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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

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).