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Newberry Teachers’ Consortium: Professional Development Seminars

E.A. Burbank’s portrait of Pahl-Lee, a Hopi Indian woman. Call number VAULT oversize Ayer Art Burbank No. 60.

The Newberry Teachers’ Consortium offers a series of intellectually stimulating, content-based Professional Development seminars led by scholars from area universities and colleges. The seminars aim to reconnect teachers with the world of scholarship in their content areas and re-inspire them to model the love of learning for their students.

Registration is now open. You may view upcoming seminars below and register through our online platform, Learning Stream.

Due to the ever-changing public health landscape in light of the coronavirus pandemic, and in order to accommodate a variety of teaching schedules, we’re offering three formats:

  • Virtual Seminars (via Zoom), for 1.5 hours (worth 1.5 CPDUs), from 3:30-5pm (Central Time)
  • In-Person Seminars at the Newberry Library, for 3 hours (3 CPDUs), from 9:30am-12:30pm (Central Time)
  • NTC+Plus: Special All-Day Seminars at the Newberry Library, for 5 hours (worth 5 CPDUs), from 9:30am-3:30pm (Central Time)

Below are the documents that will aid participants in registering for seminars.

  1. NTC 2021-22 Seminar Schedule
  2. Registration Guide
  3. Pricing Guide
  4. NTC Registration Form for Administrators (optional, but recommended)

For more information about the NTC series, including how to register for seminars, please read our Frequently Asked Questions.

Teacher Testimonials

Here is what some of our participants had to say about Newberry programs:

“Thank you for your programming. Attending a Newberry Seminar is always one of the most enjoyable and beneficial professional development experiences of the school year.”

“It’s hard to find time to take deep dives into various topics, so professors who are experts in the area have valuable information for me.”

“These seminars are some of the ONLY PDs I’ve attended over the past 11 years of my teaching career that treat teachers as professional, intelligent academic leaders.”

“I love that it’s just a day for me to ‘nerd out’ and learn about something interesting to me!”

Upcoming NTC Seminars

Tuesday, October 5, 2021
This workshop serves as an introduction to using film as a pedagogical tool in the high school classroom, particularly for instructors teaching in the fields of literature, politics, and critical identity studies (i.e., gender, race, sexuality, etc.).
Thursday, October 7, 2021
Most people are familiar with the Cherokee Nation and the Trail of Tears they endured as part of their forced removal from their Southeastern homelands. But did you know that the Cherokees and four other Indian nations owned Black slaves?
Monday, October 18, 2021
How historians think about the past, and use primary sources to offer interpretations of key movements, events, and ideas, is often hard to convey. This seminar focuses on two exercises which introduce students to historical thinking.
Tuesday, October 19, 2021
Teachers often rightfully turn to international adaptations of Shakespeare’s Hamlet to help students connect with the play; a foreign culture’s reaction to a well-known play can defamiliarize the play and help it feel fresh, strange, and compelling.
Thursday, October 21, 2021
This session will introduce participants to educational resources, created by the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center, that address anti-Asian racism and stereotypes, solidarity movements in US history, and why the term “Asian Pacific American” is so complicated.
Saturday, October 23, 2021
Please Note: This seminar is a special 3-hour Saturday virtual offering. From the moment of its publication in 2017, Emily Wilson’s translation of The Odyssey was famous for being the first English translation, by a woman, of the epic.
Monday, October 25, 2021
A versatile author, Gloria Anzaldúa (1942-2004) published poetry, short stories, essays, autobiographical narratives, interviews, children’s books, philosophy, and multi-genre anthologies.
Thursday, October 28, 2021
In this seminar, Dr. Dutmer will provide a practical, hands-on teaching seminar and workshop on teaching Ethics to young people (especially high schoolers), at a time in their lives when they are gripped by visions of their future-oriented selves.
Friday, October 29, 2021
While Salem, Massachusetts is the best-known site of witchcraft charges in US history, the accusations and interrogations there in the 1690s actually occurred as the peak period of witch-hunting in the West was winding down. One of the most famous witch-hunters in English history had been active fifty years earlier.
Monday, November 1, 2021
Humans are social creatures and the brain is a social organ. In this workshop, we will explore the neuroscience behind belonging, and how we can use these intellectual concepts to create actionable strategies for modeling and teaching self-regulation in your classroom.
Wednesday, November 3, 2021
Those assigned female who “transed” gender, lived as men, and married women in the eighteenth and nineteenth century US and UK were described as “female husbands.” They persisted in living as men despite tremendous risk, violence, and punishment.
Tuesday, November 16, 2021
The June 1969 police raid on the Stonewall Inn served as a flashpoint for the modern gay rights movement in the United States.
Thursday, November 18, 2021
Often considered the founder of African American literature, Phillis Wheatley (Peters) was the first English-speaking person of African descent to publish a book of poems—Poems on Various Subjects: Religious and Moral (London: 1773). Because modern scholars have often privileged print publication, her circulation in manuscript form and its import have garnered less attention.
Friday, December 3, 2021
Please Note: This is a special, 3-hour virtual session. The distinctions among “religion,” “spirituality,” “magic,” and “medicine” are often blurry. All involve an appeal to natural or supernatural knowledge and/or the power to understand, beseech, influence, or control forces shaping individual lives or communities.
Thursday, December 9, 2021
The Haitian Revolution (1791-1804)—a thirteen-year series of slave revolts and military strikes— resulted in the abolition of slavery in the French colony of Saint-Domingue in 1793 and its subsequent independence and rebirth in January 1804 as Haiti, the first independent and slavery-free nation of the American hemisphere.
Tuesday, December 14, 2021
This seminar offers an overview of Chicago labor history from the mid-nineteenth century into the twentieth century. It will highlight violent flashpoints between protesters, police, and industrialists like the Battle of the Viaduct, Haymarket Affair, and Memorial Day Massacre, as well as lesser-known events like the 1910 Chicago garment workers’ strike and 1948 Packinghouse Workers’ strike.
Monday, January 24, 2022
Recent events have given us new occasions to look back on the history of our “schooled” society. The unprecedented pandemic interruptions of 2020-21 were a reminder of schooling’s centrality to the social order.
Tuesday, January 25, 2022
Voting occupies a paradoxical position in the United States. The franchise is a necessary, but not sufficient, condition for democracy. And yet, getting to and maintaining this minimal condition has been–and remains–an ongoing struggle in the United States.
Thursday, January 27, 2022
Life writing includes the genres of (auto-)biography, memoir, confession, diaries, journals, and social media posts. It is a way of life, a creative practice, and a performative invitation of past, present, and future selves.
Friday, January 28, 2022
Mass vaccine hesitancy, along with outright opposition to immunization, is by no means solely an artifact of the COVID-19 era. Rather, controversies over vaccination in American history go back literally three centuries, to an intense conflict in Puritan Boston that inspired an assassination attempt on Cotton Mather.
Tuesday, February 1, 2022
Humans are social creatures and the brain is a social organ. In this 3-hour workshop, we will explore the neuroscience behind belonging, and how we can use these intellectual concepts to create actionable strategies for modeling and teaching self-regulation in your classroom.
Wednesday, February 2, 2022
Please Note: This is a special, 3-hour virtual session. Can you imagine the American Midwest without wheat fields, Italy without marinara sauce, or Spain without gazpacho? Wheat, tomatoes, chili peppers, and many other foods were transferred between the Old and New Worlds following Christopher Columbus’s first voyage to the Americas in 1492.
Thursday, February 3, 2022
In this session, we will review the new legislation from the State of Illinois regarding Media Literacy Instruction in High Schools, mandated beginning in the fall of the 2022-23 school year.
Friday, February 4, 2022
Populism is a hot topic these days, with many academics and political commentators raising alarms about the threat to democracy posed by Donald Trump’s supporters. This seminar focuses first on the several means of populism and distills that conversation into the traits that are common to these various uses.
Tuesday, February 8, 2022
This seminar discussion will be shaped by the many pressing upcoming issues in the domestic political landscape, but will certainly include instability in the region (Ukraine and Belarus) and mounting pressures to accommodate dissent. We will take a look at the impact of technology on the internal politics of Russia.
Monday, February 14, 2022
Few paintings occupy as much space in the American imagination as Edward Hopper’s Nighthawks. In part inspired by fiction (Ernest Hemingway’s short story “The Killers”), it went on to inspire poets, songwriters, and fiction writers as diverse as Joyce Carol Oates, Tom Waits, and Stuart Dybek (not to mention its endless parodies and pastiches).
Friday, February 18, 2022
Dr. Michael Lynn, Purdue University Northwest
Violence pervaded the French Revolution (1789-1799) and propelled it forward. Crowd behavior, riots, executions, military actions, slave revolts, and organized political movements all had elements of inherent violence.
Thursday, March 3, 2022
This seminar will explore both the history of residential racial segregation in Chicago’s suburban communities and efforts to dismantle it. How do we explain high levels of segregation in some communities and racial integration in others? What has been attempted to de-segregate, and what are communities doing (or not doing) today to promote integration?
Friday, March 4, 2022
Europe after the First World War was a study in contrasts. On the one hand, the victories of the western democracies of Britain and France and the new international organization of the League of Nations seemed to point toward a peaceful future for Europe, one based on the rule of law and the promise of economic prosperity.
Wednesday, March 9, 2022
In January 1966 Martin Luther King, Jr. came to Chicago to launch his first direct action campaign in the urban north. “We are going to create a new city,” he told his staff in the run-up to his move. “Nobody will stop us.” Drawing on Dr. Boyle’s new book, The Shattering: America in the 1960s (W.W.
Wednesday, March 16, 2022
Please Note: This seminar will be conducted in French. This seminar will offer participants a chance to study the special role Paris has played in representations of the past. We will explore how modern and contemporary writers, filmmakers, and historians search for traces of the past in the cityscape of Paris.
Friday, March 18, 2022
The twenty-first century has seen an explosion of comic books and graphic novels created by Indigenous artists and writers. This seminar will survey the field of contemporary North American Indigenous comics, including examples from the Newberry’s large collection of comics by and about Indigenous peoples.
Monday, April 11, 2022
This seminar will introduce the concept of the Silk Roads–a series of trade routes connecting East Asia to the Mediterranean, which, through the exchange of goods as well as ideas, influenced the cultures of East Asia, India, the Middle East and the Mediterranean.
Wednesday, April 13, 2022
The US border with Mexico is a complex and shifting site of contestation, emotion, and fear. The border is geographically dispersed, reaching far into Central America and beyond. It is infused and continually re-shaped by history, politics, and theology. It is intensely securitized and deeply politicized, implicating race, religion, politics, and the natural and built environments.
Monday, April 18, 2022
If seeing is believing, then maps are belief in hard copy. This full-day NTC+ seminar explores three key questions related to historical cartography: What kind of historical evidence do maps provide? What can we learn about American identity by reading the maps that were made to depict travels, migrations, and tourism across multiple centuries?
Thursday, April 21, 2022
Please Note: This seminar will be conducted in Spanish. In this seminar, we explore the language, identity, and culture of heritage-language learners while we examine the multitude of Spanish-proficiency levels brought into the classroom.
Friday, April 22, 2022
The song “Closing Time,” by Semisonic, comes on at 2 a.m. at the bar. If you’ve ever closed out your local drinking hole with friends and heard this song, as the staff brings up the harsh lighting, you’ve experienced something essential that Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night is attempting to capture. Can you have too much of a festive thing? When does jesting tip over into danger?
Monday, April 25, 2022
The environmental history of the Chicago lakefront is one of moving nature. What does this mean? Chicago is blessed to have a publicly accessible lakefront with excellent beaches framed by world-class architecture, parks, and museums.
Tuesday, April 26, 2022
This course examines the 2011 Arab Spring, its aftermath, and its connection to the exponential rise of protests across the world in the past decade, including in the United States. The protests that swept the Middle East ten years ago were widely hailed as a unique moment when people in the region rose up against authoritarian rulers.
Wednesday, April 27, 2022
Few great poems are as hard to teach as T. S. Eliot’s The Waste Land, not only because the text itself is so elusive (and allusive), but also because it comes to us encrusted by a hundred years of commentary. With explanations of the poem no more than a click away, what reading strategies can we use to help our students encounter the poem freshly?
Friday, April 29, 2022
This program investigates the importance and excitement of primary sources—letters, images, photographs, artworks, and more—and what and how they communicate about the past. We first investigate the huge range of artifacts, which can speak meaningfully to a broad array of disciplines. Then we will examine actual objects in the Newberry’s collection.