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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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Thursday, September 14, 2017
Led by Margaret Farr. Eight sessions, 2 - 4 pm.
This seminar is full. Call (312) 255-3700 to be on the waitlist.
This course explores joint creative expression by considering eight artist couples from the late nineteenth century to the 1960s. Along with O’Keeffe and Stieglitz, Kahlo and Rivera…
Thursday, September 14, 2017
Led by Susan Pezzino. Ten sessions, 5: 45 - 7:45 pm.
Is Old English a foreign language? This course aims to demystify the uncanny look and sound of the earliest, pre-Chaucerian stages of the English tongue.
Saturday, September 16, 2017
Led by Jeff Huebner. Ten sessions, 1 - 3 pm.
This seminar has been cancelled.
This seminar will examine the origins, history, legacy, artists, works, and meanings of the Chicago-born contemporary mural movement. Through weekly readings, slide presentations, several site visits…
Tuesday, September 19, 2017
Led by Melanie Sympson. Six sessions, 5:45 - 7:45 pm.
Online registration is closed. Call (312) 255-3700 to register.
In this seminar, we will explore how the elite of the Middle Ages exhibited their high standing and good taste by commissioning works of art and luxury goods.
Saturday, September 23, 2017
Led by Jeff Nigro. Six sessions, 1 - 3 pm.
This seminar is full. Call (312) 255-3700 to be on the waitlist.
Explore the dynamic art and compelling life of the Italian Baroque painter Caravaggio through a discussion of images and selected readings. Caravaggio’s vivid and radical style, often controversial in his lifetime, inspired followers…
Tuesday, October 10, 2017
Led by Debra Mancoff. Six sessions, 5:45 - 7:45 pm.
This seminar is full. Call (312) 255-3700 to be on the waitlist.
Despite its prim and proper reputation, Victorian Britain had a dark side. In a straight-laced society, the thrill of suspense, of the supernatural, and of just being scared had an irresistible allure.
Saturday, October 21, 2017
Led by Jill Gage. Four sessions, 10 am - noon.
2017 marks the 400th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation, a time in which books had enormous impact. But how exactly were books made, and who made them?
Saturday, November 11, 2017
Led by Debra Mancoff. One session, 10 am - 1 pm.
This seminar is full. Call (312) 255-3700 to be on the waitlist.
Have you wondered why brides wear white? Why bridal gowns are swathed in lace? Why lilies and orange blossoms scent bridal bouquets? This one-day seminar will look at the most famous “Princess Brides” of the last century…
Saturday, November 18, 2017
Led by Jeff Nigro & John Nygro. One session, 12:30 pm - 3:30 pm.
This seminar is full. Call (312) 255-3700 to be on the waitlist.
As a woman ruler in a man’s world, Queen Elizabeth I turned perceived disadvantages into strengths by inspiring the greatest creative talents of the English Renaissance.