CANCELLED - Of Play and Prudery: Entertainment and Censorship in Chicago (Virtual)

Tuesday, August 2, 2022-Tuesday, August 16, 2022

2:00 PM-4:00 PM
Three Sessions


The registration period has closed for this event.

Seminar Description
“Of Play and Prudery” is a cultural history course on public entertainment and censorship politics in Chicago from the Late Nineteenth Century to the Mid-Twentieth Century. This course is intended to introduce casual and lifelong learners to cultural history and to deepen their knowledge and appreciation of the history of Chicago. Students will learn about patterns of life, leisure, and cultural politics in the Windy City and draw comparisons to the shifting culture and identity of Chicago in the present, while also learning how to use tools of Public History to research and share historical knowledge with a public audience.

Three sessions. $170/ $153.

Led by Lucas Bensley.


Lucas Bensley is a Doctoral Candidate in the History Program at Loyola University in Chicago. His current research focuses on the history of burlesque, drag, and censorship politics in Chicago since the later Nineteenth Century.

Registration Fees

Registration is $170

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

Contact Us
The Adult Education Seminars Program team is available Tuesday-Saturday, 10am-5pm. To reach the seminars program, 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.