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Programs and Events

The Newberry offers programming in the humanities for scholars, teachers, and the general public. Unless otherwise noted, events are free, and no reservations are required. Many of our programs are recorded, and you can listen to them on our website.

E.g., 06/20/2018
E.g., 06/20/2018
Thursday, June 21, 2018
Led by Margaret Farr. 6 sessions, 2 - 4 pm.
This seminar is full. Call (312) 255-3700 to be on the waitlist.
The year 2018 marks a unique citywide celebration with Art Design Chicago. This seminar will explore the city’s past and present as a visual arts hub by visiting five different arts institutions…
Saturday, June 23, 2018, Saturday, July 14, 2018
(This program continues for multiple sessions)
Sometimes 60 minutes of instruction on a focused topic can help you push through a particular question or task in your genealogical research project. Take all eight sessions, or simply those that most appeal to you.
Tuesday, June 26, 2018
Led by Katrina Kemble. 6 sessions, 5:45pm - 7:45 pm.
This course will take a close look at female authors who have been influenced by the Gothic. We will begin by reading the “Mother of the Gothic,” Anne Radcliffe. We will also read the works of Mary Shelley, the Brontë sisters, Flannery O’Connor…
Tuesday, June 26, 2018
Led by Donald G. Evans. 5 sessions, 5:45 - 7:45 pm.
This seminar has been cancelled.
Sherwood Anderson’s literary career blossomed because of his three stays in Chicago, during which he committed himself to his art. Though Winesburg resembles Anderson’s Ohio hometown, the author populated the stories with characters he met living at his Chicago rooming house…
Thursday, June 28, 2018
Led by Frank Biletz. 6 sessions, 1 - 3 pm (Section A) or 5:45 - 7:45 pm (Section B)
This exploration of the monarch and her era will treat such topics as the marriage of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert, Victorian ideals of domesticity, the industrial dominance of Britain…
Saturday, June 30, 2018
Led by Frank Biletz. 6 sessions, 10 am - noon.
To enhance enjoyment of Jane Austen’s novels, this course will survey English society in the late Georgian period, including such topics as the emergence of romanticism, the roles of women, the life of the gentry on their country estates…
Saturday, June 30, 2018
Led by David Pituch. 1 session, 10 am - 4 pm (1 hour lunch)
This seminar has been cancelled.
American music has always been engaged with the catch-22 of cultural assimilation versus cultural diversity. By examining the fusion within American music, we will consider American cultivated and vernacular music from pre-colonial times to the present…
Thursday, July 5, 2018
Led by Rachel Boyle. 5 sessions, 5:45 - 7:45 pm.
Explore Chicago’s past through one of its defining characteristics: conflict. By analyzing historical documents, consulting secondary literature, and engaging in lively discussion, seminar participants will investigate the historical riots and protests…
Wednesday, July 11, 2018
Led by Colleen Delegan-Sichrovsky. 3 sessions, 5:45 - 7:45 pm.
In this creative writing workshop, we will advance our writing skills through thoughtful analysis of plot, structure, character, and voice…
Saturday, July 14, 2018
Led by Sarah Kernan. 4 sessions, 1 - 3 pm.
Food was central to everyday life in medieval and Renaissance Europe. In this seminar, we will explore how the culture of food was connected to social status, economics, religion, law, art, literature, and so much more…
Saturday, June 23, 2018, Saturday, July 14, 2018
(This program continues for multiple sessions)
Sometimes 60 minutes of instruction on a focused topic can help you push through a particular question or task in your genealogical research project. Take all eight sessions, or simply those that most appeal to you.
Saturday, July 14, 2018
Led by Kathleen Murphy Skolnik. 4 sessions, 1 - 3 pm.
In the 1920s and 1930s many American architects rejected historicism for Art Deco, an aesthetic more representative of modern life. Initially applied to commercial buildings in major cities, it soon spread to building types throughout the country…
Saturday, July 21, 2018
Led by Lee Minnerly. 1 session, 10 am - 2 pm.
This seminar is full. Call (312) 255-3700 to be on the waitlist.
The world’s most mysterious book, the Voynich manuscript, is a fifteenth-century volume by an unknown author consisting of roughly 240 parchment pages of enigmatic botanical, astrological, biological, and pharmacological color illustrations accompanied by…
Saturday, August 4, 2018
Led by Matt Laufer. 1 session, 10 am - 3 pm. (1 hour lunch)
“Citizen is Rankine’s Spoon River Anthology,” a critic wrote, “an epic as large and frightening and beautiful as the country.” Who can resist such an unlikely linkage?