Out of an abundance of caution in response to the spread of COVID-19, we have canceled all remaining seminars in the Winter/Spring 2020 term. Please visit www.newberry.org/covid19 for further updates.
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In our current age of pre–Apocalyptic handwringing, it’s hard not to fantasize about a utopian alternative. Drawing on examples from literature, film, political philosophy, and architecture, this interdisciplinary single–day seminar will explore utopias, both real and imagined. Texts discussed will include the Bible, Plato’s Republic, Thomas Moore’s Utopia, and Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s Herland. We will also survey failed utopias from history, including the seventeenth–century colony of Merrymount, and Fordlandia, Henry Ford’s factory outpost in the Amazon.
One session. E – $110, R – $121
Harrison Sherrod manages a film production company by day and teaches seminars at the Newberry by night. He has led courses on everything from metaphysical detectives and con games to Star Wars and Marxism.
Thomas More, Utopia. Verso, 2016. ISBN: 9781784787608
Please read all of Thomas More's Utopia, as well as the additional texts sent by the instructor via email.
- Online registration opens at 9 am (CST) on Tuesday, January 7.
- Phone registration opens at 12 pm (CST) on Wednesday, January 8.
Early registration (E) prices are in effect from January 7 at 9 am through January 24 at 4 pm. Regular registration (R) prices are in effect January 24 at 4 pm through the end of the term.
We offer a 10% discount to members, seniors, and students.
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