The Newberry is marking the centennial of the start of World War I with two linked exhibitions and a series of related public programs.
This fall the Newberry marks the centennial of the start of World War I with two linked exhibitions: Chicago, Europe, and the Great War, drawn from the Newberry’s collection, and American Women Rebuilding France, 1917-1924, a traveling show from the Franco-American Museum in Blérancourt, France.
Maps have long exerted a special fascination—as beautiful works of art and as practical navigational tools. But to those who collect them, the map trade can be a cutthroat business, inhabited by quirky and sometimes disreputable characters in search of a finite number of extremely rare objects.
Responding to a canon of criticism of Chicago that dates back at least to the mid-twentieth century (and a recent contribution to which came from Rachel Shteir in the New York Times), writers Thomas Dyja and Neil Steinberg will debate Chicago as the Second City and its place in American history and culture.
Three staff members attended Rare Book School classes over the summer. Karen’s was “The Medieval Manuscript in the Twenty-First Century,” held in Philadelphia; participants explored theoretical issues involved in digitizing medieval materials and used Omeka to create an online exhibition.
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.
Cesar Chavez founded a labor union, launched a movement, and inspired a generation. He rose from migrant worker to national icon, becoming one of the great charismatic leaders of the twentieth century. Two decades after his death, Chavez remains the most significant Latino leader in US history.
9 am to 5 pm
Understandings of justice differed among New World empires and among the settlers, imperial officials, and Indigenous peoples within each one. This conference will focus on the array of meanings of justice, their emergence and transformation, and the implications of adopting one or another definition.
9 am - 4 pm (last tour will start at 3:45 pm)
The Newberry is proud to be part of the Chicago Architecture Foundation’s fouth-annual Open House Chicago.Take a 10-minute guided tour of the Newberry Library including the Gilded Age lobby, reference room, and the caged elevator mentioned in the bestselling novel, The Time Traveler’s Wife.
I had finished working on one of the strangest texts I have ever encountered, Low- Life. Or, One Half of the World Know Not How the Other Half Live, with all the doubts it raises about representation, writing, and history as both of those things, when I found Michel Foucault on the topic of writing itself.