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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., 03/19/2019
E.g., 03/19/2019
Tuesday, March 19, 2019
Led by Linda Levine. Six sessions, 2 - 3:45 pm
Online registration is closed. Call (312) 255-3700 to register.
In this course, we will read four contemporary novels of significant literary merit: Jane Gardam’s Old Filth; William Maxwell’s So Long See You Tomorrow; Ian McEwan’s On Chesil Beach; and Michael Cunningham’s The Hours. We will consider how each novel exquisitely captures the complexity of relationships in our time…
Wednesday, March 20, 2019
Led by Joseph Harrington. Six sessions, 2 – 4 pm
This seminar is full. Call (312) 255-3700 to be on the waitlist.
In this seminar, we will analyze major decisions made during the largest global conflict in history. We will examine the reasoning behind appeasement of Axis aggression in the 1930s; the German invasion of the Soviet Union; the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor…
Thursday, March 21, 2019
Led by Margaret Farr. Six sessions, 2 - 4 pm
Discover how artists transformed portraiture after the invention of photography. The portraitist’s traditional role involved capturing a sitter’s likeness, status, and character…
Thursday, March 21, 2019
Led by Molia Dumbleton. Five sessions, 5:45 – 7:45 pm
In each session, we will investigate a different trick, tool, or “firestarter” to generate new creative material and story ideas. In addition to honing the “how” for shaping your new work, you’ll learn ways to push through the blocks between those great ideas and actually getting something on paper…
Saturday, March 23, 2019
Led by John Nygro. Three sessions, 1 – 4 pm
Tchaikovsky’s music displays his distinctive personality through expansive and passionate melodies, strong dramatic contrasts, and a romantic sensibility unmatched during the nineteenth century. Drawing on Tchaikovsky’s rich and varied ouevre, we will listen to and discuss representative works from a variety of genres…
Saturday, March 23, 2019
Led by Diane Dillon. Ten sessions, 2 - 4 pm
This seminar will explore the origins and development of several Chicago parks through a series of walking tours. We will study their evolving landscape designs, goals, and patterns of use, along with their architecture and sculpture…
Saturday, March 23, 2019
Led by Bruce Boyer. Six sessions, 10 – noon
This seminar provides an introduction to “the other Elizabethans”—Shakespeare’s major playwright peers—as a way of both deepening our appreciation of the ways these writers influenced Shakespeare’s development as a poetic dramatist…
Wednesday, March 27, 2019
Led by Kathleen Murphy Skolnik. Three sessions, 5:45 – 7:45 pm
This seminar is full. Call (312) 255-3700 to be on the waitlist.
In the 1920s, contemporary themes and a highly stylized approach to design better suited to the machine age began replacing the monumental allegorical figures and academic style typical of American murals of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries…
Thursday, March 28, 2019
Led by Douglas Post. Six sessions, 5:45 – 7:45 pm
Stephen Sondheim is widely considered to be the most accomplished composer and lyricist ever to write for the American musical theater stage. A firm believer in the collaborative process and the power of the perfect rhyme, Sondheim has created a series of daring and indelible scores for Broadway…
Saturday, April 6, 2019
Led by Jean Iversen. Four sessions, 1 – 3 pm
Online registration is closed. Call (312) 255-3700 to register.
A seminar on Chicago food that doesn’t include deep dish pizza or hot dogs? You bet! Led by author Jean Iversen, this seminar will examine Chicago’s culinary presence primarily through its restaurants, which will serve as the lens through which we will view evolving local tastes, trends, and demographics…
Saturday, April 13, 2019
Led by Marsha Peterson-Maass. One session, 9 am – noon
This seminar is full. Call (312) 255-3700 to be on the waitlist.
The Newberry has one of the nation’s strongest genealogy collections. This one-session course will acquaint you with accredited research methods for tracing your family’s history in America…
Saturday, April 13, 2019
Led by Marsha Peterson-Maass. One session, 1 – 4 pm
This seminar is full. Call (312) 255-3700 to be on the waitlist.
Curb your dependence on Ancestry.com’s shaky leaf hints by taking your genealogical project to the next level! This single-session class will focus on three areas…
Saturday, April 20, 2019
Led by Alexis Culotta. One session, 9 am - noon
This seminar is full. Call (312) 255-3700 to be on the waitlist.
In commemoration of the 500th anniversary of Leonardo da Vinci’s death in 1519, this one-session three-hour seminar explores the legacy of Leonardo da Vinci as artist, architect, and draftsman both within his own era and in the generations following…
Saturday, April 27, 2019
Led by Patrick Del Percio. One session, 9 am – noon
This seminar will serve as an introduction to the basics of the Cherokee language. First, we will learn about the history of the Cherokee language, including Sequoyah and the creation of the Cherokee syllabary, then we will turn our focus to learning conversational phrases…