Riots and Protest: Chicago's Legacy of Conflict | Newberry

Riots and Protest: Chicago's Legacy of Conflict

Led by Rachel Boyle. 5 sessions, 5:45 - 7:45 pm.
Thursday, July 5, 2018
Thursdays, July 5 - August 2

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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Excuse our dust!

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

Explore Chicago’s past through one of its defining characteristics: conflict. By analyzing historical documents, consulting secondary literature, and engaging in lively discussion, seminar participants will investigate the historical riots and protests that continue to shape popular memory of Chicago’s past. Participants will also uncover Chicago’s forgotten histories and consider how silencing or remembering certain pasts continues to shape our understandings of today’s pressing conflicts. Five sessions.

Rachel Boyle is a public historian, curator, and consultant whose research focuses on gender, violence, and urban culture. She is the current Newberry Mellon Major Projects Fellow and holds a PhD in U.S. and public history from Loyola University Chicago.

Materials List


  • A selection of shorter material provided by the instructor.

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.