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Newberry Teachers’ Consortium

Front cover of song and march written about the 1900 presidential election.

Front cover of 1900 Campaign March, featuring photographs of presidential hopefuls William McKinley and William Jennings Bryan, from the Driscoll Collection of American Sheet Music.

The Newberry Teachers’ Consortium offers a series of intellectually stimulating, content-based seminars led by scholars from area universities and colleges. The seminars aim to reconnect teachers with the world of scholarship in their content areas and re-inspire them to model the love of learning for their students.

The Newberry is pleased to offer dozens of seminars on topics as diverse as contemporary poetry, sports history, ancient China, the European Union, and Shakespeare. Participating teachers represent more than 60 schools and 25 school districts in the Chicago area. Over 820 teachers signed up to participate in the 2014-15 Newberry Teachers’ Consortium seminars.

Subject Groups

NTC offers seminars in eight subject areas:

  • American history
  • American studies
  • European history
  • Geography and environmental studies
  • Literature and drama
  • Political science and economics
  • World history
  • World language

Seminar Format

Seminars are three hours long and take place on weekdays during the school year at the Newberry. Seminars are scheduled from 9:30 am to 12:30 pm, unless otherwise indicated, and are followed by a catered lunch. Participants earn up to three ISBE professional development credit hours for attending an NTC seminar.

Participating in NTC

NTC is a subscription-based program that requires the purchase of an annual membership. School districts, schools, departments, and individuals are welcome to purchase any level of membership to fit their professional development needs. Districts, schools, and departments that are current NTC members use a central contact person to coordinate seminar requests, track seminar participation, and monitor membership status.

Individual educators not affiliated with a current NTC member, including retired teachers, are welcome to participate. A group of individual educators registering through one contact may purchase slots together for a volume discount.

Registration is limited to 20 participants per seminar and is processed on a first-come, first-served basis. Registration for the 2015-16 school year begins Wednesday, September 2, 2015. Each NTC member may send up to two teachers to any given seminar.


  • Individual Membership: $140 per seminar for 1–5 slots
  • Department Membership: $690 for 6 seminar slots / $115 per additional seminar up to 11 slots
  • School Membership: $1,200 for 12 seminar slots / $100 per additional seminar up to 19 slots
  • District Membership: $1,700 for 20 seminar slots / $85 per seminar for each additional slot

Members that would like to purchase additional seminar slots above their membership level will be billed a prorated rate for each additional seminar up to the next membership level (e.g. a member at the School level wishing to purchase 18 slots would purchase their School Membership at the rate of $1200 plus $100 for the additional 4 seminars, for a total of $1600).

Download the current NTC Membership Form.

For more information about the Newberry Teachers’ Consortium, please contact Teacher Programs staff.

View past Newberry Teachers’ Consortium seminars

Upcoming NTC Seminars

Monday, February 22, 2016
Colonialism, Decolonization, and Their Legacies
Full, wait list available
Historians used to think of French colonialism as something that happened “over there”—beyond the borders of the hexagon and distinct from the territory of the nation. Now historians are reconceptualizing French empire as a single field comprising the metropole and its colonies.
Tuesday, February 23, 2016
From Broad Shoulders to Third City
Full, wait list available
This seminar examines the fundamental changes that have occurred in Chicago since the era of Mayor Richard J. Daley.
Wednesday, February 24, 2016
Full, wait list available
This seminar will examine some of the exciting and innovative Latina/o literary works produced since the beginning of the new millennium, including short stories by Daniel Alarcón and Junot Díaz, poems by Rigoberto González, Rosa Alcalá, and Cynthia Cruz, and essays by Ruben Martínez and Carmen Giménez-Smith.
Thursday, February 25, 2016
Full, wait list available
What is American Studies? Is it the study of “America” (a notoriously slippery and porous category) or an interdisciplinary methodology that puts literary and cultural studies in rich dialog with history and the social sciences—and therefore can be transposed to the study of other national cultures?
Monday, February 29, 2016
Full, wait list available
Comics, along with YA literature, have become the target—or scapegoat—yet again for those who decry the downward spiral of American culture.
Tuesday, March 1, 2016
Reconstruction and the Right to Vote
This seminar will explore Reconstruction as a crucial moment in the long and complicated history of the right to vote in the United States. We will look at Congress’s 1867 Reconstruction Acts, the first measures to enfranchise African American men in the former Confederacy.
Thursday, March 3, 2016
How Sports Inform World Politics
This seminar explores the role that sports play in international politics.
Thursday, March 10, 2016
Full, wait list available
This seminar will invite participants to explore and understand Hollywood movie stars and stardom as vehicles for American beliefs, myths, anxieties, hopes, wishes, and fears.
Friday, April 15, 2016
The United States and Latin American Independence
The half-century that followed U.S. independence was an age of American revolutions. By 1825, most of the Western Hemisphere had broken away from Europe, including Brazil and the entire Spanish American mainland. We will begin our discussion by examining how and why Latin American independence occurred. How did it compare to—and was it influenced by—the U.S. struggle for independence?