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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., 02/18/2018
Wednesday, February 14, 2018
Led by Christopher Fletcher. Six sessions, 2 - 4 pm.
This seminar has been cancelled.
This seminar explores the legacy and impact of the Reformation on modern-day society. Each meeting examines a hallmark of modernity (e.g., social justice, mass media, religious liberty) that was profoundly shaped by the religious changes unleashed by Martin Luther’s spiritual revolution 500 years ago.
Thursday, February 15, 2018
Led by Richard Reeder. Five sessions, 5:45 - 7:45 pm.
Online registration is closed. Call (312) 255-3700 to register.
In 1921, Ben Hecht began writing a daily column for the Chicago Daily News, called 1001 Afternoons in Chicago, which were fictive sketches of Chicago’s bustling urban landscape of that time. A year later, 64 of these columns were compiled in a book with the same title…
Thursday, February 15, 2018
Led by Julia Bachrach and Kathleen Dickhut. Six sessions, 5:45 - 7:45 pm.
This seminar is full. Call (312) 255-3700 to be on the waitlist.
Known as the “City of Neighborhoods,” Chicago is a tapestry of communities that are often in flux. This seminar explores the past, present, and future of three neighborhood clusters—Logan Square and Humboldt Park; Garfield Park to Fulton Market; and Englewood, Washington Park, and Grand Boulevard.
Tuesday, February 20, 2018
Led by Bill Savage. Seven sessions, 6 - 7:30 pm.
This seminar is full. Call (312) 255-3700 to be on the waitlist.
In this seminar, we will explore (in texts and on site) the difference between plans and realities and how history is written into, and out of, Chicago’s very streets. After one meeting at the Newberry, we will convene at different spots across Chicago…
Thursday, March 1, 2018
Led by John Suiter. Six sessions, 5:45 - 7:45 pm.
“Tumultuous” is how historians describe the year 1968. Indeed, to recall (or first learn about) the one-after-another events of that year—from the assassinations of Martin Luther King Jr. and Robert Kennedy to the Democratic National Convention…
Saturday, March 17, 2018
Led by Anna-Lisa Cox. One session, 9 am - noon.
Have you ever wondered how DuSable came to be the first settler of Chicago? Was he alone or were there others like him? This seminar will reveal the histories of the earliest African-descended people in this region…
Saturday, March 24, 2018
Led by Diane Dillon. Ten sessions, 2 - 4 pm.
Online registration is closed. Call (312) 255-3700 to register.
This seminar will explore 10 of Chicago’s neighborhoods through a series of readings and walking tours. We will study the history of each neighborhood’s initial settlement and its changing population and popularity in the years since.
Saturday, March 31, 2018
Led by Anna-Lisa Cox. One session, 1 - 4 pm.
Long before Abraham Lincoln arrived in Illinois, free people of African descent had been coming to the Illinois Territorial frontier.