Five Women Ahead of Their Time | Newberry

Five Women Ahead of Their Time

Led by Tara Betts.
Saturday, November 6, 2021


In person

For the Fall 2021 term, we’re offering a mix of virtual and in-person classes. Although we are still primarily virtual, you will find a smaller selection of in-person seminars in the schedule. For more information about the Newberry’s virtual seminars, including a Zoom tutorial, please see our Virtual Seminars FAQ page. Registration opens on September 1st at 9am (Central time). Registration will take place through our online platform, Learning Stream.

Please note: classes that are currently scheduled to take place in the building may switch to virtual in accordance with public health and safety guidelines. Additionally, masks are required for all attendees, regardless of vaccination status. We will email participants with any changes the week before seminars begin.

Seminar Description

Imagine five dramatically different women creating in several artistic disciplines the same vibrant city at the same time. In this seminar, we’ll consider the work of poet Gwendolyn Brooks, visual artist Gertrude Abercrombie, choreographers Katherine Dunham and Ruth Page, and art critic, curator, and collector Katherine Kuh. We’ll consider the aesthetics of their works, but also how modernism and their experiences as women informed that work. Participants will also be encouraged to write in response to these works as time permits.

One session. Registration – $50

Dr. Tara Betts is the author of Refuse to Disappear, Break the Habit, and Arc & Hue. She has taught at several universities, including Rutgers University and University of Illinois-Chicago, and the Prison + Neighborhood Arts Project. She is the Inaugural Poet for The People Practitioner Fellow at University of Chicago. Tara is also the Poetry Editor at The Langston Hughes Review and founder of the nonprofit Whirlwind Learning Center on Chicago’s South Side.

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Cost and Registration Information 

Registration Information

Registration opens at 9 am (CST) on Wednesday, September 1st . Newberry Associates members at the Literati level and above will have access to early registration beginning August 25th at 10am. Learn more about membership benefits and becoming a Newberry Associate.

Please note: The Newberry is moving to a new registration system called Learning Stream. This will simplify the registration process for participants, instructors, and staff. For more information about registration, including a guide to online registration, see our Registration Information page. Questions? Please contact seminars program staff via email at

We offer a 10% discount to members, seniors, and students.

This seminar is part of the Newberry’s Adult Education Seminars Program. Learn more about registering for a seminar, program policies, or teaching a seminar.