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May 17, 2022
The Newberry Library and The Pattis Family Foundation are pleased to announce the winner of the first annual Pattis Family Foundation Chicago Book Award. Dawn Turner, author of Three Girls from Bronzeville, will receive the award, which celebrates works that transform public understanding of Chicago, its history, and its people. “Three Girls from Bronzeville is a bracing memoir that illustrates how race, class, and geography intersect to shape both communities and the...
February 16, 2022
During a ceremony on May 15, 2022, Ira Glass and This American Life will receive the Newberry Library Award in recognition of outstanding contributions to the humanities. Glass is the creator, producer, and host of the public radio program This American Life. Since debuting in 1995 on Chicago Public Radio, the now-syndicated program has won seven Peabody Awards and the first Pulitzer Prize for audio journalism, among many other accolades. In 2021, This American Life...
October 18, 2021
In the summer of 2022, the Newberry will welcome 25 college and university faculty for a three-week institute exploring Chicago’s groundbreaking artistic styles and lasting influence on modernist literature, dance, and visual culture. Supported by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), Making Modernism will encourage participants to engage with the Newberry’s vast archival collections related to Chicago and the arts as well as to incorporate new findings into their...
August 1, 2021
The Newberry Library and The Pattis Family Foundation are pleased to announce a new annual book award for published works that transform public understanding of Chicago, its history, and its people. Starting in July of 2022, The Pattis Family Foundation Chicago Book Award at the Newberry Library will celebrate a publication that opens new perspectives for a wide audience of readers. The $25,000 prize will be open to writers working in a variety of genres, including history, biography,...
June 15, 2021
A group of 27 scholars will join our community as Newberry Fellows during the 2021-2022 academic year. Supported by funding from the Newberry and other partners, the fellows will have the opportunity to immerse themselves in the Newberry’s world-class collection while pursuing research on a diverse range of topics in the humanities. “We’re thrilled to welcome the incoming fellows to our community and support them as they use the Newberry’s collection to make new and exciting contributions to...
June 1, 2021
In a virtual celebration held May 24, the Newberry presented the 2021 Newberry Library Award to Lonnie G. Bunch III in recognition of his outstanding contributions to the humanities. As Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution, Bunch oversees 21 libraries, 19 museums, the National Zoo, and several research organizations and education centers. Before becoming Secretary in 2019, Bunch was the founding director of the National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC), the country’s...
May 26, 2021
The Newberry Library and the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México have formed a new partnership so that students, teachers, and scholars from both institutions can access, in person or virtually, resources and programs offered by the Newberry and UNAM. “Our institutions complement each other well, and we’re excited that students and teachers who travel to UNAM’s headquarters in Chicago will be able to take advantage of the additional educational opportunities from the Newberry,” said...
April 28, 2021
Since reopening our doors on Walton Street in March, we at the Newberry have been gradually resuming in-person activities while continuing to hold much of our programming online. With safety protocols and precautions in place, the library’s reading rooms, exhibition galleries, and Rosenberg Bookshop are open to the public. We’ll continue to “mask up,” observe social distancing standards, and engage in enhanced cleaning procedures throughout the building. As summer approaches, we look...
April 26, 2021
The Newberry Library is pleased to announce the appointment of Laura McEnaney as its next Vice President for Research and Academic Programs. In this role, McEnaney will direct Newberry fellowships and research centers; public programs and adult education seminars; and teacher and student programs. McEnaney, currently professor of history at Whittier College in Whittier, California, and Vice President of the Teaching Division of the American Historical Association, will join the Newberry...
March 9, 2021
Español The Newberry Library and its partners announce the launch of ¡Viva la Libertad!, an exhibition and series of public programs bringing together scholars, writers, artists, and community members to explore the independence struggles of the Americas and reflect on their legacies today. Looking back on the Age of Revolutions 200 years ago in Latin America and the United States, ¡Viva la Libertad! examines how new countries emerged from colonial rule, who gained...

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