What is the Midwest? | Newberry

What is the Midwest?

Led by Diane Dillon. Six sessions 5:45 - 7:45 pm.
Tuesday, October 22, 2019
Tuesdays, October 22 - November 26

5:45 - 7:45 pm

Cost and Registration Information

Early Registration Price (August 27 at 9 am** – September 13 at 4 pm): $230
Regular Registration Price (September 13 at 4 pm – first day of class): $253

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

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

Register online

Seminar Description

Go behind the scenes of the Newberry’s Fall 2019 exhibition What is the Midwest? with curator Diane Dillon. This seminar will explore the history and culture of the Midwest region, examining how the Midwest has been defined over time and considering what makes it distinctive from a range of perspectives. Topics to be addressed include the region’s environment, inhabitants, economies, and arts. Seminar sessions will begin with classroom discussions and continue in the galleries.

Six sessions. E - $230, L - $253

Diane Dillon is an art historian based at the Newberry. She received her PhD from Yale University.

Materials List


  • A selection of shorter materials distributed by the instructor.

First Reading:

  • There is no reading assignment for the first class.

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