Adult Education Seminars | Newberry

Adult Education Seminars

Program Overview

The Newberry’s Adult Education Seminars Program offers a stimulating series of non-credit, adult education classes that explore topics in the arts and humanities related to the Newberry’s historic collection. Experts teach literature, music, history, philosophy, religion, language, genealogy, and creative writing in small classes that foster conversation, collaboration, creativity, and an open exchange of knowledge.

The Newberry offers nearly 150 seminars annually, ranging in size, duration, cost, and format and held over three terms (Fall, Winter/Spring, and Summer).

Take a Seminar

The Summer 2021 schedule of virtual seminars is now live! Registration will open at 9am on Wednesday, May 19. The term will begin Tuesday, June 15 and run through early August with varied start dates to accommodate a variety of schedules.

Questions about registration? Learn about how to register online or contact us via email at (Please note: the seminars program staff continue to work remotely and are available during regular office hours via email. We appreciate your patience!)

Members of the Newberry Associates at the Literati level and above have access to early registration. Learn more about membership benefits and becoming a Newberry Associate.

Explore the full schedule of seminars or browse by subject:

Exhibition Seminars Chicago Interest Arts
Language Genealogy History & Social Science
Philosophy & Religion Literature & Theater Music
Writing Workshops

Teach a Seminar

Our Adult Education Seminars Program always seeks new instructors and seminar topics to enhance the program. If you are interested in teaching a seminar at the Newberry, please see our Teach a Seminar page for more information about developing a proposal and teaching at the Newberry.