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Fall 2018 Seminar

Postcard from Newberry collections

Postcard of the S.S. Roosevelt passing through State Street Bridge, Chicago, IL (circa 1900-1909). From the Curt Teich Postcard Archives Digital Collection. Courtesy of The Newberry Library.

Going and Knowing: Travelers and Travel Writers in the Modern World

Travelers were the original social networkers, forging connections between peoples and places while using a variety of media to share their experiences with the wider world.

The fall 2018 Newberry Seminar will explore the history and conventions of travel and travel writing, and what it means to be a traveler, tourist, pilgrim, explorer, or immigrant. Faculty and students will use travel as a way to think about how humans make meaning out of the world and how travel — and where we choose to travel — shapes what we know and how we interact with the world.

The Newberry Library's vast collection of travel literature (both fictional and non-fictional), immigrant and pilgrimage narratives, guidebooks, maps, souvenirs, and ephemera will give students access to research materials for individualized projects in a wide variety of disciplines.


Faculty

Meira Kensky

Meira Kensky

Faculty Co-Director, Fall 2018

Religion

Coe College

Amber Shaw

Amber Shaw

Faculty Co-Director, Fall 2018

English

Coe College