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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., 01/26/2021
Tuesday, September 22, 2020
Led by Frank Biletz. Eight sessions. 2 - 4 pm.
Full. Email to be added to the wait list.
While Germany suffered psychological trauma, social division, political polarization, and economic dislocation in the aftermath of the First World War, it also experienced a cultural renaissance, which lasted until the Nazi regime came to power in 1933. This seminar will explore...
Saturday, September 26, 2020
Led by Frank Biletz. Eight sessions. 10 am - 12 pm.
Full. Email to be added to the wait list.
Over 3,500 people died during the political and sectarian conflict that ravaged Northern Ireland from 1968 to 1998. Although the Good Friday Agreement has largely ended the violence and established power-sharing institutions, the peace remains fragile and tensions persist.
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.
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 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.
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.
Wednesday, October 14, 2020
Led by Paul Durica. Three sessions. 6 - 7:30 pm.
Full. Email 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.
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.
Wednesday, October 21, 2020
Led by Emily Nydam and Paul Durica. One session. 3 - 4:30 pm.
In this virtual workshop, you’ll learn how to make three popular cocktails--the Manhattan, Old Fashioned, and Sazerac--that emerged during the period of national prohibition (1920-1933) under the guidance of Emily Nydam, the skilled mixologist at Maria’s Packaged Goods and Community Bar.
Wednesday, October 28, 2020
Led by Nina Wieda. Six sessions. 2 - 4 pm.
Full. Email to be added to the wait list.
Many people describe themselves as “Caucasian” but don’t know why. This seminar introduces participants to the Caucasus: the mountainous area between the Black Sea and the Caspian Sea, the home to the earliest uncontested traces of human civilization outside of Africa.
Saturday, October 31, 2020
Led by Sarah Wilson. One session. 1 - 2:30pm.
Full. Email 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.
Wednesday, November 4, 2020
Led by Mark Larson. Five sessions. 2 - 4 pm.
This seminar has been cancelled.
Learn about the practice of oral history by capturing forever a story you think is important for future generations to hear in the words and voices of those who lived it. By the third session, participants in this workshop will be on their way toward creating their own oral history.
Thursday, November 5, 2020
Led by Sarah Kernan. Three sessions. 6 - 7:30 pm.
Food was an important feature of everyday life in the Middle Ages and appeared regularly in late medieval English literature. Writers used cultural conventions surrounding food and dining to illuminate ideas about power, class, gender, spirituality, and much more. . .
Thursday, November 12, 2020
Led by June Sawyers. Four sessions. 5:45 - 7:45 pm
Full. Email to be added to the wait list.
It’s something we take for granted: the simple act of walking. But walking has a rich social and cultural history. This course will examine the history of walking from several angles . . .