One Foot in Front of the Other: A Short Cultural History of Walking | Newberry

One Foot in Front of the Other: A Short Cultural History of Walking

Led by June Sawyers. Four sessions. 5:45 - 7:45 pm
Thursday, November 12, 2020
Thursdays, November 12 - December 10 (Class will not meet on November 26)

5:45 - 7:45 pm

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Seminar Description

It’s something we take for granted: the simple act of walking. But walking has a rich social and cultural history. This course will examine the history of walking from several angles, including urban walking, long distance walking, particular types of walking, such as the French tradition of the flaneur, and women and walking. In the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, we will also explore the idea of walking and solitude.

Four sessions. Registration – $195

June Sawyers is an avid walker and has written or edited numerous books on travel and pilgrimages.

Materials List


  • There are no required materials for this seminar.

First Reading:

  • While there is no formal reading assignment for the first session, a selection of optional essays will be sent along with the email confirming your registration.

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