July 2014

Tuesday, July 1, 2014
(This program continues for multiple sessions)
Friedrich Nietzsche’s Thus Spoke Zarathustra: A Book for All and None

 5:45 – 7:45 pm

Updated Schedule: class starts July 1 and ends August 5

Nietzsche prophetically subtitled his Zarathustra “A Book for All and None.” Often misinterpreted by both disciples and critics as the scripture of a Nietzsche cult, it stands as one of western culture’s great challenges to “become oneself.” Exploring the themes of will to power, übermensch, and eternal recurrence, we will attempt to unravel the Nietzsche legend.

Wednesday, July 2, 2014
The Newberry Colloquium : 2014 History Fair Blue Ribbon Student Exhibition

4 pm

For the fourth consecutive year, the Newberry will host the Blue Ribbon Student Exhibition, in which three dozen high-achieving projects from the 2014 History Fair competition will be on display for a couple of weeks. This year, the Exhibition will run from June 27 through July 11.

Wednesday, July 9, 2014
The Newberry Colloquium : Deserting the Mississippi: Labor, Mobility, and Resistance in French Louisiana (ca. 1700-1760)

4 pm

The mobility of European workers and soldiers played a crucial role in the colonization of French Louisiana, where labor remained a scarce and prized commodity throughout the 18th century. This presentation will examine the tensions and conflicts generated by the recruitment and control of this labor force.

Saturday, July 12, 2014
Genealogy and Local History Orientation

9:30 am

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.

Saturday, July 12, 2014
(This program continues for multiple sessions)
Sixty Minutes to Better Genealogy: Day 3

9:30 am – 3:30 pm

These focused, sixty-minute sessions are designed to help illuminate important topics for your genealogical project and help push you through a particular question in your research. Take all twelve sessions over three Saturdays (June 21, June 28 and July 12), or simply those that most appeal to you.

Saturday, July 12, 2014
(This program continues for multiple sessions)
Ellis Island: The Immigrant's Experience

10 am – Noon

Sixty percent of Americans are descendants of immigrants who arrived at Ellis Island, including multitudes of Chicagoans. This seminar explores the iconic status of this island as seen through popular culture and national history.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014
The Newberry Colloquium : More Treasures from the Basement and Other Secret Places: A Gannon Project Update

4 pm

The Newberry is in the fourth year of a cataloging and conservation project funded by several individual donors in honor of Life Trustee Sister Ann Ida Gannon, BVM. The project covers a variety of books and manuscripts on the subject of religion, of which the catalogers have completed over 5,000 records so far.

Saturday, July 19, 2014
Twilight of the Habsburgs, 1848-1918

9 am – 4 pm

The immediate cause of the First World War was action undertaken to preserve the Habsburg monarchy, which had maintained political stability among diverse subject peoples of Central Europe for nearly 400 years. We will discuss several internal and international crises that tested the surprisingly resilient monarchy during the reign of Emperor Franz Josef.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014
The Newberry Colloquium : It May Not Be Downton Abbey, But...It's Home!

4 pm

While researching Scottish domestic interiors at the Royal Commission on Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland, Joan Maria Hansen came across three sets of particularly striking photographs of Edinburgh homes and furnishings. Dating from the early 1890s to about 1910, the sets initially appeared to be unrelated to each other.

Thursday, July 24, 2014 to Sunday, July 27, 2014
The 30th Annual Newberry Book Fair

Thursday and Friday, noon to 8 pm
Saturday and Sunday, 10 am to 6 pm

Saturday, July 26, 2014
The 2014 Bughouse Square Debates

Noon - 4 pm

Join Rick Kogan and the Newberry Library in demonstrating that Chicago’s long and proud history as a hub of free speech is alive and well!

Wednesday, July 30, 2014
The Newberry Colloquium : What is a Sailor Without Arms Doing in Chicago?

4 pm

When U.S. Navy seaman Thomas Dennis lost both arms in a shipboard accident in 1847 it seemed that his useful life was over. Not so! Dennis was an amazing survivor who lived and worked into the twentieth century. He also visited President Theodore Roosevelt in the White House annually because the two shared the same birthday.