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Programs and Events

The Newberry offers programming in the humanities for scholars, teachers, and the general public. Unless otherwise noted, events are free, and no reservations are required. Many of our programs are recorded, and you can listen to them on our website.

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E.g., 09/23/2017
Saturday, September 23, 2017
Led by Marsha Peterson-Maass. One session, 9 am - noon.
This seminar is full. Call (312) 255-3700 to be on the waitlist.
This seminar offers a wealth of helpful tools plus in-depth instruction for practical uses of online resources, county boundaries, maps, timelines, genealogical precepts, and other research strategies.
Saturday, September 23, 2017
Led by Marsha Peterson-Maass. One session, 12:30 - 3:30 pm.
We’ll walk through in-depth instruction for practical uses of the Newberry Library’s catalogs and guides for genealogy, forensic photo analysis, and Google’s Research Tools…
Saturday, September 23, 2017
Led by Carol LaChapelle. One session, 10 am - 4 pm (1 hour lunch break).
This seminar is full. Call (312) 255-3700 to be on the waitlist.
Whether in private journals, family histories, or published memoirs, telling our personal stories is a transforming experience. When we write down the important events in our lives, we better understand the meaning they have for us.
Saturday, September 23, 2017
Led by Jeff Nigro. Six sessions, 1 - 3 pm.
This seminar is full. Call (312) 255-3700 to be on the waitlist.
Explore the dynamic art and compelling life of the Italian Baroque painter Caravaggio through a discussion of images and selected readings. Caravaggio’s vivid and radical style, often controversial in his lifetime, inspired followers…
Wednesday, September 27, 2017
Led by Julia Bachrach. Four sessions, 5:45 - 7:45 pm.
This seminar is full. Call (312) 255-3700 to be on the waitlist.
This seminar highlights the fascinating history of architecture in Chicago’s parks. From Victorian refectories and conservatories to the world’s first field houses…
Wednesday, September 27, 2017
Led by John Gibbons. Eight sessions, 2 - 4 pm.
Beethoven’s middle period works—known as the “heroic Beethoven”— comprise the single most influential repertory in the history of Western music.
Wednesday, September 27, 2017
Led by Sarah Kernan. Four sessions, 2 - 4 pm.
In this seminar, we will explore the exciting history of cookbooks in Europe from 1300 to 1900. Focusing on primary sources, we will discuss…
Wednesday, September 27, 2017
Led by Linda Miller. Five sessions, 6 - 7:45 pm.
Online registration is closed. Call (312) 255-3700 to register.
This workshop is geared towards beginning and continuing fiction writers with an interest in reading and writing short stories.
Wednesday, September 27, 2017
Led by Brooke Heagerty. Eight sessions, 5:45 - 7:45 pm.
What is history and why is it so contested? How can history help us navigate through the brambles of half-truths and “alternative facts” of today’s world? This course will pull back the curtain on the historian’s craft…
Thursday, September 28, 2017
Led by Bill Savage. Six sessions, 6 - 7:30 pm.
This seminar is full. Call (312) 255-3700 to be on the waitlist.
After Richard J. Daley’s death in 1977, Mike Royko wrote, “If a man ever reflected a city, it was Richard J. Daley of Chicago.” The same could be said for columnist Royko.
Thursday, September 28, 2017
Led by Beatriz Gartler. Six sessions, 5:45 - 7:45 pm.
Online registration is closed. Call (312) 255-3700 to register.
The world is becoming smaller and smaller; more people traverse the globe today than ever before. Writing about our experiences can prolong the excitement and sense of wonder that the journey brought us.
Saturday, September 30, 2017
Led by Marsha Peterson-Maass. One session, 12:30 - 3:30 pm.
This seminar is the second class in the Fundamentals of Genealogy Series.
Saturday, September 30, 2017
Led by Marsha Peterson-Maass. One session, 9 am - noon.
This seminar is the first class in the Fundamentals of Genealogy Series.
Tuesday, October 3, 2017
Led by Linda Levine. Eight sessions, 2 - 3:30 pm.
This seminar is full. Call (312) 255-3700 to be on the waitlist.
This seminar will focus on memoirs and personal essays of literary titans. We’ll read from the following authors: Tobias Wolff, Russell Baker, Elie Wiesel, Elizabeth Alexander, Aleksander Hemon, Maya Angelou, and Trevor Noah.
Wednesday, October 4, 2017
Led by Mike Levine. Seven sessions, 6 - 7:30 pm.
Online registration is closed. Call (312) 255-3700 to register.
A master of the short story, Grace Paley called her own work “a history of everyday life.” With a sharp political edge, Paley portrays relationships – between lovers, friends, and family – with bracing honesty and exquisite precision…
Wednesday, October 4, 2017
Led by Esther Hershenhorn. Seven sessions, 5:45 - 7:45 pm.
This seminar is full. Call (312) 255-3700 to be on the waitlist.
This workshop focuses on how to create and write a successful children’s picture book that both connects with young readers and succeeds in today’s ever-changing marketplace.
Tuesday, October 10, 2017
Led by Debra Mancoff. Six sessions, 5:45 - 7:45 pm.
Online registration is closed. Call (312) 255-3700 to register.
Despite its prim and proper reputation, Victorian Britain had a dark side. In a straight-laced society, the thrill of suspense, of the supernatural, and of just being scared had an irresistible allure.
Wednesday, October 11, 2017
Led by June Sawyers. Four sessions, 5:45 - 7:45 pm.
Bruce Springsteen has spent much of his adult life examining the gap between the American Dream and the American reality, between how we hope to live and how we actually do.
Saturday, October 14, 2017
Led by Marsha Peterson-Maass. One session, 9 am - noon.
This seminar is the third class in the Fundamentals of Genealogy Series.
Saturday, October 14, 2017
Led by Marsha Peterson-Maass. One session, 12:30 - 3:30 pm.
This seminar is the fourth class in the Fundamentals of Genealogy Series.
Saturday, October 21, 2017
Led by Marsha Peterson-Maass. One session, 9 am - noon.
This seminar is the fifth class in the Fundamentals of Genealogy Series.
Saturday, October 21, 2017
Led by Marsha Peterson-Maass. One session, 12:30 - 3:30 pm.
This seminar is the sixth class in the Fundamentals of Genealogy Series.
Saturday, October 21, 2017
Led by Jill Gage. Four sessions, 10 am - noon.
2017 marks the 400th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation, a time in which books had enormous impact. But how exactly were books made, and who made them?
Saturday, October 21, 2017
Led by Teresa McMillin. Four sessions, 1 - 3 pm.
This seminar is full. Call (312) 255-3700 to be on the waitlist.
Learn how to research your immigrant ancestor’s German origins in this course, which will guide you through the process of researching a German immigrant using United States sources.