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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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Wednesday, September 23, 2020
Led by Richard Reeder. Three sessions. 5:45 - 7:45 pm
In 1921, Ben Hecht began writing a daily column for the Chicago Daily News. Entitled “A Thousand and One Afternoons in Chicago,” the column provided fictive sketches of the bustling urban landscape in Chicago at the time.
Thursday, September 24, 2020
Led by Bill Savage. Seven sessions. 6 - 7:30 pm
At its industrial height, the social and physical landscape of Chicago was thought to be beyond (or beneath) poetry. Carl Sandburg and Gwendolyn Brooks demonstrated otherwise. . .
Tuesday, September 29, 2020
Led by Steve Venturino. Eight sessions. 2 - 4 pm.
Full. Email seminars@newberry.org to be added to the wait list.
This seminar presents Charles Dickens’s masterpiece Bleak House in manageable weekly serial installments--with no spoilers. Our discussions of each week’s installment will explore Dickens’s humor, social commentary, psychological depth, and dazzling assortment of narrative styles.
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.
Saturday, October 3, 2020
Led by Jeff Nigro. Four sessions. 1 - 3 pm.
Full. Email seminars@newberry.org to be added to the wait list.
Virgil’s great epic poem the Aeneid recounts the adventures of the Trojan prince Aeneas and his followers, as well as the legendary foundation story of ancient Rome. . .
Wednesday, October 14, 2020
Led by Tom Irvine. Seven sessions. 5:45 - 7:45 pm.
Full. Email seminars@newberry.org to be added to the wait list.
East Asia is home to some of the finest murder mysteries ever written. In this seven session seminar, we will travel to Japan, China, and Korea to examine how mystery writers in these countries have woven culture, politics, and place together with good old-fashioned murder plots to create unique works of distinctive power.
Saturday, November 14, 2020
Led by Brian Oberlander. Two sessions. 2 - 4 pm.
Sneak behind the scenes of Giacomo Puccini’s Tosca (1900). From Puccini's inspiration in actress Sarah Bernhardt, who played Tosca in an earlier French drama while on tour in Italy, to the violent social unrest that delayed the opera’s premiere, we will uncover the artistic and social forces that shaped this harrowing composition.
Wednesday, December 2, 2020
Led by Elzbieta Foeller-Pituch. Two sessions. 5:45 - 7:45 pm.
Full. Email seminars@newberry.org to be added to the wait list.
This seminar will examine Agatha Christie’s pivotal role in the British Golden Age of detective fiction (the 1920 and 30s) by tracing the development of mystery literature and discussing the rise of her iconic detectives, Miss Marple and Hercule Poirot.