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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 Riad Ismat. Five sessions. 2 - 4 pm
In this seminar we will learn about the world of Arabic drama, both on stage and on television. TV is an incredibly popular medium right now in the vast region that extends from the Arabian Gulf countries in the Middle East to North America and encompasses up to 400 million viewers
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…
Thursday, June 13, 2019
Led by Margaret Farr. Six sessions. 2 - 4 pm
This seminar is full. Call (312) 255-3700 to be on the waitlist.
The artists known as the Post-Impressionists—Georges Seurat, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, Paul Cézanne, Vincent van Gogh, Paul Gauguin, Odilon Redon, and Edvard Munch—each rejected the tenets of Impressionist painting and created artworks in distinctly different styles…
Saturday, June 15, 2019
Led by Debra Mancoff. One session. 1 - 4 pm
Online registration is closed. Call (312) 255-3700 to register.
Costumes for Pre-Raphaelite paintings were designed and crafted by models who also wore them outside the studio. This one-day seminar traces the relationship between Pre-Raphaelite (1848-1914) art and fashion in paintings, photographs, surviving garments, and popular media.
Saturday, June 15, 2019
Led by Dr. Caroline Malloy. Five sessions. 10 am - noon
As our 21st-century societies grapple with the legacies of 20th-century colonialism, museums must tackle the daunting task of identifying stolen objects while also devising solutions for their continued display. This seminar will examine a few of the most legendary museum controversies…
Saturday, June 15, 2019
Led by Susanne Dumbleton. One session. 9 am - noon
This seminar is full. Call (312) 255-3700 to be on the waitlist.
The beautifully designed, meticulously crafted artifact known as the Bayeux Tapestry is as personally touching as it is historically valuable. In this one-day course, we will delve into the tapestry’s historical moment, consider the underlying ideas it conveys, and appreciate the artistry of its designer and the seamstresses who created it…
Saturday, June 22, 2019
Led by Jeff Nigro. Four sessions. 1 - 3 pm
Online registration is closed. Call (312) 255-3700 to register.
A literary tour de force as well as a compelling exploration of social ideals, Castiglione’s Book of the Courtier has exerted a huge influence since it was first published in 1528. Through a series of witty conversations, the book examines the qualities of the ideal courtier in appearance, abilities, and character. This seminar will explore Castiglione’s masterpiece…
Wednesday, June 26, 2019
Led by Daniele Macuglia. Five sessions. 2 - 4 pm
This seminar is full. Call (312) 255-3700 to be on the waitlist.
This course will provide an intensive five-week introduction to the Italian Renaissance. Through a combination of readings and class discussion, we will develop a taste for the flowering of arts, science, and letters…
Tuesday, July 2, 2019
Led by Daniele Macuglia. Five sessions. 6 - 7:30 pm
This seminar is full. Call (312) 255-3700 to be on the waitlist.
In this course we will survey the major scientific and cultural developments that took place during the Enlightenment in Europe. Our focus will be on the “exact sciences,” as well as natural history, physiology, and moral philosophy…
Saturday, July 13, 2019
Led by Alexis Culotta, PhD. One session. 9 am - noon
This seminar is full. Call (312) 255-3700 to be on the waitlist.
With the National Gallery in London pledging to double its holdings of work by women artists by the time its landmark Artemisia Gentileschi exhibition opens in April 2020, we are reminded that our understanding of the history of women in art is still evolving in light of newly available collections displaying the brilliance and novelty of their work…
Tuesday, July 23, 2019
Led by Dr. Margaret Denny, Ph.D. Three sessions. 2 - 4 pm
Focusing on women in photography between the 1850s and 1930s, this course will explore how the experiences of women photographers were shaped by many factors, including personal circumstance, technological change, and shifts in societal norms…
Saturday, August 3, 2019
 Alexis Culotta, PhD and Jeff Nigro. One session. 9 am - noon
Online registration is closed. Call (312) 255-3700 to register.
In this team-taught, single-session seminar, we will explore the aesthetic, political, social, and cultural implications of the “eternal return” of certain elements of ancient Greek and Roman dress in Western fashion between the late-18th and early-20th centuries….
Saturday, August 3, 2019
Led by Judy Pomeranz. One session. 9 am - noon
This seminar is full. Call (312) 255-3700 to be on the waitlist.
This seminar will examine the art of Constable and Turner, renowned 19th-century British painters who showed the western world just how lyrical, dramatic, and romantic landscape painting could be…