course offerings include a tremendous variety of topics, including, but not limited to: history, literature, art, science, psychology, business, relationship, health, and personal growth. Our programs are shaped to meet the needs of all who are excited by ideas and serious about the quest.

Common Ground is for those who are already deeply grounded in their own traditions and for those who are still searching. It is a place for all who are fascinated by the convergence of the ancient with the modern, of East with West, and of spirituality with planetary reality. Common Ground brings together a knowledge of the past and a vision of the future for a better understanding of the present.

Common Ground is a fully registered not-for-profit 501(c)(3) corporation.