Dublin: A Cultural History | Newberry

Dublin: A Cultural History

Led by Frank Biletz
Saturday, February 20, 2021
Eight sessions, Saturdays, February 20 - April 17 (Class will not meet April 3)

10 am - 12 pm (Central Time)

Full. Email seminars@newberry.org to be added to the wait list.

Newberry Adult Education Seminars will meet virtually via Zoom. For more information about the Newberry’s virtual seminars, including a Zoom tutorial, please see our Virtual Seminars FAQ page. If you have questions about online learning, please reach out to seminars@newberry.org.

Seminar Description

From its Viking foundations to becoming a modern capital city, from the building of Georgian Dublin to destruction suffered during the Easter Rising, from the Gaelic Revival to the Celtic Tiger, from Jonathan Swift to U2, from the architect James Gandon to the poet Patrick Kavanagh, and from Dubliners to the singing Dubliners, this seminar will explore the fascinating social and cultural history of Ireland’s capital city.

Eight sessions. Registration – $280

Frank Biletz received his PhD in history from the University of Chicago, with a primary specialization in modern British and Irish history. He is currently an adjunct instructor in history at Loyola University Chicago. He has been teaching seminars at the Newberry since 1994.

Materials List


  • A selection of shorter materials distributed by the instructor.


First Reading:

  • For the first session, it is recommended that participants read the Introduction and Chapter One of Siobhán Kilfeather’s Dublin: A Cultural History.

Registration Information

Registration opens at 9 am (CST) on Wednesday, January 13th. Newberry Associates members at the Literati level and above will have access to early registration beginning January 7 at 10am. Learn more about membership benefits and becoming a Newberry Associate.

Please note: For more information about registration, including a guide to online registration, see our Registration Information page. Questions? Please contact seminars program staff via email at seminars@newberry.org.

We offer a 10% discount to members, seniors, and students.

This seminar has reached capacity. Please email seminars@newberry.org to be added to the wait list.

This seminar is part of the Newberry’s Adult Education Seminars Program. Learn more about registering for a seminar, program policies, or teaching a seminar.