Sugar in Early Modern Europe | Newberry

Sugar in Early Modern Europe

Led by Sarah Kernan.
Saturday, October 2, 2021
One session. Saturday, October 2.



For the Fall 2021 term, we’re offering a mix of virtual and in-person classes. Although we are still primarily virtual, you will find a smaller selection of in-person seminars in the schedule. For more information about the Newberry’s virtual seminars, including a Zoom tutorial, please see our Virtual Seminars FAQ page. Registration opens on September 1st at 9am (Central time). Registration will take place through our online platform, Learning Stream.

Seminar Description

Sugar was one of the most precious and luxurious commodities in premodern Europe. In this seminar, we will explore the sugar industry in Europe and its colonies, including farming and processing, culinary uses, trade networks, and the widespread use of slave labor in sugar colonies. The seminar will include a presentation of Newberry materials so participants can observe the impact of sugar through early modern texts, images, and maps.

One sessions. Registration – $85

Sarah Peters Kernan, independent culinary historian, holds a PhD in medieval history from The Ohio State University. Her research focuses on cookbooks in medieval and early modern England. She is co-editor of The Recipes Project and collaborates regularly with the Newberry Library.

Materials List


  • Digital Course Packet.

First Reading:

  • There is no first reading assignment..

Cost and Registration Information 

Registration Information

Registration opens at 9 am (CST) on Wednesday, September 1st . Newberry Associates members at the Literati level and above will have access to early registration beginning August 25th at 10am. Learn more about membership benefits and becoming a Newberry Associate.

Please note: The Newberry is moving to a new registration system called Learning Stream. This will simplify the registration process for participants, instructors, and staff. For more information about registration, including a guide to online registration, see our Registration Information page. Questions? Please contact seminars program staff via email at

We offer a 10% discount to members, seniors, and students.

This seminar is part of the Newberry’s Adult Education Seminars Program. Learn more about registering for a seminar, program policies, or teaching a seminar.