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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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Saturday, February 22, 2020
Led by Paul Gehl. One session. 10 am - 12 pm.
Jun Fujita’s poetry was published in a variety of little magazines and in a single book designed by prominent Chicago printer/designer Will Ransom. Although it is hard to establish direct, personal relationships with other printers or artists, Fujita was clearly surrounded by a circle of visually sophisticated book folk . . .
Saturday, February 29, 2020
Led by Erik Matsunaga. One session. 10 - 11:30 am.
This seminar is full. Call or email be added to the waitlist.
Prior to World War II, Chicago counted roughly 400 persons of Japanese ancestry among its citizenry. By 1945, some 20,000 had resettled in the city from incarceration camps. Despite admonitions by the government for members of the community not to congregate together, two Japanese enclaves arose during this period . . .
Thursday, March 5, 2020
Led by Jasmine Alinder. One session. 6 - 7:30 pm.
What is the relationship between photography and truth? Do we understand photographs as windows that reveal reality or as a representational practice, like other forms of art, that gives us a mediated view of the world? How do we apply these questions to documentary photography and photojournalism?
Saturday, March 14, 2020
Led by Mark Pohlad. One session. 1 - 3 pm.
This seminar examines the visual cultures surrounding the Japanese incarceration camps established by the American government during World War II. Surely one of the darkest chapters in the history of this country, the photographs and artworks produced during this moment—by inmates and by civilians­­––are revealing and moving.
Thursday, March 26, 2020
Led by Maggie Queeney. One session. 6 - 7:30 pm.
In this poetry discussion and writing workshop, we celebrate the art of poet and photojournalist Jun Fujita. After exploring the exhibition Jun Fujita: American Visionary, we will discuss the tanka, an ancient Japanese poetic form often composed in sequence or conversation.
Saturday, March 28, 2020
Led by Nobuko Chikamatsu. One session. 10 - 11:30 am.
This seminar had been canceled.
Fujita Junnosuke (“Jun Fujita”) was born in the late nineteenth century in the city of Onomichi on a small island in western Japan’s Inland Sea (Setonai-kai). The city is known for having inspired writers and poets with its scenery and prosperity. In this seminar, we will look closely at Fujita’s remaining personal belongings (e.g., letters and photos) to explore . . .