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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., 07/21/2018
Tuesday, February 13, 2018
Led by Frank Biletz. Ten sessions, 1 - 3 pm (Section A) or 5:45 - 7:45 pm (Section B)
The First World War transformed the European political and social order, as well its cultural life, completely and irrevocably. As centennial commemorations mark the war’s major events, this course will treat such topics as the causes of the conflict, the major military campaigns…
Tuesday, February 13, 2018
Led by Brooke Heagerty. Eight sessions, 5:45 - 7:45 pm.
This seminar is full. Call (312) 255-3700 to be on the waitlist.
Today, the world’s societies are being transformed by an era of “perpetual war,” a new kind of war with no clear end, a limitless list of combatants and a battlefield without national boundaries. This course will explore questions of its consequences…
Wednesday, February 14, 2018
Led by Nina Wieda. Six sessions, 2 - 4 pm.
This seminar is full. Call (312) 255-3700 to be on the waitlist.
Today’s Russia appears less enigmatic when considered in the context of its intellectual history. In the environment of censorship and stifled social debate, Russian thinkers traditionally expressed their ideas through literature.
Wednesday, February 14, 2018
Led by Christopher Fletcher. Six sessions, 2 - 4 pm.
This seminar has been cancelled.
This seminar explores the legacy and impact of the Reformation on modern-day society. Each meeting examines a hallmark of modernity (e.g., social justice, mass media, religious liberty) that was profoundly shaped by the religious changes unleashed by Martin Luther’s spiritual revolution 500 years ago.
Thursday, February 15, 2018
Led by Joseph Harrington. Four sessions, 2 - 4 pm.
Online registration is closed. Call (312) 255-3700 to register.
There would be no modern economy if moral and political philosophers in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries had not overcome notions of virtue that equated the pursuit of self-interest with the sin of avarice.
Wednesday, February 21, 2018
Led by Dagmar Herrmann. Eight sessions, 5:45 - 7:45 pm.
Online registration is closed. Call (312) 255-3700 to register.
Once in a generation there is a rebellion that resonates across the globe. Fifty years ago, the Prague Spring—an attempt in Czechoslovakia to liberalize the country through reforms based on an individual’s right to freedom of speech—might have been the most ambitious to date.
Saturday, February 24, 2018
Led by Sarah Kernan. One session, 1 - 4 pm.
Online registration is closed. Call (312) 255-3700 to register.
The medieval and Renaissance feast was a grand showcase of wealth and power, designed to stimulate all the senses and improve or confirm one’s social standing. In this seminar we will explore several historic feasts…
Saturday, February 24, 2018
Led by Harrison Sherrod. One session, 10 am - 2 pm.
This seminar is full. Call (312) 255-3700 to be on the waitlist.
A specter is haunting America—the specter of Marx. In the wake of the 2008 economic meltdown, Occupy Wall St., and a presidential bid by a self-proclaimed democratic socialist, Karl Marx seems primed for a comeback. This seminar will provide an accessible introduction to Marxist thought, exploding many Marx myths along the way.
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 Frank Biletz. Ten sessions, 10 am - noon.
This seminar is full. Call (312) 255-3700 to be on the waitlist.
This course will explore the transformation of the “empire on which the sun never set” during the twentieth century. We will consider such topics as the Boer War, the impact of the First and Second World Wars on the Empire…
Thursday, March 1, 2018
Led by John Suiter. Six sessions, 5:45 - 7:45 pm.
“Tumultuous” is how historians describe the year 1968. Indeed, to recall (or first learn about) the one-after-another events of that year—from the assassinations of Martin Luther King Jr. and Robert Kennedy to the Democratic National Convention…
Saturday, March 17, 2018
Led by Anna-Lisa Cox. One session, 9 am - noon.
Have you ever wondered how DuSable came to be the first settler of Chicago? Was he alone or were there others like him? This seminar will reveal the histories of the earliest African-descended people in this region…
Saturday, March 31, 2018
Led by Anna-Lisa Cox. One session, 1 - 4 pm.
Online registration is closed. Call (312) 255-3700 to register.
Long before Abraham Lincoln arrived in Illinois, free people of African descent had been coming to the Illinois Territorial frontier.
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…