Building Chicago Identity in Third Places | Newberry

Building Chicago Identity in Third Places

Friday, February 15, 2019

9:30 am to 12:30 pm

The Newberry

Bill Savage, Northwestern University
Full. Waitlist only.
Programs for Teachers
Newberry Teachers' Consortium

Cities can be understood as mosaics of different sorts of places where we construct identity, starting with the home and workplace, where we are defined by family relationships and by what we do for a living. But sociologist Ray Oldenburg has theorized the “third place,” where city dwellers voluntarily form communities based on shared interests and concerns beyond the ties of blood or money. Third places are usually semi-public spaces, characterized by a low cost of entry, and populated by an established group of people, but still open to newcomers. In this seminar, we will explore this sort of urban space, focusing on bars, cafes, and barber shops as quintessential third places depicted in Chicago literature and film from the 19th century to the 21st.

Cost and Registration Information 

Newberry Teachers’ Consortium members may register for this seminar through their designated membership contact as space permits. Non-member educators may register for this seminar by purchasing an individual membership at the time of registration. Registration for all NTC seminars opens Friday, September 7, 2018. For more information about NTC membership, please contact Charlotte Ross, Teacher Programs Manager, at

The seminar will be followed by a catered lunch. Registrants should RSVP for lunch to assist Teacher Programs staff in reducing waste.

A link to the assigned pre-readings for this seminar will be distributed to participants via email.

If you believe you are registered for this seminar but have not received an email confirmation or reminder, please contact Teacher Programs staff.