Science and Enlightenment in Europe | Newberry

Science and Enlightenment in Europe

Led by Daniele Macuglia. Five sessions. 6 - 7:30 pm
Tuesday, July 2, 2019
Tuesdays, July 2 - July 30

6 - 7:30 pm

This seminar is full. Call (312) 255-3700 to be on the waitlist.

Cost and Registration Information

Early Registration Price (May 7 at 9 am** – May 24 at 4 pm): $195
Regular Registration Price (May 24 at 4 pm – first day of class): $214.5

** Registration opens online at 9 am. Phone registration will be accepted starting at 10 am.

Members, seniors, and students get a 10% discount.

This seminar is full. Please call (312) 255-3700 to be added to the wait list.

Seminar Description

In this course we will survey the major scientific and cultural developments that took place during the Enlightenment in Europe. Our focus will be on the “exact sciences,” as well as natural history, physiology, and moral philosophy. Throughout this course, we will connect our discussions of these scientific developments to the major philosophical, political, religious, and social movements of the Enlightenment-era in Europe.

Five sessions. E – $195, L – $214.5

Daniele Macuglia is a historian and a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Chicago. Trained as a physicist in Italy, he received First Prize at the Italian National Olympiads for Young Scientists. He earned his PhD in the early modern history of science from the University of Chicago.

Materials List


  • Dorinda Outram, Panorama of the Enlightenment. Thames and Hudson, 2006. ISBN: 978-0892368617

First Reading:

  • For the first class please read the Introduction of the textbook in addition to Chapters 1 and 2.

This class is part of the Newberry’s Adult Education Seminars Program. Learn more about our registration procedures.