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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., 10/24/2021
E.g., 10/24/2021
Saturday, October 23, 2021
Led by Laurel Harig-Khan
Jerusalem has been a city of worship, a destination for pilgrims, and a political flash-point for millennia. Why is Jerusalem so significant to the Abrahamic religions of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam? We will watch documentary footage from different eras of Jerusalem’s history, read primary source material, and discuss the rich heritage of Jerusalem over the past five thousand years
Tuesday, November 2, 2021
Led by Maggie Taft.
Why do the Shakers, a utopian sect founded in the eighteenth century, matter today? This seminar explores the Shakers as radicals who imagined an alternative way to live, outside of conventional American culture.
Wednesday, November 3, 2021
Led by Judith M Wilks
In this six-session course, we will sample five works by three major figures in medieval Islamic mysticism. We will explore these mystics’ different approaches to spirituality and the quest for nearness to the divine. While our main emphasis will be on the content of their work, we will also devote attention to literary form.