Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar | Newberry

Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar

Led by John Nygro. Six sessions, 2 - 4 pm.
Wednesday, February 28, 2018
Wednesdays, February 28 - April 4

2 - 4 pm

Online registration is closed. Call (312) 255-3700 to register.

Cost and Registration Information

Early Registration Price (January 9 at 10 am – January 26 at 4 pm): $210
Regular Registration Price (January 26 at 4 pm – first day of class): $231

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

Online registration is closed, but you can still register by phone. Please call (312) 255-3700 to do so.

Excuse our dust!

Beginning January 2018 the Newberry will be undertaking renovation of much of the first floor. The Adult Education Seminars Program will still have use of the basement classrooms, but please check this link frequently for the latest conditions - which exterior doors are open or closed, where to find an accessible entrance, which restrooms are available, etc.

Because of the renovation, the Newberry Bookstore will be closed during the Winter/Spring and Summer 2018 terms. As such, seminar participants will be responsible for acquiring all required texts for their seminars on their own. We apologize sincerely for the inconvenience, and appreciate your understanding. We have put together a list of helpful resources that should make it easy to find the books you need.

Seminar Description

For over four centuries, Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar has inspired audience members to examine their beliefs about politics, power, democracy, authoritarianism, and the unintended consequences of their actions. We will read, view, and discuss Shakespeare’s entire play, focusing on our individual understanding and appreciation of the text and its characters. We will also consider the value of the interpretations of actors, filmmakers, and play directors who have produced Shakespeare’s political masterpiece. Six sessions.

John Nygro is a lecturer, actor, and musician in the Chicago area with a forty-year career in the arts. His talks have been heard at universities, libraries, arts organizations, and on radio.

Materials List


  • William Shakespeare, The Oxford Shakespeare: Julius Caesar. Oxford University Press; Reprint edition (February 1, 2009). ISBN#: 978-0199536122

First Reading:

  • There is no reading assignment for the first class.

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