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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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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.
Thursday, September 19, 2019
The Chicago Map Society's September Meeting
We are delighted to start our new program year with Dr. Andrew Johnston of the Adler Planetarium. As the Adler’s Vice President for Astronomy and Collections, Dr. Johnston oversees astronomy research, collections care, and history research. His presentation will take us across the cosmos for a history of astronomical observations and celestial cartography.
Friday, September 20, 2019Tuesday, December 31, 2019
Often called “the Heartland” or “flyover country,” the Midwest tends to be characterized as a homogeneous, barren space between the American coasts. This exhibition challenges the assumptions, stereotypes, and persistent narratives about the Midwest, exploring the confluence of peoples and environmental conditions that has defined the region and made it unique.
Tuesday, September 24, 2019
Eve Ewing and Kenneth Warren
Free and open to the public; free tickets required.
What words come to mind when you think about Chicago? How did poets and writers in this city develop a voice and a language distinct to the city?
Wednesday, September 25, 2019
A Newberry Colloquium
For the last year the Newberry has led a year-long NEH-funded initiative to heighten the 1919 Chicago Race Riots in the city’s collective memory, engaging Chicagoans in public conversations about the legacy of the most violent week in Chicago history.
Thursday, September 26, 2019
Free and open to the public; free tickets required.
The Forum building was built in 1897 by the architect Samuel A. Treat and contains possibly the oldest hardwood ballroom dance floor in Chicago. This imposing red brick building played a significant role in Bronzeville’s cultural scene by hosting performances of music luminaries and providing space for civic groups and political meetings.
Tuesday, October 1, 2019
Rick Kogan and Carol Marin
Free and open to the public; free tickets required.
In this installment of “Conversations at the Newberry,” Rick Kogan and Carol Marin discuss the broad contours of historical and contemporary journalism in Chicago and reflect on their own experiences as television, radio, and print reporters. They will explore such questions as: What is the state of news in Chicago today? What has Chicago news become, and where is it headed?
Wednesday, October 2, 2019
A Newberry Colloquium
Join us for a talk featuring the Guild Literary Complex’s rich archive, exhibiting its groundbreaking impact on literary programming across Chicago communities. The discussion will feature Guild collaborators and curators Kurt Heintz, Marci Merola, and Lew Rosenbaum.
Thursday, October 3, 2019
A fundraiser to benefit the Newberry's collection
We hope you will join us for this year’s Booked for the Evening! Booked for the Evening will give you a one-of-a-kind opportunity to interact with our librarians and curators, learn about the often unseen work they do, and raise important funds to support the growth, processing, and preservation of the Newberry’s world-class collection.
Saturday, October 5, 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.
Saturday, October 5, 2019
First Nations Film and Video Festival
Mekko, Directed by Sterlin Harjo 2015 - Drama/Thriller Run Time: 1h 27 m
Saturday, October 5, 2019
Opening Symposium
Free and open to the public; free tickets required.
How can we define “the Midwest”? Is it a delimited geographic region? Does a Midwestern identity exist? What can region tell us that urban/rural or state divides do not?
Saturday, October 12, 2019
Shakespeare Project of Chicago
Free and open to the public; free tickets required.
“To be, or not to be: that is the question: Whether ’tis nobler in the mind to suffer The slings and arrows of outrageous fortune, Or to take arms against a sea of troubles, And by opposing end them? To die: to sleep No more; and, by a sleep to say we end The heart-ache and the thousand natural shocks That flesh is heir to, ’tis a consummation
Saturday, October 12, 2019
An Event in Celebration of Indigenous Peoples' Day and the International Year of Indigenous Languages
What do we consider a “Midwestern Indigenous Language?” Is it an Indigenous language that was spoken here in the past, present, or both, and what does this tell us about ongoing connections Indigenous peoples hold to land within this geography? What kinds of education and revitalization efforts are being led by Indigenous peoples whose languages are connected to the Midwest?
Thursday, October 17, 2019
The Chicago Map Society's October Meeting
Please join us for a special presentation at the Newberry Library to celebrate the 250th anniversary of Alexander von Humboldt’s birth. In conjunction with the Chicago Sister Cities International program, this meeting will feature a keynote presentation by Prof. Laura Dassow Walls, as well as a sneak peek of the new documentary on von Humboldt, La mirada del explorador.
Wednesday, October 23, 2019
Lee Bey in Conversation with Amanda Williams
Free and open to the public; free tickets required.
Join us for a Meet the Author event with photographer Lee Bey and artist Amanda Williams, who will discuss Bey’s latest book, Southern Exposure: The Overlooked Architecture of Chicago’s South Side.
Saturday, October 26, 2019
Colonial History Lecture Series: Mark Peterson
Free and open to the public; free tickets required.
Mark Peterson reframes Boston’s early history as the story of the development of an autonomous city-state in the colonial period.
Saturday, November 2, 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, November 7, 2019Saturday, November 9, 2019
Free and open to the public. Registration required.
1919 was a year of heightened map production around the world. ‎Among the many maps produced immediately after the First World War were new maps drawn to preserve the peace. These maps reflect the instability and the experimentation of a world attempting to solve the problems that had led to four years of devastating war.
Tuesday, November 12, 2019
Meet the Author: Andrew Sandoval-Strausz
Free and open to the public; free tickets required.
Join us for a Meet the Author event with Andrew Sandoval-Strausz, who will discuss his latest book, Barrio America: How Latino Immigrants Saved the American City
Thursday, November 21, 2019
The Chicago Map Society's November Meeting
It’s all about “Location, Location, Location” and the word ‘Chicago’ has referred to at least three geographic locations, multiple rivers and creeks, and two portage routes, begging the question, What if our Chicago isn’t really Chicago?
Tuesday, December 3, 2019
Jill Metcoff and Mike Mossman
Free and open to the public; free tickets required.
Jill Metcoff and Mike Mossman will discuss their shared fascination with the Midwestern prairie and the use of intentional fires in maintaining the Midwestern landscape and ecosystem. Bringing together photography, conservation biology, ecology, and personal history, their interdisciplinary work celebrates the union of visual art and scientific method.
Thursday, December 5, 2019
Tiya Miles and Kirstin Hoganson
Free and open to the public; free tickets required.
In this installment of “Conversations at the Newberry,” Tiya Miles and Kristin Hoganson reflect on the idea of “The Midwest as Place.”
Saturday, December 7, 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.
Wednesday, December 11, 2019
Chicago's Architectural History in Print
Free and open to the public; free tickets required.
Join Chicago architecture aficionados Robert Bruegmann, Kim Coventry, John Ronan, and Pauline Saliga to discuss the significant architecture and urban design projects profiled in Chicago by the Book:101 Publications that Shaped the City and Its Image.
Saturday, December 14, 2019
A theatrical reading by the Shakespeare Project of Chicago
Free and open to the public; free tickets required.
Join us for a special holiday-themed morning, with traditional carols, a special holiday performance, and free hot chocolate and treats.
Thursday, December 19, 2019
The Chicago Map Society's December Meeting
We hope that you will join us for our annual Holiday Gala, which will feature an especially full smorgasbord of holiday treats for your dining and drinking pleasure. We will continue our tradition of pairing this party with our “Members’ Night,” which allows our members to showcase a special item in their personal collections.