Friday, May 1, 2015

Monday, March 16, 2015 to Friday, June 12, 2015
Exploration 2015 : The 29th Annual Juried Exhibition of the Chicago Calligraphy Collective

The Chicago Calligraphy Collective was founded in 1976 to promote the study, practice, and appreciation of calligraphy in all its historical and present-day applications.

Friday, April 10, 2015 to Friday, July 3, 2015
Ephemeral by Design: Organizing the Everyday

Ephemera are traces of the everyday—materials, usually printed, designed to be read or consumed in some way and then discarded. From bus tickets to party invitations, dance cards to advertisements, these items form the texture of social and commercial exchange.

Friday, April 10, 2015 to Friday, July 3, 2015
Chicago's Great 20th-Century Bookman : The Newberry Career of James M. Wells

This memorial exhibition celebrates the life and work of James M. Wells (1917 - 2014), one of the most recognized rare-book specialists in the United States. In 1951 Wells joined the staff of the Newberry, where he established his expertise in the history of printing and calligraphy. Wells served as custodian of the John M.

Friday, April 10, 2015 to Friday, July 3, 2015
Katherine Mansfield and the "Blooms-berries"

Celebrated short story writer Katherine Mansfield has generally been relegated to the fringe of literary modernism, especially among the influential Bloomsbury Group, who referred to her as the “little colonial.” Katherine Mansfield and the “Blooms-berries” displays a selection of Mansfield’s letters and notebooks which provide a context for better understanding her fiction and w

Saturday, May 2, 2015
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.

Wednesday, May 6, 2015
The Newberry Colloquium : A Late Renaissance Encyclopedia of Errors: Thomas Browne's Pseudodoxia Epidemica (1646; 1672)

4 pm

Browne’s Pseudodoxia Epidemica, first printed in 1646, is an early modern ‘mythbusters’ that dismantles fables and superstitions about science, culture, and religion.

Thursday, May 7, 2015
American Political Thought Seminar
Manning, Planting, Keeping: English Colonization and the Origins of Modern America, 1580-1865

5:30 reception, 6 pm program

From the colony at Jamestown to John Winthrop’s “City on a Hill,” the story of America’s founding is one of migrants and migrations, of colonizers and the colonized, of households and servitude and slavery, and of the freedom all craved and some found.

Thursday, May 7, 2015
Native Women in Film : A Conversation with Mohawk Filmmaker Shelley Niro

4:30 pm reception; 5 pm program

This event has been cancelled, but may be rescheduled at a future date. Check our website for updates.

Saturday, May 9, 2015
Milton Seminar
Noel Sugimura: Devilish Beauty and the Aesthetics of the Fall in Paradise Lost

12 noon

Registration has now closed.
Monday, May 11, 2015
The 2015 Newberry Library Award Dinner

Michele and Pete Willmott, 2015 Newberry Library Award Dinner Co-chairs, and the Newberry’s Board of Trustees invite you to the Annual Award Dinner honoring Stacy Schiff.

6 pm | Presentation of Award
7 pm | Cocktail reception
8 pm | Dinner

Tuesday, May 12, 2015
The Newberry Colloquium : The Early American Origins of Mass Incarceration

4 pm

The United States currently incarcerates more people than any place on earth, with over two million men, women, and children behind bars and millions more under some form of carceral control.

Wednesday, May 13, 2015
The Newberry Colloquium : Ephemeral by Design Exhibition Tour

4 pm

Who doesn’t accumulate new stacks of catalogs, advertising flyers, business cards, and mementos each year? The Newberry is certainly no exception. Often overlooked in our daily lives, these pieces of ephemera offer glimpses into the past, showing us not only how printing technology and design aesthetics have evolved through the years, but also how our lives have changed.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015
The Newberry Colloquium : The Vanishing Place of Judgment between Empiricism and Aesthetics

4 pm

Why are we so uncomfortable with making judgments? Is there a role for judgment in the arts and humanities, or is judgment too subjective a way of approaching aesthetic objects? To answer these questions, we need to look back at the emergence of aesthetics as a discipline in the eighteenth century.