From handling rare documents to completing a major project of their own design, students on the ACM Newberry Seminar: Research in the Humanities experience one of the world’s great research libraries and gain skills that will serve them no matter what career they choose.
A new video about the program has given students in the fall 2015 seminar a chance to describe in their own words what a semester at the Newberry Library — “one of the coolest places in the world” — has meant to them.
The students talk about the challenges of doing original research and the rewards being treated like a scholar, what it’s like to work on restoring centuries-old books in their internships at the library, and the adventure of living in the city of Chicago.
The Newberry Program centers on an intensive, interdisciplinary seminar taught by two visiting faculty members. Students draw on primary source materials from the library’s vast collections to pursue a substantial independent research project in their area of interest that is equivalent to a senior thesis.
The Newberry Library is located on the near north side of Chicago in the lively Gold Coast neighborhood, and the students live in program apartments nearby with easy access to the city’s museums and lakefront parks.
The fall 2016 Newberry Seminar, on the topic Novel Action: Literature, Social Movements, and the Public Good, will be led by Cornell College professors Tori Barnes-Brus and Rebecca Entel. Details are at ACM.edu/Newberry.