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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., 08/17/2017
Tuesday, September 12, 2017
Led by David Pituch. Six sessions, 2 - 4 pm.
Wagner’s Ring Cycle is without question his most monumental achievement. But starting with his first great success, The Flying Dutchman, and ending with Parsifal, he composed a total of six other great operas.
Tuesday, September 12, 2017
Led by Frank Biletz. Ten sessions, 1 - 3 pm OR 5:45 - 7:45 pm.
This course will explore both the long and short term causes of the First World War. Among the topics to be treated will be the emergence of rival alliance blocs; the naval arms race between Britain and Germany…
Tuesday, September 12, 2017
Led by John Nygro. Nine sessions, 5:45 - 7:45 pm
What does Shakespeare say about the influence of families on leaders, the balance of a leader’s personal goals with advice from intimate advisors and how elements beyond the control of humans affect the successful leadership of a country?
Tuesday, September 12, 2017
Led by Elzbieta Foeller-Pituch. Eight sessions, 6 - 7:30 pm.
Since its beginning in the Anglo-American world, mystery fiction has diversified and spread across the globe. Many English-language authors now feature protagonists of color, or set their mysteries in locations beyond the borders of the US and England…
Tuesday, September 12, 2017
Led by Steven Venturino. Nine sessions, 2 - 4 pm.
Online registration is closed. Call (312) 255-3700 to register.
Daniel Deronda, George Eliot’s final novel, is ambitious, challenging, and astonishingly multi-dimensional. Eliot’s tale weaves together a provocative examination of marriage and personal aspiration…
Wednesday, September 13, 2017
Led by Jim Hecimovich. Ten sessions, 5:45 - 7:45 pm.
There’s a lot to fear about the future, and from these fears arise dystopian visions. The literature of the twentieth century took a critical lens to major innovations such as…
Thursday, September 14, 2017
Led by Ginger Frere & Matt Rutherford. Four sessions, 5:45 - 7:45 pm.
Think the Fire burned your chance to discover what Chicago was like in its early days? Think again!
Thursday, September 14, 2017
Led by Guy Marco. Eight sessions, 2 - 4 pm.
This is the first of two chronological seminars covering the people, organizations, and events of music in New York City. From its modest beginning of a public concert in 1736, the city has become America’s prime focus…
Thursday, September 14, 2017
Led by Margaret Farr. Eight sessions, 2 - 4 pm.
This seminar is full. Call (312) 255-3700 to be on the waitlist.
This course explores joint creative expression by considering eight artist couples from the late nineteenth century to the 1960s. Along with O’Keeffe and Stieglitz, Kahlo and Rivera…
Thursday, September 14, 2017
Led by Joseph Harrington. Six sessions, 2 - 4 pm.
Online registration is closed. Call (312) 255-3700 to register.
The Protestant Reformation and Catholic Counter-Reformation didn’t just divide Western Christianity along confessional lines. The religious schism also led to fundamental reconsideration…
Thursday, September 14, 2017
Led by Tom Irvine. Ten sessions, 5:45 - 7:45 pm.
Online registration is closed. Call (312) 255-3700 to register.
The United States military forces left Vietnam 44 years ago, and in this seminar we will look back to reexamine the conflict.
Thursday, September 14, 2017
Led by Susan Pezzino. Ten sessions, 5: 45 - 7:45 pm.
Is Old English a foreign language? This course aims to demystify the uncanny look and sound of the earliest, pre-Chaucerian stages of the English tongue.
Saturday, September 16, 2017
Led by Julia Denne. Ten sessions, 10 am - noon.
We will read Isaac Babel’s lush, modernist Odessa Stories and Red Cavalry, in a outstanding new translation by Boris Dralyuk, which retains the intensity and vitality of the original.
Saturday, September 16, 2017
Led by Bruce Gans. Ten sessions, 1 - 3 pm.
This seminar aims to deeply enrich students by equipping them to transcend the common unexamined notions of freedom as a legal system, great wealth, or the fulfillment of every wish.
Saturday, September 16, 2017
Led by Jeff Huebner. Ten sessions, 1 - 3 pm.
This seminar will examine the origins, history, legacy, artists, works, and meanings of the Chicago-born contemporary mural movement. Through weekly readings, slide presentations, several site visits…
Saturday, September 16, 2017
Led by John Raffetto. Two sessions, 10 am - noon.
Cost and Registration Information Early Registration Price (by September 1): $100 Regular Price (after September 1): $110 Register Online
Saturday, September 16, 2017
Led by Frank Biletz. Ten sessions, 10 am - noon.
In treating the rise of the “empire on which the sun never set,” we will consider such topics as the colonization of the Americas, narratives of European captivity by native peoples, the causes of the rebellion of the thirteen colonies…