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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.

E.g., 02/21/2017
E.g., 02/21/2017
Tuesday, February 21, 2017
This seminar is full. Call (312) 255-3700 to be on the waitlist.
(This program continues for multiple sessions)
This seminar will explore the history and visual culture of the Century of Progress International Exposition, staged in Chicago in 1933-1934. We will study the fair’s architecture, landscape design, exhibits, special events, and amusements.
Tuesday, February 21, 2017
Online registration is closed. Call (312) 255-3700 to register.
(This program continues for multiple sessions)
Mozart’s genius extends to all genres of classical music across more than 600 works composed in his short 35 years. This seminar will focus primarily on instrumental music, including symphonies, overtures, chamber music, and the solo concerto.
Tuesday, February 21, 2017
This seminar is full. Call (312) 255-3700 to be on the waitlist.
(This program continues for multiple sessions)
This seminar explores two of Edith Wharton’s most important novels—The House of Mirth (1905) and Pulitzer-Prize winner, The Age of Innocence (1920).
Tuesday, February 21, 2017
(This program continues for multiple sessions)
Explore the Hundred Years War, the Black Death, the Age of Wycliffe, the Peasants’ Revolt, the Wars of the Roses, and other highlights of medieval British history.
Tuesday, February 21, 2017
(This program continues for multiple sessions)
This seminar focuses on the achievements made by women in the visual arts from the Middle Ages to the present. Besides exploring the artistic development of individual artists in Western culture, we will examine the conditions and contexts…
Tuesday, February 21, 2017
This seminar is full. Call (312) 255-3700 to be on the waitlist.
(This program continues for multiple sessions)
John le Carré, prolific British author of espionage novels, is arguably at his best when writing about his protagonist George Smiley. A notable foil to spies like James Bond, Smiley is inconspicuous in appearance and uses his wit to serve his country.
Tuesday, February 21, 2017
This seminar is full. Call (312) 255-3700 to be on the waitlist.
(This program continues for multiple sessions)
“Fascism” is among the most difficult to define of all political terms. This course will seek a definition by exploring those movements generally regarded as fascist that emerged in Europe between the two world wars…
Wednesday, February 22, 2017
(This program continues for multiple sessions)
This course focuses on the national musical traditions that are often omitted (generally for convenience) in standard musical survey courses. Outside of the Russian-French-German orbits that are more commonly considered, perhaps the most viable traditions are the…
Wednesday, February 22, 2017
(This program continues for multiple sessions)
Franz Kafka’s name has become synonymous with the enormities of civilization in the twentieth century. Through a close reading of Kafka’s unfinished novels, a “trilogy of human solitude,” we shall delve into the historical context and politics…
Wednesday, February 22, 2017
This class has been cancelled.
(This program continues for multiple sessions)
Discover the relationship between the tales of Norse mythology and the cultures that produced them. Participants will learn how powerful myths preserved by Icelanders in the thirteenth century relate to the religious beliefs and practices of the pre-Christian northern world.
Wednesday, February 22, 2017
(This program continues for multiple sessions)
This course focuses on Greek thought and experience from Homer to Alexander, for those who have often wished they had studied the Greeks, and for those who did so, but too long ago to matter.
Wednesday, February 22, 2017
(This program continues for multiple sessions)
British whodunnits, by writers such as Agatha Christie and Dorothy Sayers, and American thrillers, by Dashiell Hammett and Raymond Chandler, still rivet readers from all walks of life. In this seminar we will read one mystery novel a week and discuss…
Thursday, February 23, 2017
(This program continues for multiple sessions)
Profuse, energetic, and original, the Baroque period produced some of the most exciting and frequently performed works from any period in music history.
Thursday, February 23, 2017
(This program continues for multiple sessions)
From the most famous first sentence in American literature to its climactic chase scene, Herman Melville’s Moby-Dick is a great challenge—and memorable experience—in the life of any reader.
Thursday, February 23, 2017
(This program continues for multiple sessions)
London’s musical life can be traced to the Roman invasions of Britain in the first century BCE. After a quiet period in the Middle Ages, the area around London became a center for church music, secular song, opera, and oratorio.
Thursday, February 23, 2017
(This program continues for multiple sessions)
The present moment in American theater is one of its richest and most exciting. In a discussion and lecture based seminar, we will examine this moment…
Thursday, February 23, 2017
(This program continues for multiple sessions)
The writers of the Beat Generation didn’t just blow through Chicago on their way to New York or San Francisco. In fact, much of the movement’s radical, outspoken, spiritual edge was honed here in Chicago.
Thursday, February 23, 2017
This seminar is full. Call (312) 255-3700 to be on the waitlist.
(This program continues for multiple sessions)
In this course, we will explore Chicago saloons before 1920, when Prohibition wiped out traditional public drinking practices. We’ll read contemporary and historical accounts of Chicago’s late 19th and early twentieth Century saloons…
Thursday, February 23, 2017
This class has been cancelled.
(This program continues for multiple sessions)
The summer of 1816 was known as “the year without a summer” because of frigid weather in Europe following the eruption of Mount Tambora, which led to famine, disease, a European refugee crisis, and widespread riots. Mary Shelley wrote her famous novel Frankenstein during that summer…
Saturday, February 25, 2017
(This program continues for multiple sessions)
Would you like to try a laid-back and enjoyable way to start studying French or to improve your French pronunciation? This course, intended for students at any level of proficiency…
Saturday, February 25, 2017
(This program continues for multiple sessions)
In this historical survey of the growth of Christianity from the second century to the late fifth century, topics to be treated will include Gnosticism, the Great Persecution and its martyrs, the conversion of Emperor Constantine, the Council of Nicea…
Saturday, February 25, 2017
This class has been cancelled.
(This program continues for multiple sessions)
While records such as birth certificates and marriage licenses are commonly used by genealogists, knowing where to find a city’s unique records makes tracking those elusive ancestors easier. This seminar will cover research sources and strategies specific to Chicago in four lively…
Saturday, February 25, 2017
(This program continues for multiple sessions)
In observance of the 200th anniversary of the death of Jane Austen, we will read the two of her novels that were published posthumously.
Saturday, February 25, 2017
This workshop is for people who want to write about the important people, places, and events in their and their family’s lives.
Saturday, February 25, 2017
This seminar is full. Call (312) 255-3700 to be on the waitlist.
(This program continues for multiple sessions)
The idea of making up a story—writing fiction—can be intimidating for anyone, even an experienced journalist, essayist, or blogger. This workshop is for writers of all levels…
Saturday, February 25, 2017
(This program continues for multiple sessions)
Designed to continue where Genetic Genealogy left off, this fast-paced, in-depth course will build on previously acquired skills.
Tuesday, February 28, 2017
(This program continues for multiple sessions)
Of the thirty-six paintings attributed to Johannes Vermeer (1632-1675), twenty-nine feature women.
Tuesday, February 28, 2017
(This program continues for multiple sessions)
The desire to be treated fairly is hard-wired in humans, but the idea that everyone should be treated fairly is a relatively new one and, as headlines prove, not yet a universal practice. This seminar will consider the concepts of human rights and social justice…
Tuesday, February 28, 2017
This class has been cancelled.
(This program continues for multiple sessions)
The destruction of Mosul’s museums and archaeological zones by ISIS in 2015, combined with the black market sale of the region’s historical artifacts, has shocked the world. However, the theft and sale of these items has been occurring for centuries in Europe, the Middle East, and Latin America for over 250 years.
Wednesday, March 1, 2017
This seminar is full. Call (312) 255-3700 to be on the waitlist.
(This program continues for multiple sessions)
Michelangelo Buonarotti created works of art that continue to inspire and move countless numbers of art lovers. This seminar will explore the full range of Michelangelo’s works in sculpture, painting, architecture, and drawing, to gain a greater understanding of this many-faceted genius.
Wednesday, March 1, 2017
This seminar is full. Call (312) 255-3700 to be on the waitlist.
(This program continues for multiple sessions)
Nicknamed “Urbs in Horto,” a Latin phrase meaning “City in a Garden,” Chicago possesses one of the nation’s most impressive collections of parks and green spaces.
Wednesday, March 1, 2017
This class has been cancelled.
(This program continues for multiple sessions)
Dangerous Liaisons, an epistolary novel, exposes powerful aristocrats deeply engaged in seduction and intrigue. We will read this remarkable, dramatic novel as the compelling cautionary tale…
Wednesday, March 1, 2017
(This program continues for multiple sessions)
1857- 1867 was a defining decade in North America. From Mexico’s War of Reform and the French intervention, through the American Civil War, to the creation of the Dominion of Canada, the future of our continent was determined through distinct but related events in these three countries.
Wednesday, March 1, 2017
Online registration is closed. Call (312) 255-3700 to register.
(This program continues for multiple sessions)
Considered the greatest Brazilian writer of the twentieth century, Clarice Lispector often elicits worthy comparison to Joyce, Woolf, and Proust, and her genius is no less singular than theirs.
Wednesday, March 1, 2017
(This program continues for multiple sessions)
Although originally performed by boy players in the Renaissance theater, Shakespeare’s female roles are rich, varied, flesh-and-blood characters that have captivated generations of play-goers.
Thursday, March 2, 2017
This seminar is full. Call (312) 255-3700 to be on the waitlist.
(This program continues for multiple sessions)
The 2016 presidential campaign witnessed numerous charges of ignorance, stupidity, hypocrisy, elitism, and anti-intellectualism. This is no new thing. One of the nation’s greatest historians, Richard Hofstadter, first charted the topic in his 1963 book…
Thursday, March 2, 2017
This seminar is full. Call (312) 255-3700 to be on the waitlist.
(This program continues for multiple sessions)
Stephen Sondheim is considered by many to be the most accomplished composer and lyricist to ever write for the American musical theater. This seminar will focus on songs from eight of Sondheim’s masterpieces…
Saturday, March 4, 2017
(This program continues for multiple sessions)
This two-session seminar provides an in-depth exploration of the many tools available through the free-third party website GEDmatch.
Saturday, March 4, 2017
Two sections of this seminar will be offered.
Do you want to realize your dream to write a children’s book? Anxious to learn what to do once you write it? This workshop will introduce newcomers to today’s world of children’s books…
Saturday, March 4, 2017
Online Registration for this class is closed. Call 312-255-3700.
(This program continues for multiple sessions)
Vellum, a fine material made from calfskin, was used frequently in early bookbinding as both a substrate upon which manuscripts were written and as a covering material. Flexible and durable, but with a mind of its own, vellum is a beautiful and challenging material.
Tuesday, March 7, 2017
Online registration is closed. Call (312) 255-3700 to register.
(This program continues for multiple sessions)
Bob Dylan, a towering musical figure and the creator of some of the most significant music of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, has recently been awarded a Nobel Prize in Literature for his cultural contributions.
Saturday, March 11, 2017
This class has been cancelled.
(This program continues for multiple sessions)
Music does not exist in a vacuum but lives and breathes inside cities, theaters, churches, educational institutions, and civic spaces. This course will give participants an overview of music history, but will also examine how music participates in networks of people, ideas, and places.