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Tuesday, February 17, 2015
(This program continues for multiple sessions)
Legacies of the Great War

Section A: 1 - 3 pm (Afternoon)Section B: 5:45 - 7:45 pm (Evening)

Registration is full. Call (312) 255-3700 for the waitlist.

The political, social, and cultural consequences of the First World War continue to shape the world today. Political boundaries drawn in the war’s aftermath set the stage for future conflict in central and eastern Europe. Many of the still unresolved issues in the Middle East, including the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, the aspirations of the Kurds for autonomy, and sectarian divisions in...

Tuesday, February 17, 2015
(This program continues for multiple sessions)
Telling History with Maps and Corresponding Satellite Images

5:45 - 7:45 pm

This seminar will use maps and satellite images to make sense of modern spaces in urban and rural areas on both sides of the Atlantic. Participants will view maps from the Newberry’s world-class cartography collections showing historical elements—towns, field-systems, fortifications, roads—alongside current satellite images of the same area. We will examine and interrogate these

Wednesday, February 18, 2015
(This program continues for multiple sessions)
Medieval Britain 1307-1485 through Historical Fiction

5:45 – 7:45 pm

Explore the Hundred Years War, the Black Death, the Age of Wycliffe, the Peasants’ Revolt, the Wars of the Roses, and other highlights of medieval British history. Rigorously-researched historical novels by P.C. Doherty, Sharon Penman, Candace Robb, Josephine Tey, and others provide an engaging introduction to the period. With the readings as background, we will discuss historical issues

Wednesday, February 18, 2015
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Dazzled by the Truth: the World and Work of Franz Kafka, a Modern Jewish Storyteller

6-7:30 pm 

W.H. Auden wrote, “Had one to name the author who comes nearest to bearing the same kind of relation to our age as Dante, Shakespeare and Goethe bore to theirs, Kafka is the first one would think of.” Through a close reading of Kafka’s short stories, and through examination of his life and of early-twentieth-century Prague, we shall attempt to penetrate the seemingly unfathomable...

Thursday, February 19, 2015
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Ellis Island: the Immigrant's Experience

5:45 - 7:45 pm

Sixty percent of Americans descended from immigrants who arrived at Ellis Island, and multitudes of Chicagoans can claim Ellis as their ancestor’s entry point into the United States. This seminar explores the iconic status of this island and details the procedures of immigration, including how arrivals were processed between 1892 and 1954. Using architectural drawings, immigration

Thursday, February 19, 2015
(This program continues for multiple sessions)
Colonial Rivalries: The West and the World, 1870-1918

5:45 - 7:45 pm

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Saturday, February 21, 2015
Fundamentals of Genealogy: Basics for Everyone

Whether you’re new to genealogy or simply looking for formal fundamentals training, try these seminars, tailored to meet your research needs. Take all six or just those that interests you most.

Saturday, February 21, 2015
(This program continues for multiple sessions)
The Windsors: The British Monarchy, 1910-2015

10 am - 12 pm

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Saturday, February 21, 2015
(This program continues for multiple sessions)
The Anatomy of Confederate Defeat: Why the South Lost and the North Won the Civil War

1 - 3 pm

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Saturday, February 21, 2015
(This program continues for multiple sessions)
Native Cultures, Manifest Destiny, and the Rise of American Anthropology

10 am - 12 pm 

This seminar explores two intersecting themes: the impact of westward expansion on American Indian cultures during the second half of the nineteenth century, and the parallel development of anthropological research. This research, primarily undertaken by the Smithsonian Institution, aimed at better understanding American Indians and what many white Americans believed…

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