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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., 06/26/2022
E.g., 06/26/2022
Thursday, May 26, 2022Friday, May 27, 2022
What should we make of texts that resist meaning? What might be valuable—or dangerous—about art that is pointless on purpose? How might we interpret speech without sense? This symposium will bring together a multidisciplinary group of experts on nonsense, silliness, and frivolity in the premodern world to explore these questions.
Thursday, June 2, 2022
A Processing the Pandemic Virtual Seminar
Living with COVID-19 has forced us to grapple with how to communicate loss on a national scale as efforts to quantify our losses have been mired in controversy. Exactly how many have died? Which deaths “count” in the reported COVID-19 numbers? Who should receive financial and other forms of charitable support? Who should pay for it and for how long?
Thursday, June 16, 2022Friday, June 17, 2022
The Bolognese polymath Ulisse Aldrovandi (1522-1605) sought to make sense of the changing world of the sixteenth century. Europe’s explorations and conquests in Asia, Africa, and the Americas both challenged and inspired Aldrovandi’s project to produce a revised Historia Naturalis.
Monday, July 11, 2022Friday, July 22, 2022
This two-week residential course offers an intensive introduction to reading and transcription of handwritten Italian vernacular texts from the late medieval through the early modern periods. The course is taught in Italian. The application deadline is March 15, 2022.