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Programs and Events

The Newberry offers programming in the humanities for scholars, teachers, and the general public. Unless otherwise noted, events are free, and no reservations are required. Many of our programs are recorded, and you can listen to them on our website.

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E.g., 10/19/2019
E.g., 10/19/2019
Saturday, October 19, 2019
Led by Jeff Nigro & John Nygro. Three sessions. 1 - 3 pm.
This class has been cancelled.
Celebrate the glories of Venetian art and music from the city’s Renaissance heyday through its Baroque period and the cultural flowering of the late Republic. Each session of this course will involve presentations by the instructors and group discussions of select works of art and music…
Saturday, October 19, 2019
Led by Tom Irvine. One session. 9 am - noon.
Wherever there is commerce, there is fraud. Even so, America seems to do fraud bigger, more boldly, and with more flash than other countries. In this one-day session, we will trace American fraud from the simple oversell of the 19th century through some of the more complex instances of contemporary fraud…
Tuesday, October 22, 2019
Led by Diane Dillon. Six sessions 5:45 - 7:45 pm.
Go behind the scenes of the Newberry’s Fall 2019 exhibition What is the Midwest? with curator Diane Dillon. This seminar will explore the history and culture of the Midwest region, examining how the Midwest has been defined over time and considering what makes it distinctive from a range of perspectives…
Tuesday, October 22, 2019
Led by Brooke Heagerty. Eight sessions. 5:45 - 7:45 pm.
Online registration has closed. Please call (312) 255-3700.
William Morris (1834-1896) is best known for his Victorian-era designs, textiles, and art work. But Morris was also a social visionary who advocated the right of everyone to meaningful work and a peaceful and cultured life. In this course, we will explore Morris’s artistic and political journey from Pre-Raphaelite romantic to pathbreaking designer to international socialist…
Wednesday, October 23, 2019
Led by Dagmar Herrmann. Seven sessions. 5:45 - 7:45 pm.
This seminar is full. Please call 312-255-3700.
From their debut in Berlin in the 1780s to their appearance in 1930s California, women’s salons served as welcoming havens where women of all classes and creeds could openly debate art, music, literature, and politics. In this seminar, we will explore the history of a selection of salons—including salons frequented by Americans in 19th- and early 20th-century Paris…
Wednesday, October 23, 2019
Led by Tom Irvine. Seven sessions. 5:45 - 7:45 pm.
Online registration has closed. Please call (312) 255-3700.
Spy novels date back to the early 20th century, but some of the best have been written about the Cold War. Perhaps this is due to the prevalence of espionage in the period: covert action was seen by the Soviet Union and the West as providing a less risky and more cost effective way to make gains in the Cold War…
Saturday, October 26, 2019
Led by Lee Minnerly. One session. 9 am - noon.
Since the fifth century BCE, Western philosophers, theologians, astronomers, literary figures, and many others have written about the existence of intelligent extraterrestrial life. Where does it exist? What is it like? And what, if any, is its relationship to us, our world, and our beliefs? This one-day seminar will selectively survey the 2,500-year-old history of…
Saturday, October 26, 2019
Led by Harrison Sherrod. One session. 11 am - 4 pm (lunch break 1 - 2 pm)
This class is full. Call (312) 255-3700.
The ghost is one of the most enduring motifs in storytelling, and is ubiquitous across epochs and cultures. Just in time for Halloween, this single-day interdisciplinary seminar will trace the history of the ghost in literature, film, and theater with an emphasis on examining how its symbolism has changed over time. We will unpack stories by…
Wednesday, October 30, 2019
Led by Lesa Dowd. Four sessions. 5:45 - 7:45 pm.
aste paper is an early form of decorative paper that has been used in bookbinding since the early 16th century. This course will explore historical designs and techniques while offering participants the opportunity to examine samples of bookbindings with paste paper features from the Newberry’s collection. Participants will create their own patterned paste papers…
Saturday, November 2, 2019
Led by Dr. Kevin Kaufmann. Four sessions. 10 am - noon.
This seminar has been canceled.
Chicago boasts a rich and diverse history of music, which runs the gamut from Blues and Rock to Gospel and Folk. As the city grew from a small hamlet to a major metropolis, it was folk music especially that provided a sound track to the journey. This seminar will focus on the development of folk music in Chicago, focusing on…
Saturday, November 2, 2019
Led by Caron Primas Brennan. One session. 1 - 4 pm.
This seminar is full. Please call 312-255-3700.
This course will review the largest online genealogical databases—Ancestry, FamilySearch.org, MyHeritage, and Find My Past—comparing their strengths and surveying ways to use them effectively. Additionally, it will review the electronic genealogical resources available through the Newberry…
Saturday, November 9, 2019
Led by John Nygro. Three sessions. 1 - 4 pm.
This class has been cancelled.
Whether you are a seasoned concert-goer or want to develop your nascent understanding of classical music, this seminar will expand your ability to get more out of the music you love. Everyone can become a better listener by using each of the five senses, increasing awareness of individual prejudices, and understanding the value of a pieces’ context, purpose, and production…
Tuesday, November 12, 2019
Led by Colleen Delegan-Sichrovsky. Three sessions. 5:45 - 7:45 pm.
Online registration is closed. Please call 312-255-3700.
Some call it “navel-gazing.” Publishers call it “best selling.” However much we adore fiction, a good memoir often has more emotional (and commercial) power, in part because it fuses truth with a highly personal story. In this course, we will explore what makes a memoir powerful by studying excerpts of memoirs by…
Wednesday, November 13, 2019
Led by John Nygro. Five sessions. 2 - 4 pm.
This class has been cancelled.
At the end of his playwriting career, William Shakespeare wrote The Tempest—a play considered by some to be his farewell to the stage. In this seminar, we will read The Tempest and view video performances of the play while discussing its important themes…
Saturday, November 16, 2019
Led by Alexis Culotta, PhD. One session. 1 - 4 pm.
This class is full. Please call (312) 255-3700.
What does it mean when a skull is included in a still life? Why is Daphne often depicted as sprouting tree branches for arms? In this one-day seminar, we will journey into the complex web of symbolic and allegorical references in the art of the Old Masters…
Wednesday, November 20, 2019
Led by Joseph S. Harrington. Four sessions. 5:45 - 7:45 pm.
After three centuries of enmity, Great Britain and the Catholic Church embarked in the mid-1700s on an awkward, halting reconciliation that supported British rule in Canada and Ireland, resisted revolutionary France, shaped the course of Italian politics, responded to industrial unrest, and endured clashes over religious doctrines and cultural issues…
Saturday, November 23, 2019
Led by Jeff Nigro. Three sessions. 1 - 3 pm.
Online registration is closed. Please call 312-255-3700.
In late 18th- and early 19th-century Europe, a group of gifted women artists rose to prominence, thanks to the opportunities afforded by the upheaval of the French Revolution and simultaneous cultural shifts toward more “feminine” values like sensibility and domesticity. Despite facing many of the same obstacles and sexist assumptions that women artists have faced throughout history…