Newberry Teachers’ Consortium

An Illustrated Map of Chicago. Tudor Press (Boston). 1931. Map 6F G4101.C6A3 1931.T8
An Illustrated Map of Chicago. Tudor Press (Boston). 1931. Map 6F G4101.C6A3 1931.T8

The Newberry Teachers’ Consortium offers a series of intellectually stimulating, content-based seminars led by scholars from Chicago-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.

Over 820 teachers are signed up to participate in the 2014-15 Newberry Teachers’ Consortium. The Newberry is pleased to offer 38 seminars on diverse topics, such as “Art as a Weapon: The Black Chicago Renaissance of the 1930s and 1940s,” “Challenges Facing Russia and Ukraine in the 21st Century,” “The Great Gatsby on Screen and In Context,” “The Economics of Emerging Markets,” “The Mexican Revolution and Its Legacy,” and “First World War: The Significance of the “Great War” Then and 100 Years Later.” Participating teachers represent 61 schools and 28 school districts in the Chicago area.

Subject Groups

NTC offers seminars in eight subject areas:

  • American history
  • American studies
  • European history
  • Geography and environmental studies
  • Literature and drama
  • Political science and economics
  • World history
  • World language

Seminar Format

Each seminar is three hours long and takes place on weekdays at the Newberry. Seminars are always scheduled from 9:30 am to 12:30 pm unless otherwise indicated. Participants earn three CPDU credit hours for attending an NTC seminar.

Participating in NTC

NTC is a subscription-based program that requires the purchase of an annual membership. School districts, schools, departments, or individuals are welcome to purchase any level of membership to fit their professional development needs. Districts, schools, and departments that are NTC members use a central contact person to coordinate seminar requests, track seminar participation, and monitor membership status.

Registration is limited to 20 participants per seminar and are filled on a first-come, first-served basis. Each NTC member may only send two teachers to any given seminar.


  • Individual Membership: $140 per seminar
  • Department Membership: $690 for six seminar slots
  • School Membership: $1,200 for 12 seminar slots
  • District Membership: $1,700 for 20 seminar slots

Download the current NTC Membership Form.

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For questions or more information, please contact Teacher Programs staff.

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Upcoming NTC Seminars

Tuesday, March 3, 2015
The Vikings : Medieval Ambassadors of Terror, Trade, and Multiculturalism
Wait list only

This seminar explores teaching methods and tools (e.g. images, sources, documentaries) for approaching the social, religious, economic, political and cultural history of the Vikings, from the first recorded Viking attacks in England, c.

Friday, March 6, 2015
Le cinéma "français" accenté : Construire les faces et les espaces de "l'Autre"

On ne peut définir le cinéma et la culture de la France métropolitaine actuelle, sans se référer au mélange des cultures et espaces identitaires qui forment le paysage français actuel. Une façon d’examiner la culture française d’aujourd’hui est d’interpréter comment le cinéma reflète le métissage courant ou les frictions culturelles qui se voient en métropole.

Wednesday, March 11, 2015
Family in Latin American Cinema

This seminar will examine the strategies that Latin American filmmakers use to represent families, and the trope of the family more broadly, to explore the social, political and historical realities that mark the region.

Friday, March 13, 2015
Are We Running Dry? : The Future of Water Supply and Demand in the USA
Wait list only

Water resources are essential to society and ecosystems. Unabated urbanization has placed incredible stress on water supply, demand, and quality, and these stresses are likely to be compounded by climate change. In some areas climate change is likely to increase the demand for water, while at the same time shrinking already scarce water resources.

Friday, April 17, 2015
Shakespeare's Women on Film : Sorcerers, Celebrities, Grrrls, and Other Upstarts
Wait list only

This seminar has been rescheduled. Please note the new date above.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015
The Great Gatsby on Screen and in Context
Wait list only

This seminar cultivates strategies for teaching F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby in relation to its film adaptations, privileging the 1974 and 2013 versions. First, we will discuss prompts students can answer during their reading or before a screening, facilitating richer responses to the movies’ images, sounds, and scene structures.

Friday, April 24, 2015
Wait list only

The economic, political, social, and cultural aspects of gentrification are all important, both in terms of the foundations of the process and potential responses to it. This seminar will overview the key terms and theories necessary to understand the process of the ‘upgrading’ or ‘revitalization’ of previously disinvested urban neighborhoods.