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Newberry Colloquium

The Newberry Colloquium is a weekly opportunity for the Newberry community to come together and learn about research or projects being conducted by our staff, fellows, scholars-in-residence, and other invited speakers. Colloquium events are open to the Newberry community and the general public. Colloquia topics usually relate to the Newberry’s collection, and presentations are intended for a non-specialist audience.

Unless otherwise noted, the colloquium convenes on Wednesday afternoons in Towner Fellows’ Lounge on the 2nd floor of the Newberry. Refreshments are served at 3:30 pm, with the talk beginning at 4 pm. A brief discussion follows each presentation. No reservations are required in order to attend.

Upcoming Events

Wednesday, June 26, 2019
Newberry Colloquium
A Newberry Colloquium
A type specimen, in printing terms, is historically a book or broadside distributed to printers to promote the purchase of type by printers. Since 1999, Starshaped Press, a letterpress studio operated by former Weinberg Fellow Jennifer Farrell, has pursued both commercial and artistic projects, with the goal of furthering the exploration of design through traditional typography.
Wednesday, July 17, 2019
Newberry Colloquium
A Newberry Colloquium
In the summer of 1919, Chicago exploded in a firestorm of racial violence that left thirty-eight people dead and more than five hundred injured. In this colloquium, Prof.
Wednesday, August 7, 2019
Newberry Colloquium
A Newberry Colloquium
When did Illinois become a free state? Spanning a century and a half, M. Scott Heerman will trace the making, remaking, and eventual unmaking of slavery in Illinois. Drawing from his new book, The Alchemy of Slavery, he shows that over its long history Illinois went from Indian Country to European Empire, from a border south region to bulwark of the free north.