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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., 12/01/2020
E.g., 12/01/2020
Wednesday, December 2, 2020
Led by Elzbieta Foeller-Pituch. Two sessions. 5:45 - 7:45 pm.
Full. Email to be added to the wait list.
This seminar will examine Agatha Christie’s pivotal role in the British Golden Age of detective fiction (the 1920 and 30s) by tracing the development of mystery literature and discussing the rise of her iconic detectives, Miss Marple and Hercule Poirot.
Tuesday, December 8, 2020
Led by Harrison Sherrod. One session. 6 - 7:30 pm.
From Ellsworth Kelly casting dice to determine the colors of his paintings to John Cage using the I Ching to compose his music, chance has often been a catalyst for creative activity. In this seminar, we discuss “aleatoric” art, or art created with some element of chance or randomness.
Tuesday, February 9, 2021
Led by Linda Downing Miller.
This six-week workshop is for writers of all levels who are interested in getting started with short fiction. We’ll look at literary short stories to understand how they start, progress, and finish
Tuesday, February 9, 2021
Led by Frank Biletz.
The unusually tumultuous year of 1968 continues to be remembered for its political revolutions, social upheavals, and artistic innovations. This seminar will take a global approach in exploring that historical year …
Wednesday, February 10, 2021
Led by Rachel Boyle, PhD.
This virtual walking tour will explore how history is remembered in the cultural landscape of Chicago. From monuments and murals to historic buildings and the lakefront, the seminar will interrogate how the city remembers certain events and people, and how other histories are actively silenced.
Wednesday, February 10, 2021
Led by Douglas Post.
What do the playwrights Ben Hecht, Lorraine Hansberry, David Auburn, Bertolt Brecht, Tracy Letts, and August Wilson have in common? They have all written plays set in Chicago, and many of these writers are also native to the Midwest.
Thursday, February 11, 2021
Led by Mark Larson.
We will explore the history of the Chicago theater scene and how it developed using photographs, artifacts from the Newberry archive, visits from special guests, audio clips, and more from the instructor’s interviews with the theater artists who made it happen
Thursday, February 11, 2021
Led by Margaret Farr.
The horrors of World War I prompted some artists in Europe and America to critique prevailing political and cultural values. Formed mid-war, Dada featured irrationality, chance, and unconventional formats. In the 1920s and beyond, the Surrealists also favored subversive subjects and styles.
Tuesday, February 16, 2021
Led by Steven J. Venturino.
A novel of childhood development that calls to mind Jane Eyre or David Copperfield, George Eliot’s <em>The Mill on the Floss</em> is an unflinching and emotionally challenging exploration of the author’s childhood, intellectual aspirations, and psychological struggles.
Tuesday, February 16, 2021
Led by Donald G. Evans.
When Saul Bellow started with the Writers’ Project, his job was to inventory Illinois periodicals at the Newberry Library. For Bellow and many other Chicago writers, such as Nelson Algren, Arna Bontemps, Jack Conroy, Studs Terkel, Margaret Walker, and Richard Wright, these jobs provided steady income, training, and access to great stories
Wednesday, February 17, 2021
Led by Lin Batsheva Kahn.
Take a historical journey through modern dance, beginning with rebel pioneer Isadora Duncan and ending in the year 2020
Wednesday, February 17, 2021
Led by Megan Tusler.
This seminar studies three significant Native American novels in conjunction with secondary works in Native American studies
Thursday, February 18, 2021
Led by C. Mitchell.
Is writing poetry as a female an inherently political act? Can protest be staged on a page? How are women’s written voices amplified or not, heard or not, validated or not, published or not–and what fresh urgencies might accompany these questions now, after the centennial anniversary of the 19th Amendment?
Thursday, February 18, 2021
Led by Susanne Dumbleton, PhD.
The mystery of Joan of Arc has intrigued historians and artists for almost 600 years. How could a seventeen-year-old with no military training convince a jaded army to follow her–and win?
Saturday, February 20, 2021
Led by Jeff Nigro.
This seminar will explore the superstars of 18th-century opera, the castrati–male singers who were castrated as boys in order to preserve their treble voices
Saturday, February 20, 2021
Led by Julia Kriventsova Denne.
This interdisciplinary seminar will provide an introduction to the Russian avant-garde as a complex mosaic of styles and individuals, focusing on the dialogue between the Russian artists and writers who, at a time of radical change, tried to create new systems of thinking and languages.
Saturday, February 20, 2021
Led by Frank Biletz.
From its Viking foundations to becoming a modern capital city, from the building of Georgian Dublin to destruction suffered during the Easter Rising … this seminar will explore the fascinating social and cultural history of Ireland’s capital city.
Wednesday, February 24, 2021
Led by Jill Howe.
Beginners to advanced students are welcome in this workshop examining vulnerability in storytelling, performance, and craft.
Saturday, February 27, 2021
Led by Will Hansen.
This seminar will explore three American short stories: “The Masque of the Red Death” by Edgar Allan Poe, “Bartleby, the Scrivener” by Herman Melville, and “The Yellow Wallpaper” by Charlotte Perkins Gilman