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The Untold Story of School Desegregation in Evanston

at The Newberry - Near North Side 60 W Walton St, Chicago, Illinois 60610

This is a one time FREE course. Full Course Title: From Jim Crow to Civil Rights: The Untold Story of School Desegregation in Evanston Mary Barr writes about race in Chicago’s northern suburbs. She is the author of Friends Disappear: The Battle for Racial Equality in Evanston, which details the city’s 1960s civil rights history. Despite its reputation...

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Shakespeare Project of Chicago: Holiday Performance

at The Newberry - Near North Side 60 W Walton St, Chicago, Illinois 60610

This is a one time FREE course. Shakespeare Project of Chicago: Holiday Performance: A Dream of Avon It is Christmas night at the Windmill Inn, Shakespeare’s favorite pub in Stratford-Upon-Avon. While the Bard quaffs his favorite beverage at his usual table, he encounters a series of visitors, each with an unrealized dream and unanswered questions....

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Two Books on Poetry and Geopolitics: Harris and Rachel

at The Newberry - Near North Side 60 W Walton St, Chicago, Illinois 60610

Two Books on Poetry and Geopolitics: Harris Feinsod and Rachel Galvin This is a one time FREE course. Harris Feinsod and Rachel Galvin discuss their new books on how poetry intertwined with the geopolitics of the modernist era, moderated by the Newberry’s director of Chicago Studies, Liesl Olson. The Poetry of the Americas: From Good Neighbors...

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Reflecting on an Academic Life

at The Newberry - Near North Side 60 W Walton St, Chicago, Illinois 60610

This is a one time FREE course. In this installment of “Conversations at the Newberry,” Hanna Holborn Gray and David Spadafora discuss Gray’s new book An Academic Life: A Memoir. Hanna Holborn Gray has lived her entire life in the world of higher education. The daughter of academics, she fled Hitler’s Germany with...

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Alex and Andrew Lichtenstein, Marked, Unmarked,

at The Newberry - Near North Side 60 W Walton St, Chicago, Illinois 60610

Alex and Andrew Lichtenstein, Marked, Unmarked, Remembered: A Geography of American Memory This is a one time FREE course. From Wounded Knee to the Edmund Pettus Bridge, and from the Upper Big Branch mine disaster to the Trail of Tears, Marked, Unmarked, Remembered presents photographs of significant sites from United States history, posing...

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Women, Religion, and Social Change in Chicago

at The Newberry - Near North Side 60 W Walton St, Chicago, Illinois 60610

Complete Course Title: Women, Religion, and Social Change in Chicago and the Midwest This is a one time FREE course This program will examine the work of women from Catholic, Protestant, and Jewish traditions in and around Chicago, mainly in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Schedule: 9 to 9:20 am: Coffee 9:20-9:45 am: Introduction...

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Shakespeare Project of Chicago: As You Like It

at The Newberry - Near North Side 60 W Walton St, Chicago, Illinois 60610

This is a one time FREE course. “All the world’s a stage, And all the men and women merely players; They have their exits and their entrances, And one man in his time plays many parts …” A staged reading by professional actors from The Shakespeare Project of Chicago, directed by J. R. Sullivan, of the Pearl Theatre Company in New...

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Wing Foundation Lecture Series on History of the Book

at The Newberry - Near North Side 60 W Walton St, Chicago, Illinois 60610

Wing Foundation Lecture Series on the History of the Book The year 2017 marks the centenary of the death of John M. Wing, the remarkable and eccentric collector whose bequest founded the Newberry’s John M. Wing Collection on the History of Printing. Over the last one hundred years the collection’s curators have amassed an extraordinary group...

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Wendy Doniger, The Ring of Truth and Other Myths

at The Newberry - Near North Side 60 W Walton St, Chicago, Illinois 60610

Wendy Doniger, The Ring of Truth and Other Myths of Sex and Jewelry This is a one time FREE course. Why are sex and jewelry, particularly rings, so often connected? Why do rings continually appear in stories about marriage and adultery, love and betrayal, loss and recovery, identity and masquerade? What is the mythology that makes finger rings symbols...

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A Lecture by Leslie Marmon Silko

at The Newberry - Near North Side 60 W Walton St, Chicago, Illinois 60610

We are proud to host a lecture by Leslie Marmon Silko. Ms. Silko is one of the most important American literary figures of the twentieth century.  Please join us for this opportunity to meet with Ms. Silko and to share in the discussion about the perspectives of Native peoples and their histories and cultures.

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Premodern Judaism from Manuscript to Print

at The Newberry - Near North Side 60 W Walton St, Chicago, Illinois 60610

This is a one time FREE course. The Newberry Library and Spertus Institute each house a rich collection of medieval and early modern Jewish manuscripts and printed materials, including two jointly owned books. This one-day symposium celebrates and examines these collections in relation to the social and religious lives of Jews from roughly 1450 to...

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Shakespeare Project of Chicago: Love's Labour's Lost

at The Newberry - Near North Side 60 W Walton St, Chicago, Illinois 60610

“From women’s eyes this doctrine I derive: They sparkle still the right Promethean fire; They are the books, the arts, the academes, That show, contain, and nourish all the world.” A staged reading by professional actors from The Shakespeare Project of Chicago. An informative talk begins fifteen minutes before the performance, which is followed...

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Arthur Conan Doyle and Spiritualism

at The Newberry - Near North Side 60 W Walton St, Chicago, Illinois 60610

This is a one time FREE course. In the 1880s, Arthur Conan Doyle became interested in Spiritualism - the belief that spirits of the dead have the ability and desire to communicate with the living. In 1893, Doyle joined the British Society for Psychical Research, a society that investigated scientifically the claims of Spiritualism and other paranormal...

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How Alexander Hamilton Made America Great Again

at The Newberry - Near North Side 60 W Walton St, Chicago, Illinois 60610

Max Edling will explore how Hamilton’s fiscal and financial reforms laid the foundation for American power. It is a story of how as Secretary of the Treasury, Hamilton took a bankrupt, weak, dysfunctional federal union and turned it into a powerful nation that could hold its own against European empires and continental rivals.

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Chicago on the Make: Power & Inequality in Modern City

at The Newberry - Near North Side 60 W Walton St, Chicago, Illinois 60610

This is a one time FREE course Heralded as America’s most quintessentially modern city, Chicago has attracted the gaze of journalists, novelists, essayists, and scholars as much as any city in the nation. And, yet, few historians have attempted big-picture narratives of the city’s transformation over the twentieth century. Chicago on the Make traces...

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