Fall semester (early September to late December)
Program sponsor: Associated Colleges of the Midwest (ACM)
Enrollment: Maximum of 20 students.
Eligibility: Juniors and seniors interested in pursuing serious research in the humanities and humanistic social sciences.
Application deadline: March 15 (internal Luther application process must be completed by March 1)
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.