Upcoming Literature and Theater Seminars | Newberry

Upcoming Literature and Theater 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 June 4, 2016
Saturdays, June 4 - June 23 (class will not meet July 2 or July 16)
Led by Jeffrey Nigro
Seminar Description Emma, often described as Jane Austen’s masterpiece, celebrates its 200th anniversary in 2016. Austen herself admitted that she had created “a heroine whom no one but myself will much like,” and, indeed, Emma Woodhouse...
Starting June 7, 2016
Tuesdays, June 7 - July 19
Led by Todd Bauer
Seminar Description Each week, this seminar will feature a different Chicago-based playwright, who will discuss one of his or her plays with the class. Ranging from well-known plays that have had a number of productions, to scripts still in the...
Starting June 9, 2016
Thursdays, June 9 - August 18 (class will not meet July 21)
Led by Matt Laufer
Seminar Description When it comes to readers of Marilynne Robinson–Pulitzer Prize winner, moralist of the Midwest, and Obama’s muse–there are Housekeeping (1980) people and Gilead (2004) people. Which are you? Find out in this...
Starting June 14, 2016
Tuesdays, June 14 - July 19
Online registration is closed. Please call to register.
Led by Debra Mancoff
Seminar Description For Gilded Age American women, a sojourn abroad offered sophisticated company, fabulous clothing, and unexpected possibilities. Come travel along, through the novels of Edith Wharton and Henry James and the paintings of John...
Starting June 16, 2016
Thursdays, June 16 - July 21
Led by John Nygro
Seminar Description Shakespeare’s enduring masterpiece will serve as the basis for reading, discussing, and appreciating his genius as a writer of comedies. Through a variety of video performances and short talks by the seminar leader, this seminar...
Starting June 16, 2016
Thursdays, June 16 - July 21
Led by Lee Minnerly
Seminar Description This seminar will examine important contributions to early science fiction by three women, all of whom predate the genre’s conventionally accepted foundational works by Jules Verne and H.G. Wells. Margaret Cavendish (1623-1673),...
Starting June 18, 2016
Saturdays, June 18 - July 30 (class will not meet July 2)
This seminar is full. Please call for waitlist.
Led by Julia Denne
Seminar Description In this seminar, we will examine one of Dostoevsky’s greatest works, Crime and Punishment, in a new outstanding translation by Oliver Ready, which retains the intensity and vitality of the original text. Dissecting the...
Starting June 18, 2016
Led by Joyce Goldenstern
Seminar Description Walt Whitman, the first great American poet (according to Ralph Waldo Emerson), did not look askance at urban life as did many of his literary contemporaries. Rather, he embraced “crowds of men and women attired in the usual...
Starting June 21, 2016
Tuesdays, June 21 - July 26
Led by Leslie Singel
Seminar Description The neo-slave narrative is not simply an extension of “traditional” nineteenth-century narratives, but rather a distinct genre that emerged in the late-twentieth century and continues to speak to the contemporary social climate...
Starting June 22, 2016
Wednesdays, June 22 - July 27
Led by Bill Savage
Seminar Description Baseball has long been considered the essential American game, the national pastime in which American identity and values are enacted by players and enjoyed by fans. In this seminar, we will explore classic baseball poetry,...
Starting June 30, 2016
Thursdays, June 30 - July 14
Led by Will Hansen
Seminar Description Herman Melville’s 1853 novella Bartleby, the Scrivener: A Story of Wall-Street is one of the masterworks of the form. At its heart is the enigma of Bartleby and his insistent response to nearly all requests: “I would...