In the fall of 2014, the Newberry will mark the centennial of the start of World War I with two linked exhibitions and a series of related public programs.
In comparison to the South, the far West, and New England, the history of the Midwest has been sadly neglected. In addition to outlining the centrality of the Midwest to crucial moments in American history, Jon K. Lauck resurrects the long-forgotten stories of the institutions founded by an earlier generation of midwestern historians.
When writer Eunice Tietjens left Chicago in 1917 to become a foreign correspondent for the Chicago Daily News and spend sixteen months covering the Great War, the editors of Poetry magazine printed a special farewell.
5:45 - 7:45 pm
Explore the highlights of Medieval British history– including the Norman Conquest, the Anarchy, the Anglo-Norman invasion of Ireland, and the Conquest of Wales–through quality historical fiction. Novels by Morgan Llywelyn, Sharon Penman, and others will introduce the period.
5:45 - 7:45 pm
Worried that the Fire burned your chances of discovering what Chicago was like in its early days? Think again! Join us as we explore a gold mine of pre-Fire treasures, many drawn from the Newberry’s collections, including maps, diaries, church records, newspapers, and sheet music.
2 - 4 pm
Was the twentieth century a musical wasteland from which emerged a plethora of inspired ideas but only a few that can stand the test of time? Or was it a wonderland of new sounds and images that have inspired and enriched the music of today?
6 - 7:30 pm
This lecture and discussion-based seminar will examine the rich period of European theater from the first half of the twentieth century.
10 am – Noon
Writing begins with you. In this workshop we will learn how to organize our lives and our writing as well as reach into our own experiences and imaginations to produce stories of any length. Through a step-by-step process, we will explore where stories come from, how to begin them, and how to tell them.
10 am - Noon
The Victorian and Edwardian periods encompassed enormous social, political, and cultural changes.
1 – 3 pm
Inanna’s story may be the oldest on earth. In it, the goddess copes with a serpent-infested tree, tricks the god of wisdom, builds human civilization, delights in extravagant sexual joy, and descends to the underworld.