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  • Locations: Chicago, IL, United States;
  • Program Terms: Fall
  • Program Homepage: Click here
  • Program Sponsor: Associated Colleges of the Midwest 
  • Restrictions: Grinnell applicants only
Grinnell Approval Deadlines/Program Dates:
Grinnell Approval Deadlines/Program Dates:
Term Year Grinnell Approval Deadline Grinnell Decision Date Program Start Date Program End Date
Fall 2019 12/05/2018 02/18/2019 TBA TBA
Fact Sheet:
Subject Areas of Interest: Art History, English, History, Literature Language of Study: English
Campus Program Advisor: Mike Guenther OCS Contact: Alicia Stanley
Housing: Apartment
Program Description:
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Conduct independent research at one of the world’s great research libraries – the Newberry Library – in the dynamic city of Chicago. The ACM Newberry Seminar: Research in the Humanities offers a significant research experience that will prepare you for graduate study, professional education, and other careers.

Newberry photoLed by a team of two visiting faculty members, the fall Newberry Seminar focuses on a specific theme in the humanities and is structured to provide context and guidance as you write a substantial paper on a topic of your choice, based on research in the library’s rich primary collections.

You’ll engage with the Newberry community, present your work to the library’s research scholars, and have the opportunity to gain practical experience through a part-time job at the library.

The collections of the Newberry Library span the history and culture of Western Europe from the Middle Ages to the mid-20th century and the Americas from the time of first contact between Europeans and Native Americans. As a Newberry Seminar participant, you will be among a select few undergraduates to have full research access to this incredible source material.

Throughout your semester in Chicago, you will live in a program apartment in the heart of the city’s Gold Coast neighborhood, close to the Newberry Library as well as theatres, museums, parks, restaurants, and Lake Michigan.

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Why study with the ACM Newberry Seminar?

  • On the ACM Newberry Seminar in the Humanities Program, students have access to the rich collections of books and manuscripts of one of America's foremost research libraries in the humanities, located on the near north side of Chicago.

  • Collections concern the civilizations of western Europe and the Americas from the late Middle Ages to the early 20th century, including European exploration and settlement of the New World, the American West, and Native American history and literature. These collections comprise materials on the Renaissance, the French Revolution, Portuguese and Brazilian history, and British history and literature. Students explore together a common theme chosen for the semester and complete individual research projects under the guidance of course instructors.

  • The subjects selected by students are related to a common theme, which over the years has covered a wide range of issues including "Landscape and Culture," "The Paradox of Slavery and Freedom in the Western World," and "Unmasking Gender. "

  • Participants work on their projects together with the program directors and alongside the Library's visiting scholars as well as drawing on the expertise of the library staff. Students are encouraged to take advantage of the cultural life in Chicago and to attend exhibits, theatre, the symphony, conferences, special events and city tours.

  • Housing is provided in shared apartments.

    Open to all majors and may be of particular interest in these subject areas:

    Art History