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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., 09/28/2022
E.g., 09/28/2022
Wednesday, September 28, 2022
Led by Natania Rosenfeld
Virtual (Full - Register for Waitlist on Learning Stream)
Is there a consensus about what it means to get old? Or is aging a highly individual experience? How, specifically, is it gendered? And how does pondering one’s own end intersect with contemplating the end of our world? How has the psychology of aging changed, and how does it remain the same, in the Anthropocene?
Wednesday, September 28, 2022
Led by Dr. Nina Wieda
In Person (Full - Register for Waitlist on Learning Stream)
This class offers a historical survey of Russia’s relationship with its neighbors, from the time of Russia’s emergence as a nation and a state, through its imperial and Soviet periods, through the turbulent years following the dissolution of the Soviet Union, and up to the tragic events of today.
Thursday, September 29, 2022
Led by Daniel Greene
Hybrid - in person and virtual
This course raises difficult questions about Americans’ responses to Nazism: What did Americans know about the persecution and murder of European Jewry as it occurred? Why didn’t rescue of Europe’s Jews become a priority for the US government or the American people? What more could have been done?
Saturday, October 1, 2022
Led by Laurel Harig-Khan
Virtual
Join this class as we explore the vibrant plaster calligraphy and tile mosaics which make up the extraordinary building known as the Alhambra.
Saturday, October 1, 2022
Led by Frank Biletz
Virtual
This class will explore the contrasts between a glittering high society and the difficult circumstances of the impoverished, the beautiful squares of the West End and the city’s overcrowded slums in the East End, and the verbal wit of Dr. Johnson’s circle and the physical violence often encountered on the streets.
Saturday, October 1, 2022
Led by Julia Kriventsova Denne
Virtual
In this class, we will enter the world of Russian medieval folk epics, larger-than-life heroes, lives of saints and holy fools, and tales of socialist realism to explore not just their origin, interpretations, and traditions, but also their close relationship with contemporary Russia and the Russian state propaganda machine.
Tuesday, October 4, 2022
Led by Frank Biletz
Hybrid - in person and virtual
This class will explore the historical context in which Stalin emerged to dominance and examine the extent of his crimes.
Wednesday, October 5, 2022
Led by Léna Remy-Kovach
Virtual
This literary course focuses on contemporary Native American crime fiction. We will start with an overview of Native American literature and look at the traditions and conventions of American crime fiction.
Thursday, October 6, 2022
Led by Julia Bachrach and Rebecca Graff
Virtual
This class will explore the Olmsteds’ local contributions and illuminate the ways in which their fascinating designs have impacted generations of Chicagoans and Americans.
Saturday, October 8, 2022
Newberry Adult Education and the Martin Marty Center for the Public Understanding of Religion This fall the Newberry is pleased to collaborate with the Martin Marty Center for the Public Understanding of Religion at the University of Chicago for a special series of classes. The Martin Marty Center offers scholarly perspectives on religious questions facing the wider public.
Saturday, October 8, 2022
Led by Anca L. Szilágyi
Virtual
Dialogue can be the bane of a writer’s existence or great fun. In this class, we’ll aim for the latter.
Saturday, October 8, 2022
Led by Rick Rosengarten
Virtual
In this class, we will explore the work and life of American author Flannery O’Connor.
Tuesday, October 11, 2022
Led by Daniele Macuglia
Virtual
This class aims to take participants to Vatican City and offer an introduction to six of its most famous Renaissance works of art: the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel, the Last Judgment, Michelangelo’s Pieta, Raphael’s Rooms (in particular, the School of Athens), Raphael’s Transfiguration, and Leonardo da Vinci’s St. Jerome in the Wilderness.
Tuesday, October 11, 2022
Led by Tom Irvine
In person
We’re traveling to South Asia to examine the mysteries from six countries over 8 weeks.
Wednesday, October 12, 2022
Led by Don Evans
In person
Our focus in this class is in examining the Chicago that emerges from the collage of portraits, images, ideas, observations and judgements contained within the best contemporary poetry.
Wednesday, October 12, 2022
Led by Esther Anne Hershenhorn
Virtual
This workshop focuses on how to create and write a successful children’s picture book that connects with today’s young readers and today’s ever-changing marketplace.
Thursday, October 13, 2022
Led by Glenn Derringer
Virtual
Through film, audio, musical examples, poetic characteristics, and episodes from his life, we will survey what made Cole Porter tick. Get prepared for a nostalgic, interesting, and exciting study of one of the world’s great songwriters.
Saturday, October 15, 2022
Led by Dr. Aaron Greenberg
In person
After familiarizing ourselves with key concepts and best practices of life writing, participants will engage in a series of interactive and collaborative exercises that generate and enhance their life stories. We’ll experiment with innovative life writing tools and voice-based composition.
Tuesday, October 18, 2022
Led by Dr. Anastasia Klimchynskaya
Virtual
Focusing on four classics of the fin-de-siècle - The Picture of Dorian Gray, The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, Dracula, and The Hound of the Baskervilles - this class will examine how the Gothic functions as a metaphor to capture intense anxieties about past and present at the heart of a powerful empire.
Tuesday, October 18, 2022
Led by Emily D. Crews
Virtual
In American public discourse, it is common to hear abortion referred to as a “religious issue.” But is abortion a religious issue? If so, in what ways, to whom, and since when?
Tuesday, October 18, 2022
Led by Andrew Schultze
Virtual
This class explores the Austrian musical scene during the reigns of Emperors Ferdinand III and Leopold I.
Thursday, October 20, 2022
Led by Joseph Heininger
Virtual
In this class, we will explore related themes found in the poetry of Paula Meehan and Dennis O’Driscoll.
Saturday, October 29, 2022
Led by Harrison Sherrod
Virtual
This class will explore how manifestations of the ghost have metamorphosed throughout film history, examining the ways in which such shifts reflect philosophical questions about cinema, such as how do depictions of the ghost foreshadow anxieties about cinema’s own death and afterlife in a digital age?
Saturday, October 29, 2022
Led by Margaret Farr
Virtual
Explore the creative dynamics between Pablo Picasso and Henri Matisse, the two dominant figures in Western art in the first half of the 20th century.
Saturday, October 29, 2022
Led by Dr. Aaron Greenberg
Virtual
This 4-session class will help you interweave your experience, perspectives, and data into powerful stories that contextualize ancestral and genealogical facts.
Saturday, October 29, 2022
Led by Seth Noel Wilson
In person
The central question of this course is how can we use cultural artifacts, in this case plays and their performances, to learn about the history of a specific people and place?
Tuesday, November 1, 2022
Led by Kathleen Murphy Skolnik
In Person (Full - Register for Waitlist on Learning Stream)
This class examines the underlying roots of Art Nouveau, its principal characteristics, sources of inspiration for Art Nouveau designers, and examples of Art Nouveau in architecture and the decorative arts in Europe, the Americas, Asia, and Australia.
Wednesday, November 2, 2022
Led by Chad Beharriell
Virtual
This class explores how the Western genre, specifically within film and television, has grown by the 21st century to become a more inclusive art category.
Thursday, November 3, 2022
Led by Margaret Norton
In Person (Full - Register for Waitlist on Learning Stream)
This class will involve three separate two hour discussions on popular subjects in Japanese art history.
Thursday, November 3, 2022
Led by Brian T Lynch
In person
In this discussion-based class, we will explore the portrayal of distinct Chicago neighborhoods in contemporary graphic novels, focusing on 1960s Uptown, 2000s Humboldt Park, and 2010s South Side.
Saturday, November 5, 2022
Led by Emilie Brinkman, PhD
Virtual
This two-session class explores the rich history behind the many magical and non-magical creatures that inhabit the world of J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter.
Tuesday, November 8, 2022
Led by Steven J. Venturino
Virtual
This class follows five of Charlie Chaplin’s films in a progressive exploration of the filmmaker’s remarkable life and art.
Thursday, November 10, 2022
Led by Laura MacKay Hansen
In Person (Full - Register for Waitlist on Learning Stream)
In this class, we will read and discuss Woolf’s novels Jacob’s Room and To the Lighthouse, as well as her evocative autobiographical sketches in Moments of Being, and the central feminist text A Room of One’s Own.
Saturday, November 12, 2022
Led by Wendy Doniger
Virtual
This class will explore the longevity of powerful myths around women and their jewelry and will offer explanations of how and why they endure.
Wednesday, November 16, 2022
Led by Bryan LeBeau
Virtual
In this four-part class, we will explore how and why the Declaration of Independence was written, what it meant at the time, and how its meaning has changed over time.
Wednesday, November 16, 2022
Led by Dr. Annette Bochenek
Virtual
Join Film Historian Annette Bochenek for a lecture-based presentation about how some of classic Hollywood’s most memorable movie scenes were developed, approached, and accomplished. The program will include a multimedia presentation consisting of photos, video clips, and captivating stories.
Tuesday, November 22, 2022
Led by Elzbieta Foeller-Pituch
Virtual
The class will focus on selected Austen’s novels, from her early parody of popular romances in Northanger Abbey to her late satire of British society in Persuasion.
Thursday, December 1, 2022
Led by Jill Gage
In person
In this class, Jill Gage, curator of A Show of Hands and Custodian of the John M. Wing Foundation on the History of Printing at the Newberry, will give a tour of the exhibition, revealing stories of the people and technologies “behind the hands.” She will also show a selection of items (including new acquisitions!) that did not make it into the exhibition.