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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., 12/14/2018
Saturday, February 10, 2018
Led by Barbara Korbel. Six sessions, 9 am - noon.
Online registration is closed. Call (312) 255-3700 to register.
Explore the craft of Japanese bookbinding. Radically different in methodology and materials from their European counterparts, traditional Japanese bindings focus almost exclusively on paper, thread, and paste to create a variety of structures.
Wednesday, February 14, 2018
Led by Daniele Macuglia. Six sessions, 2 - 4 pm.
Online registration is closed. Call (312) 255-3700 to register.
This course will provide a focus on the life and works of Leonardo da Vinci. We will learn about Leonardo as an artist and engineer; we will delve into his anatomical research and his studies of the flight of birds; and we will analyze his significant inventions like weapons and flying machines.
Wednesday, February 14, 2018
Led by Jeffrey Nigro. Six sessions, 5:45 - 7:45 pm.
Online registration is closed. Call (312) 255-3700 to register.
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 in Italy and throughout Europe…
Thursday, February 15, 2018
Led by Margaret Farr. Six sessions, 2 - 4 pm.
Online registration is closed. Call (312) 255-3700 to register.
Photographs permeate our lives, from cellphone pictures to photojournalism to art photography. Discover the history of photography as an art form in this seminar surveying the medium from its beginnings in 1839 to the present.
Saturday, February 24, 2018, Saturday, April 21, 2018
Led by Jeff Nigro and John Nygro. One session, 9 am - noon (Section A), 1 - 4 pm (Section B)
Cleopatra, Queen of Egypt, has become a figure of myth and legend far beyond the realities of her life, in large part thanks to her portrayals in the arts…
Saturday, February 24, 2018
Led by Kathleen Murphy Skolnik. Four sessions, 1 - 3 pm.
Online registration is closed. Call (312) 255-3700 to register.
Art Deco captured the attention of the world in the 1920s and ‘30s. A term that defies definition, its manifestations range from soaring setback skyscrapers to simple streamlined factories, from modern interpretations of classic French cabinets to skyscraper-inspired bookcases…
Tuesday, February 27, 2018
Led by Debra Mancoff. Six sessions, 5:45 - 7:45 pm.
Online registration is closed. Call (312) 255-3700 to register.
When we look at a portrait of a man we usually ask, “Who was he?” but we rarely ask, “What is he wearing?” This six-week seminar will answer that question using the methods of art history and dress history to better understand the dress code of status, society, and the self.
Saturday, March 3, 2018
Led by Debra Mancoff. One session, 1 - 4 pm.
This seminar is full. Call (312) 255-3700 to be on the waitlist.
The phrase widows weeds conjures up swathes of ebony crêpe, black lace, and jet jewelry. But a century ago it meant so much more! This one-day seminar, merging methods of art, dress, and social history, explores the evolution of mourning dress and ritual in Great Britain and beyond.
Saturday, March 3, 2018
Led by Jeffrey Nigro. One session, 9 am - noon.
Online registration is closed. Call (312) 255-3700 to register.
This one-day seminar will explore the visual arts during the French Revolution, a tumultuous moment for the arts, politics, and society.
Saturday, February 24, 2018, Saturday, April 21, 2018
Led by Jeff Nigro and John Nygro. One session, 9 am - noon (Section A), 1 - 4 pm (Section B)
Cleopatra, Queen of Egypt, has become a figure of myth and legend far beyond the realities of her life, in large part thanks to her portrayals in the arts…