Programs and Events | Newberry

Programs and Events

The Newberry offers programming in the humanities for scholars, teachers, and the general public. Unless otherwise noted, events are free, and no reservations are required. Many of our programs are recorded, and you can listen to them on our website.

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E.g., 06/26/2019
E.g., 06/26/2019
Saturday, February 23, 2019Thursday, November 14, 2019
A series of public programs examining the legacy of the 1919 Chicago race riots
Held at locations across Chicago
Chicago’s 1919 race riots barely register in the city’s current consciousness, yet they were a significant turning point in shaping the racial divides we see today.
Saturday, April 27, 2019Saturday, July 6, 2019
Free and open to the public
Chicago has long been a hub of the dance world, distinguished by the dizzying variety of traditions and styles that have flourished here. The Legacy of Chicago Dance surveys the history of the city’s dance community, showing how different dance styles not only co-existed but often converged in unexpected and creative ways.
Saturday, June 1, 2019
The Genealogy and Local History staff will introduce visitors to the Newberry and explain how to use its collections at an informal orientation. Aimed at researchers new to the library and/or new to genealogical research, this session will last approximately an hour followed by a short tour of the library.
Thursday, June 6, 2019
Patricia Ward Kelly
Free and open to the public; free tickets required.
Film historian Patricia Ward Kelly, Gene Kelly’s widow and the leading authority on the cinema and stage legend, will discuss the role Chicago played in the remarkable genesis of the legendary dancer, director and choreographer.
Thursday, June 13, 2019
Preservation, Tradition, and Innovation from Sybil Shearer through the Present
Free and open to the public; free tickets required.
Dance choreographers gain inspiration for new dances in a variety of ways: sometimes re-creating or re-imagining the work of a choreographer who has come before; other times shattering all norms and traditions to break new ground.
Friday, June 21, 2019
Free and open to the public; no registration or tickets required
The Newberry Library and the Washington Square Park Advisory Council invite you to come out to the park for a celebration of music on the first day of summer!
Saturday, July 6, 2019
The Genealogy and Local History staff will introduce visitors to the Newberry and explain how to use its collections at an informal orientation. Aimed at researchers new to the library and/or new to genealogical research, this session will last approximately an hour followed by a short tour of the library.
Thursday, July 25, 2019Sunday, July 28, 2019
Free and open to the public; no registration or tickets required
Join us for Chicago’s most popular used-book binge. Browse through more than 135,000 used books in 70 categories. Scour the sale for amazing deals on cookbooks, fiction, art books, children’s literature, collectibles, foreign language, and much, much more. In addition to books, shoppers will find DVDs, CDs, vinyl records, games, posters, and collectibles.
Saturday, July 27, 2019
#Bughouse2019
Free and open to the public; no registration or tickets required
At a time when political polarization is intensified by the extremes of digital discourse, the Bughouse Square Debates are a public forum where people can encounter new ideas and share their own—in person!
Saturday, August 3, 2019
The Genealogy and Local History staff will introduce visitors to the Newberry and explain how to use its collections at an informal orientation. Aimed at researchers new to the library and/or new to genealogical research, this session will last approximately an hour followed by a short tour of the library.