Ghosting | Newberry


Led by Harrison Sherrod. One session. 11 am - 4 pm (lunch break 1 - 2 pm)
Saturday, October 26, 2019
Saturday, October 26

11 am - 4 pm (lunch break 1 - 2 pm)

This class is full. Call (312) 255-3700.

Cost and Registration Information

Early Registration Price (August 27 at 9 am** – September 13 at 4 pm): $110
Regular Registration Price (September 13 at 4 pm – first day of class): $121

** Registration opens online at 9 am. Phone registration will be accepted starting at 10 am.

Members, seniors, and students get a 10% discount.

This class is full. Please call (312) 255-3700 to be added to the wait list.

Seminar Description

The ghost is one of the most enduring motifs in storytelling, and is ubiquitous across epochs and cultures. Just in time for Halloween, this single-day interdisciplinary seminar will trace the history of the ghost in literature, film, and theater with an emphasis on examining how its symbolism has changed over time. We will unpack stories by Henry James, Shirley Jackson, and William Shakespeare, as well as discuss the emergence of “hauntology” and the contemporary cultural phenomenon of “ghosting.”

One session. E - $110, L - $121

Harrison Sherrod manages a film production company by day and teaches seminars at the Newberry by night. He has led courses on everything from metaphysical detectives and con games to Star Wars and Marxism.

Materials List


  • Various, The Penguin Book of Ghost Stories. Penguin, 2010. ISBN: 978-0141442365

First Reading:

  • Before the class meets, please read selections from The Penguin Book of Ghost Stories assigned by the instructor via email.

This class is part of the Newberry’s Adult Education Seminars Program. Learn more about our registration procedures.