Weimar Culture: Art, Architecture, Design, Film and Music in Germany, 1919-1933 | Newberry

Weimar Culture: Art, Architecture, Design, Film and Music in Germany, 1919-1933

Led by Frank Biletz. Eight sessions. 2 - 4 pm.
Tuesday, September 22, 2020
Tuesdays, September 22 - November 17 (Class will not meet on November 3)

2 - 4 pm

Full. Email seminars@newberry.org to be added to the wait list.

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Seminar Description

While Germany suffered psychological trauma, social division, political polarization, and economic dislocation in the aftermath of the First World War, it also experienced a cultural renaissance, which lasted until the Nazi regime came to power in 1933. This seminar will explore the achievements of architects (Walter Gropius), artists (Otto Dix, George Grosz), composers (Kurt Weill), designers (the Bauhaus), and filmmakers (Fritz Lang, F. W. Murnau) during this turbulent period of German history.

Eight sessions. Registration – $280

Frank A. Biletz received his PhD in history from the University of Chicago, with a primary specialization in modern British and Irish history. He is currently adjunct instructor in history at Loyola University Chicago and has been teaching seminars at the Newberry since 1994.

Materials List


  • Eric D. Witz, Weimar Germany: Promise and Tragedy. Princeton University Press, 2007. ISBN: 978-0691183053.

First Reading:

  • For the first class meeting, please read the introduction and first chapter of Eric D. Weitz’s Weimar Germany: Promise and Tragedy.

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 seminars@newberry.org.

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