Approximately 250 people came to the Newberry on May 7 to see Francis Oakley, Williams College President Emeritus and Edward Dorr Griffin Professor of the History of Ideas, receive this year’s Newberry Library Award for his outstanding contributions to the humanities. The award was presented by Newberry Board of Trustees Chair Victoria Herget following a cocktail reception and dinner, co-chaired by Janis and John Notz and Michele and Peter Willmott. Janis Notz is a member of the Newberry Board of Trustees.
Charles C. Haffner III devoted his professional career to R.R. Donnelley & Sons Company, founded by his great-grandfather—and his philanthropic career to books, art, education, and nature, bringing an extraordinary level of dedication and leadership to organizations and institutions that reflected his principles and his passion. A graduate of Phillips Exeter Academy and Yale University, Charlie was the son of World War II hero Major General Charles C. Haffner, Jr., and he himself served as a First Lieutenant in the U.S. Air Force in the early 1950’s.
The Newberry is pleased to be one of the collaborating cultural institutions on a new website: “The Civil War in Art: Teaching and Learning Through Chicago Collections.” An educational tool designed primarily for students and teachers in grades 6 – 12, the site features 128 high-resolution images from the Terra Foundation for American Art and its partners: the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago History Museum, Chicago Park District, Chicago Public Library, Chicago Public Schools, DuSable Museum of African American History, and the Newberry’s Professional Development Programs for Teachers.
May 16 marks the 100th anniversary of Studs Terkel’s birth, and an occasion to memorialize one of the most prolific writers and cultural critics in the history of Chicago letters.
Quotes from William Wordsworth, Robert F. Kennedy, A.A. Milne and other text have been transformed into beautiful works of printing and book arts, and are now featured at the Chicago Calligraphy Collective’s (CCC) 26th Annual Juried Exhibition, Exploration 2012, being hosted at the Newberry.
Scott Turow and Judge Richard Posner will talk about the future of books, authors, and libraries in the digital age at the next “Conversations at the Newberry,” a new series of discussions to generate thought-provoking discourse for and frame important questions about enduring issues that are timely today. Each evening features a pair of authors speaking about topics on which they have expertise and with which they are enthusiastically engaged, followed by give and take with the audience.
The American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) has chosen the Newberry to host a two-year Public Fellow to work with the newly created Department of Digital Initiatives and Services to develop an integrated digital strategy for research and learning in the humanities. The Newberry is one of only 13 organizations in the country—and the only one in the Midwest—selected for the program, which will place recent PhD awardees from the humanities and humanistic social sciences in two-year staff positions at 13 government and nonprofit entities. Made possible by a grant from The Andrew W.
The Newberry has completed one of the most critical projects under the auspices of the Campaign for Tomorrow’s Newberry; the installation of compact shelving on three floors of its Stack Building. Made possible by the generous support of the late Gerald F. Fitzgerald, Sr., and his wife, Marjorie, the project has given the library a stunning 13.75 miles of new shelving and the equivalent of a full floor of additional storage. All materials are once again available for use.
The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) has granted the Newberry $326,803 to help community college faculty enrich their students’ learning in the area of American religious pluralism. Utilizing the Newberry’s rich collections and expertise, “Out of Many: Religious Pluralism in America” is a two-year, multi-day seminar program that will bring together 20 community college faculty to explore American religious pluralism through discussions with scholars in the field, public programs, and collaborative research focused on curriculum development.
Today most Americans remember the War of 1812 for inspiring Francis Scott Key to write “The Star Spangled Banner.” Many of the conflict’s most familiar events—the battle of New Orleans, impressment of American sailors into the British Navy, and the British assault on Washington D.C.—took place far away from the Great Lakes. Yet the war stretched through the United States’ northwestern territory to Fort Dearborn and beyond, and sparked fighting among Indians, Canadians, the British, and Americans.