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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.

E.g., 11/18/2018
E.g., 11/18/2018
Friday, September 28, 2018Monday, December 31, 2018
Free and open to the public
As the grandest international spectacle in a great age of spectacles, the World’s Columbian Exposition held in Chicago in 1893 captured the public’s imagination through a dazzling array of visual images.
Thursday, November 29, 2018
Meet the Author: Robert Bruegmann
Free and open to the public. Registration required.
Art Deco Chicago: Designing Modern America explores and celebrates Chicago’s pivotal role in the development of modern American design.
Saturday, December 1, 2018
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 genealogy research, this session will last approximately an hour followed by a short tour of the library.
Saturday, December 1, 2018
A Discussion with Paul F. Gehl and Tanner Woodford, and a Holiday Card-Making Workshop
Free; very limited space. Registration required.
Explore the aesthetic and technological dimensions of typography and book design in Chicago, with an in-depth look at the Newberry’s collection of type specimens, book designs, and advertising. 9:30 - 11:30 am Event Display ITW Seminar Room (just west of Ruggles Hall)
Tuesday, December 4, 2018
Free and open to the public. Registration required.
Travel to the 1893 World’s Fair through a special conversation on The Joffrey Ballet’s 2018 production of The Nutcracker, set during the Columbian Exposition in Chicago.
Saturday, December 8, 2018
A Symposium in Conjunction with the Newberry Exhibition "Pictures from an Exposition: Visualizing the 1893 World’s Fair"
10am: Lisa Snyder, “Behind the Model: Reconstruction the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition” * Please note: this presentation by Lisa Snyder is a public program requiring a reservation.
Saturday, December 8, 2018
A Lecture and Demonstration by Lisa M. Snyder
Free and open to the public. Registration required.
Reclaim the lost experience of navigating through the White City with this digital visual simulation.
Saturday, December 8, 2018
Barking Water, Directed by Sterlin Harjo Hoping to see his daughter and grandchild, a terminally ill man (Richard Ray Whitman) embarks on a road trip with his former lover (Casey Camp-Horinek). Barking water is story of love, family, and a final journey home. Run time: 85 minutes
Saturday, December 15, 2018
A Theatrical Reading by the Shakespeare Project of Chicago
Free and open to the public; registration recommended
Join us for a special holiday-themed morning.
Saturday, January 12, 2019
Shakespeare Project of Chicago
Free and open to the public; registration recommended.
“O, why should nature build so foul a den, Unless the gods delight in tragedies?”
Friday, January 18, 2019Saturday, April 6, 2019
The Life, Writings, and Influence of Herman Melville, Author of Moby-Dick
Free and open to the public
Plan your visit to the Newberry to see the exhibition. For the 200th anniversary of Herman Melville’s birth, this exhibition will highlight the many facets of his work, illustrating how he has been perceived and repurposed over the past 200 years.
Saturday, January 19, 2019Sunday, January 20, 2019
Live Marathon Reading of Herman Melville's Masterpiece
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Join us for an hour, an afternoon or morning, or all night long! To celebrate the 200th anniversary of Herman Melville’s birth, the Newberry Library will host a Moby-Dick Read-a-Thon lasting 25 continuous hours. By the end of the marathon reading, a series of readers-performers will have collectively read Moby-Dick (aloud) cover to cover!
Saturday, January 19, 2019
A Keynote Address by Nathaniel Philbrick
Free and open to the public. Registration required.
Nathaniel Philbrick, author of In the Heart of the Sea and Why Read Moby-Dick?, explores the timeless relevance of Herman Melville’s masterpiece.
Saturday, February 2, 2019
Colonial History Lecture Series: Peter C. Mancall
Free and open to the public. Registration required.
In the sixteenth-century Atlantic world, nature and culture swirled in people’s minds to produce fantastic images.
Wednesday, February 6, 2019
Panel Discussion with Performance, Chicago Opera Theater
Free and open to the public. Registration required.
Hear from the artists behind this new opera, which had its world premiere just three years ago at Beth Morrison Project’s PROTOTYPE Festival.
Saturday, February 9, 2019
Kissed by Lightning, Directed by Shelley Niro “Kissed by Lightning” is a story of woman trying to keep the stories of her late husband alive while also working through her grief and learning to love again. Run time: 1 hour 29 minutes She is Water, Directed by Darlene Naponse
Wednesday, February 13, 2019
Meet the Author: Tera Agyepong and Elliott Gorn
Free and open to the public. Registration required.
Join us as authors Tera Eva Agyepong and Elliott Gorn explore the tangled history of black children and America’s criminal justice system.