Heller Foundation Seminar Series | Newberry

Heller Foundation Seminar Series

Full-page miniature of a knight slaying a dragon with foliate borders, 1455. VAULT Case MS 35.

The Heller Foundation Seminar Series (HFSS) offers Chicago-area teachers the opportunity to participate in engaging, content-based seminars with local scholars and their peers. HFSS connects teachers with current scholarship and primary sources. Upcoming seminars will focus on engaging in history through art

Seminar Format

Heller Foundation seminars are held at the Newberry from 9 am to 2:30 pm unless otherwise indicated. Seminars include a show and tell component featuring relevant primary source materials from the Newberry’s collection. Participants earn five CPDU credit hours for attending a Heller Foundation seminar.

Program Costs

Registration for a Heller Foundation seminar is free and open to all K–12 teachers in the Chicago area. Registrations are filled on a first-come, first-served basis.


The Newberry is grateful to the Walter E. Heller Foundation for its generous support of HFSS and for providing classroom resources for seminar participants.

For more information about the Heller Foundation Seminar Series, please contact Teacher Programs Staff.

Upcoming Seminars

Thursday, June 7, 2018
This seminar will examine Shakespeare and women from two points of view. First, the plays themselves, and the question of whether a large-scale “woman project” is visible or thinkable across the long arc of Shakespeare’s career. Second a look into the Newberry’s collections at famous women performers of Shakespeare.
Friday, June 8, 2018
In his book Love and Death in the American Novel (1960), Leslie Fiedler asked, “why has the tale of terror so special an appeal to Americans?” The gothic literary genre is vast, with dark iconic themes including death, madness, and the supernatural. In British classics like Wuthering Heights, we get the mysterious moors, and in The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr.