The Making of Modern Paris, 1852-1939 (In Person)

Tuesday, March 21, 2023 - Tuesday, May 9, 2023

2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Eight Sessions


The registration period has closed for this event.

Course Description

Political and social turbulence, as well as an architectural and artistic efflorescence, characterized Paris from the Second Empire through the 1930s. Topics to be treated in this class’s exploration of the City of Light will include Baron Haussmann and the remaking of Paris; the everyday lives of ordinary Parisians; life in the city during the Prussian siege and the Paris Commune; the Great Expositions of 1867, 1878, 1889, and 1900; the experiences of the city’s inhabitants during the First World War; and the cultural vitality of Paris during the interwar years.
Eight Sessions. $305/274.5. Led by Frank Biletz

Registration Fees

Registration is $305

We offer a 10% discount to seniors, students, and members of the Newberry (Associates at the Author level and above).

Contact Us

The Adult Education team is available Tuesday-Saturday, 10am-5pm. Email is the best form of contact: You can also reach us by phone at 312-255-3700. Please allow 24-48 business hours for a response.


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Chicago, IL 60610
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