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July 21, 2015
Each summer, the Newberry Library presents the John Peter Altgeld Freedom of Speech Award at its annual Bughouse Square Debates. The award recognizes individuals who defend civil liberties and freedom of speech or whose outspoken views on subjects considered taboo provide daring examples of free expression. During the 2015 Bughouse Square Debates on Saturday, July 25, the Newberry will confer the Altgeld Award upon Wendy Kaminer, a lawyer, social critic, and long-time defender of free speech...
July 13, 2015
Rare manuscripts, artworks, and photographs are among the more than 4,000 digital objects included in the Newberry’s newly expanded Edward E. Ayer Digital Collection. Featuring historically significant works of art and literature both by and about American Indians, the online collection combines three previously distinct digital reserves into one, while making a set of collection items digitally available for the first time. It is freely accessible to users worldwide. “The artwork in the...
June 30, 2015
Beginning in 2016, the Newberry will launch a multi-year schedule of large, themed, interdisciplinary research projects and affiliated public programming to explore intensively subjects in the humanities that have both a substantial historical legacy and an enduring role to play in the future development of human culture. The themes will grow out of the strengths of the Newberry’s collection, its staff expertise, and the scope of its research and program centers. Scheduled for exploration...
June 15, 2015
The Newberry re-launched its website this week, introducing changes small and large for a variety of different users. The new features update pre-existing design elements, while also accommodating the increasing proportion of mobile traffic to the site. For visitors accessing the Newberry through a desktop web browser, little will have changed, though a redesigned homepage and select landing pages will serve as a more effective portal for all things Newberry, and “share this page” icons will...
May 22, 2015
The Newberry Library has announced the appointment of Alice D. Schreyer to the position of Roger and Julie Baskes Vice President for Collections and Library Services. Dr. Schreyer will arrive at the Newberry from the University of Chicago Library, where she is Associate University Librarian for Area Studies and Special Collections and Curator of Rare Books. From July 1 to December 31, 2014, she was Interim Director of the University Library. As Baskes Vice President, Dr. Schreyer will oversee...
May 1, 2015
The Newberry Library has announced the appointment of D. Bradford Hunt to the position of Vice President for Research and Academic Programs. Dr. Hunt will arrive at the Newberry from Roosevelt University, where he has held a variety of positions as a professor and an administrator since 2001. As Vice President for Research and Academic Programs, Dr. Hunt will oversee the Newberry’s fellowship and scholars-in-residence programs, its undergraduate seminars and graduate-student programs, and the...
May 1, 2015
Newberry readers can now request collection items with the click of a mouse. After creating an account through Aeon, a web-based circulation system that can be accessed at requests.newberry.org, readers will be able to search for materials and submit requests for them seamlessly. This means no more filling out call slips by hand, a time-consuming and (often) physically demanding process. “Aeon will transform how all our readers, including staff, request items from the Newberry,” says Director...
April 27, 2015
Since the Newberry’s centennial year in 1987, the Newberry Library Award has been awarded to individuals who have made exceptional contributions to fields of study related to the humanities, and specifically areas within the scope of the Newberry’s collections. On May 11, the tradition will continue with the presentation of the Newberry Library Award to Stacy Schiff, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Véra (Mrs. Vladimir Nabokov). Schiff has also published Saint-Exupéry, a...
March 2, 2015
Chicago history comes alive this March at the Newberry with a series of free “Meet the Author” events. The lectures, delivered by authors of recent work about Chicago, promise to illuminate dark corners of the city’s past and deliver new insights based on popular local lore. Topics include urban development, regional rivalry, and a murder that scandalized nineteenth-century Chicago. The three separate programs will take place on March 17, 21, and 24. Chicago in Ten Stories (Tuesday,...
February 26, 2015
The Newberry has acquired a set of artifacts that may shed new light on the Yalta Conference, the diplomatic gathering of Allied leaders who, in the final months of World War II, established the terms for peace and the new boundaries of postwar Europe. Consisting primarily of never-before-seen photographs of the American, British, and Soviet politicians in attendance, the acquisition offers a different perspective from the official visual record of the conference’s proceedings. These...

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