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Programs and Events

The Newberry offers programming in the humanities for lifelong learners, students, teachers, scholars, and genealogy researchers. Please visit the individual program pages below for information about how to register in advance.

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Wednesday, September 23, 2020
Led by Richard Reeder. Three sessions. 5:45 - 7:45 pm
In 1921, Ben Hecht began writing a daily column for the Chicago Daily News. Entitled “A Thousand and One Afternoons in Chicago,” the column provided fictive sketches of the bustling urban landscape in Chicago at the time.
Thursday, September 24, 2020
Led by Bill Savage. Seven sessions. 6 - 7:30 pm
At its industrial height, the social and physical landscape of Chicago was thought to be beyond (or beneath) poetry. Carl Sandburg and Gwendolyn Brooks demonstrated otherwise. . .
Tuesday, September 29, 2020
Led by Rachel Boyle. Five sessions. 6 - 7:30 pm.
Women were active in Chicago politics well before the passage of the 19th Amendment. This seminar will focus on women who participated in and challenged ward politics in early twentieth-century Chicago, examining everything from early reform efforts to women’s aldermanic campaigns...
Saturday, October 3, 2020
Led by Brian Alberts. One session. 2 - 5 pm.
In 1855, Chicago’s city government clashed with immigrant neighborhoods over the right to drink beer. While this event had roots in Europe, the Lager Beer Riot gave Chicago its first experience with civil unrest, expanded the city’s police force, and reshaped local politics for decades.
Wednesday, October 14, 2020
Led by Paul Durica. Three sessions. 6 - 7:30 pm.
Full. Email seminars@newberry.org to be added to the wait list.
Ever want to step back in time to a specific moment in Chicago’s past? In this seminar, you’ll do just that through a deep exploration of a single year: 1920.