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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., 09/21/2018
Wednesday, May 23, 2018
Led by Barbara Lanctot. 3 sessions, 5:45 - 7:45 pm.
This seminar is full. Call (312) 255-3700 to be on the waitlist.
Sue Grafton’s Kinsey Millhone, who first appeared in 1982 in A Is for Alibi, is one of the first female professional detectives in modern fiction. We will explore the history of the detective novel before Kinsey…
Wednesday, May 23, 2018
Led by John Nygro. 5 sessions, 2 - 4 pm.
Shakespeare’s enduing, effervescent comedy about a sibling reunion, practical jokes, and hidden love will serve as the basis for reading, viewing, discussing, and appreciating the Bard’s genius for a writer of comedy. A variety of video performances of the play will be viewed and discussed.
Wednesday, May 23, 2018
Led by Todd Bauer. 8 sessions, 6 - 7:30 pm
This seminar is full. Call (312) 255-3700 to be on the waitlist.
In this discussion-based seminar we will examine what makes Chicago a leader in American theater by having conversations with the people who make it. Each week, actors, directors, playwrights, critics, and other theater artists will explain their role in bringing a play to life.
Wednesday, May 23, 2018
Led by Elzbieta Foeller-Pituch. 3 sessions, 6 - 7:30 pm.
Online registration is closed. Call (312) 255-3700 to register.
In this seminar we will examine the importance of The Moonstone as a supreme nineteenth-century mystery novel and as an example of popular Victorian fiction, which reflects and engages with anxieties and issues of its times…
Thursday, May 24, 2018
Led by Aleco Julius. 6 sessions, 6 - 7:30 pm.
This seminar has been cancelled.
The writer H.P. Lovecraft declared that “the oldest and strongest emotion of mankind is fear, and the oldest and strongest kind of fear is fear of the unknown.” This seminar’s essential question is this: How can we express that which is unknown?
Thursday, May 31, 2018
Led by Robert Sprott. 5 sessions, 5:45 - 7:45 pm.
This seminar is full. Call (312) 255-3700 to be on the waitlist.
Two of Shakespeare’s most interesting plays, The Merchant of Venice and Othello, offer a Venetian venue and two of his most fascinating characters: Shylock the Jew and Othello the Moor. We will read both plays, paying special attention to the role of Venice itself…
Thursday, June 7, 2018
Led by Douglas Post. 6 sessions, 5:45 - 7:45 pm.
This seminar is full. Call (312) 255-3700 to be on the waitlist.
It is said that when Death of a Salesman was first performed on Broadway, grown men wept in the aisles. Arthur Miller is arguably America’s foremost playwright as well as one of our fiercest social and political commentators…
Saturday, June 9, 2018
Led by Tom Irvine. 1 session, 1 - 4 pm.
This seminar is full. Call (312) 255-3700 to be on the waitlist.
Victorian London plays an important character in the Sherlock Holmes stories. Many of the mysteries describe a bustling city of neighborhoods, buildings, and transportation in detail…
Saturday, June 9, 2018
Led by Melinda Rooney. 6 sessions, 1 - 3 pm.
This seminar is full. Call (312) 255-3700 to be on the waitlist.
Emily Wilson’s recently published translation of Homer’s epic poem treats it like a diamond, revealing new facets and polishing old ones. The Odyssey is the story of a man, a war hero, making his way home, living—and almost dying—by his wits. But it is also a story of women…
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.
Wednesday, June 13, 2018
Led by Harrison Sherrod. 6 sessions, 6 - 7:30 pm
What if Franz Kafka and Jorge Luis Borges, in addition to being modernist masters of magical realism, were also secretly groundbreaking architects? Both authors shared a keen eye for spatial anatomy, and their stories frequently feature characters tasked with navigating bizarre buildings and structures…
Wednesday, June 13, 2018
Led by Laura MacKay Hansen. 7 sessions, 5:45 - 7:45 pm
This seminar has been cancelled.
This seven-week course will look at two twentieth-century novels—The God of Small Things by Booker Prize-winning Indian writer Arundhati Roy and Age of Iron by Nobel-prize winning South African author J.M. Coetzee—in order to consider how colonization and its effects…
Tuesday, June 26, 2018
Led by Donald G. Evans. 5 sessions, 5:45 - 7:45 pm.
This seminar has been cancelled.
Sherwood Anderson’s literary career blossomed because of his three stays in Chicago, during which he committed himself to his art. Though Winesburg resembles Anderson’s Ohio hometown, the author populated the stories with characters he met living at his Chicago rooming house…
Tuesday, June 26, 2018
Led by Katrina Kemble. 6 sessions, 5:45pm - 7:45 pm.
This course will take a close look at female authors who have been influenced by the Gothic. We will begin by reading the “Mother of the Gothic,” Anne Radcliffe. We will also read the works of Mary Shelley, the Brontë sisters, Flannery O’Connor…
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…
Saturday, August 4, 2018
Led by Matt Laufer. 1 session, 10 am - 3 pm. (1 hour lunch)
“Citizen is Rankine’s Spoon River Anthology,” a critic wrote, “an epic as large and frightening and beautiful as the country.” Who can resist such an unlikely linkage?