The Women Who Conquered the World with their Wit: Salon Culture, 1780s-1930s | Newberry

The Women Who Conquered the World with their Wit: Salon Culture, 1780s-1930s

Led by Dagmar Herrmann. Seven sessions. 5:45 - 7:45 pm.
Wednesday, October 23, 2019
Wednesday, October 23 - December 11 (Class will not meet November 27.)

5: 45 - 7: 45 pm

This seminar is full. Please call 312-255-3700.

Cost and Registration Information

Early Registration Price (August 27 at 9 am** – September 13 at 4 pm): $250
Regular Registration Price (September 13 at 4 pm – first day of class): $275

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

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

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

Seminar Description

From their debut in Berlin in the 1780s to their appearance in 1930s California, women’s salons served as welcoming havens where women of all classes and creeds could openly debate art, music, literature, and politics. In this seminar, we will explore the history of a selection of salons—including salons frequented by Americans in 19th- and early 20th-century Paris—where remarkable women of intellect resolved that neither gender nor religion would impede their ability to bring about social change.

Seven sessions. E - $250, L - $275

Dagmar Herrmann, a long-time instructor at the Newberry, is an award-winning translator and independent scholar.

Materials List


  • Noel Riley Fitch, Sylvia Beach and the Lost Generation: A History of Literary Paris in the Twenties and Thirties. W.W.Norton & Company, 1985. ISBN: 0-393017133
  • Ernest Hemingway, Moveable Feast. Scribner, 2010. ISBN: 978-0684824994
  • Gertrude Stein, The Autobiography of Alice. B. Toklas. Vintage, 1990. ISBN: 39470133X

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.