The Newberry Library is one of the world's leading independent research libraries. Focusing 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.
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. Fall semester participants 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.