As a precaution to help reduce the spread of COVID-19, the Adult Education Seminars Program’s Summer 2020 term will be moving online. Virtual seminars will meet via Zoom video conference and will use email and Google Drive folders to share resources and communicate with instructors and participants. For more information about the Newberry’s virtual seminars and these tools, including a Zoom tutorial, please see our Virtual Seminars FAQ page. If you have questions about online learning, please feel free to reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information about the Newberry’s response to COVID-19 please visit www.newberry.org/covid19.
Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women took the 1868 publishing world by storm and remains immensely popular today. More than a rousing coming-of-age saga, Alcott’s tale of four sisters growing up in turbulent Civil War-era New England addresses issues still roiling society today--self-interest vs. social responsibility; the relationship of money, gender, and power; and, of course, the desire of women to live meaningful lives. With Greta Gerwig’s recent film infusing contemporary zest into Alcott’s energetic novel, now is the perfect time to explore the persistence of Little Women.
Five sessions. Registration – $220
Susanne Dumbleton is a professor emeritus and former dean at DePaul University. She holds a PhD in literature and studies the role of women as leaders in the struggle for human rights. She has happily taught online for ten years.
Louisa May Alcott, Little Women. Barnes and Noble, 2004. ISBN: 978-1-59308-108-9
Gina McIntyre, Little Women: The Official Movie Companion. Abrams Books for Young Readers, 2019. ISBN: 978-1-4197-4068-8.
For the first session, please read Part I (chapters 1-8) of Little Womenas well as Chapter One of Little Women: The Official Movie Companion.
Newberry Bookshop Update
Due to ongoing concerns about COVID-19 and the safety and well-being of our patrons, the Newberry Bookshop will be closed during the Summer 2020 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.
In the coming months, the Rosenberg Bookshop plans to launch an online web store where reading material for seminars will be available, along with other books, gifts, and cards. More on this soon!
Online registration opens at 9 am (CST) on Wednesday, June 3.
Please note: Due to COVID-19, the Adult Education Seminars staff is working remotely and will be unable to process registration over the phone. For more information about registration, including a guide to online registration, see our Registration Information page. Questions? Please contact seminars program staff via email at email@example.com.
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