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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., 10/31/2020
Tuesday, May 22, 2018
Led by Riad Ismat. 5 sessions, 2 - 4 pm.
Online registration is closed. Call (312) 255-3700 to register.
There have been many layers of the so-called “Arab Spring,” which often seems to be an enigma to many in the western world. But filmmakers explored and warned of the turbulence ahead of their time…
Tuesday, May 29, 2018
Led by Christopher Reed. 5 sessions 19, 5:45 - 7:45 pm.
We will explore the evolution of black Chicago’s intellectualism from the formation of the city’s first black think tank in 1888 with the Prudence Crandall Club to the nation’s acceptance of the African American as a full citizen who possesses mental acuity during the 1960s…
Saturday, June 9, 2018
Led by Julia Denne. 4 sessions, 10 am - noon.
This seminar is full. Call (312) 255-3700 to be on the waitlist.
Pushkin’s masterpieces, “The Bronze Horseman” and “The Queen of Spades”, will transport the participants from their armchair to St. Petersburg—from its foundation in 1703 to the mid-nineteenth century.
Tuesday, June 19, 2018
Led by Tom Irvine. 6 sessions, 5:45 - 7:45 pm.
For almost half of the twentieth century, the world was divided in two by the Cold War. This caused fear, repression, and “small wars” as two superpowers vied for supremacy…
Thursday, June 28, 2018
Led by Frank Biletz. 6 sessions, 1 - 3 pm (Section A) or 5:45 - 7:45 pm (Section B)
This exploration of the monarch and her era will treat such topics as the marriage of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert, Victorian ideals of domesticity, the industrial dominance of Britain…
Saturday, June 30, 2018
Led by Frank Biletz. 6 sessions, 10 am - noon.
To enhance enjoyment of Jane Austen’s novels, this course will survey English society in the late Georgian period, including such topics as the emergence of romanticism, the roles of women, the life of the gentry on their country estates…
Thursday, July 5, 2018
Led by Rachel Boyle. 5 sessions, 5:45 - 7:45 pm.
Explore Chicago’s past through one of its defining characteristics: conflict. By analyzing historical documents, consulting secondary literature, and engaging in lively discussion, seminar participants will investigate the historical riots and protests…
Saturday, July 14, 2018
Led by Sarah Kernan. 4 sessions, 1 - 3 pm.
Food was central to everyday life in medieval and Renaissance Europe. In this seminar, we will explore how the culture of food was connected to social status, economics, religion, law, art, literature, and so much more…
Saturday, July 21, 2018
Led by Lee Minnerly. 1 session, 10 am - 2 pm.
This seminar is full. Call (312) 255-3700 to be on the waitlist.
The world’s most mysterious book, the Voynich manuscript, is a fifteenth-century volume by an unknown author consisting of roughly 240 parchment pages of enigmatic botanical, astrological, biological, and pharmacological color illustrations accompanied by…