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Newberry Library Program in the Humanities (ACM/GLCA Programs)


Todd Heidt

Director, Eleanor Stellyes Center for Global Studies

2 East South Street

Galesburg, IL 61401-4999



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One of America's great research libraries provides the setting and resources for this program. Focused on the humanities, the Newberry Library's collections embrace the history and literature of Western Europe and the Americas. With an active educational and cultural presence in Chicago, the Newberry offers a host of exhibits, lectures, classes, concerts, and other public programming related to its collections. Located in the heart of Chicago's Gold Coast neighborhood, the Library is near theatres, museums, parks, concerts, shopping, restaurants, and Lake Michigan, making it a vibrant location from which to experience all that Chicago has to offer.

The ACM Newberry Seminar offers motivated and mature students a tremendous opportunity to do independent study and research while working closely with professors and scholars in one of the world's great cities. Participants in the fall seminar write a substantial paper on a topic of their choice, based on research in the rich primary collections of the Newberry Library. They work closely with two faculty program directors from ACM and GLCA schools in a seminar that provides context and guidance for their research. In some cases, the paper qualifies as a senior or honors thesis. In all cases, the fall seminar gives participants significant research experience that prepares them for graduate study, professional education (such as law school), or other careers. 

Each year the seminar focuses on a particular theme or issue in the humanities, which is approached from an interdisciplinary perspective. Topics are designed to take advantage of the Library's strong holdings in American, European, and Latin American culture. 

Students live in furnished, shared apartments within walking distance of the Newberry Library, where the majority of their research and work takes place. During the fall semester, students can gain additional work experience through a variety of part-time jobs at the Library.

Prerequisite: sophomore standing at time of application; strong course work in history, the humanities, or another field relevant to the seminar, strong desire and ability to carry out independent research.
Credits: 4.5. Standard load is the equivalent of 15 semester hours (Fall).
Program advisor: Professor Greg Gilbert. 

Learn more about the Newberry Seminar: Research in the Humanities. 

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