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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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Thursday, September 24, 2020
Led by Margaret Farr. Six sessions. 2 - 4 pm.
Full. Email seminars@newberry.org to be added to the wait list.
This seminar surveys the achievements of women in the visual arts from the Middle Ages to the present. Besides exploring the artistic development of individual artists in Western culture, we will examine the conditions and contexts in which these artists worked, and their relationships to society and to each other.
Thursday, October 1, 2020
Led by Laurel Harig. Five sessions. 6 - 7:30 pm.
Explore the fascinating geometric forms of Arabic--both typeset and handwritten--in a seminar exploringwill explore the rich history of Islamic calligraphy (khatt) in Arabic. From building inscriptions in the 7th century, richly ornamented Qur’an manuscripts, and textile designs and legal documents...
Saturday, October 3, 2020
Led by Julia Denne. Seven sessions. 10 am - 12 pm.
Full. Email seminars@newberry.org to be added to the wait list.
This interdisciplinary seminar will provide an introduction to the riches of the Russian realist and symbolist traditions, focusing on the dialogue between the Russian painters--especially the Wanderers, Ilya Repin, and the symbolist Mikhail Vrubel--and the literary works of Leo Tolstoy, Fyodor Dostoevsky, and Anton Chekhov.
Tuesday, October 6, 2020
Led by Suzanne Karr Schmidt, Lia Markey, Jonathan Tavares, Pedro Raposo, and Jen Farrell. Four sessions. 2 - 3 pm.
Full. Email seminars@newberry.org to be added to the wait list.
Complementing the Newberry’s exhibition, Renaissance Invention: Stradanus’s Nova Reperta, this seminar comprises four one-hour virtual sessions with staff from the Newberry, the Art Institute of Chicago, the Adler Planetarium, and Starshaped Press.
Thursday, October 8, 2020
Led by Judy Pomeranz. One session. 2 - 3:30 pm.
Full. Email seminars@newberry.org to be added to the wait list.
The world created and inhabited by the Abstract Expressionists in mid-twentieth-century New York was a wild, crazy, bold, fascinating, and frenetically creative one, out of which emerged the first fully American style of painting.
Saturday, October 10, 2020
Led by Rosie May. Three sessions. 1 - 3 pm.
In fifteenth-century Florence, a competitive spirit permeated society, creating rivalries between political parties, guilds, families, and artists. Yet competition was a catalyzing force for the arts.
Tuesday, October 13, 2020
Led by Jen Farrell. One session. 4 - 5 pm.
Full. Email seminars@newberry.org to be added to the wait list.
Starshaped Press is a letterpress and design studio in Chicago’s Ravenswood neighborhood. While focused on creating modern-day print work for clients, libraries, and collectors, the studio uses materials that are decidedly mid-twentieth century, as well as techniques that have remained relatively unchanged over the last 400 years.
Saturday, October 17, 2020
Led by Angela Davis Fegan. One session. 12:00 - 1:30 pm.
This seminar has been cancelled.
Protest art is a powerful tool for expressing political dissent, empowering marginalized communities, and demanding social change. Whether drawn by hand on a piece of cardboard or designed, printed, and disseminated, protest posters have become an important piece of activism’s visual iconography.
Saturday, October 31, 2020
Led by Sarah Wilson. One session. 1 - 2:30pm.
Full. Email seminars@newberry.org to be added to the wait list.
As a precaution to help reduce the spread of COVID-19, the Adult Education Seminars Program’s Fall 2020 term will continue to be held virtually. Virtual seminars meet via Zoom video conference and use email and Google Drive folders to share resources and communicate with instructors and participants.
Tuesday, November 10, 2020
Led by Kathleen Skolnik. Five sessions. 6 - 7:30 pm.
Full. Email seminars@newberry.org to be added to the wait list.
Art Deco captured the attention of the world in the 1920s and ‘30s. A movement that defies definition, its manifestations range from soaring setback skyscrapers to simple streamlined factories, from modern interpretations of classic French cabinets to skyscraper-inspired bookcases, and from jewel-encrusted brooches to simple Bakelite bracelets.
Tuesday, November 24, 2020
Led by Margaret Denny. Three sessions. 2 - 4 pm.
From stereographic views and slide presentations to picture postcards or casual Kodak snapshots, tourism and photography are inextricably linked. Photographs capture would-be-traveler's imagination and provide indelible memories of places visited.
Tuesday, December 8, 2020
Led by Harrison Sherrod. One session. 6 - 7:30 pm.
From Ellsworth Kelly casting dice to determine the colors of his paintings to John Cage using the I Ching to compose his music, chance has often been a catalyst for creative activity. In this seminar, we discuss “aleatoric” art, or art created with some element of chance or randomness.