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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
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 Tom Irvine. Six sessions. 6 - 7:30 pm
When we think of mysteries, we tend to think of whodunnits set in the English countryside, thrillers unfolding in the bleak winter of Scandinavia, or detective stories involving hard-nosed New York City cops. This course will adopt a different approach, concentrating on crime novels set in Eastern Europe…
Thursday, June 13, 2019
Led by Katrina A. Kemble. Six sessions. 2 - 4 pm
This seminar is full. Call (312) 255-3700 to be on the waitlist.
Many believe that the best writing of the 20th century came out of the American South. This course will take a close look at five prominent writers from the region: Zora Neale Hurston, Richard Wright, Alice Walker, Dorothy Allison, and Tennessee Williams…
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 Natania Rosenfeld. Eight sessions. 2 - 4 pm
This seminar is full. Call (312) 255-3700 to be on the waitlist.
While his writing may sometimes have seemed decorously old-fashioned, E.M. Forster (1901-1970) led readers to consider fraught, modern questions as well—about gender, women’s rights, and sexuality in particular. This course will explore his two strongest novels, Howards End and A Passage to India…
Saturday, June 15, 2019
Led by Julia Kriventsova Denne. Four sessions. 10 am - noon
This seminar is full. Call (312) 255-3700 to be on the waitlist.
A natural comic who looked at the world from an odd angle, Gogol incited a veritable revolution in Russian drama, liberating dramatic comedy from didacticism and sentimentality. In this course, we will undertake a close analysis of his three completed comedies…
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…
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”…
Saturday, July 6, 2019
Led by Melinda Rooney. Eight sessions. 1 - 3 pm
Caroline Alexander’s translation of the Iliad is the first and only translation by a woman of what is sometimes referred to as “the war book.” This seminar will explore the epic’s status as one of the founding stories of the Western literary tradition, focusing in particular on its depictions of women, from slave girls to queens to goddesses…
Tuesday, July 9, 2019
Led by Christopher Hagenah, PhD. Five sessions. 2 - 3:30 pm
The stories told by slaves comprise some of the most compelling work in American literature. In this course, we will read Frederick Douglass’s genre-defining work Narrative of the Life (1845) and then explore the ways that the slave narrative has continued to influence literary works…
Thursday, July 11, 2019
Led by Douglas Post. Six sessions. 5:45 - 7:45 pm
When asked what his plays were about, Harold Pinter famously replied, “The weasel under the cocktail cabinet.” Though he later came to regret this comment, there’s a certain truth to it: his work, filled with the comedy of menace, often combines two stories—one that is spoken and one that is not. This seminar will center on eight plays…
Wednesday, July 17, 2019
Led by John Nygro. Five sessions. 2 - 4 pm
This course will focus on Shakespeare’s Antony and Cleopatra, using the play’s treatment of the Antony and Cleopatra myth as a springboard for discussions about the strength and weakness of character, the expansion of gender roles, and the conflict created when one’s integrity and one’s duty to country are in contradiction…
Saturday, August 3, 2019
Led by Alix Anne Shaw. Four sessions. 1 - 3 pm
Quirky, incisive, and iconoclastic, Marianne Moore’s poetry has been recognized as an important contribution to 20th century American literature. This course will illuminate Moore’s poetic innovations by placing them within their broader cultural context. Discussions will focus on a number of related questions…
Thursday, August 8, 2019
Led by Elzbieta Foeller-Pituch. Two sessions. 6 - 7:30 pm
Raymond Chandler is recognized as a master of the genre of hard-boiled detective fiction, having distinguished himself on the basis of a seminal collection of short stories, novels, and film scripts. In this two-session course, we will discuss a selection of Chandler’s pulp magazine short stories, as well as his first novel, The Big Sleep