E.g., 10/01/2014
E.g., 10/01/2014
Wednesday, October 1, 2014
(This program continues for multiple sessions)
Mightier than the Sword: The Legacy of Harriet Beecher Stowe's Uncle Tom's Cabin

5:45 – 7:45 pm

This class has been cancelled.

Harriet Beecher Stowe’s novel Uncle Tom’s Cabin became a cultural phenomenon soon after it first appeared in the National Era abolitionist newspaper in June 1851, and it has remained an important, although complicated, literary landmark.

Saturday, October 4, 2014
(This program continues for multiple sessions)
Chicago Women's History, 1870-1930

10 am - Noon

Between 1870 and 1930, Chicago was home to some of the nation’s most important women reformers, including Jane Addams, Frances Willard, and Ida B. Wells. Seminar participants will gain a deeper understanding of the lives and times of six influential Chicago women.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014
(This program continues for multiple sessions)
Richard J. Daley: Man and Myth, Life and Legend

6 - 7:30 pm

In this seminar, we examine the many ways in which Richard J. Daley shaped modern Chicago, both physically (expressways, universities, public housing) and metaphysically (in how Chicagoans understand each other and create their sense of identity).

Wednesday, October 15, 2014
(This program continues for multiple sessions)
Unfinished Manuscripts, Unresolved War: Kafka, Hašek, and Prague in WWI

5:45 – 7:45 pm

Kafka, the inscrutable founding spirit of literary modernism, and Hašek, a satiric, cynic, and lapsed revolutionary, were born in the same city in the same year, spent most of their lives in Prague, wrote their world-famous books around the time of World War I, and died a year apart. What kind of an environment produced writers as dissimilar and alike as Hašek and Kafka?

Saturday, October 18, 2014
Beginning Genealogy: A Crash Course

1 - 4 pm

The Newberry has one of the strongest genealogy research collections in the nation. This one-session course will show you where to begin tracing your family’s history in America. Learn about genealogical relationships, traditional family trees and charts, DNA testing for kinship, and accredited research methods for finding information at home and in public sources.

Thursday, October 23, 2014
(This program continues for multiple sessions)
Myth, Memory, and the Meaning of Reconstruction

5:45 - 7:45 pm

While the Reconstruction of the former Confederate states began with efforts to empower former slaves, it ended with a fateful choice to pursue reconciliation between the North and South at the expense of racial justice.

Saturday, October 25, 2014
Swab Your Cheek: DNA Kinship Results

9:30 - 12:30 pm

This class is full. Call (312) 255-3700 for the waiting list.

Get the most out of your mtDNA, Y-DNA and atDNA test results. We will learn which biological components are tested, who in your immediate family the tests apply to, how to interpret the test results, how to prepare accredited lineage charts, network to find cousins, prepare spreadsheets for results comparisons, and join free project groups.