The Newberry is marking the centennial of the start of World War I with two linked exhibitions and a series of related public programs.
Join musicologist William Brooks and historian Deniz Ertan as they explore how World War One sheet music was created, reproduced, and received by people who performed and heard it. Music from the exhibition, Chicago, Europe, and the Great War, will be performed as well.
The Genealogy and Local History staff will introduce visitors to the Newberry and explain how to use its collections at an informal orientation. Aimed at researchers new to the library and/or new to genealogical research, this session will last approximately an hour, followed by a short tour of the library.
The Chicago Genealogical Society and the Newberry present Chicago’s Greatest Year: 1893, an author talk by Joseph Gustaitis.
5:30 pm reception; 6 pm lecture
Dr. Ned Blackhawk, an award-winning scholar and Professor of History and American Studies at Yale University, will be delivering the first of a new series of public lectures at the Newberry Library by distinguished scholars working in the interdisciplinary field of American Indian and Indigenous Studies.
For more than a century, the Newberry has been known as one of the country’s premier libraries for research in American history and culture.
Indian slavery was widespread in the early modern Atlantic world, even if it has not received as much attention by historians as African slavery. Enslaved Indians were present in virtually every European colony in the New World, often serving in households and on farms and plantations, usually alongside of enslaved Africans.
5:30 pm reception; 6 pm program
Join us for a celebration of American Indian and Indigenous dance in honor of National Native American Heritage Month. Performances will feature Chicago-based Indigenous dance and music groups, including the Black Hawk Performance Company, Ke Kula Kupa`a O ka Pakipika traditional chanting and Hula, and Nuahalli Aztec Dancers.
Though scholarship on style has been quick to take advantage of the increased sophistication, power, and scope of current quantitative methods, it has neglected the potential of another seemingly more rudimentary digital tool. Search, Professor Shore argues, can transform the way we investigate and understand the history of style.
In partnership with the Jane Addams Hull-House Museum, the Institut Français in Paris, and the Cultural Service at the Consulate General of France in Chicago, the Newberry presents a public program on Jane Addams, pacifism, and contemporary reflections on anti-war activism, with readings of World War I solders’ poetry by DePaul University students.