Cost and Registration Information
Early Registration Price (August 27 at 9 am** – September 13 at 4 pm): $315
Regular Registration Price (September 13 at 4 pm – first day of class): $346.5
** Registration opens online at 9 am. Phone registration will be accepted starting at 10 am.
Members, seniors, and students get a 10% discount.
This class is full. Please call (312) 255-3700 to be added to the waitlist.
Political and social turbulence, as well as an architectural and artistic efflorescence, characterized late 19th-century Paris. Topics to be treated in this exploration of Paris during the Belle Époque include the Second Empire; Baron Haussmann and the remaking of Paris; the Paris Commune and the troubled foundations of the Third Republic; painters and painting from Courbet's realism through Manet's innovations to Monet's impressionism; the Great Exposition of 1889 and the Eiffel Tower; and the Dreyfus Case.
Ten sessions. E - $315, L - $346.5
Frank A. Biletz holds a PhD in history from the University of Chicago and specializes in modern British and Irish history. He is currently adjunct instructor of history at Loyola University Chicago. He has been teaching seminars at the Newberry since 1994.
- Frederick Brown, For the Soul of France: Culture Wars in the Age of Dreyfus. Anchor Books, 2011. ISBN: 978-0307279217.
- Ross King, The Judgment of Paris: The Revolutionary Decade that Gave the World Impressionism. Bloomsbury USA, 2007. ISBN: 978-0802715166.
For the first class please read:
- Chapter One of For the Soul of France: Culture Wars in the Age of Dreyfus.
- Chapters One to Ten of The Judgment of Paris: The Revolutionary Decade that Gave the World Impressionism.
This class is part of the Newberry’s Adult Education Seminars Program. Learn more about our registration procedures.