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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., 01/17/2018
Tuesday, February 13, 2018
Led by Mike Levine. Seven sessions, 6 - 7:30 pm.
Kafka and other eminent German-language modernists admired his work, but only posthumously has Robert Walser’s originality been widely appreciated. Like Kafka, he renders the most ordinary experience extraordinary, haunted by the eternal questions about what it means to be human.
Tuesday, February 13, 2018
Led by Douglas Post. Eight sessions, 5:45 - 7:45 pm.
The art form of the American musical is as big and broad as the country that spawned it, and it allows for infinite variety in the ways it incorporates comedy, farce, drama, history, and religious themes into its mix. This seminar will examine eight shows that span that spectrum…
Tuesday, February 13, 2018
Led by Steven Venturino. Eight sessions, 2 - 4 pm.
This seminar is full. Call (312) 255-3700 to be on the waitlist.
Charles Dickens’s David Copperfield is one of the Victorian era’s most beloved books, filled with memorable characters, entertaining plot twists, and poignant insights. This seminar invites participants to immerse themselves in the world of the novel…
Tuesday, February 13, 2018
Led by Bruce Gans. Four sessions, 2 - 4 pm.
This seminar is full. Call (312) 255-3700 to be on the waitlist.
The focus of “Classics of Comedy” is, first and foremost, delight. We will read comic literary masterpieces that have stood the test of time and make the reader literally laugh out loud.
Wednesday, February 14, 2018
Led by Susan Bazargan. Six sessions, 6 - 7:30 pm.
This course will introduce you to the joyful world of Finnegans Wake by focusing on selected tales embedded in the book. You will be offered some basic tools needed to enter and explore Joyce’s fascinating “Echoland.”
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.
Wednesday, February 28, 2018
Led by John Nygro. Six sessions, 2 - 4 pm.
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 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.
Thursday, March 29, 2018
Led by Brian Oberlander. Four sessions, 5:45 - 7:45 pm.
This seminar will explore Georges Bizet’s Carmen (1875) from musical, theatrical, and social perspectives…
Saturday, April 14, 2018
Led by Elzbieta Foeller-Pituch. One session, 10 am - 4 pm (1 hr lunch).
Online registration is closed. Call (312) 255-3700 to register.
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…