For the Fall 2021 term, we're offering a mix of virtual and in-person classes. Although we are still primarily virtual, you will find a smaller selection of in-person seminars in the schedule. For more information about the Newberry’s virtual seminars, including a Zoom tutorial, please see our Virtual Seminars FAQ page. Registration opens on September 1st at 9am (Central time). Registration will take place through our online platform, Learning Stream.
Why do the Shakers, a utopian sect founded in the eighteenth century, matter today? This seminar explores the Shakers as radicals who imagined an alternative way to live, outside of conventional American culture. What did this alternative entail? What made it possible? Using Shaker writings and design history to answer these questions, participants will engage with such topics as gender and racial equality, accessibility, and collective ownership.
Four sessions. Registration – $170
Maggie Taft, PhD, is curator of the forthcoming permanent exhibition at Shaker Museum in Chatham, NY, and founding director of Writing Space, a Chicago writing center for artists and designers.
Digital Course Packet.
Chris Jennings, “The Shakers: American Zion” (from Paradise Now: The Story of American Utopianism; 54pgs)
Excerpts from North Family journals (1834, 1873, 1920; primary source documenting daily activity in Mount Lebanon Shaker Village; roughly 20pgs)These will be distributed with registration email.