Upcoming Literature and Theater 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 Dr. Brian Oberlander. One session. 10 am - 3 pm.
Seminar Description Sneak behind the scenes of Georges Bizet’s complex and enthralling opera Carmen (1875). We begin with the opera’s commission and the Paris premiere. We then explore social themes in nineteenth-century Paris, analyzing the exotic...
Starting February 29, 2020
Saturdays, February 29 - April 4
Led by Melinda G. Rooney. Six sessions. 1 - 3 pm.
Seminar Description Helen: half–mortal, half–divine, the Face that Launched a Thousand Ships. Defined in myth and history by who and what she was to others, Helen often remains trapped like a fly in amber. This class seeks to understand her by...
Starting February 29, 2020
Saturdays, February 29 - April 18 (class will not meet on March 14 or April 11)
This seminar is full. Call or email be added to the waitlist.
Led by Julia Denne. Six sessions. 10 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 ***Please note that the seminar dates have changed from the print brochure. The seminar will meet on...
Starting March 5, 2020
Thursdays, March 5 - April 9
Led by Linda Levine. Six sessions. 2 - 4 pm.
Seminar Description A recent survey of writers and literary critics conducted by the New York Times found that Toni Morrison’s Beloved was widely considered the best work of American fiction of the past 30 years. An enthralling work of...
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
Saturdays, March 14 - April 4
This seminar is full. Call or email be added to the waitlist.
Led by Jeff Nigro. Four sessions. 10 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 Virgil’s great epic poem the Aeneid recounts the adventures of the Trojan prince Aeneas and his...
Starting March 18, 2020
Wednesdays, March 18 - April 15
Led by Matthew Bird. Five sessions. 5:45 - 7:45 pm.
Seminar Description Explore the highlights of medieval English history—from the Norman Conquest and the Anarchy through the first Plantagenet kings of England—through the prism of historical fiction. In addition to reading a short history,...
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
Saturday, March 28
Led by Nobuko Chikamatsu. One session. 10 - 11:30 am.
Seminar Description Fujita Junnosuke (“Jun Fujita”) was born in the late nineteenth century in the city of Onomichi on a small island in western Japan’s Inland Sea (Setonai-kai). The city is known for having inspired writers and poets with its...
Starting April 4, 2020
Saturday, April 4
Led by Harrison Sherrod. One session. 10 am - 3 pm.
Seminar Description In our current age of pre–Apocalyptic handwringing, it’s hard not to fantasize about a utopian alternative. Drawing on examples from literature, film, political philosophy, and architecture, this interdisciplinary single–day...