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Programs and Events

The Newberry offers programming in the humanities for lifelong learners, students, teachers, scholars, and genealogy researchers. Please visit the individual program pages below for information about how to register in advance.

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E.g., 03/05/2021
E.g., 03/05/2021
Saturday, March 6, 2021
Led by Esther Hershenhorn
Full. Email seminars@newberry.org to be added to the wait list.
Hoping to realize your dream of writing a children’s book? Anxious to learn what to do once you write it? This workshop introduces newcomers to today’s children’s book world and offers some “rules of the road” to make navigating easier.
Wednesday, March 10, 2021
Led by Harrison Sherrod
Full. Email seminars@newberry.org to be added to the wait list.
Claude Chabrol, a founding member of the French New Wave, is often compared to Alfred Hitchcock for his interest in the sinister forces and homicidal tendencies lurking beneath the underbelly of bourgeois society.This seminar will analyze four films that encapsulate his quintessentially mordant worldview and trademark filmmaking tendencies.
Thursday, March 11, 2021
Led by Cindy Juyoung Ok
Full. Email semianrs@newberry.org to be added to the wait list.
In this seminar, we consider what can fit on one page, breaking down and opening up our understanding of poems and flash stories. We will first focus on reading and analyzing published work, and then generate our own writing.
Saturday, March 13, 2021
Led by Jenna Blazevich
This beginner calligraphy workshop, led by Jenna Blazevich of Vichcraft, will cover the basics of pointed pen oblique calligraphy.
Thursday, March 18, 2021
Led by Neil Blackadder
The ten-minute play has established itself as an effective, condensed form for telling simple stories on stage. In this workshop, participants will write their own ten-minute plays and explore a variety of examples of the genre.
Saturday, March 20, 2021
Led by Sarah Kernan
Full. Email seminars@newberry.org to be added to the wait list.
In this seminar, conducted as a cooking demonstration and workshop, we will study, prepare, and taste dishes made using early modern English recipes from manuscript and print sources.
Tuesday, April 13, 2021
Led by Joseph Heininger
Full. Email seminars@newberry.org to be added to the wait list.
This seminar will explore the richness, variety, and depth of selected poetry by the Irish Nobel Laureate Seamus Heaney (1939-2013). His poetry portrays the rituals of rural life, the human costs of violence, and a mature hopefulness and admirable choice to love others in the face of loss and despair.
Tuesday, April 13, 2021
Led by Steven J. Venturino
Full. Email seminars@newberry.org to be added to the wait list.
Anthony Trollope’s 1855 novel The Warden revolves around an English cleric whose comfortable living is called into question, not only by progressive voices in society but by his own conscience
Wednesday, April 14, 2021
Led by Tricia Scanlan
Full. Email seminars@newberry.org to be added to the wait list.
After the Civil War, hundreds of American artists flocked to Paris to enroll in its prestigious art schools and academies, study the great masterpieces of the Louvre, and encounter avant-garde French art.
Wednesday, April 14, 2021
Led by Caron Primas Brennan
Full. Email seminars@newberry.org to be added to the wait list.
Take a tour of the under-utilized FamilySearch.org website to see what it has to offer genealogy researchers.
Wednesday, April 14, 2021
Led by Caron Primas Brennan
Full. Email seminars@newberry.org to be added to the wait list.
Take this whole three-part series and build your genealogy research toolbox.
Thursday, April 15, 2021
Led by Kathleen Murphy Skolnik
In the days before television and the internet allowed for instantaneous communication, regional, national, and international expositions acquainted the world with new scientific and industrial advances, innovative consumer products, and the latest trends in art and architecture.
Saturday, April 17, 2021
Led by Emilie M. Brinkman
Discover how pimples were treated, how wigs were worn and cared for, and how contemporary notions of beauty shaped ideas regarding race.
Saturday, April 17, 2021
Led by Laurel Harig-Khan
From turning away from the material world (dunya) to embracing solitude in a spiritual retreat (khalwa), Sufi masters in Islam from the 7th century onwards have counseled their students on the virtues of voluntary self-isolation.
Tuesday, April 20, 2021
Led by Lawrence Axelrod
As music-lovers and concert-goers, we rarely have time for detailed listening and study of significant pieces of 20th- and 21st-century classical music. These pieces often present formidable challenges, whether in music language, subject matter, or structure.
Tuesday, April 20, 2021
Led by Harrison Sherrod
Moving from John Cage to Kraftwerk to New Order, this seminar will provide a primer on the history of electronic music, charting how its sound, popularity, and symbolism have metamorphosed over the past eighty years.
Wednesday, April 21, 2021
Led by Jill Howe
Have you taken a storytelling, improv, or writing class and not wanted it to end? This is the class after the class, the one where you keep those creative gears turning
Wednesday, April 21, 2021
Led by Richard Reeder.
Published in 1952, Invisible Man won the National Book Award in 1953 and remains one of the great American classics.
Saturday, April 24, 2021
Led by Teresa S. McMillin, CG
Full. Email seminars@newberry.org to be added to the wait list.
Learn how to research your immigrant ancestor’s German origins. This seminar guides you through the process of using reliable genealogical sources for investigating German immigrant history.
Wednesday, April 28, 2021
Led by Caron Primas Brennan
Full. Email seminars@newberry.org to be added to the wait list.
So, you think you know Ancestry.com? In this seminar, we will take a tour of the Ancestry.com website to see what it has to offer genealogy researchers and discuss tips and tricks for how to get the most out of Ancestry.
Saturday, May 1, 2021
Led by Marsha Peterson-Maass
The Newberry has one of the nation’s strongest genealogy collections. This one-session seminar will introduce you to accredited methods for tracing your family’s history in America.
Saturday, May 1, 2021
Led by Elzbieta Foeller-Pituch
Jane Austen’s 1815 novel is a satirical proto-mystery novel, though instead of corpses we have couples that need proper matching up. Austen provides us with a clueless heroine, hidden hints, and red herrings, so that reading this novel is an exercise in literary detection.
Wednesday, May 12, 2021
Led by Caron Primas Brennan
Have you exhausted your old standby resources? Do you need some new records to review? This genealogy workshop will introduce you to family history databases you may have heard of but never utilized . . .