The Genesis and Nexus of Black Chicago’s Twentieth-Century Intellectual Tradition, 1893-1990 | Newberry

The Genesis and Nexus of Black Chicago’s Twentieth-Century Intellectual Tradition, 1893-1990

Led by Christopher Reed. 5 sessions 19, 5:45 - 7:45 pm.
Tuesday, May 29, 2018
Tuesdays, May 29 - June 26

5:45 - 7:45 pm

Cost and Registration Information

Early Registration Price (April 17 at 10 am – May 4 at 4 pm): $210
Regular Registration Price (May 4 at 4 pm – first day of class): $231

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

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The Newberry is undergoing an extensive first floor renovation in 2018. This project will be ongoing during the Summer 2018 seminar term. The Adult Education Seminars Program still has use of the basement classrooms, but please check this link frequently for the latest conditions - which exterior doors are open or closed, where to find an accessible entrance, which restrooms are available, etc.

Because of the renovation, the Newberry Bookstore will be closed during the Summer 2018 term. As such, seminar participants will be responsible for acquiring all required texts for their seminars on their own. We apologize sincerely for the inconvenience, and appreciate your understanding. We have put together a list of helpful resources that should make it easy to find the books you need.

Seminar Description

We will explore the evolution of black Chicago’s intellectualism from the formation of the city’s first black think tank in 1888 with the Prudence Crandall Club to the nation’s acceptance of the African American as a full citizen who possesses mental acuity during the 1960s. With millennials and baby boomers having grown accustomed to the Obama style of disciplined deportment along with mental sharpness, this intellectual history will appeal to the inquisitive. Five sessions.

Christopher Robert Reed is an emeritus professor of history at Roosevelt University. He is author of six books and many articles on Chicago’s African American community. His specializations cover the pre-Civil War period through the Harold Washington years.

Materials List


  • A course packet of additional materials, compiled by the instructor and distributed during the first class, for which there will be a nominal fee due at that time.

First Reading:

  • For the first class, please read the handouts which will be sent upon registration, in the confirmation email.

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