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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., 07/27/2017
Monday, October 3, 2016
The seminar covers the period from the First World War to the end of British rule in South Asia. Critical changes in economics, politics and society affected Britain, India, and the British Indian Empire. These interrelated issues radically affected the nature, pace and direction of nationalist and anti-colonial movements.
Friday, October 7, 2016
Full, waitlist available
The press and media play a crucial role in providing information to voters about candidates and their party platform. As the Cairo Institute for Human Rights Studies put it, “The media is the primary means through which public opinion is shaped and at times manipulated.
Friday, October 14, 2016
Full, waitlist available
From humble beginnings in 1951 as a common market for coal and steel among six countries, the European Union today has 28 member states, an elected parliament, and a common currency used in 19 of those states. It is widely viewed as fostering postwar peace and prosperity in Western Europe and later in guiding the democratization of the post-communist states in Eastern Europe.
Saturday, October 15, 2016
This primary source workshop will explore interpreting the built environment, with a focus on the city of Chicago. Participants will learn how to how to read and analyze buildings and landscapes as primary sources. Weather permitting, participants will use parkland and buildings around the Newberry and Chicago’s Gold Coast neighborhood as a case study.
Tuesday, October 18, 2016
Full, waitlist available
Americans living between Andrew Jackson’s appearance on the national stage in 1815 and the end of his second presidency in 1836 experienced profound and multiple transformations of their world, changes that still reverberate today.
Thursday, October 20, 2016
Full, waitlist available
This seminar discusses the use of movies to explore philosophical themes, including ethical issues, metaphysical questions and existential quandaries. The study of philosophy can open up vistas of meaning for any student, and films can effectively realize abstract ideas in palpable and compelling ways.
Friday, October 21, 2016
Full, waitlist available
“Globalization” is talked about by some as the savior of our economy and by others as a curse that is leading our economy into ruin. This seminar will explore what globalization is in both economic and social terms and what has been its effect on our economy and the world economy.
Wednesday, October 26, 2016
This seminar examines the major images and photographers, as well as the social, cultural and aesthetic aspects of American photography. Although the medium was invented in England and France, this country embraced it in ways that reveal the interests of Americans across the decades.
Friday, October 28, 2016
Full, waitlist available
There has been an increasing amount of attention given to the subject of the idea of the nation. This began with the post-World War II rise of various nationalisms and the creation of new nation-states out of the now defunct European empires. The fall of the Soviet Union and its satellites also served to raise national consciousness.
Monday, October 31, 2016
Full, waitlist available
The US Supreme ​Court is one the least understood institutions in American government, but is also one of the most trusted. While students often learn about the Court’s major cases, there is less emphasis on the Court’s day to day functions; what do justices do all day? The goal of this seminar is to encourage teaching Court through the political lens.
Tuesday, November 1, 2016
Full, waitlist available
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.
Thursday, November 10, 2016
Full, waitlist available
The long history of satire in American culture suggests that we’re a witty and cranky people. Part of this comes from a tradition of free speech. American satirical tendencies also seem to follow from the Enlightenment traditions that helped to form our ideological foundations.
Monday, December 5, 2016
Countercultures and Censorship
Full, waitlist available
“Great Chicago glowed red before our eyes We were suddenly on Madison Street among the hordes of hobos,” Jack Kerouac, On the Road. While Beat Generation writers like Jack Kerouac and Allan Ginsburg are most often associated with San Francisco and New York, Chicago played a key role in Beat culture, as well as in bringing the Beats (NOT “Beatniks”) to literary prominence.