Caucasus: a Cradle of Civilization | Newberry

Caucasus: a Cradle of Civilization

Led by Nina Wieda. Six sessions. 2 - 4 pm.
Wednesday, October 28, 2020
Wednesdays, October 28 - December 2


Full. Email to be added to the wait list.

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Seminar Description

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. A meeting place of four religions and over a hundred languages and ethnic groups, the Caucasus is the natural border between Europe and Asia, and today remains a coveted geopolitical prize. Explore a historically rich but often overlooked region in this six-session seminar.

Six sessions. Registration – $230

Nina Wieda is a native of the Caucasus who wrote about the region in her master’s thesis in the Nationalism Studies program at Central European University, Budapest. She holds a PhD in Slavic from Northwestern University and teaches Chicago Field Studies there.

Materials List


  • There are no required materials for this seminar.

First Reading:

  • There is no reading assignment for the first session of this seminar.

Registration Information

Online registration opens at 9 am (CDT) on Tuesday, September 1st.

Please note: Due to COVID-19, the Adult Education Seminars staff is working remotely and will be unable to process registration over the phone. For more information about registration, including a guide to online registration, see our Registration Information page. Questions? Please contact seminars program staff via email at

We offer a 10% discount to members, seniors, and students.

This seminar has reached capacity. Please email to be added to the wait list.

This seminar is part of the Newberry’s Adult Education Seminars Program. Learn more about registering for a seminar, program policies, or teaching a seminar.