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 February 16, 2016
Tuesdays, February 16 - March 22
This seminar is full. Please call (312) 255-3700 for waitlist.
Led by Debra Mancoff
Seminar Description Passion fueled British society under the reign of Edward VII. This era, marked by wide-ranging social and political change, brought about the promise of upward mobility along with the turmoil associated with a shifting social...
Starting February 16, 2016
Tuesdays, February 16- April 19
Section A is full. Please call for waitlist.
Led by Frank Biletz
Seminar Description This seminar will explore the politics, society, and culture of Germany from the ascendance of Hitler to the downfall of the Nazi regime. Topics will include the consolidation of power by the Nazi Party; the abrogation of the...
Starting February 17, 2016
Wednesdays, February 17 - April 20
Led by LaShonda Barnett
Seminar Description In this seminar, we will utilize gender as a lens through which to scrutinize an era that is often associated with male titans of industry and their economic achievements. Framed by the Gilded Age’s oft-competing concepts of...
Starting February 20, 2016
Saturdays, February 20-27 (Two-session seminar) ***PLEASE NOTE: The dates for this seminar have been changed from those that appear in the printed brochure.***
This seminar is full. Please call for waitlist.
Led by Lee Minnerly
Seminar Description Stonehenge, one of the world’s most iconic archaeological sites, has inspired historians, scientists, artists, and countless others for centuries. This intensive two-session seminar will trace the changing perceptions of...
Starting February 20, 2016
Saturdays, February 20 - March 12
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. DNA analysis, combined with traditional documentary research methods, can extend the...
Starting February 20, 2016
Saturdays, February 20 - May 7 (class will not meet March 26 and April 2)
This seminar is full. Please call for waitlist.
Led by Frank Biletz
Seminar Description Celebrated for their practical skills – winning battles, building roads, and making laws – the Romans of the imperial period left behind a lasting legacy of cultural achievements, as well as a rich array of both impressive and...
Starting February 25, 2016
Thursdays, February 25 - March 31
Online registration is closed. Please call (312) 255-3700.
Led by Tim Lacy
Seminar Description Anti-intellectualism, pseudo-intellectualism, and ignorance are perennial problems in American life. However, when the health of a society’s civic life and politics depend on rational debate, those issues are more than mere...
Starting February 27, 2016
Led by Marsha Peterson-Maass
Seminar Description Did you get your start in genealogy with Ancestry.com? Not really sure what to do now that you’ve exhausted their resources? This one-session seminar will help you take your genealogical project to the next level with accredited...
Starting February 27, 2016
Led by Marsha Peterson-Maass
Seminar Description Whether you have taken any DNA tests or not, this seminar will help you understand atDNA, Y-DNA, and mtDNA test results, including haplogroups, ethnicity, and database cousin matches. We’ll also discuss today’s basic kinship...
Starting March 2, 2016
Wednesdays, March 2 - April 20 (class will not meet March 30)
Led by Patricia Scanlan
Seminar Description This seminar will explore the rich history of American art and visual culture from the colonial era to the Civil War, a period of dramatic upheaval that witnessed the birth of the new nation, Western expansion, and an...
Starting March 3, 2016
Thursdays, March 3 - March 31 (class will not meet March 24)
Led by Ginger Frere
Seminar Description While records such as birth certificates and marriage licenses can yield important insights for genealogists, knowing where to find a city’s unique records can ease the process of tracking down elusive ancestors. This seminar...
Starting March 12, 2016
Led by Joseph Harrington
Seminar Description After the Civil War, Americans faced fundamental questions of citizenship and nationality as the defeated South was rebuilt. This one-day seminar will focus on five topics: the Fourteenth Amendment, voting rights in the South,...
Starting March 19, 2016
Led by Marsha Peterson-Maass
Seminar Description How much of your ancestor’s biography reflects his or her work life? This one-session seminar will show you how to build a business biography, find genealogical employee and business records for everyone from factory workers to...
Starting March 19, 2016
Led by Marsha Peterson-Maass
Seminar Description Explore the growing field of forensic genealogy and learn amazing techniques using today’s science and technology to take your genealogy projects up a notch. We’ll discuss map and geographic identification, photo detective work,...
Starting March 19, 2016
Saturdays, March 19 - April 9
Led by Karen Stanbary
Seminar Description This seminar is the second in a sequence with Genetic Genealogy (see above). We will further explore the concepts taught in the first seminar with the use of real-time demonstration and a hands-on practical skills laboratory....
Starting April 9, 2016, Starting April 16, 2016, Starting April 23, 2016
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. 1. Research Methodology...