Seminar Proposal Application Form

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Proposed Seminar Information
Please provide a short description of your seminar of no more than 75 words to be used in the brochure and website advertising. This description will be edited for publication and promotional purposes.
Please provide a one-sentence identification of yourself to be used in the brochure and website advertising. This description will be edited for publication and promotional purposes.
Classrooms hold 25 maximum
Evening classes can meet for 1.5 or 2 hours; all others meet for two hours.
Please contact the Director of Continuing Education for details. See the "Teach a Seminar" page for details about CPDU credit and the Seminars Program.
The time slots for seminars are based on other activities in the library, the building's operation hours, and what we've found works well for participants. Generally, our weekday afternoon classes run from 2 - 4 pm, and our weekday evening classes run from 5:45 - 7:45 or 6 - 7:30 (the building closes at 8 pm). Saturday morning classes run from 10 am - noon, and afternoon courses from 1 - 3 pm. Saturdays are slightly more flexible and all-day or longer format courses can also be accommodated. If these times do not work for you, please indicate so in the comments section. If you would like to rank your available time slots, please use the comments section.
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Please provide a recent CV or resume that highlights relevant job experience, particularly teaching experience, research, publications, and activities.
Submit a description that includes: a general overview of the seminar that delineates your approach to the topic (about one page), an explanation of how the proposed seminar relates to the Newberry's holdings and a comprehensive reading list or syllabus, including page numbers, organized by class/session. Please note that we discourage proposals that require out of print texts and that the Seminars Office cannot provide course photocopies on as needed basis. Check to see that the texts you have listed are in print. Likewise, we discourage proposals that ask participants to read more than 200 pages of fictional prose per week or more than 75 pages of poetry or non-fictional prose per week.
Upload any other relevant application documents.
Required Materials
Please tell us what materials your seminar participants will need and how you recommend that they be obtained. The Newberry Bookstore will stock and sell most Seminar books. Alternatively, a selection of excerpts and shorter readings can be distributed by the instructor or the Newberry. For more information about these logistics, please review the Reading and Materials Guide .
First Readings
Please let us know if you plan on requiring any reading or preparation before the first session of the seminar.
List the names of two people we may contact who can provide an opinion of your proposed seminar and who are familiar with you and your previous work and teaching experience. Please note: If you have taught with the Newberry Library Seminars in the last five years, you do not need to provide this information.
Audio/visual and other equipment
Digital classrooms at the Newberry Library are all equipped with Wi-Fi Internet connection, overhead LCD projectors, in-ceiling speakers, desktop computers that are connected to these systems, wall-plates and connection cables (VGA, HDMI) to connect external devices (laptops, tablets, mp3 players, etc) to the projection/audio system. Instructors can use these built-in systems for slideshow presentations, online resources, playing DVDs and CDs, etc., all without any advance reservations or requests. For more information about what equipment is available, please review the Seminars A/V Guide .
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