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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 Sarah Kernan. Three sessions. 2 - 4 pm
The ubiquity of coffee, tea, and chocolate obscures their past histories as exotic and luxurious beverages that were often the focus of political turmoil, geographical exploration, religious debate, and medical observation. Focusing on primary sources, many drawn from the Newberry’s collection, we will discuss topics as diverse as the purported medicinal properties of chocolate..
Tuesday, June 11, 2019
Led by Frank Biletz. Seven sessions, 1 - 3 pm (Section A) or 5:45 - 7:45 pm (Section B)
Italian fascism provided the prototype for populist nationalist movements in Europe during the 1920s and 1930s. This course will cover the conditions in Italy that led to the emergence of fascist ideology; the growth of class tensions and fears of socialism; governmental weakness and instability; the Black Shirt March; Mussolini’s consolidation of power…
Thursday, June 13, 2019
Led by Harrison Sherrod and Emma Furman. Four sessions. 6 - 7:30 pm
One of the seven deadly sins, sloth, is usually understood as a vice akin to laziness, apathy, or indecision. The object of this team-taught seminar will be to recuperate sloth as a virtue…
Thursday, June 13, 2019
Led by Susan O'Brien Lyons. Five sessions. 2 - 3:30 pm
This seminar will explore intersectionality, a feminist concept now ubiquitous and essential for anyone interested in women’s studies to consider. Through foundational texts, historical excerpts, recent sociological studies, and lyric poetry, we will focus on key arguments advanced by black feminists and…
Saturday, June 15, 2019
Led by Frank Biletz. Six sessions. 10 am - noon
This seminar is full. Call (312) 255-3700 to be on the waitlist.
Closely related by family ties, George V of Britain, Nicolas II of Russia, and Wilhelm II of Germany were nonetheless unable to prevent their countries from going to war in 1914. This course will treat the interlinked dynasties, the escalation of diplomatic conflicts….
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…
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…
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…
Tuesday, June 25, 2019
Led by Robert Sprott. Eight sessions. 5:45 - 7:45 pm
This seminar is full. Call (312) 255-3700 to be on the waitlist.
In his last book, Ecce Homo, Nietzsche wrote, “I am no man, I am dynamite.” What he intended as an ironic exaggeration has turned out to be an understatement: Nietzsche’s “philosophy of the future”…
Wednesday, June 26, 2019
Led by Nina Wieda. Seven sessions. 2 - 4 pm
This seminar is full. Call (312) 255-3700 to be on the waitlist.
Although the Cold War-era Iron Curtain has been lifted, our understanding of contemporary Russia remains limited due to strict censorship, challenging language barriers, and differences in culture and history. This seminar seeks to help bridge the gap between our culture and Russia’s…
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…
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…
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 6, 2019
Led by Edward E. Gordon, Ph.D.. Four sessions. 1 - 3 pm
Commemorating the 75th anniversary of D-Day, this seminar will focus on the impact of leadership struggles within the Anglo-American “Grand” alliance upon the course and length of the Normandy campaign, Operation Overlord….
Wednesday, July 10, 2019
Led by Joseph S. Harrington. Four sessions. 5:45 - 7:45 pm
The U.S. Constitution is recognized by Americans for its protection of individual liberty, but most of us overlook the way another document—the Declaration of Independence—expresses a counterbalancing commitment to another value, that of equality…
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…
Thursday, July 18, 2019
Led by Chad Beharriell. Three sessions. 5:45 - 7:45 pm
This seminar will explore the historical Jesse James as well as the development of the myths surrounding his life and the ways they intersect with the traditions of social banditry. Drawing upon Newberry sources as well as modern media treatments….
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…
Saturday, August 3, 2019
The Skidi band of the Pawnee Indians, a tribe whose traditional homeland was on the Great Plains, is distinctive among indigenous North American people for its complex traditions involving the sun, moon, and especially the stars. This seminar will explore the band’s diverse beliefs about the cosmos and their expression in Skidi culture…
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 10, 2019
Led by Laurel Harig. One session. 9 am - 4 pm (with an hour-long lunch break)
Online registration is closed. Call (312) 255-3700 to register.
Sunni. Shi’ite. Sufi. Isma’ili. Alawite. What do these terms mean? This course will introduce students to the diverse historical and modern worlds of Islam. Since its beginning in 7th-century Arabia, the religion of Islam has never ceased to shape and be shaped by the complex historical events occurring around it…