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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.

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E.g., 02/17/2018
Tuesday, February 20, 2018
Led by Bill Savage. Seven sessions, 6 - 7:30 pm.
This seminar is full. Call (312) 255-3700 to be on the waitlist.
In this seminar, we will explore (in texts and on site) the difference between plans and realities and how history is written into, and out of, Chicago’s very streets. After one meeting at the Newberry, we will convene at different spots across Chicago…
Wednesday, February 21, 2018
Led by Dagmar Herrmann. Eight sessions, 5:45 - 7:45 pm.
Once in a generation there is a rebellion that resonates across the globe. Fifty years ago, the Prague Spring—an attempt in Czechoslovakia to liberalize the country through reforms based on an individual’s right to freedom of speech—might have been the most ambitious to date.
Thursday, February 22, 2018
Led by Todd Bauer. Eight sessions, 6 - 7:30 pm.
In this lecture and discussion-based seminar, we will examine the rich period of European theater from the mid-twentieth century to the present.
Saturday, February 24, 2018, Saturday, April 21, 2018
Led by Jeff Nigro and John Nygro. One session, 9 am - noon (Section A), 1 - 4 pm (Section B)
Cleopatra, Queen of Egypt, has become a figure of myth and legend far beyond the realities of her life, in large part thanks to her portrayals in the arts…
Saturday, February 24, 2018
Led by Kathleen Murphy Skolnik. Four sessions, 1 - 3 pm.
Art Deco captured the attention of the world in the 1920s and ‘30s. A term that defies definition, its manifestations range from soaring setback skyscrapers to simple streamlined factories, from modern interpretations of classic French cabinets to skyscraper-inspired bookcases…
Saturday, February 24, 2018
Led by Frank Biletz. Ten sessions, 10 am - noon.
This seminar is full. Call (312) 255-3700 to be on the waitlist.
This course will explore the transformation of the “empire on which the sun never set” during the twentieth century. We will consider such topics as the Boer War, the impact of the First and Second World Wars on the Empire…
Saturday, February 24, 2018
Led by Beatriz Gartler. Eight sessions, 10 am - noon.
This seminar is full. Call (312) 255-3700 to be on the waitlist.
Like any form of art, poetry requires practice. It needs curiosity, determination, a willingness to learn from others, and an open mind. In this workshop we will learn from published poets and each other.
Saturday, February 24, 2018
Led by Harrison Sherrod. One session, 10 am - 2 pm.
This seminar is full. Call (312) 255-3700 to be on the waitlist.
A specter is haunting America—the specter of Marx. In the wake of the 2008 economic meltdown, Occupy Wall St., and a presidential bid by a self-proclaimed democratic socialist, Karl Marx seems primed for a comeback. This seminar will provide an accessible introduction to Marxist thought, exploding many Marx myths along the way.
Saturday, February 24, 2018
Led by Sarah Kernan. One session, 1 - 4 pm.
The medieval and Renaissance feast was a grand showcase of wealth and power, designed to stimulate all the senses and improve or confirm one’s social standing. In this seminar we will explore several historic feasts…
Tuesday, February 27, 2018
Led by Debra Mancoff. Six sessions, 5:45 - 7:45 pm.
When we look at a portrait of a man we usually ask, “Who was he?” but we rarely ask, “What is he wearing?” This six-week seminar will answer that question using the methods of art history and dress history to better understand the dress code of status, society, and the self.
Wednesday, February 28, 2018
Led by John Nygro. Six sessions, 2 - 4 pm.
Online registration is closed. Call (312) 255-3700 to register.
For over four centuries, Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar has inspired audience members to examine their beliefs about politics, power, democracy, authoritarianism, and the unintended consequences of their actions. We will read, view, and discuss Shakespeare’s entire play…
Thursday, March 1, 2018
Led by John Suiter. Six sessions, 5:45 - 7:45 pm.
“Tumultuous” is how historians describe the year 1968. Indeed, to recall (or first learn about) the one-after-another events of that year—from the assassinations of Martin Luther King Jr. and Robert Kennedy to the Democratic National Convention…
Saturday, March 3, 2018, Saturday, April 7, 2018
Led by Esther Hershenhorn. One session, 9 am - 4 pm
Do you still want to realize your dream to write a children’s book someday? Anxious to learn what to do once you write it? This workshop introduces newcomers to today’s children’s book world…
Saturday, March 3, 2018
Led by Debra Mancoff. One session, 1 - 4 pm.
This seminar is full. Call (312) 255-3700 to be on the waitlist.
The phrase widows weeds conjures up swathes of ebony crêpe, black lace, and jet jewelry. But a century ago it meant so much more! This one-day seminar, merging methods of art, dress, and social history, explores the evolution of mourning dress and ritual in Great Britain and beyond.
Saturday, March 3, 2018
Led by Jeffrey Nigro. One session, 9 am - noon.
Online registration is closed. Call (312) 255-3700 to register.
This one-day seminar will explore the visual arts during the French Revolution, a tumultuous moment for the arts, politics, and society.
Saturday, March 10, 2018
Led by Carol LaChapelle. One session, 10 am - 4 pm (1 hr lunch).
This workshop is offered for those interested in writing family stories—those real-life accounts of the important people, places, and events in their own and their family’s lives.
Saturday, March 17, 2018
Led by Anna-Lisa Cox. One session, 9 am - noon.
Have you ever wondered how DuSable came to be the first settler of Chicago? Was he alone or were there others like him? This seminar will reveal the histories of the earliest African-descended people in this region…
Thursday, March 22, 2018
Led by Linda Levine. Six sessions, 2 - 3:30 pm.
This seminar is full. Call (312) 255-3700 to be on the waitlist.
We will read short stories of literary merit written in the past 25 years by the following highly acclaimed authors: Tim O’Brien, Alice Munro, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Jay McInerney, and Edith Pearlman.
Saturday, March 24, 2018
Led by Julia Denne. Six sessions, 10 am - noon.
Online registration is closed. Call (312) 255-3700 to register.
Though known primarily as a playwright in the West, Chekhov is a master of the short story. Chekhov’s understated sense of humor and his humanistic vision make his stories universal and accessible to modern readers.
Saturday, March 24, 2018
Led by John Nygro. Three sessions, 1 - 4 pm.
The orchestral masterpieces of Gabriel Fauré, Claude Debussy, and Maurice Ravel display a distinctive sensibility through a world of sensual sound. We will listen to and discuss 11 complete orchestral masterpieces by these twentieth-century composers…
Saturday, March 24, 2018
Led by Diane Dillon. Ten sessions, 2 - 4 pm.
Online registration is closed. Call (312) 255-3700 to register.
This seminar will explore 10 of Chicago’s neighborhoods through a series of readings and walking tours. We will study the history of each neighborhood’s initial settlement and its changing population and popularity in the years since.
Thursday, March 29, 2018
Led by Brian Oberlander. Four sessions, 5:45 - 7:45 pm.
This seminar has been cancelled.
This seminar will explore Georges Bizet’s Carmen (1875) from musical, theatrical, and social perspectives…
Saturday, March 31, 2018
Led by Karen Stanbary. Four sessions, 9 am - noon.
This is a newly updated course focusing on the organization and analysis of autosomal DNA match list and segment data to solve genealogical brick wall problems.
Saturday, March 31, 2018
Led by Anna-Lisa Cox. One session, 1 - 4 pm.
Long before Abraham Lincoln arrived in Illinois, free people of African descent had been coming to the Illinois Territorial frontier.
Saturday, March 31, 2018
Led by Karen Stanbary. Three sessions, 1 - 4 pm.
This course explores genealogy through a fun, hands-on case study of a Sicilian immigrant family who resided in Chicago’s “Little Hell” neighborhood in the first decades of the twentieth century. In this seminar you will learn to use tried and true strategies to resolve conflicts in the evidence, including falsified identities.
Saturday, March 3, 2018, Saturday, April 7, 2018
Led by Esther Hershenhorn. One session, 9 am - 4 pm
Do you still want to realize your dream to write a children’s book someday? Anxious to learn what to do once you write it? This workshop introduces newcomers to today’s children’s book world…
Saturday, April 14, 2018
Led by Jack Shreve. One session, 1 - 4 pm.
All surnames mean something. Studying English, French, German, Italian, and Spanish surnames can reveal to you what European life was like in an earlier time, answering questions like, what kind of occupations were pointers, feidlers, and faucheurs?
Saturday, April 14, 2018
Led by Elzbieta Foeller-Pituch. One session, 10 am - 4 pm (1 hr lunch).
This seminar is full. Call (312) 255-3700 to be on the waitlist.
Agatha Christie is a global figure of crime literature. We will discuss representative works of the 1920s and ‘30s featuring her major sleuths, Hercule Poirot and Miss Marple…
Saturday, April 21, 2018
Led by Marsha Peterson-Maass. One session, 1 - 4 pm.
This seminar is full. Call (312) 255-3700 to be on the waitlist.
Curb your dependence on Ancestry’s “shaky leaf hints” by taking your genealogical skills to the next level!
Saturday, February 24, 2018, Saturday, April 21, 2018
Led by Jeff Nigro and John Nygro. One session, 9 am - noon (Section A), 1 - 4 pm (Section B)
Cleopatra, Queen of Egypt, has become a figure of myth and legend far beyond the realities of her life, in large part thanks to her portrayals in the arts…
Saturday, April 21, 2018
Led by Marsha Peterson-Maass. One session, 9 am - noon.
This seminar is full. Call (312) 255-3700 to be on the waitlist.
The Newberry has one of the strongest genealogy research collections in the nation. This one-session course will show you where to begin tracing your family’s history in America.