Upcoming Chicago Interest Seminars | Newberry

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Starting February 20, 2020
Thursdays, February 20 - April 9
This seminar is full. Call or email be added to the waitlist.
Led by Todd Bauer. Eight sessions. 6 - 7:30 pm.
This seminar has reached capacity. Please email seminars@newberry.org or call 312-255-3700 to be added to the waitlist. Seminar Description After leading Newberry seminars for more than 20 years, Todd Bauer has announced his retirement. This...
Starting February 22, 2020
Saturday, February 22
Led by Paul Gehl. One session. 10 am - 12 pm.
Seminar Description Jun Fujita’s poetry was published in a variety of little magazines and in a single book designed by prominent Chicago printer/designer Will Ransom. Although it is hard to establish direct, personal relationships with other...
Starting February 29, 2020
Saturday, February 29
This seminar is full. Call or email be added to the waitlist.
Led by Ginger Frere. One session. 9 am - 12 pm.
***This seminar has reached capacity. Please email seminars@newberry.org or call 312-255-3700 to be added to the waitlist.*** Seminar Description Records like birth certificates and marriage licenses are commonly used by genealogists, but knowing...
Starting February 29, 2020
Saturday, February 29
This seminar is full. Call or email be added to the waitlist.
Led by Erik Matsunaga. One session. 10 - 11:30 am.
This seminar has reached capacity. Please email seminars@newberry.org or call 312-255-3700 to be added to the waitlist or explore other seminars in this special series. Seminar Description Prior to World War II, Chicago counted roughly 400...
Starting March 5, 2020
Thursday, March 5
Led by Jasmine Alinder. One session. 6 - 7:30 pm.
Seminar Description What is the relationship between photography and truth? Do we understand photographs as windows that reveal reality or as a representational practice, like other forms of art, that gives us a mediated view of the world? How do...
Starting March 12, 2020
Thursdays, March 12 - April 2
Led by John Suiter. Four sessions. 5:45 - 7:45 pm.
Seminar Description The writers of the Beat Generation didn’t just blow through Chicago on their way to New York or San Francisco. In fact, much of the movement’s style and spirit, including the word “Beat” itself, can be traced to Chicago. In this...
Starting March 14, 2020
Saturday, 1 - 3 pm
Led by Mark Pohlad. One session. 1 - 3 pm.
Seminar Description This seminar examines the visual cultures surrounding the Japanese incarceration camps established by the American government during World War II. Surely one of the darkest chapters in the history of this country, the...
Starting March 24, 2020
Tuesdays, March 24 - April 7
This seminar is full. Call or email be added to the waitlist.
Led by Richard Reeder. Three sessions. 5:45 - 7:45 pm.
***This seminar has reached capacity. Please email seminars@newberry.org or call 312-255-3700 to be added to the waitlist.*** Seminar Description What can be more appropriate than taking a seminar on Ben Hecht on Ben Hecht Way? In 1921, Ben Hecht...
Starting March 28, 2020
Saturdays, March 28 - May 30
Led by Diane Dillon. Ten sessions. 2 - 4 pm.
Seminar Description This series of walking tours will explore some of Chicago’s “best addresses”—residential streets known for significant domestic architecture, notable residents, or historical events. Tours will focus especially on streets and...
Starting April 18, 2020
Saturday, April 18
This seminar has been canceled.
Led by John Dischner. One session. 1 - 3 pm.
**This seminar has been canceled.** Seminar Description In 1984, Continental Illinois National Bank and Trust, one of the 10 largest banks in the country and the largest bank in Illinois, failed after a series of losses incurred on energy–related...