Monday, October 1, 2012

Thursday, September 6, 2012 to Monday, December 31, 2012
The Newberry 125 Exhibition

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

Thursday, September 6, 2012 to Monday, December 31, 2012
Realizing the Newberry Idea, 1887 - 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.

Wednesday, October 3, 2012
The Newberry Library Colloquium : The Catholic Theological Union Collection

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.

Thursday, October 4, 2012
A Conversation with Hanna Gray and Jim Leach

6 pm

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?

Friday, October 5, 2012
Symposium on Comparative Early Modern Legal History
2012-13 Symposium on Comparative Early Modern Legal History : Law and the French Atlantic

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.

Saturday, October 6, 2012
Genealogy and Local History Orientation

9:30 am

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.

Wednesday, October 10, 2012
(This program continues for multiple sessions)
Masterpieces of American Political Journalism

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.

Wednesday, October 10, 2012
The Newberry Library Colloquium

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.

Thursday, October 11, 2012
(This program continues for multiple sessions)
Music for Shakespeare

2 – 4 pm

This class is full and registration is closed.

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.

Thursday, October 11, 2012
A Screening of Making Faces: Metal Type in the 21st Century

6 pm

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.

Friday, October 12, 2012
Early Modern Studies Program
Lee Palmer Wandel, Telling the Story: The Encounter and the Reformation

2 pm

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.

Saturday, October 13, 2012
Genealogy Workshop: High Tech - Low Tech : Old-fashioned Genealogy Meets the 21st Century

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.

Saturday, October 13, 2012
Eighteenth-Century Seminar
Frances Ferguson, Economic and Sentimental Reasons: Financial Instruments and Personal Attachments in Fielding's Jonathan Wild

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.

Tuesday, October 16, 2012
Pamphlet Pandemonium, 1642 – 2012 : A Newberry 125 Exhibition Lecture

6 pm

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?

Wednesday, October 17, 2012
The Newberry Library Colloquium : The Memoir of Lieutenant Dumont, 1715-1747: a Sojourner in the French Atlantic

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.

Friday, October 19, 2012
Other Renaissance Programs
Symposium on the English and Dutch in the Early Modern World

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.

Wednesday, October 24, 2012
The Newberry Library Colloquium : "The Baker Who Pretended to be King of Portugal,” Or How to Write History Based on Lies and Imagination

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?

Wednesday, October 24, 2012
American Indian Studies Seminar Series
Authorized Agents : The O’Fallon Delegation of 1822 and the Performance of Publicity

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.

Saturday, October 27, 2012
Other Renaissance Programs
Shakespeare Project of Chicago: Othello, the Moor of Venice

10 am

“O, beware, my lord, of jealousy! It is the green-eyed monster which doth mock the meat it feeds on.”

Saturday, October 27, 2012
Milton Seminar
Milton Seminar: Blaine Greteman : The Beginning of Now: John Milton in the Early Modern Social Network

12-3 pm

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.

Wednesday, October 31, 2012
American Indian Studies Seminar Series
In Those Days Indians Thought A Lot of Their Children : Illustrating the Nation Through Family, 1880-1940

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.

Wednesday, October 31, 2012
The Newberry Library Colloquium : Spooky Selections from the Newberry Collection

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.