Programs and Events | Newberry

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
Saturday, September 25, 2021
Led by Jeff Nigro.
Virtual
Why do we believe that the Renaissance both began and reached its supreme artistic achievements in the city of Florence? Through slide lectures by the instructor and group discussions of imagery and readings, we will explore the political, social, economic, and cultural that combined to make Florentine Renaissance art the glorious phenomenon that continues to inspire us to this day.
Thursday, September 30, 2021
Led by Lin Batsheva Kahn.
Cancelled
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.
Thursday, October 14, 2021
Led by Margaret Farr.
Virtual
This seminar focuses on the artwork and milieus of Thomas Cole, Georgia O’Keeffe, Joseph Cornell, Archibald J. Motley, Jr., Andy Warhol, and Faith Ringgold to probe the conceptual and thematic links between these artists and ultimately to consider what defines American art.
Saturday, October 16, 2021
Led by Rosie May.
Virtual
Over the course of three weeks, this seminar will explore some of the major rivalries that transformed Rome. It will follow the stories of Michelangelo and Raphael, Caravaggio and Carracci, and Bernini and Borromini. We will also take a closer look at the patrons who fanned the fire of the competition to serve their own personal vendettas
Wednesday, October 20, 2021
Led by Stephen Kleinman
In person
In this course, we will listen to, analyze, and discuss four masterpieces of orchestral music from the prolific Romantic era. Each piece demonstrates unique characteristics: the composer’s musical style, its impact on Romantic concepts, its national heritage, and how it manifests the complexities that form the enormous repertoire of Romantic orchestral music
Thursday, October 28, 2021
Led by Harrison Sherrod.
Cancelled
Conspiracy theories, secret histories, fake news—paranoia seems to have permeated mainstream culture as the prevailing affect of our strange, uncertain times. Cinema has provided us with many textbook illustrations of paranoia, from portrayals of delusional psychosis to mysteries in which everyone is a suspect.
Saturday, October 30, 2021
Led by Mark Pohlad
Cancelled
This course examines how Abraham Lincoln has been represented in American films (rather than documentaries or television productions) through in-class viewing of select scenes and informed discussion.Throughout, we shall discuss how all aspects of these productions—their direction, actors, costumes, musical scores, etc.—contribute to the treatment of Lincoln
Saturday, October 30, 2021
Led by Toby Altman
Cancelled
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.
Saturday, November 6, 2021
Led by Emilie M. Brinkman.
Virtual
Have you ever wondered about the origins of today’s high heel? Did you know that high heels were once a male style in the Western world, worn by warriors, aristocrats, and kings? Explore the rich cultural history of heeled footwear and discover how the high heel was transformed into a thoroughly female fashion and symbol of sexualized femininity by the late nineteenth century.
Saturday, November 6, 2021
Led by Tara Betts.
In person
Imagine five dramatically different women creating in several artistic disciplines the same vibrant city at the same time. In this seminar, we’ll consider the work of poet Gwendolyn Brooks, visual artist Gertrude Abercrombie, choreographers Katherine Dunham and Ruth Page, and art critic, curator, and collector Katherine Kuh.
Tuesday, November 9, 2021
Led by Margaret Denny.
Virtual
Over the course of photography’s relatively short history, certain photographs have become iconic, revealing compassion, love, unrest, controversy, and innovation in fleeting moments.This seminar will introduce you to photography’s most iconic images and the stories behind them.
Tuesday, November 30, 2021
Led by Patricia Scanlan.
Virtual
In this seminar, we will survey the history of American art and visual culture from the colonial period to the Civil War—decades of dramatic upheaval that witnessed the birth of the new nation, Western expansion, encounters with Indigenous peoples, and a rapidly changing society.
Thursday, December 2, 2021
Led by Kathleen Murphy Skolnik.
Virtual
This seminar examines American murals of the 1920s, 30s, and 40s, including both non-government-funded murals and those produced under New Deal programs designed to assist struggling artists during the Great Depression.