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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.

E.g., 06/25/2017
E.g., 06/25/2017
Tuesday, May 30, 2017
(This program continues for multiple sessions)
Are you looking for a Spanish class with the right mix of language, culture, and conversation? Here is your chance to gain some Spanish essentials of not only what to say, but why and when to say it…
Tuesday, May 30, 2017
Section A is full. Section B is open for registration.
(This program continues for multiple sessions)
The devastating civil war in Spain from 1936 to 1939 foreshadowed the larger conflict between democracy and fascism during the Second World War.
Tuesday, May 30, 2017
(This program continues for multiple sessions)
In celebration of Chicago’s official Year of Public Art, this seminar will explore the city’s murals, commemorative statues, architectural sculpture, commercial decorations, and park designs through a series of walking tours.
Wednesday, May 31, 2017
This seminar is full. Call (312) 255-3700 to be on the waitlist.
(This program continues for multiple sessions)
In this seminar we will focus on one opera each week and examine their impact on musical trends and global culture.
Wednesday, May 31, 2017
(This program continues for multiple sessions)
Gain a deeper understanding of America’s original music with this multimedia course. Learn about the great musicians of the jazz tradition, explore the music’s fascinating…
Thursday, June 1, 2017
This seminar is full. Call (312) 255-3700 to be on the waitlist.
(This program continues for multiple sessions)
This seminar reconsiders the art of Vincent van Gogh in light of recent research, including a comprehensive online edition of his letters and a monumental biography.
Thursday, June 1, 2017
This seminar has been cancelled.
(This program continues for multiple sessions)
The woodwinds – flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, saxophone, and their many relatives – have a history going back to the Old Stone Age. Since the time of J.S. Bach they have appeared in chamber music, orchestral music, and in a rich solo repertoire.
Thursday, June 1, 2017
Online registration is closed. Call (312) 255-3700 to register.
(This program continues for multiple sessions)
The twentieth century was an era of great innovation, experimentation, passion, and personal expression in American art.
Thursday, June 1, 2017
(This program continues for multiple sessions)
A personal journal can be many things – a confessional, an historic record, or a practice field to try out new ideas and ways of writing.
Thursday, June 1, 2017
(This program continues for multiple sessions)
Fed up with failed relationships that always end in anguish? Ever wonder why you can only appreciate your lover once they’re already gone? Look no further for sage advice on matters of the heart! Using lyric poetry, psychoanalysis, and Hollywood cinema…
Thursday, June 1, 2017
This seminar is full. Call (312) 255-3700 to be on the waitlist.
(This program continues for multiple sessions)
Food was central to everyday life in medieval and renaissance Europe. In this seminar, we will explore how the culture of food was connected to social status, economics, religion, law, art, literature, and so much more.
Saturday, June 3, 2017
This seminar is full. Call (312) 255-3700 to be on the waitlist.
This one-day seminar will explore the visual arts during the French Revolution, a tumultuous moment for the arts as well as for politics and society. Themes include the relationship between “high” art, popular imagery, and propaganda…
Saturday, June 3, 2017
This seminar has been cancelled.
This workshop is for people who want to write about their experiences in urban nature, like encounters with park squirrels, migrating birds, and Chicago’s resident coyotes.
Saturday, June 3, 2017
(This program continues for multiple sessions)
In this seminar we will discuss the tumultuous events that led to the establishment of an independent Ireland, from the aftermath of the Easter Rising of 1916 through the establishment of the Irish Free State.
Tuesday, June 6, 2017
(This program continues for multiple sessions)
Long before she put on widow’s weeds, Queen Victoria played many roles—novice sovereign, eligible bachelorette, bride, and young mother—and for each role she dressed the part.
Tuesday, June 6, 2017
Online registration is closed. Call (312) 255-3700 to register.
(This program continues for multiple sessions)
Shakespeare’s sonnets are timeless examples of masterful craftsmanship, powerful vulnerability, and the transcendent experiences of love that have endured for four centuries.
Tuesday, June 6, 2017
(This program continues for multiple sessions)
This seminar will juxtapose poet and radical feminist Adrienne Rich’s Of Woman Born: Motherhood as Institution with conservative Phyllis Schlafly’s Who Killed the American Family?.
Tuesday, June 6, 2017
(This program continues for multiple sessions)
There are many fascinating aspects of the violin to study: the history of the instrument, the secrets of its great luthiers who crafted instruments considered to be the summit of artistry, legendary violinists from the past and rock stars of the present like Heifetz, Stern, Perlman, and Pine, and the rich repertoire inspired by the violin.
Wednesday, June 7, 2017
This seminar is full. Call (312) 255-3700 to be on the waitlist.
(This program continues for multiple sessions)
In this discussion-based seminar we will examine what makes Chicago a leader in American Theater through conversations with its practitioners. Each week, with a Chicago play as our text, guest actors, directors, playwrights, critics, and other theater artists will explain their role in bringing a play to life.
Wednesday, June 7, 2017
This seminar has been cancelled.
(This program continues for multiple sessions)
Through close reading and analysis of Milan Kundera’s world bestseller, The Joke, and of Bohumil Hrabal’s best-selling novels, I Served the King of England and Closely Watched Trains, we shall demonstrate how the unique features of Czech literary history intertwine with the equally idiosyncratic outlines of Czech political history.
Wednesday, June 7, 2017
(This program continues for multiple sessions)
This seminar explores how Europe’s “age of exploration” spurred new European conceptions of the human condition itself. Through Thomas More’s Utopia, Michel de Montaigne’s “On Cannibals,” William Shakespeare’s The Tempest, and Jonathan Swift’s Gulliver’s Travels
Wednesday, June 7, 2017
(This program continues for multiple sessions)
From the Gilded Age to the Jazz Age, Americans flocked to Europe. Stories that emerged from these journeys—from Henry James to F. Scott Fitzgerald—will allow us to explore American attitudes to…
Wednesday, June 7, 2017
(This program continues for multiple sessions)
It’s easy to get lost when revising your manuscript for publishing consideration. But the required accompanying synopsis, pitch, and query letter can serve as your GPS for finding your way through the revision process!
Wednesday, June 7, 2017
(This program continues for multiple sessions)
Michelangelo Buonarotti created works of art that continue to inspire and move countless numbers of art lovers. This seminar will explore the full range of Michelangelo’s works…
Wednesday, June 7, 2017
Online registration is closed. Call (312) 255-3700 to register.
(This program continues for multiple sessions)
This seminar will consider the origins and adoption of the first 10 amendments to the U.S. Constitution, known as “The Bill of Rights.”
Thursday, June 8, 2017
(This program continues for multiple sessions)
With The Firebird, Petrushka, and The Rite of Spring, Stravinsky laid the groundwork for the harmony, rhythm, melody, and musical form of the twentieth century. Stravinsky’s approach to musical composition was one of constant renewal.
Thursday, June 8, 2017
(This program continues for multiple sessions)
The sound and attitude of rock, pop, and hip-hop have helped reinvent and reinvigorate the American musical theater. This seminar will focus on eight shows that shook up the world of Broadway and brought in new audiences…
Thursday, June 8, 2017
This seminar is full. Call (312) 255-3700 to be on the waitlist.
(This program continues for multiple sessions)
The time is ripe for both Baldwin and the writers who have taken up his torch. We’ll pair Baldwin’s Go Tell It on the Mountain and Notes of a Native Son with Eula Biss’s Notes from No Man’s Land, Baldwin’s The Fire Next Time with the fierce fire of Ta-Nehisi Coates’s Between the World and Me.
Saturday, June 10, 2017
This seminar is full. Call (312) 255-3700 to be on the waitlist.
(This program continues for multiple sessions)
In contrast to Tolstoy’s and Dostoevsky’s moral clarity, Chekhov withholds judgment. While Chekhov may seem the most accessible of all Russian authors, his subtlety, understatement, and irony make him an elusive writer.
Saturday, June 10, 2017
This seminar has been cancelled.
Katherine Anne Porter engaged in major events of the twentieth century – the Mexican Revolution, the Sacco and Vanzetti trial, the rise of Hitler, to name just a few – and used these as a backdrop to fiction noted for its perfected prose and insight into character. In this two-hour seminar…
Saturday, June 10, 2017
(This program continues for multiple sessions)
Western writing about extraterrestrial intelligent life (EIL) dates to the fifth century BCE, and throughout this voluminous body of work—contributed by philosophers, literary figures, theologians, astronomers, and others—religion is a persistent theme.
Saturday, June 10, 2017
How did Sherlock Holmes become the global figure of the detective par excellence? We will trace the development of detective fiction and discuss Arthur Conan Doyle’s short stories and his best-known novel…
Tuesday, June 13, 2017
(This program continues for multiple sessions)
“I and Thou” contains the essential core of the philosophy behind Martin Buber’s spiritually humanistic worldview. Buber’s great accomplishment was to re-conceptualize the Judeo-Christian religious sensibility by promoting the importance of authentic dialogue.
Saturday, June 17, 2017
This intense, fast-paced, single-day course will guide participants through learning to get the most out of their autosomal DNA test results.
Saturday, June 17, 2017
(This program continues for multiple sessions)
Sometimes 60 minutes of instruction on a focused topic can help you push through a particular question or task in your genealogical research project. Take all twelve sessions, or simply those that most appeal to you.
Thursday, June 22, 2017
(This program continues for multiple sessions)
In this seminar, we will examine the ways in which Prohibition and its aftermath changed Chicago’s public drinking culture.
Saturday, June 24, 2017
Mired as we are in what have come to be called “post-truth” culture, “alternative facts,” and “Orwellian” language, we might do well to turn to Orwell himself. His essay, “Politics and the English Language,” has never felt more vital or more discerning.