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Other Programs for Teachers

Engraving by Abner Epstein. From The Fall of the house of Usher by Edgar Allan Poe (1931). Call number Wing folio ZP 983 .E464.

In addition to ongoing programs, the Newberry offers other professional development opportunities to Chicago-area teachers.

Special Seminars

The Newberry periodically offers programs for teachers that are co-sponsored by another educational or cultural organization. These programs bring teachers to the Newberry to delve into a topic in a small group setting. As with other Newberry programs for teachers, scholars with active teaching and research interests in a particular field lead the seminar. Teachers have the opportunity to explore and discuss the latest scholarly research and explore ways to adapt this research for the classroom. Many of these programs also feature close interaction with the Newberry’s collection and provide participants with teaching resources to use and share with colleagues.

Teacher Programs staff will also work with individual schools or departments to develop seminars based on a topic or theme relevant to their specific professional development needs. In addition to discussion of the latest scholarship, participants explore how to implement ideas and materials from the seminar into their classroom teaching with colleagues from their school or department. The Newberry is pleased to offer the following programs in a 3 hour or full-day format.

The World of Dante

Dante Alighieri (1265-1321) is one of the most famous and influential authors in history. The Newberry’s rich collection of premodern Italian materials reveals the cultural forces and movements that shaped Dante’s experience, ultimately leading to the creation of some of the greatest works in the history of world literature. Devotional commonplace books, theological treatises, government documents, and textbooks reveal the religious, political, and intellectual world in which Dante lived, while richly illustrated manuscripts and early printed editions of Dante’s works give a sense of how his audiences received, shared, and interpreted his work.

The Crusades

This session will explore the world created by the series of international conflicts known collectively as the Crusades. Manuscripts, documents, and early printed books in the Newberry’s collection can introduce participants to the history, experience, and idea of crusading from the late eleventh through the mid-sixteenth century. Collection highlights such as sermons, papal indulgences, and devotional works help explain the religious motivations behind these movements, while chronicles, letters, and maps will help participants enter into the experience of crusading, from both a European and Muslim perspective. Other collection items, such as Crusade liturgy and sermons, illustrate the impact and meaning of the Crusades for those far away from the battlefields.

Premodern Globalization: Travel, Trade, and Contact in the Early Modern World

Between 1450 and 1700, the world became a bigger place. Travelers, traders, and conquerors built new economic, political, and religious connections throughout the world, creating a truly global system for the first time. This session introduces participants to the experiences of living in a world that was constantly and rapidly expanding. Participants will learn the stories of the indigenous peoples in the Americas, Africa, and Asia through pictorial wills, missionary manuscripts, and travel narratives, which collectively reveal what life in these regions was like before the brutal consequences of early modern globalization. Early modern maps and atlases track the gradual expansion of European culture throughout the world, while travel accounts and diaries provide a glimpse into how Europeans came to terms with lands and people that had previously been legendary, mysterious, or completely unknown.

Daily Life in Medieval/Early Modern Europe

Come learn about the day-to-day experience of individuals from all walks of life in Europe before 1789. The routines, expectations, and aspirations of everyone from nobles to ordinary peasants are preserved in the Newberry’s rich collection of medieval and early modern manuscripts, maps, and printed books. Explore primary sources such as administrative documents (charters, legal codes, maps), educational materials (textbooks, dictionaries, primers), and personal items (commonplace books, letters, prayer books) to understand how premodern Europeans worked, learned, worshiped, traveled, and more.

Laughter and Tears: A History of American War Cartoons

American war-time cartoons provide an engaging and revealing way to understand the history of this country’s military conflicts. Cartoons document the soldier’s experience, make light of government and military decisions, and illustrate the behavior of those on the home front. As opposed to other news forms—articles, essays, and op ed pieces–cartoons were highly visible and wildly accessible. They are the result of a complex relationship between artists, the press, and in some cases, government agencies. From an artistic standpoint, cartoonists made stylish and memorable imagery. This session will include discussion and PowerPoint presentations; and we will also examine first-hand important cartoons as primary sources from the Newberry’s Collection. Participants will come away with an enhanced understanding of America’s wars as they are documented in these sparkling but sober examples of American visual culture.

For more information or to schedule a seminar, please email teacherprograms@newberry.org.

Newberry Teacher Fellowships

These individual appointments provide K-12 educators with an opportunity to create unique classroom content while engaged in scholarly research at the Newberry. Using primary source materials from the Newberry’s collection, fellowship recipients work with library staff to develop digital teaching resources that support the Common Core State Standards. Research fellowships for teachers are currently awarded on a yearly basis. Learn more about the Newberry Teacher Fellowship.