Upcoming History, Genealogy, and Social Science Seminars

This list is of upcoming seminars only. Since most seminars meet more than once in a term, if a class has already met at least once, it will no longer show up on this list. To find a seminar that has already started or has finished, visit Programs and Events and set the date range to include the seminar’s starting date.

Starting October 6, 2015
Tuesdays, October 6 - November 24
Led by Patricia Scanlan
Seminar Description World War I ushered in profound changes in American society and culture. Studying diverse materials ranging from recruitment posters and propaganda films to paintings, novels, periodicals, and sheet music, we will analyze how the...
Starting October 7, 2015
Wednesdays, October 7 - December 2 (class will not meet November 25)
Led by Jeanine Teodorescu
Seminar Description This course will offer an intimate look at Louis XIV during a crucible of scandal and intrigue: the Fronde (rebellions of the aristocrats against a strong monarchy), the four wars led by the king, and two events which became the...
Starting October 7, 2015
Wednesdays, October 7 - 21
Led by Jack Shreve
Seminar Description What mysteries of the past can be unlocked by your family’s last names? This seminar provides an introduction to the surnames of Western Europe, which derive from family lineage, occupations, nicknames, and placenames. In...
Starting October 8, 2015
Thursdays, October 8 - November 12
This class is full. Call (312) 255-3700 to be placed on the waiting list.
Led by Tim Lacy
Seminar Description Even in the so-called Information Age, anti-intellectualism, pseudo-intellectualism, and ignorance permeate American life. When the health of a society’s civic life and politics require rational debate, these issues are not...
Starting October 8, 2015
Thursdays, October 8 – 29
Led by Ginger Frere and Matt Rutherford
Seminar Description Think the Great Chicago Fire burned everything you might use to discover what the city was like in its early days? Think again! Join us as we explore a gold mine of pre-Fire treasures−many drawn from the Newberry’s collections−...
Starting October 8, 2015
Thursdays, October 8 - November 5
Led by Joseph Harrington
Seminar Description Historians have wrestled with the question of who bears the guilt for starting World War I. This seminar invites participants instead to consider who was to blame for failing to end the conflict once it was underway. Discussion...
Starting October 17, 2015
Online registration is closed. Please call (312) 255-3700.
Led by Grace Dumelle
*Please note: the instructor for this course has changed from what was originally printed in the brochure Seminar Description The Newberry holds one of the strongest genealogy research collections in the nation. This one-session course will show...
Starting October 17, 2015
This class has been cancelled.
Led by Marsha Peterson-Maass
Seminar Description Did you get your start in genealogy with Ancestry.com? Not really sure what to do now that you’ve exhausted their resources? This one-session seminar will help you take your genealogical project to the next level with accredited...
Starting October 20, 2015
Tuesdays, October 20 - December 1
This class is full. Call 312-255-3700 to be put on a wait list.
Led by Brooke Heagerty
Seminar Description What is history and why is it so disputed? This course will pull back the curtain on the historian’s craft and explain how avid readers of history, genealogists, and family historians can grapple with questions of how the...
Starting October 24, 2015
This class has been cancelled.
Led by Marsha Peterson-Maass
Seminar Description How much of your ancestor’s biography reflects his or her work life? This one-session seminar will show you how to build a business biography, find genealogical employee and business records for everyone from factory workers to...
Starting October 24, 2015
This class has been cancelled.
Led by Marsha Peterson-Maass
Seminar Description Whether you have taken any DNA tests or not, this seminar will help you understand atDNA, Y-DNA, and mtDNA test results, including haplogroups, ethnicity, and cousin matches. We’ll also discuss options for kinship results, DNA...
Starting October 31, 2015
Saturdays, October 31 - November 21
Led by Karen Stanbary
Seminar Description This seminar is the second in a sequence with Genetic Genealogy (see above). We will expand on concepts covered in the first seminar with the use of real-time demonstration and a hands-on practical skills laboratory. This course...