Adult Education Seminars | Newberry

Adult Education Seminars

Program Overview

Designed for lifelong learners with busy schedules and inquiring minds, the Newberry’s Adult Education Seminars explore the past from fresh perspectives. Experts teach literature, music, history, philosophy, religion, language, genealogy, and creative writing in small classes that foster conversation, collaboration, creativity, and an open exchange of knowledge.

We offer nearly 150 seminars annually, ranging in size, duration, cost, and format and held over three terms (Fall, Winter/Spring, and Summer).

Take a Seminar

Registration for Fall 2021 seminars is now open! The term begins September 21 and runs through mid December with varied start dates to accommodate a variety of schedules.

Members of the Newberry Associates at the Literati level and above have access to early registration beginning August 25. Learn more about membership benefits and becoming a Newberry Associate.

Questions about registration? Learn about how to register online or contact us via email at (Please note: the seminars program staff continue to work remotely and are available during regular office hours via email. We appreciate your patience!)

Explore the full schedule of seminars or browse by subject:

Exhibition Seminars Chicago Interest Arts
Language Genealogy History & Social Science
Philosophy & Religion Literature & Theater Music
Writing Workshops

Teach a Seminar

Our Adult Education Seminars Program always seeks new instructors and seminar topics to enhance the program. If you are interested in teaching a seminar at the Newberry, please see our Teach a Seminar page for more information about developing a proposal and teaching at the Newberry.