Victoria | Newberry


Led by Frank Biletz. 6 sessions, 1 - 3 pm (Section A) or 5:45 - 7:45 pm (Section B)
Thursday, June 28, 2018
Thursdays, June 28 - August 9 (class will not meet July 19)

1 - 3 pm (Section A) 5:45 - 7:45 pm (Section B)

Cost and Registration Information

Early Registration Price (April 17 at 10 am – May 4 at 4 pm): $220
Regular Registration Price (May 4 at 4 pm – first day of class): $242

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

Section A is full. Please call (312) 255-3700 to be added to the wait list.

Register Online (Section B)

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

This exploration of the monarch and her era will treat such topics as the marriage of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert, Victorian ideals of domesticity, the industrial dominance of Britain, the phenomenal growth of its cities and political responses to unprecedented new social problems, Albert’s role in the Great Exhibition of 1851, Victoria’s long widowhood, reforms of the political system during the era of Disraeli and Gladstone, and the growth of the British Empire. Six sessions.

Frank A. Biletz received his PhD in history from the University of Chicago, specializing in modern British and Irish history. He is currently an adjunct instructor in history at Loyola University Chicago and has been teaching seminars at the Newberry since 1994.

Materials List


  • Walter L. Arnstein, Queen Victoria. Palgrave MacMillan, 2003. ISBN# 978-0333638071

First Reading:

  • For the first class, please read chapters 1 and 2 of Walter Arnstein’s book.

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