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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., 06/26/2019
E.g., 06/26/2019
Tuesday, June 11, 2019
Led by Diane Dillon. Ten sessions, 6 - 8 pm
Through a series of walking tours, this seminar will explore the riches of public art in Chicago, including murals, commemorative statues, architectural sculptures, commercial decorations, and park designs. Throughout the course, we will consider a number of questions about the role of the city’s public art in shaping identity…
Wednesday, June 12, 2019
Led by Todd Bauer. Eight sessions. 6 - 7:30 pm
This seminar is full. Call (312) 255-3700 to be on the waitlist.
In this discussion-based seminar, we will examine what makes Chicago a leader in American theater by speaking directly with some of the major players in the Chicago theatre scene. Each week there will be a different in-class visitor…
Thursday, June 13, 2019
Led by Julia Bachrach. Six sessions. 5:45 - 7:45 pm
First established in the early 19th century as a cemetery, Lincoln Park evolved into one of Chicago’s largest, loveliest, and most active public parks. This seminar will explore the fascinating history of Lincoln Park through three in-class presentations and three walking tours.
Saturday, June 15, 2019
Led by Dr. Kevin Kaufmann. Three sessions. 1 - 3 pm
The city of Chicago has been at the forefront of alcohol policy struggles throughout its history, once home to temperance organizations, then a capital of organized crime during Prohibition, and more recently a center for new treatments for alcoholism. In this course, we will study figures like Frances Willard, Billy Sunday, and Al Capone…
Tuesday, June 18, 2019
Led by Rachel Boyle, PhD. Five sessions. 2 - 4 pm
The Midwest is a place of movement and encounter; sometimes peaceful, often contested, and frequently violent. Using a number of surprising materials from the Newberry’s collections, this seminar will tell the stories of people who moved within and through the Midwest…
Wednesday, June 26, 2019
Led by Bill Savage. Six sessions. 6 - 7:30 pm
Online registration is closed. Call (312) 255-3700 to register.
In the century since Charles Comiskey’s White Sox threw the 1919 World Series to the Cincinnati Reds, the story of the Black Sox has developed into an American myth of greed, criminality, sin, and redemption. In this seminar, we will examine the growth of the Black Sox myth…
Saturday, July 20, 2019
Led by Dr. Brian Alberts and Liz Garibay. One session. 9 am - noon
Lager-drinking German immigrants to Chicago and the Midwest brought with them a lot more than just a love of the beverage. They also redefined the way Americans thought about, produced, and consumed beer. In “From Bier to Beer,” we will embark on a complex journey through immigrant ethnicity, politics, and…