Adult Education Seminars | Newberry

Adult Education Seminars

Program Overview

Designed for lifelong learners with busy schedules and inquiring minds, the Newberry’s Adult Education Seminars explore the past from fresh perspectives. Experts teach literature, music, history, philosophy, religion, language, genealogy, and creative writing in small classes that foster conversation, collaboration, creativity, and an open exchange of knowledge.

We offer nearly 150 seminars annually, ranging in size, duration, cost, and format and held over three terms (Fall, Winter/Spring, and Summer).

Take a Seminar

The schedule of classes for the Winter/Spring 2022 term is now available! Registration opens January 19. Classes begin on a rolling basis February 22.

Members of the Newberry Associates at the Literati level and above have access to early registration beginning January 12. Learn more about membership benefits and becoming a Newberry Associate.

Questions about registration? Learn about how to register online or contact us via email at (Please note: the seminars program staff continue to work both in-person and remotely. Email is the best way to reach us during regular office hours. You may also call the seminars office at 312-255-3700 and we will get back to you as soon as possible. We appreciate your patience!)

Explore the full schedule of seminars or browse by subject:

Exhibition Seminars Chicago Interest Arts
Language Genealogy History & Social Science
Philosophy & Religion Literature & Theater Music
Writing Workshops

Teach a Seminar

Our Adult Education Seminars Program always seeks new instructors and seminar topics to enhance the program. If you are interested in teaching a seminar at the Newberry, please see our Teach a Seminar page for more information about developing a proposal and teaching at the Newberry.