May 2013

Monday, March 11, 2013 to Friday, June 7, 2013
Exploration 2013: The 27th 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.

Wednesday, April 24, 2013 to Saturday, July 6, 2013
Treasures of Faith: Twenty Years of Acquisitions

In this exhibition you will see a small sample of rare and special books on religion, published from the thirteenth to the nineteenth centuries that the Newberry collected over the last two decades. In 1991, Newberry Trustee Sister Ann Ida Gannon, president Emerita of Mundelein College, arranged for the transfer of Mundelein’s rare book collection to the Newberry.

Wednesday, May 1, 2013
The Newberry Library Colloquium : Curators' Talk and Gallery Walk: "Treasures of Faith: Twenty Years of Acquisitions" Spotlight Exhibition

4 – 5 pm

This newly-opened exhibition highlights a sample of the rare and special books on religion from the thirteenth to the nineteenth century that the Newberry, inspired by Sister Ann Ida Gannon, has collected over the last two decades. Please join the exhibition’s curators for a peripatetic colloquium through the gallery.

Wednesday, May 1, 2013
First Son: The Biography of Richard M. Daley : A Meet the Author Event

6 pm

In First Son, Keith Koeneman chronicles the sometimes Shakespearean, sometimes Machiavellian life of an American political legend.

Friday, May 3, 2013 to Saturday, May 4, 2013
American Indian Studies Seminar Series
Why You Can’t Teach U.S. History without American Indians : A Newberry Symposium Commemorating 40th year of the McNickle Center

Sponsored by the Office of the Dean of Graduate Studies at Michigan State University

Saturday, May 4, 2013
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, May 8, 2013
The Newberry Library Colloquium : Curator's Talk and Gallery Walk: Chicago Calligraphy Collective

4 – 5 pm

“This year’s Chicago Calligraphy Collective exhibit is particularly strong,” says Paul Gehl, the Newberry’s printing history and calligraphy curator. He will lead a gallery walk and explain, among other things, how he went about choosing the Newberry Purchase Prize. Please meet outside the Hermon Dunlap Smith Gallery on the first floor.


Wednesday, May 8, 2013
A Conversation with Sara Paretsky and Rick Kogan: Part of the "Conversations at the Newberry" Series

6 pm

Join novelist Sara Paretsky and journalist Rick Kogan as they talk about Chicago in Chicago literature.

Monday, May 13, 2013
125th Anniversary Celebration

Nancy Lee and Jonathan Kemper, Suzanne and Grant McCullagh, and David E. McNeel, 125th Anniversary Celebration Co-Chairs, invite you to join them to celebrate in one exceptional evening:

Tuesday, May 14, 2013
Felix and Fanny: The Mendelssohn Myth and Musical Saga

6 pm

When thinking about the relationship between Felix and Fanny Mendelssohn, another musically talented brother and sister come to mind: Wolfgang and Nannerl Mozart. In the Mozart family, however, Wolfgang was clearly accepted as the superior musician. This was not the case, early on, in the Mendelssohn household.

Wednesday, May 15, 2013
The Newberry Library Colloquium : Chicago as a Tea Center, 1800-1910

4 – 5 pm

The United States became a predominately green-tea consuming nation after 1800, and by the 1880s, Midwesterners preferred Japanese green teas. In the 1890s, India and Ceylon tea merchants began a campaign to convince Midwest consumers to switch to their black teas, part of a commercial battle that continued for several decades.

Wednesday, May 15, 2013
City Water, City Life: Water and the Infrastructure of Ideas in Urbanizing Philadelphia, Boston, and Chicago : A Meet the Author Event

6 pm

A city is more than a massing of citizens, a layout of buildings and streets, or an arrangement of institutions. It is also an infrastructure of ideas, an embodiment of the beliefs, values, and aspirations of the people who created it.

Saturday, May 18, 2013
Milton Seminar
Joanna Picciotto : Poetry, Theodicy, and the Work of Natural History

12 pm

This talk will explore connections between Milton’s project in Paradise Lost and the efforts of seventeenth-century Baconians to erect a theodicy on the grounds of nature alone.

Coffee and refreshments will be served before the seminar.

Wednesday, May 22, 2013
The Newberry Library Colloquium

There will be no colloquium on Wednesday, May 22. The colloquium will convene the following week, May 29, for Karen Barzman’s presentation on topographical drawings of Venice and the Province of Dalmatia.

Thursday, May 23, 2013
The Secrets of Mary Bowser : A Meet the Author Event

6 pm

Join Lois Leveen, the Newberry’s 2013 Arthur and Lila Weinberg Fellow, for a discussion of the research behind The Secrets of Mary Bowser, her novel based on the true story of a former slave who became a Union spy in the Confederate White House.

Wednesday, May 29, 2013
The Newberry Library Colloquium : Hand-Drawn Maps and the "Paper Management" of the Early Modern State: A Case Study of Venice and the Province of Dalmatia

4 – 5 pm

Karen Barzman will address topographical drawings as part of a developing “information-technology” in the governance of trans-regional states, with their growing dependence on collecting, archiving, and delivering data about remote places.