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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., 11/19/2017
Tuesday, September 12, 2017
Led by Steven Venturino. Nine sessions, 2 - 4 pm.
This seminar is full. Call (312) 255-3700 to be on the waitlist.
Daniel Deronda, George Eliot’s final novel, is ambitious, challenging, and astonishingly multi-dimensional. Eliot’s tale weaves together a provocative examination of marriage and personal aspiration…
Tuesday, September 12, 2017
Led by Elzbieta Foeller-Pituch. Eight sessions, 6 - 7:30 pm.
This seminar is full. Call (312) 255-3700 to be on the waitlist.
Since its beginning in the Anglo-American world, mystery fiction has diversified and spread across the globe. Many English-language authors now feature protagonists of color, or set their mysteries in locations beyond the borders of the US and England…
Tuesday, September 12, 2017
Led by John Nygro. Nine sessions, 5:45 - 7:45 pm
Online registration is closed. Call (312) 255-3700 to register.
What does Shakespeare say about the influence of families on leaders, the balance of a leader’s personal goals with advice from intimate advisors and how elements beyond the control of humans affect the successful leadership of a country?
Wednesday, September 13, 2017
Led by Jim Hecimovich. Ten sessions, 5:45 - 7:45 pm.
This seminar has been cancelled.
There’s a lot to fear about the future, and from these fears arise dystopian visions. The literature of the twentieth century took a critical lens to major innovations such as…
Saturday, September 16, 2017
Led by Julia Denne. Ten sessions, 10 am - noon.
Online registration is closed. Call (312) 255-3700 to register.
We will read Isaac Babel’s lush, modernist Odessa Stories and Red Cavalry, in a outstanding new translation by Boris Dralyuk, which retains the intensity and vitality of the original.
Tuesday, September 19, 2017
Led by Constance Markey. Six sessions, 2 - 4 pm.
This seminar is full. Call (312) 255-3700 to be on the waitlist.
This six week seminar explores the chaos of World War II Italy and the literary movement that sprang from it: Neorealism.
Thursday, September 21, 2017
Led by Todd Bauer. Eight sessions, 6 - 7:45 pm.
Cost and Registration Information Early Registration Price (by September 1): $210 Regular Price (after September 1): $231 Register Online Seminar Description
Tuesday, October 3, 2017
Led by Linda Levine. Eight sessions, 2 - 3:30 pm.
This seminar is full. Call (312) 255-3700 to be on the waitlist.
This seminar will focus on memoirs and personal essays of literary titans. We’ll read from the following authors: Tobias Wolff, Russell Baker, Elie Wiesel, Elizabeth Alexander, Aleksander Hemon, Maya Angelou, and Trevor Noah.
Wednesday, October 4, 2017
Led by Mike Levine. Seven sessions, 6 - 7:30 pm.
Online registration is closed. Call (312) 255-3700 to register.
A master of the short story, Grace Paley called her own work “a history of everyday life.” With a sharp political edge, Paley portrays relationships – between lovers, friends, and family – with bracing honesty and exquisite precision…
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.
Thursday, November 2, 2017
Led by Harrison Sherrod. Five sessions, 6 - 7:45 pm.
Star Wars remains one of the most universally beloved stories of all time, transcending boundaries of age, place, and even political persuasion.