Modernism and Chicago | Newberry

Modernism and Chicago

Friday, March 9, 2018

9:30 am to 12:30 pm

The Newberry

Dr. Mark Pohlad, DePaul University
Full. Waitlist only.
Newberry Teachers' Consortium

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. From the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition, to the high-rise housing projects and urban renewal of the 1950s, this workshop will focus on the manifestations and forces behind Chicago’s unique contribution to modernism. Special emphasis will be placed on the challenges and efforts of women and minoritized individuals. We will also examine modern art-particularly that produced in Chicago-in the public sphere, and in the collections of the Art Institute and other museums. Our session will also consider modern literature created in Chicago, as well as how the city is depicted in modernist writing, film and theater. Overall, the day will provide information and resources for teaching about several aspects of the culture of our city in the twentieth-century.

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 Wednesday, September 6, 2017. 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.