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Newberry Seminar: Research in the Humanities

Chicago, Illinois

United States

Join a vibrant research community

Spend a semester immersed in a research community while living in one of the most culturally dynamic cities in the US. Join a group of highly passionate and motivated students and conduct your own research project at a premier humanities library.

Fall 2022 seminar theme:

Food for Thought: Cooking, Eating, and Drinking in Chicago

This interdisciplinary seminar will explore the history and impact of food and drink in Chicago, from the city's development as a center of agricultural commodity markets, through its role in the Great Migration and the culinary tradition of "soul food," to the restaurant industry as a center of immigration activism in today's Chicago.


Fall 2022 semester (late August–mid December)
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Who can apply

Undergraduates from any four-year US college or university

Host institution

Newberry Library in Chicago, IL

Living arrangements

Students live in furnished apartments near the Newberry Library in Chicago’s Gold Coast neighborhood.

Courses & credits

Fall 2022 seminar theme: Food for Thought: Cooking, Eating, and Drinking in Chicago

Recommended credit is 16 semester credits or the equivalent.

Seminar (8 credits)
Independent Research Project (8 credits)

Internships at the Newberry

Students can gain experience working in paid, part-time positions at the library during the semester.

Language requirement

No prerequisites


Fall 2022 Newberry Seminar Flyer

Newberry Seminar video

Video of Virtual Info Session (from November 4, 2021)

Application deadlines

Fall semester 2022 deadline

March 15, 2022

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.


Michael Vertovec, Assistant Program Manager
180 N. Michigan Ave., Suite 2020, Chicago, IL 60601
312.561.5934 /

Explore the program

 Watch students and faculty describe what immersive research experiences are really like.

Join a community of scholars

“This program allowed me to have a test experience of the research side of academia.”

—Benjamin Kern, Colorado College, international political economy major

You’ll be treated as a visiting scholar at the Newberry Library, working alongside professors and fellow academics to develop your research abilities. Watch yourself grow as a researcher over the course of the semester!

Access a collection of rare humanities resources

“I found that the pure desire to unearth something that has never been examined before is a reward beyond any praise or recognition.”

—Kelsey Cole, Monmouth College, English major

From cartographic catalogues to 16th century political pamphlets, use some of the world’s finest primary resources to develop your research topic.

Live in a vibrant, culturally diverse city

“It’s impossible to overemphasize the amazing location of the program – I still glow when I talk about my semester in Chicago.”

Jennie Morrison, Kenyon College, American studies major

Experience life in the city of Chicago! When you’re not researching a topic that you’re passionate about, you’ll explore Chicago’s history, food, museums, theater, music, architecture, and everything in between.

Once-in-a-lifetime experiences

Jennie Morrison
Kenyon College

As I got more and more involved in my research at the Newberry, I found myself bouncing ideas off of a variety of individuals, from classmates to professors to librarians. Moreover, scholars within the library are unbelievably accessible.

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Katrina Jagodinsky
Lawrence University

The Newberry Seminar was an excellent preparation for making the transition from undergraduate to graduate scholar. Even now, as a PhD candidate in history, I am using skills learned at the Newberry Library to facilitate research at national repositories.

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Nicole Helregel
Beloit College

The Newberry's resources are truly unique, and everyone you meet is willing to help you with your project. I had a great time, and I would recommend it to anyone who is genuinely interested in humanities research.

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