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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., 07/24/2021
E.g., 07/24/2021
Wednesday, July 28, 2021
Led by Jen Farrell
The late nineteenth century witnessed an explosion in typographic styles alongside the growth of consumer products and the need to advertise them. Job printers explored creative ways to decorate their existing type through the use of “word ornaments” and other unique tools of letterpress printing.
Wednesday, July 28, 2021
Led by Matthew Nickerson
Full. Email to be added to the wait list.
Family stories are the building blocks of history - so let's start building! Participants in this workshop will learn how to use interviews, archives, newspapers, history books, and images to discover their ancestors' secrets.
Thursday, July 29, 2021
Led by C. Mitchell
What is the difference between a novel and a poem? When we think of work by Dickinson or Dickens, we might answer that poems are shorter or that novels are written in prose.
Thursday, July 29, 2021
Led by Judy Pomeranz
A working knowledge of the eight key elements of fiction is essential to any writer’s ability to bring their work to life. In this workshop, we will examine the use and mastery of these elements.
Saturday, July 31, 2021
Led by Jeff Nigro
Full. Email to be added to the wait list.
Created during the 5th and 6th centuries at a time of political and theological conflict, these mosaics are poised between the style and sensibility of late classical antiquity and what we call Byzantine art.
Wednesday, August 4, 2021
Led by Margaret Denny, PhD
Over the course of photography’s relatively short history, certain photographs have become iconic, revealing compassion, love, unrest, controversy, and innovation in fleeting moments. This seminar will introduce you to photography’s most iconic images and the stories behind them.
Thursday, August 5, 2021
Led by Julia Bachrach
Chicago’s remarkable architectural legacy includes the contributions of many Jewish architects. Some are quite famous while others have long been overlooked. This seminar explores the lives and work of more than a dozen Chicago Jewish architects from the 1870s through the 1970s.
Thursday, August 5, 2021
Led by Dr. Richard Bell
Between the early fifteenth and nineteenth centuries, the transatlantic slave trade became the largest forced migration in human history. This three-part course explores the rise of the transatlantic slave trade from a new perspective.
Saturday, August 7, 2021
Led by Emilie M. Brinkman
Explore the history of fashion and dress in Regency Britain from 1790 to 1820. Shaped by tumultuous domestic politics, international conflicts, and social unrest as well as the flourishing of neoclassicism, Regency fashion continues to inspire contemporary popular culture.
Saturday, August 7, 2021
Led by Sarah Wilson
Images of death dominate the Middle Ages, and it can be tempting to assume that medieval people were inured to loss, given its ubiquity. However, we can find moving accounts of how people dealt with grief across medieval art, literature, theology, and philosophy.
Tuesday, August 10, 2021
Led by Jacquie Schattner
In this genealogy workshop, you will learn how to identify your ancestor’s place of worship, access surviving records, and solve common family history puzzles such as maiden names and overseas birthplaces.
Saturday, August 14, 2021
Led by Molia Dumbleton
You've got a poem, story, or essay sitting in a drawer or on your hard drive somewhere, and you've always meant to send it somewhere--but where? It all seems more complicated than it should be, and it's hard to know where to start.
Saturday, August 21, 2021
Led by Sarah Kernan
In this cooking demonstration and workshop, we will study, prepare, and taste early modern English recipes from manuscript and print sources.
Tuesday, September 21, 2021
Led by Frank Biletz
Newberry Adult Education Seminars will meet both virtually and in the building for the Fall term. 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.