The Reformation and Chicago | Newberry

The Reformation and Chicago

Led by Christopher Fletcher. Six sessions, 2 - 4 pm.
Wednesday, February 14, 2018
Wednesdays, February 14 - March 21

2 - 4 pm

This seminar has been cancelled.

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.

This seminar has been cancelled.

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

This seminar explores the legacy and impact of the Reformation on modern-day society. Each meeting examines a hallmark of modernity (e.g., social justice, mass media, religious liberty) that was profoundly shaped by the religious changes unleashed by Martin Luther’s spiritual revolution 500 years ago. In so doing, students will learn to appreciate the ways in which early modern religious change continues to shape the world—and the city—in which they live. Six sessions.

Christopher Fletcher earned his PhD in history from the University of Chicago in 2015. His work centers on premodern religion and public communication. Last year, he served as the lead content developer for the Mellon major project, Religious Change, 1450-1700.

Materials List


  • There are no required materials for this class.

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.