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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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Friday, April 21, 2017
Full, waitlist available
Defiant daughters and wayward sons, domineering dads and absent mothers-the typical Shakespearean family is anything but functional, characterized by all manner of problematic and contentious relationships.
Wednesday, May 17, 2017
Full. Wait list only.
Modernism-as a style, a culture, and a philosophy transformed the world in the twentieth century. Chicago both reflected and generated some of its key aspects, and in its own characteristic ways.
Friday, May 19, 2017
Modernism-as a style, a culture, and a philosophy transformed the world in the twentieth century. Chicago both reflected and generated some of its key aspects, and in its own characteristic ways.
Friday, June 23, 2017
Full. Wait list only.
The cultural history of the city of Chicago is deeply intertwined with the story of jazz, America’s great art form. After being born in New Orleans, jazz moved northwards with the African-American population that came to Chicago seeking better lives with more opportunities.
Monday, July 17, 2017Friday, July 21, 2017
A Five-Day Professional Development Seminar for Teachers
The application deadline has passed
In this 5-day sequence at the Newberry Library, high school teachers will pursue an exciting inquiry into the Founders’ political philosophy. Lectures, discussions, and workshops will bring to life the fundamental arguments of the Founding, which continue to animate our political life.
Tuesday, October 10, 2017
Full. Waitlist only.
Stepping back a bit from older scholarly engagements with gender and sexuality in Shakespeare, this seminar proposes that we consider whether “woman” is an illuminating category in which to consider Shakespeare’s development across his entire career. How much is femininity visible as a project in Shakespeare, an ongoing area of thought and development?
Thursday, October 12, 2017
For much of the twentieth century, textbooks depicted the Habsburg Empire as a “prison of nations,” an undemocratic and outdated state haunted by nationalist disputes until its bitter end during World War I.
Monday, October 16, 2017
“The Inferno” is the only portion of Dante’s great Commedia the majority of twenty-first-century readers will encounter. Regrettably, this means that the majority of Dante’s readers mistakenly think of Dante as merely a moralist: first and foremost, a writer who is primarily interested in sin and its punishment.
Tuesday, October 17, 2017
Full. Waitlist only.
Rarely in the last century has the intellectual category “populism” been on the minds of so many pundits and citizens. And rarely has that category more needed genuinely historical analysis.
Friday, October 20, 2017
Full. Waitlist only.
Established in 1951 as a common market for coal and steel among six countries, the European Union today has (for now) 28 member states, an elected parliament, and a common currency used in 19 of those states.
Monday, October 23, 2017
Full. Waitlist only.
Please note this seminar will be taught in Spanish. This seminar will explore through film the controversies surrounding Latin American immigration in both the late twentieth and twenty-first centuries.
Tuesday, October 24, 2017
John C. Calhoun remains one of the most controversial figures in American history. Variously revered and reviled in the century and a half since his death in 1850, the two-time vice-president and U.S. Senator from South Carolina is often attributed with sowing the seeds for a Civil War he didn’t live to see due to his defense of states’ rights and the doctrine of nullification.
Friday, October 27, 2017
The British Indian Empire lasted for nearly two centuries until 1947. Independence, however, came with a division of British India into the two sovereign countries of India and Pakistan in 1947. This seminar begins with an appraisal of the historical antecedents of the Partition of British India.
Friday, November 3, 2017
Full. Waitlist only.
The centrality of America’s relationship with Russia has become evident to all Americans. The political environment has rediscovered how elaborately our politics, psychology and identity is framed by our international relationships. Since the election of President Trump, Americans and Russians have been presented with many questions about the direction for our current and future relationship.
Saturday, November 4, 2017
Full. Waitlist only.
At the beginning of the nineteenth century, Europeans were mainly relegated to trading posts along the coasts of Africa but by the end of that long century, virtually the entire continent had been partitioned and conquered by seven European powers. This seminar will examine this dramatic change in Africa’s fortunes.
Tuesday, November 7, 2017
Full. Waitlist only.
Designed to provide teachers with a concrete set of images and concepts that they can adapt for their own use in the classroom, this seminar focuses around a series of Chinese maps to explore how “China” was conceived of both culturally and geographically over time. Mapping in China varied greatly over the course of its long dynastic history.
Tuesday, November 14, 2017
Full. Waitlist only.
“What did Americans know about the Nazi persecution of Europe’s Jews and when did they know it?” This question has obsessed a generation of historians who write about Americans and the Holocaust.
Friday, November 17, 2017
Full. Waitlist only.
In the last decade, the American political system has witnessed growing political and ideological polarization among the American public on a range of issues. Ideological polarization has made compromise unlikely and gridlock commonplace.
Tuesday, November 28, 2017
Please note, this seminar runs from 9:30 to 3:30 and comes with 5 CPDUs. Religious Change during the European Wars of Religion will be a journey into the excitement, division, chaos, and horror of religious reform and civil violence during the Wars of Religion in early modern Europe.
Wednesday, November 29, 2017
Full. Waitlist only.
This seminar will investigate Lincoln’s views on slavery, race, and equality in the United States. Emphasizing primary sources - mainly Lincoln’s own writings, but also perspectives from Frederick Douglass, Steven Douglas, and others - we will discuss Lincoln in context and consider how we should understand him in the present.
Thursday, November 30, 2017
Born in 1874 during the height of the British Empire under Queen Victoria, Winston Churchill lived a consequential life at the center of British and global affairs, including during colonial wars, two world wars, and the early cold war. Churchill was more than simply a warrior or warlord, however.
Thursday, December 7, 2017
Full. Waitlist only.
We love our gangster movies, especially in Chicago. And we pay good money to be frightened and terrified in our horror films. But deeper themes emerge when we explore the philosophical ideas embedded in Hollywood movies and TV shows. How are values and ethical convictions contrasted and challenged in these movies? What do they say about meaning?