Upcoming History, Genealogy, and Social Science Seminars | Newberry

Upcoming History, Genealogy, and Social Science Seminars

This list is of upcoming seminars only. Since most seminars meet more than once in a term, if a class has already met at least once, it will no longer show up on this list. To find a seminar that has already started or has finished, visit Programs and Events and set the date range to include the seminar’s starting date.

Starting September 13, 2016
Tuesdays, September 13 - November 1 (class will not meet on October 11)
Led by Jeffrey Nigro and William Phillips
Seminar Description The “dandy” has been a figure in Western social life and culture for over two centuries. Beyond his choices in style and fashion, the dandy creates a persona by playing with notions of individuality, gender, sexuality, and social...
Starting September 13, 2016
Tuesdays, September 13 - November 22 (class will not meet on October 11)
Led by Frank Biletz
Seminar Description In this survey of German history from the devastated aftermath of the Second World War to the stability and prosperity of the present, topics to be treated will include the economic reconstruction of post-war Germany; reckoning...
Starting September 14, 2016
Wednesdays, September 14 - October 26
Led by Dean Kostantaras
Seminar Description In this seminar, we will gain a thorough understanding of Darwin’s ideas through readings from his works The Origins of Species, The Descent of Man, and Autobiography. The seminar will also address...
Starting September 15, 2016
Thursdays, September 15 - October 20
Led by Joseph Harrington
Seminar Description One of the most remarkable debates in history took place in 1787-88, when American essayists debated the merits of the Constitution drafted in Philadelphia. Participants in this seminar will discuss several of the renowned...
Starting September 15, 2016
Thursdays, September 15 - November 17
Led by Matthew Bird
Seminar Description 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,...
Starting September 17, 2016
Saturdays, September 17 - November 19
Led by Frank Biletz
Seminar Description In this historical survey of the emergence of Christianity from the time of Jesus through the first generations of Christians, topics to be treated will include Roman paganism; Second Temple Judaism; the search for the historical...
Starting September 21, 2016
Wednesdays, September 21 - December 7 (class will not meet on October 12)
Led by Dagmar Herrmann
Seminar Description From their debut in Berlin in the 1780s to their appearance in 1930s California, women’s salons served as welcoming havens where all classes and creeds could openly debate art, music, literature, and politics. We shall explore...
Starting September 22, 2016
Thursdays, September 22 - November 10
Led by Richard Hoskins
Seminar Description The debate over what qualifies as a just war is among the most durable streams of thought in Western civilization. In this seminar we will survey the history of the tradition from St. Augustine to twenty-first-century thinkers....
Starting September 22, 2016
Thursdays, September 22 - October 27
Led by Bill Savage
Seminar Description This seminar examines the life and times of the one person whose power constructed contemporary Chicago: Richard J. Daley, mayor from 1955-1976. O’Hare Airport, the University of Illinois at Chicago, our expressways, the booming...
Starting September 24, 2016
Saturday, September 24 - September 24
Led by Marsha Peterson-Maass
Seminar Description You can compile your Medical Family Tree and Predisposition Results Sheet even if you don’t have formal medical or genealogical training! This lecture provides a basic understanding of key concepts and will explore ways to find...
Starting September 24, 2016
Saturday, September 24
Led by Marsha Peterson-Maass
Seminar Description See how a professional genealogist uses the latest Internet techniques from Research to News to Help, including both free and subscription websites, and learn how you can incorporate these techniques into your genealogical...
Starting September 27, 2016
Tuesdays, September 27 - October 25 (class will not meet on October 11)
Led by Jack Shreve
Seminar Description Surnames often represent fossilized vocabulary from the distant past, and this seminar will reveal the mysteries you can discover from your family’s last names. The course will provide an introduction to the surnames of Western...
Starting October 8, 2016
Saturdays, October 8 - October 22
Led by Marsha Peterson-Maass
Seminar Description Whether you’re a beginner or simply looking for formal fundamentals training, try these seminars, tailored to meet your research needs. Take all six sessions or just those that most interest you. Register Online Here for...
Starting October 11, 2016
Tuesdays, October 11 - November 29
Led by Brooke Heagerty
Seminar Description The Great Depression and the New Deal transformed the economic, social, and political landscape of America. To understand how this occured, we will explore the causes of the depression; global responses, including the threat of...
Starting October 12, 2016
Wednesdsay, October 12
Online registration is closed. Call (312) 255-3700 to register.
Led by Will Hansen
Seminar Description Explore the story behind the musical phenomenon through books, manuscripts, and images from the Revolution and the early American republic in the Newberry’s collection, including letters and pamphlets written by Alexander...
Starting October 19, 2016
Wednesdays, October 19 - November 9
Led by Ginger Frere & Matt Rutherford
Seminar Description Think the Fire burned your chances for discovering what Chicago was like in its early days? Think again! Come join us as we explore a gold mine of pre-Fire treasures, many drawn from the Newberry’s collection, including maps,...
Starting October 22, 2016
Saturdays, October 22 - November 19 (class will not meet on November 5)
Led by Karen Stanbary
Seminar Description All genealogists know the frustration of being stymied when a paper trail ends or there is not enough evidence to prove a relationship. But DNA analysis, combined with traditional documentary research methods, can extend the...
Starting October 22, 2016
Saturdays, October 22 - November 19 (class will not meet on November 5)
Led by Karen Stanbary
Seminar Description How much evidence is enough to prove your pedigree? What if the evidence does not agree? Do you trust the sources from which you created your family tree? Should you? Do you believe your genealogical brick walls are permanent?...
Starting October 29, 2016
Saturday, October 29
Led by Marsha Peterson-Maass
Seminar Description Curb your dependence on Ancestry’s shaky leaf hints by taking your genealogical project to the next level! Learn accredited genealogy methodology, many new ways to use Ancestry.com, how to “fix records” and enter information...
Starting October 29, 2016
Saturday, October 29
Led by Marsha Peterson-Maass
Seminar Description Go well beyond shaky leaf hints by learning an integrated approach to using Ancestry.com with other repositories (both online and dusty paper). We’ll learn how to find and use these repositories plus research guides, research...
Starting October 29, 2016
Saturday, October 29
This seminar is full. Please call (312) 255-3700 for waitlist.
Led by Jeffrey Nigro and John Nygro
Seminar Description As a female ruler in a man’s world, Queen Elizabeth I turned perceived disadvantages into strengths by inspiring the greatest creative talents of the English Renaissance. Poetry, music, and portraiture were employed to portray...
Starting November 5, 2016
Saturday, November 5
Led by Mike Karsen
Seminar Description This comprehensive presentation covers a brief history of Jewish communities in Chicago and then launches into the records and resources available for today’s genealogical researcher. We will cover vital records (death, marriage...