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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., 07/05/2020
E.g., 07/05/2020
Tuesday, July 7, 2020
Led by Natania Rosenfeld. Six sessions. 2-4pm.
Full. Email seminars@newberry.org to be added to the wait list.
Until quite recently, the servant was rarely the hero in fiction or drama (exceptions could cause scandals through the perceived threat to the social order). It is not surprising that writers in the twentieth century would be interested in revis(it)ing this skewed history . . .
Tuesday, July 7, 2020
Led by Harrison Sherrod. Six sessions. 6 - 7:30pm.
The “double” is one of cinema’s most cherished and recycled tropes. Originally popularized in the fantastic literature of Edgar Allen Poe and E. T. A. Hoffman, the double soon migrated to the silver screen. Although initially appearing as a sight gag in slapstick films, the double’s gothic dimension has cemented it as an enduring mainstay of the horror and thriller genres.
Wednesday, July 8, 2020
Led by Bill Savage. Six sessions. 6 - 7:30pm.
Cancelled
Every 7th inning stretch, fans sing along with the chorus to “Take Me Out to the Ballgame,” but few know its verses, which tell the story of “baseball mad” Katie Casey. The only woman in the Baseball Hall of Fame is Effa Manley, once owner of the then-Negro Leagues’ Newark Eagles.
Thursday, July 9, 2020
Led by C. Mitchell. Four sessions. 2 - 4pm.
What is a poem? From the Nobel Prize-winning songs of Bob Dylan to the envelope poems of Emily Dickinson, our use of the term “poetry” leaps from genre to genre with surprising agility
Thursday, July 9, 2020
Led by Susanne Dumbleton. Five sessions. 5:45 - 7:45pm.
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 . . .
Saturday, July 11, 2020
Led by Ginger Frere. One session. 1 - 4pm.
Good genealogical research requires “reasonably exhaustive” searches for information about our ancestors. In practice, this means going beyond the data we find in online databases.
Saturday, July 11, 2020
Led by Caron Primas Brennan. One session. 9am - 12pm
Cancelled
Have you always wanted to post a genealogy tree online but been unsure which to use? In this one-day seminar, we will learn the pros and cons of using online tree sharing websites, discussing topics like ease of set-up, methods of sharing, and privacy.
Thursday, July 16, 2020
Led by Lin Batsheva Kahn. Six sessions. 2 - 4pm.
Participants in this seminar will take a historical journey through modern dance as it was conceived by pioneer Isadora Duncan. We will examine the details of the genre’s development through the contributions of Martha Graham, Doris Humphrey, Alvin Ailey, and more!
Thursday, July 16, 2020
Led by Jill Howe. Five sessions. 5:45 - 7:45pm.
Beginners to advanced students are welcome in this workshop examining vulnerability in storytelling, performance, and craft. In addition to learning about the art, science, and psychology of vulnerability as it relates to the art of storytelling, participants will learn . . .
Saturday, July 18, 2020
Led by Anca L. Szilágyi. One session. 9am - 12pm.
Fairy tales offer rich sources of inspiration for writers. In this seminar, we’ll read stories by contemporary masters of the fairy tale, such as Angela Carter and Kate Bernheimer, and explore . . .
Saturday, July 18, 2020
Led by Julia Kriventsova Denne. Five sessions. 10am - 12pm.
Full. Please email seminars@newberry.org to join the wait list.
Between 1890 and 1914, St. Petersburg experienced a cultural renaissance in literature, art, architecture, music, and dance. In this seminar, we will examine the city as an urban imperial metropolis, a political capital, an unstable place of vitality and decadence, and an ambivalent cultural myth and metaphor for Russia.
Wednesday, July 22, 2020
Led by Esther Hershenhorn. Five sessions. 5:45 - 7:45pm
Eager to revise your current picture book manuscript for submission? This instructor-led workshop will provide you with the opportunity to share your manuscript with other writers and help you continue to hone your craft.
Saturday, August 1, 2020
Led by Alexis Culotta, PhD. One session. 9am - 12pm.
In commemoration of the 500th anniversary of Raffaello Sanzio’s death in 1520, this seminar explores the legacy of Raphael in his era and the centuries that have followed.
Saturday, August 1, 2020
Led by Sarah Kernan. One session. 9:30am-12:30pm
People have long turned to food to maintain health and cure ailments. In medieval and Renaissance Europe, professional and household practitioners prescribed food and medicines recorded in printed and manuscript recipes to preserve and manage health during times of plague and illness.
Saturday, August 1, 2020
Led by Jeff Nigro. One session. 1 - 4pm.
Full. Please email seminars@newberry.org to join the wait list.
Mannerism--the name now given to the art of 16th-century Italy--is characterized by self-conscious displays of technical virtuosity, hyper-refined gracefulness, and a competitiveness in creativity that led to the creation of some of the most haunting, and even downright bizarre, images in the history of art.
Saturday, August 8, 2020
Led by Andrew Schultze. Four sessions. 2 - 4pm.
This seminar will explore Jewish music and its composers from 1900 to 1950. Alongside popular American Yiddish Theater and Tin Pan Alley songs, we’ll explore opera and liturgical and chamber music . . .
Saturday, August 8, 2020
Led by Sarah Kernan. One session. 9am - 12pm.
In this seminar, conducted as a cooking demonstration and workshop, we will study, prepare, and taste medieval and early modern English recipes from manuscript and print sources.
Saturday, August 15, 2020
Led by Alexis Culotta, PhD. One session. 9am - 12pm
A companion to fast fall’s seminar on symbolism in the work of the Old Masters, this seminar explores how religious symbols and iconography shape our understanding of the art of the Old Masters.