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Newberry Seminar: Research in the Humanities

Chicago, Illinois

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Courtesy of The Newberry Library

The Newberry Library is one of the world’s leading independent research libraries.  Focused on the humanities, its evolving 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.  In addition, the Newberry makes available a variety of highly-acclaimed fellowships and programs to scholars, teachers, and undergraduates.  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.  Click to see some highlights from the Newberry's collections.

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 faculty members and a select group of colleagues 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 fall seminar is taught by a team of two visiting faculty members, with a focus on a specific theme in the humanities.  Themed short-term seminars, offered in the winter and spring, include class meetings and a shorter paper, providing a similar experience of independent research and writing.

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. 

For more detailed information, please use the links located on the left-hand side of this page.

Quick Facts

  • Term: Fall semester
  • Language prerequisite: None
  • Language of instruction: English
  • Living arrangements: Apartment
  • Who can apply? Students from any college or university

Application deadlines

Fall semester 2014

Final deadline: March 15, 2014

Fall semester 2015

Final deadline: March 15, 2015

If the deadline has passed and you are interested in applying, contact the ACM Office immediately. Late applications may be accepted on a space-available basis.

Program contacts

Lindsey Wolf
Program Associate

11 E. Adams Street, Suite 800
Chicago, IL 60603
Phone: 312.561.5908
lwolf@acm.edu

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Publications & Resources

Newberry Seminar brochure

Newberry Student Handbook - Fall 2013

Newberry Seminar: Research in the Humanities

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Katrina Jagodinsky The ACM Newberry program was an excellent preparation for making the transition from undergraduate to graduate scholar. Not only were the seminar discussions excellent, the intimate training from archivists and work opportunities in Newberry departments introduced us to the broader academic network of professional scholars and gave us an advantage in applying to graduate schools. Even now, as a PhD Candidate in History at the University of Arizona, I am using skills learned at the Newberry Library to facilitate research at national repositories. Any ACM student considering graduate study should definitely seek the opportunity to participate in the Newberry Seminar in the Humanities.

—Katrina Jagodinsky, Newberry Seminar, Fall 2001

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