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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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Tuesday, September 12, 2017
Led by Frank Biletz. Ten sessions, 1 - 3 pm OR 5:45 - 7:45 pm.
Section A is full. Section B is open for registration.
This course will explore both the long and short term causes of the First World War. Among the topics to be treated will be the emergence of rival alliance blocs; the naval arms race between Britain and Germany…
Thursday, September 14, 2017
Led by Tom Irvine. Ten sessions, 5:45 - 7:45 pm.
The United States military forces left Vietnam 44 years ago, and in this seminar we will look back to reexamine the conflict.
Thursday, September 14, 2017
Led by Joseph Harrington. Six sessions, 2 - 4 pm.
This seminar is full. Call (312) 255-3700 to be on the waitlist.
The Protestant Reformation and Catholic Counter-Reformation didn’t just divide Western Christianity along confessional lines. The religious schism also led to fundamental reconsideration…
Saturday, September 16, 2017
Led by Frank Biletz. Ten sessions, 10 am - noon.
In treating the rise of the “empire on which the sun never set,” we will consider such topics as the colonization of the Americas, narratives of European captivity by native peoples, the causes of the rebellion of the thirteen colonies…
Saturday, September 16, 2017
Led by Bruce Gans. Ten sessions, 1 - 3 pm.
This seminar has been cancelled.
This seminar aims to deeply enrich students by equipping them to transcend the common unexamined notions of freedom as a legal system, great wealth, or the fulfillment of every wish.
Tuesday, September 19, 2017
Led by Tim Lacy. Six sessions, 6 - 7:45 pm.
In 2016, Oxford Dictionaries designated “post-truth” as the word of the year. The term refers to a political phenomenon—“a general characteristic of our age”—regarding attitudes toward truth, conspiracies, anti-intellectualism, and ignorance.
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.
Tuesday, September 19, 2017
Led by Christopher Fletcher. Eight sessions, 2 - 4 pm.
This seminar has been cancelled.
This seminar examines the formative relationship between religion and print in the early modern period. Through lectures, discussions of primary sources, and guided gallery tours of the Newberry’s upcoming major exhibition…
Thursday, September 21, 2017
Led by Susanne Dumbleton. Six sessions, 2 - 4 pm.
For almost 600 years, people have marveled at the prowess of Joan of Arc, the 17-year-old who, with no experience, led French troops in driving the English from Orleans.
Wednesday, September 27, 2017
Led by Brooke Heagerty. Eight sessions, 5:45 - 7:45 pm.
What is history and why is it so contested? How can history help us navigate through the brambles of half-truths and “alternative facts” of today’s world? This course will pull back the curtain on the historian’s craft…
Wednesday, September 27, 2017
Led by Sarah Kernan. Four sessions, 2 - 4 pm.
In this seminar, we will explore the exciting history of cookbooks in Europe from 1300 to 1900. Focusing on primary sources, we will discuss…
Thursday, September 28, 2017
Led by Bill Savage. Six sessions, 6 - 7:30 pm.
This seminar is full. Call (312) 255-3700 to be on the waitlist.
After Richard J. Daley’s death in 1977, Mike Royko wrote, “If a man ever reflected a city, it was Richard J. Daley of Chicago.” The same could be said for columnist Royko.
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.