The Newberry celebrates its quasquicentennial with an exhibition of 125 of the millions of books, maps, manuscript pages, drawings, and photographs in its collection–these featured items not only creating a neat parallelism (125 items for 125 years of existence) but also embodying the Newberry’s mission to provide relevant research and learning opportunities for the public of Chicag
Monday, October 1, 2012
Explore the 125-year evolution of the Newberry from its 1887 opening as a “Library of Reference” to its 2012 presence as a renowned research institution and “center for the humanities” that remains free and open to the public.
4 – 5 pm
Please join us on the eve of the feast of St. Francis of Assisi as we discuss some of the unique items and pious works of the Catholic Theological Union Collection. This collection was cataloged and conserved as part Sister Ann Ida Gannon Initiative and consists of 489 titles, many by or about members of the Franciscan orders.
As humanistic study becomes hyper-professionalized and increasingly less popular on college campuses across the country, a troubling question has emerged: is there a crisis in the humanities? While political, social, and economic fields orient themselves around metrics, forecasts, and other forms of quantification, how can the humanities reclaim the place they once occupied in civic life?
9 am-5 pm
The French Atlantic has not yet received the sustained attention given to the British and Spanish Atlantic, particularly where the topic of law is concerned. This conference will explore the legal dimension (broadly conceived) of the French Atlantic empire in the early modern period.
The Genealogy and Local History staff will introduce novices to the basics of research at an informal orientation. After the session, you are welcome to begin your research. A reference librarian will be available to provide suggestions and assistance. Reservations not required.
6 – 7:30 pm
American politics has inspired some of our most important journalism over the past half century. We will read classics of the genre by William F. Buckley, James Carroll, Joan Didion, Norman Mailer, and David Foster Wallace. Please read the introduction and “Nixon in Miami” in Norman Mailer’s Miami and the Siege of Chicago for the first session.
There will be no colloquium on October 10 due to the Board of Trustees meeting in Towner Fellows’ Lounge. The colloquium will reconvene on Wednesday, October 17, when Carla Zecher will speak about the new English translation of The Memoir of Lieutenant Dumont.
2 – 4 pm
Thousands of musical settings have been inspired by the plays and poems of William Shakespeare. Composers from Felix Mendelssohn and Giuseppe Verdi to Cole Porter and Leonard Bernstein have offered us a fascinating range of scores for the stage and concert hall.
The American Printing History Association (APHA) offers a pre-conference reception and screening of Making Faces: Metal Type in the 21st Century, a documentary about the career of Canadian type designer and typecaster, Jim Rimmer. A discussion with the film’s director, Richard Kegler, and the audience will follow the screening.
Traditionally, the histories of the Columbian Exchange and the Reformation have been told separately. How do the stories change, if we bring the two together?
Learn more about our speaker: Lee Palmer Wandel, University of Wisconsin-Madison
A reception will follow the lecture.
9:30 am - 2:30 pm
The genealogical fundamentals of evidence, analysis and documentation don’t change whether you’re using online tools or not. Join Marsha Peterson-Maass, Matt Rutherford and Thomas MacEntee for a free full-day workshop discussing these low tech fundamentals plus ways to use high tech online tools to make your research easier.
1 - 3:30 pm
Fielding’s early novel Jonathan Wild centers on a character, the notorious thief and thief-taker Jonathan Wild, who invented techniques for preserving the value of personal possessions.
Why would the Newberry collect duplicates of something as seemingly ordinary and ephemeral as a pamphlet with a Church of Scotland petition and King Charles I’s formal rejection of it?
4 – 5 pm
“Dodging death and success from La Rochelle to Biloxi and back, with some gardening in between, Dumont de Montigny survived to put quill to paper.
9 am - 3 pm
This symposium will bring together scholars interested in topics related to Anglo-Dutch relations; English and Dutch colonial efforts; or Native and Indigenous studies as inflected by English and Dutch colonization in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries.
4 – 5 pm
Drawing on her new book, Ruth MacKay will review the events of a case of imposture in the 1590s — a time of crisis and suffering in Spain and Portugal — and from there open up a discussion about the following themes: How can historians get at the infrastructure of thought (the ways in which people understood their world)? How did people in the 1590s identify each other?
5:30 pm to 6:30 pm
This paper examines the public events surrounding Benjamin O’Fallon’s 1822 delegation of Plains Indian leaders. The O’Fallon delegation brought Pawnee, Omaha, Kansas, Oto, and Missouri leaders to Washington DC for the first time, where they met with President Monroe, sat for portraits, attended social gatherings, and were at the center of various public performances.
“O, beware, my lord, of jealousy! It is the green-eyed monster which doth mock the meat it feeds on.”
Popular programs like Facebook have made us increasingly aware of the power of networks, but for as long as we have had society, networks have been with us. Theorists including Michel Callon and Bruno Latour have even gone so far as to argue that networks constitute society—that power and culture are not diffused throughout chains of association but generated by them.
5:30 pm to 6:30 pm
This paper argues that Kiowas composed their nation through family and kinship relations, and I posit that material culture constituted and illuminated kin ties that formed the foundation of the Kiowa nation. Kiowa individuals and families extended, maintained, and cemented these bonds by making and giving material items such as regalia, which manifested kinship bonds that connected them.
4 – 5 pm
As Halloween approaches, our thoughts turn to ghoulish tales and ghostly legends. Please join us at this week’s colloquium, when Library Assistants from the Newberry’s General Reading Room and Special Collections Reading Room will enlighten and entertain us with spooky images and scary texts culled from the collection. Halloween treats will be served.