September 2014

Wednesday, September 3, 2014
The Newberry Colloquium : Marsilio Ficino: Magician or Philosopher?

4 pm

The Newberry Library and Northwestern University recently acquired a manuscript in Italian from the late fifteenth century of Marsilio Ficino’s Opinions of the Philosophers on God and the Soul. Ficino is now known for translating into Latin the works of Plato and re-introducing neo-Platonism to European philosophy.

Saturday, September 6, 2014
A Morning with Dr. David McDonald, CG : Newberry Fall Genealogy Workshop

9:30 am - 12:45 pm

Join us for a morning with Dr. David McDonald, CG. Dave has nearly 40 years’ genealogical research experience and has more than 30 years’ experience as a lecturer and teacher in the field. Dave’s formative years were spent in Buffalo Grove and he has been a frequent user of the Newberry’s collections since 1979.

Saturday, September 6, 2014
Genealogy and Local History Orientation

9:30 am

The Genealogy and Local History staff will introduce visitors to the Newberry and explain how to use its collections at an informal orientation and tour. This month the orientation will be abbreviated due to the Fall Genealogy Workshop. Reservations not required. Free.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014
The Newberry Colloquium : Knowledge and Technology: From Socrates to the Digital Age

4 pm

The subject of this year’s undergraduate Humanities seminar (sponsored by the Associated Colleges of the Midwest) converges on the themes of knowledge and technology. Who produces knowledge? How is it organized? Who has access to it?

Tuesday, September 16, 2014
(This program continues for multiple sessions)
Upstate–Downstate: Chicago in Illinois, the Midwest, and the World

5:45 - 7:45 pm

This class has been cancelled.

This discussion-based seminar will survey the “Upstate-Downstate” divide in Illinois history. Is it a reality? If so, how powerful is the trope? If mythical, what undermines the idea? If half true, what topics transcend the divide?

Tuesday, September 16, 2014
(This program continues for multiple sessions)
The First World War, 1914–1918

1 - 3 pm - OR - 5:45 - 7:45 pm

Both sections of this class are full. Registration has closed.

Note: There are two sessions of this class to accommodate demand. They both have the same content.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014
(This program continues for multiple sessions)
Great Orchestra Works from Bach to Stravinsky

2 - 4 pm

Join us as we recognize and explore pieces of music overlooked in the mainstream symphony circuit. Participants will gain an in-depth understanding and appreciation for works such as Bach’s Orchestral Suites, Liszt’s Dante Symphony, and Stravinsky’s Petroushka.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014
(This program continues for multiple sessions)
The French Correction: A Relaxed Approach To Le français

5:45 - 7:45 pm

Would you like to try a laid-back and enjoyable way to start studying French or to improve your French pronunciation? This course, intended for participants at any level of proficiency, uses an accepting classroom atmosphere and the vocabulary of fine food and wine to help you decode the French spelling system and pronounce French more easily and accurately.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014
(This program continues for multiple sessions)
Music Appreciation through Performance: A Chamber Ensemble

5:45 - 7:45 pm

New schedule and new price!

Note: the length of the course has been shortened to 10 weeks. Schedule information in the printed brochure is no longer accurate.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014
(This program continues for multiple sessions)
The Lincoln-Douglas Debates

5:45 - 7:45 pm

In 1858 Stephen A. Douglas and Abraham Lincoln, fighting for the Illinois senate seat then held by Douglas, met in seven debates. Focused on the question of slavery and its extension into the western territories, these “joint discussions” went to the very heart of American society and government.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014
(This program continues for multiple sessions)
Picturing the Great War: Conflict, Representation, and Memory in American Visual Culture

6 - 7:30 pm

American society and culture underwent profound transformations in the wake of the unprecedented violence, loss, and trauma of World War I.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014
(This program continues for multiple sessions)
Moral Philosophy 101: Aristotle’s Nichomachean Ethics

2 - 4 pm

Aristotle’s Nichomachean Ethics is one of the most influential textbooks of moral philosophy ever written. Celebrated in antiquity, canonized in the Middle Ages, and widely rejected in the Early Modern period, Aristotle’s ethical theory is undergoing a resurgence today.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014
(This program continues for multiple sessions)
The Rise and Fall of Ancient Maya Civilization: A Comparative Perspective

2 - 4 pm

This class is full and registration has closed.

Of all the pre-Hispanic civilizations of the New World, the Maya inspire a particular fascination for scholars, artists, and the public. How did they achieve such splendor in the inhospitable rain forest and why did their civilization collapse from such heights?

Wednesday, September 17, 2014
(This program continues for multiple sessions)
The Hobbit: J.R.R. Tolkien's Mythic Sources

5:45 - 7:45 pm

Discover the roots of The Hobbit in Norse mythology, German legend, and English literature. Participants will read J.R.R. Tolkien’s classic novel in detail as they explore ancient poems and tales of wizards and wanderers, dwarves and dragons, heroes and hoards.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014 to Saturday, January 3, 2015
Chicago, Europe, and the Great War

The Newberry is marking the centennial of the start of World War I with two linked exhibitions and a series of related public programs.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014
The Lost Region: Toward a Revival of Midwestern History : A Meet the Author Event

6 pm

In comparison to the South, the far West, and New England, the history of the Midwest has been sadly neglected. In addition to outlining the centrality of the Midwest to crucial moments in American history, Jon K. Lauck resurrects the long-forgotten stories of the institutions founded by an earlier generation of midwestern historians.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014
The Newberry Colloquium : The Unusual Case of Eunice Tietjens, Poet and War Correspondent

4 pm

When writer Eunice Tietjens left Chicago in 1917 to become a foreign correspondent for the Chicago Daily News and spend sixteen months covering the Great War, the editors of Poetry magazine printed a special farewell.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014
(This program continues for multiple sessions)
Medieval Britain 1066-1307 through Historical Fiction

5:45 - 7:45 pm

Explore the highlights of Medieval British history– including the Norman Conquest, the Anarchy, the Anglo-Norman invasion of Ireland, and the Conquest of Wales–through quality historical fiction. Novels by Morgan Llywelyn, Sharon Penman, and others will introduce the period.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014
The Newberry Colloquium : World War I Comes to the Newberry

4 pm

This fall the Newberry marks the centennial of the start of World War I with two linked exhibitions: Chicago, Europe, and the Great War, drawn from the Newberry’s collection, and American Women Rebuilding France, 1917-1924, a traveling show from the Franco-American Museum in Blérancourt, France.

Saturday, September 27, 2014
The Map Thief: The Gripping Story of an Esteemed Rare-Map Dealer Who Made Millions Stealing Priceless Maps : A Meet the Author Event

1 pm

Maps have long exerted a special fascination—as beautiful works of art and as practical navigational tools. But to those who collect them, the map trade can be a cutthroat business, inhabited by quirky and sometimes disreputable characters in search of a finite number of extremely rare objects. Once considered a respectable antiquarian map dealer, E.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014
Conversations at the Newberry: Neil Steinberg and Thomas Dyja Discuss Chicago as the Second City

6 pm

Responding to a canon of criticism of Chicago that dates back at least to the mid-twentieth century (and a recent contribution to which came from Rachel Shteir in the New York Times), Thomas Dyja, author of The Third Coast, and Neil Steinberg, author of You Were Never