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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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E.g., 10/24/2021
E.g., 10/24/2021
Tuesday, September 21, 2021
Led by Ginger Frere and Matt Rutherford.
Chicago commemorates the 150th anniversary of the Great Fire this fall, and it’s easy to assume that nothing has survived. This is anything but true. In this course, we’ll uncover a gold mine of treasures that survived the fire and illustrate what life in Chicago was like before the disaster.
Saturday, September 25, 2021
Led by Diane Dillon.
This seminar will explore some of Chicago’s “best addresses”—residential streets known for significant domestic architecture, notable residents, or historical events—through a series of walking tours.
Thursday, September 30, 2021
Led by Lin Batsheva Kahn.
Students will take a historical trip through time to learn about the important contributions of choreographers and dance companies in our cultural city. This seminar will also relate to theChicago Avant Garde: Five Women Before Their Time exhibition in the Newberry.
Sunday, October 3, 2021
Led by Paul Durica and Justin Amolsch.
This seminar takes you on a four-part 40-year journey through the various spaces that make up the Chicago’s musical history.In addition to archival recordings, live performance, and lectures, each session puts you “In the Mood” (apologies to Glenn Miller) by sharing a recipe for a period-appropriate cocktail made by an expert mixologist.
Tuesday, October 5, 2021
Led by Brian Lynch
In this discussion-based seminar, we will explore the role of distinct Chicago neighborhoods in contemporary American fiction, asking whether 1940s Bronzeville, 1980s Pilsen, and 1980s Boys’ Town provide more than literary stages for narratives and act as key players in their own right
Saturday, October 9, 2021
Led by Wendy Castanell and Amy Mooney
This seminar will consider the role of portraiture in the construction of modern subjectivity. Participants will have the opportunity to explore the work of Helen Balfour Morrison (1900-1984), a relatively unknown photographer active in the 1930s through the 1960s, who sought to reveal the inner character of her subjects.
Saturday, October 16, 2021
Led by Sarah Buchmeier.
In person (Newberry and off-site)
The company town of Pullman was full of “troublemakers,” from factory employees and union leaders to George Pullman himself. This seminar will peel back the layers of trouble to examine what makes Pullman’s history unique and how that history echoes in today’s discussions of labor relations.
Saturday, October 23, 2021
Led by Mark Pohlad.
In person
Katharine Kuh (née Woolf, 1904-1994) was one of the most famous twentieth-century art world figures in this country. Over the course of her long, rich life, she was a gallerist, a curator at a major museum, author, critic, art educator (her most treasured role), and friend and supporter of many of the most renowned modern artists of the twentieth century.
Saturday, October 30, 2021
Led by Toby Altman
This one-day course will supplement the Newberry’s new exhibition, Chicago Avant-Garde: Five Women Ahead of their Time, by looking at a selection of key figures of Chicago’s avant-garde today.
Wednesday, November 3, 2021
Led by Sara Černe.
Over the span of a hundred years, Chicago grew from a town of a few thousand people to a quintessentially American metropolis. Whose voices define the city, which narratives have been forgotten in public memory, and how does this tapestry of different histories, origins, and perspectives contribute to the vision of the city in the popular imagination?
Wednesday, December 1, 2021
Led by Julia Bachrach.
North Lake Shore Drive has a fascinating history. Conceived as a pleasure drive at the Lake Michigan edge of Lincoln Park, the Drive was built in stages between the 1870s and late 1950s. As the lakefront boulevard was extended to the north and south, it attracted the development of nearby residences in the adjacent Near North, Lincoln Park, Lakeview, Uptown, and Edgewater communities.