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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.

View upcoming seminars below. 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

Monday, December 7, 2020
Did Chicago always have police? This seminar will explore the origins of the city’s police force in the nineteenth century. We will examine how local politics shaped early policing while connecting Chicago’s story to national trajectories.
Wednesday, December 9, 2020
Hull-House was world-renowned for supporting immigrants and world peace, but did you know it paved the way for LGBTQ+ rights? With the changing landscape of human rights today, it is important to ask ourselves, where do we learn about LGBTQ+ history? How do public institutions uplift different narratives for visitors to see themselves in all spaces?
Friday, December 11, 2020
The fourteenth and fifteenth centuries in England were punctuated by a series of cataclysmic events that permanently altered the social, political, and institutional structures of society.
Monday, December 14, 2020
If seeing is believing, then maps are belief in hard copy. This seminar explores three key questions related to historical cartography: What kind of historical evidence do maps provide? What can we learn about the era of European colonial settlement in North America by reading the maps that were made to depict discoveries, conquests, and land claims?
Wednesday, December 16, 2020
Contemporary cooking is driven by engaging recipes, but for students and scholars, historical recipes can provide valuable insight into the past, as these texts have been recorded for thousands of years to document ways to feed, preserve, heal, and transform.
Wednesday, January 13, 2021
“I belong and my voice matters.” This is a mindset we as educators hope all of our students experience, and our classrooms need to support this. While ‘student voice’ is often seen in the purview of civics classes and education, the importance of this transcends grade level or subject area.
Thursday, January 21, 2021
Full. Waitlist only.
This virtual walking tour will explore how history is remembered in the cultural landscape of Chicago. From monuments and murals to historic buildings and the lakefront, the seminar will interrogate how the city remembers certain events and people, and how other histories are actively silenced.
Monday, January 25, 2021
We and our world are intensely visual. Ninety percent of information that comes to the brain is visual. Sixty-five percent of the population are visual learners. Visual aids in the classroom improve learning by as much as four hundred percent. Given these realities, students should be empowered with the tools to judge and discuss visual artifacts.
Wednesday, January 27, 2021
Two of the biggest misconceptions about American Indian peoples in the United States is that they 1) have disappeared, and 2) are just like any other racial group. Instead, American Indian nations are sovereign nations that are still here.
Monday, February 1, 2021
What does the Declaration of Independence declare? This seminar investigates the origins, meanings, and contested legacies of one of the most consequential political documents in world history. What did the Declaration’s language of equality, liberty, and rights mean to its authors and earliest readers? How and why have understandings of the document changed over time?
Wednesday, February 3, 2021
School is a fact of life. Every year since 1900, schoolhouses have enrolled an ever-greater share of American children, produced ever-larger cohorts of high school graduates, and received ever-increasing investment and oversight by all levels of the American state.
Thursday, February 11, 2021
In 1951, Langston Hughes published Montage of a Dream Deferred, a book which contains several of his most taught and anthologized poems, including “Theme for English B” and “Harlem” (“What happens to a dream deferred?”).
Friday, February 12, 2021
This seminar applies the techniques of micro-history – the intense exploration of a tightly-focused time or place – to a tiny slice of twentieth-century Chicago. It starts on the Fourth of July 1961 on the 6100 block of W. Eddy Street, out in the north side’s Bungalow Belt.
Friday, February 19, 2021
“Not marble, nor the gilded monuments / Of princes, shall outlive this powerful rhyme,” begins Shakespeare’s famous Sonnet 116. And as Shakespeare predicted, the “powerful rhyme” of the fourteen-line sonnet form has fascinated Anglophone writers for centuries, outlasting not only “gilded monuments,” but other poetic styles and fads, too.
Monday, February 22, 2021
In his recent magisterial biography of Frederick Douglass, historian David W.
Wednesday, February 24, 2021
Since the 1950s, James Baldwin has prodded the political and ethical blind spots of the United States and has attended to those who find themselves at its social margins. Baldwin’s writing hones in on minoritarian experience and deftly inhabits the complex feelings that come with being judged, feelings like the self-hatred or pleasure that comes from living in defiance of social taboos.
Thursday, February 25, 2021
The Age of the Witch Hunts coincided with the European Reformation and the beginnings of the Scientific Revolution. But what was the relationship between religion, magic, and science? Was it possible to believe both in the Church and the ability of cunning-folk to heal, read palms, find lost property, or cast horoscopes?
Friday, March 5, 2021
The October 2019 airing of HBO’s show, Watchmen, brought one of the most brutal episodes in American history—the Tulsa Race Massacre—to the attention of millions of people across the United States. In this seminar, we will examine primary sources that deconstruct the massacre and its aftermath through the eyes of those who experienced it.
Wednesday, March 10, 2021
Despite sugar’s ubiquity in the modern Western diet, it was once reserved as a medicinal ingredient for the wealthiest consumers. From the Middle Ages to the nineteenth century, sugar transformed from a rare luxury item to a commonplace ingredient, shaped by dramatic shifts in health, trade, and politics.
Friday, March 12, 2021
This seminar provides an overview of the contributions of U.S. Latinx authors and artists of the 20th-21st centuries (with an emphasis on the output of the Nuevo Latinx Boom).
Monday, April 12, 2021
Please note this seminar will be conducted in French. This seminar focuses on how the Second World War has been remembered in France from the postwar period until today. Participants will explore how representations of the Shoah, the understanding of the Resistance, and the process of coming to terms with Vichy collaboration have changed over time.
Monday, April 12, 2021
Ursula K. Le Guin, Octavia Butler, and Margaret Atwood are towering figures in feminist speculative fiction, using the techniques of science fiction to explore issues of race, class, gender, sexuality, and bodily autonomy in works that question the moral framework of the present by imagining different worlds.
Friday, April 16, 2021
After its appearance in 1936, Henry Luce’s photographic pictorial weekly––the first all-photographic American news magazine––became wildly popular and was found in nearly every home. It documented important world events, cultural news, sports, and daily life with the help of often-brilliant photographers, incisive writers, and perceptive editors.
Wednesday, April 21, 2021
What do Grant Park, Millennium Park, Navy Pier, Jackson Park, South Shore Cultural Center, and Steelworkers Park all have in common? They all are located on Chicago’s lakefront. Chicago’s 27 miles of lakefront have undergone significant physical, social, and cultural transformations since the time of European exploration.
Friday, April 23, 2021
This seminar will take up questions of origins, the histories they tell, and the stories they erase by examining how as institutions, local communities, and educators are reconsidering how to commemorate 2020 as the 400th anniversary of the Plymouth colonists’ settlement on Wampanoag homelands.
Monday, April 26, 2021
Shelter is an essential need, but has never been a human right in American society. Instead, housing is a commodity left largely – though not entirely – to the market. Moreover, housing policies in the U.S. have often had the effect of dividing Americans by race or class, rather than uniting us.
Wednesday, April 28, 2021
The seminar studies the rise, development and decline of the first ‘civilization’ in South Asia. Based on the floodplains of the river Indus, it was unknown to modern humans until a chance discovery in 1922. The excavations at Harappa and Mohenjodaro unearthed great cities, and radically altered the history and historical chronology of the subcontinent.
Friday, April 30, 2021
Please note this seminar will be conducted in Spanish. This seminar provides an overview of the contributions of U.S. Latinx authors and artists of the 20th-21st centuries (with an emphasis on the output of the Nuevo Latinx Boom).