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The Politics of Conversion

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

This is a one time FREE course The Politics of Conversion: An Early Modern Studies Conference This is the third meeting under the general rubric of Politics of Conversion, sponsored by Early Modern Conversions: Religions, Cultures, Cognitive Ecologies, a multi-year SSHRC-funded project. The first, smaller, meeting was held at the University...

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The "Painter of the Presidents"

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

The prolific nineteenth century portrait painter George P. A. Healy had no formal training yet his sitters were a definitive who’s who of society, culture, and prestige. So how did this Boston born painter make his way to Chicago via Paris? And why does the Newberry own several of his prestigious works? Find out the answers to these burning questions...

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A Revolution in Color

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

 In this bold new history, Kamensky recovers an unknown American Revolution as seen through the eyes of Boston-born painter John Singleton Copley. Award-winning Harvard historian Jane Kamensky masterfully untangles the web of principles and interests that shaped the age of America’s revolution.  Copley’s prodigious talent earned him...

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Equivocation in 1606

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

When Shakespeare first used the word “equivocation” in Hamlet it was in the neutral sense of “ambiguous.” Seven years later he would make much of this word in Macbeth (whose protagonist complains of the ‘equivocation of the fiend /That lies like truth”). By then the word “equivocation” was understood to mean something duplicitous, a...

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Shakespeare Alive! A Workshop for Teens

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

Attention high school students! Come for an exciting, immersive three-hour workshop, and learn how to make Shakespeare come alive in your performances. Facilitated by actors from The Shakespeare Project of Chicago, you will learn tools and techniques for unlocking emotion and meaning in Shakespeare’s texts. The workshop will culminate in participant...

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Tracing the History of Newberry's Memorable Providence

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

Full Course Name: Witches, Family and a Book: Tracing the History of the Newberry’s Copy of Cotton Mather’s Memorable Providences The Newberry Library’s first edition of Cotton Mather’s Memorable Providences presents more than just its content. In the main text, Mather, famous for his role in the Salem Witch Trials, gives an earlier account...

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Cosmopolitan Early Modern Venice

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

This is a one time FREE course. Venice during the early modern era expanded its position as a major crossroads between Europe, Asia, and Africa. A commercial powerhouse, the independent republic mediated between Roman, Protestant, and Byzantine Christian as well as Islamic lands. Edward Muir and Kaya Sahin will discuss the unique role...

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Understanding Chicago's Planning History

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

Understanding Chicago's Planning History using the Chicago Collections Consortium Learn about little-known aspects of the history of city planning in Chicago, drawing on the breadth and depth of resources available through the Chicago Collections Consortium and EXPLORE Chicago Collections.

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Shakespeare Project of Chicago: Shakeshafte

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

This is a one time FREE course. While many theories surround Shakespeare’s “Lost Years,” between the time he left Stratford-Upon-Avon and his arrival in London, one centers on the possibility that he spent time in Lancashire as a teacher on the estate of Alexander Hoghton, a wealthy Catholic landowner, whose home was a safe house for Catholic...

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The Secret Life of Indigenous Archives

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

This is a one time FREE course. Over many years, the rich archival collections of the Newberry Library have inspired and sustained some of the most significant research and writing in Native American and Indigenous Studies, making it a central site of what we may call “indigenous Chicago.” This panel of prize-winning authors, whose research was...

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Nathaniel Philbrick : Valiant Ambition

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

Nathaniel Philbrick will speak about his latest book, Valiant Ambition: George Washington, Benedict Arnold, and the Fate of the American Revolution, which appeared for seven consecutive weeks on the New York Times bestseller list and has been named a finalist for the New England Independent Booksellers Association 2016 New England...

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Violence and Indigenous Communities

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

Recognizing the reality of war and massacre, this scholarly symposium takes new approaches to examining violence in past and present-day Native communities by engaging the intersections of a broad array of themes, including: historical memory destruction of homelands and environments appropriation of arts and cultural heritage gendered assault...

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Jesuits and Change: Spirit, Classroom, and Change

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

This is a one time FREE course History textbooks, once they get over describing the Jesuits as the shock troops of the Counter Reformation, often mention that Ignatius of Loyola wrote a book called Spiritual Exercises, and that the order ran a lot of schools. Those two aspects of the Jesuit enterprises will be the subject of Professor O'Malley's...

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Indigeneity, Gender and Sexualities

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

Indigeneity, Gender, and Sexualities: A Scholarly Symposium This program highlights indigenous concepts of identity and sexuality that surpass standard contemporary gender binaries. American Indian and other indigenous communities have historically celebrated multiple gender identifications, including two-spirit peoples, as well as the unique roles...

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Arcadia in a Nutshell: History of British Gardening

at Chicago Botanic Garden - Glencoe 1000 Lake Cook Road, Chicago, Illinois 60022

The British are known for their green thumbs and have had a long history in horticulture and landscape design. Tudors and Victorians, plant collectors, and glass house builders were all part of the mix.  Come learn the A to Z of garden history from this green and pleasant land in an entertaining, informative overview.

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