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July 29, 2013
This fall, the Newberry is offering more than 40 classes on Chicago; arts, music, and language; history, genealogy, and social sciences; literature and theater; and more. Learn about Chicago political art or bookbinding, delve into Jane Austen’s writing during the 200th anniversary of Pride and Prejudice, or experience the music of the Civil War during its sesquicentennial. To improve our service to participants and instructors we are instituting a registration deadline. The...
June 27, 2013
To commemorate the 150th anniversary of the US Civil War and in conjunction with the Terra Foundation for American Art, the Newberry Library is pleased to host “Home Front: Daily Life in the Civil War North,” an exhibition of more than 100 items that focuses on the enormous, and costly, effect the war had on civilians. Highlights of the exhibition include stunning paintings by Winslow Homer, Frederic E. Church, and other American artists of the period; first editions by Walt Whitman, Emily...
June 25, 2013
The American Jewish Historical Society has awarded the biennial Saul Viener Book Prize in American Jewish History to Newberry Vice President for Research and Academic Programs Daniel Greene for his recent book, The Jewish Origins of Cultural Pluralism: The Menorah Association and American Diversity (Indiana University Press, 2011). Greene’s book traces the emergence of cultural pluralism through the lives of a group of young Jewish Harvard students who in 1906 founded the Menorah...
May 21, 2013
What a night for Chicago’s Newberry. Before a crowd of more than 400 people that included Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Chicago-area teachers and students, Newberry Board of Trustees Chair Victoria J. Herget presented The Newberry Library Award to renowned historian David McCullough. But before doing so she had another announcement: the Newberry has exceeded its $25 million fundraising campaign goal. “It was an honor to present The Newberry Library Award to David McCullough for his profound...
May 10, 2013
Registration for summer seminars is now open. Delve into Kierkegaard’s Fear and Trembling; reacquaint yourself with Chicago’s public art, from commemorative statues to sprawling murals; or join a writers’ group and pen that imaginative children’s book you’ve been thinking about. All classes begin June 4 on a rolling basis. PLEASE NOTE that there is a May 29 registration deadline. Those signing up after the deadline might incur a late fee.
April 12, 2013
Don’t miss this year’s artists’ reception and purchase prize presentation at Exploration 2013: The 27th Annual Juried Exhibition of the Chicago Calligraphy Collective at the Newberry. Free and open to the public, the event runs from 11 am to 3 pm Saturday, April 13, and includes calligraphy demonstrations, a talk by artist Jane Ewing, and the award presentation. The exhibition will continue through June 7. Each year the Newberry hosts an exhibition of calligraphic art and purchases...
April 12, 2013
This Newberry Spotlight exhibition features more than 40 books on religion that date from the thirteenth to the nineteenth century. “Treasures of Faith: Twenty Years of Acquisitions” showcases extraordinary examples from the more than 8,000 religious volumes the Newberry has acquired over the past two decades. The exhibition runs through July 6. Highlights from the exhibition include the first Italian printing of the critical edition of Augustine’s Works; the Decretals of Pope...
March 27, 2013
The Newberry is pleased to announce that David McCullough will receive the 2013 Newberry Library Award. Established in 1987, the library’s centennial year, the award honors individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the humanities, particularly in fields of endeavor related to the Newberry’s collection. Historian and author David McCullough has been acclaimed as a “master of the art of narrative history.” He is twice winner of the Pulitzer Prize, twice winner of the...
February 11, 2013
Chicago this spring will be celebrating the rich tradition of underground, dissident, and alternative publishing, highlighted by two special programs at the Newberry. “Politics, Piety, and Poison,” is an exhibition of French materials spanning a period that includes the revolution; “Outsiders: Zines, Samizdat and Alternative Publishing,” is a discussion about self-produced books and pamphlets that express individualized, unconventional, controversial, or prohibited messages. (“Samizdat” means...
February 8, 2013
Called the archaeologists of texts, paleographers, according to Anthony Grafton, “tell us which texts were written when and what they say, which scripts were used where, and why, and by whom.” Paleographers do the detective work that makes all other research possible. In an ongoing effort to ensure that scholars master this critical skill, the Newberry this summer will begin a four-year nationwide training program in vernacular paleography in four languages: Italian, French, Spanish, and...

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