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.

E.g., 06/25/2017
E.g., 06/25/2017
Monday, March 20, 2017Friday, June 16, 2017
The Chicago Calligraphy Collective was founded in 1976 to promote the study, practice, and appreciation of calligraphy in all its historical and present-day applications. This annual juried exhibition of members’ work includes handmade artists’ books and broadsides alongside three-dimensional works executed in a variety of media and styles.
Thursday, May 25, 2017
A Meet the Author Program
Free and open to the public; no registration required.
Sharp, resourceful, and with a style all her own, Althea McDowell Altemus embodied the spirit of the independent working woman of the Jazz Age.
Friday, May 26, 2017
Free and open to the public; no registration required.
This program highlights indigenous concepts of identity and sexuality that surpass standard contemporary gender binaries.
Tuesday, May 30, 2017
Brown-Bag Lunch
The train station was a place of mobility–but also a place where certain people were watched and stopped. From their beginning as humble buildings that happened to be at the end of a rail line to giant edifices that seemed as public as city hall, large urban train stations have been the American city’s ceremonial gate.
Wednesday, May 31, 2017
A Newberry Colloquium
Shakespeare’s comedy first appeared in print in 1623 as “Twelfe Night, Or what you will,” so why do we usually truncate it to “Twelfth Night?” Using digital methods, this colloquium calls attention to the overlooked “or” here and in 100 other pre-Restoration plays in an attempt to better understand these double-titles’ functions and stakes. Which playwrights wrote double-titled plays?
Saturday, June 3, 2017
Colonial History Lecture Series
Free and open to the public; no registration required.
Join Jane Kamensky as she speaks about her book A Revolution in Color: The World of John Singleton Copley. In this bold new history, Kamensky recovers an unknown American Revolution as seen through the eyes of Boston-born painter John Singleton Copley.
Saturday, June 3, 2017
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, the session will last approximately and hour followed by a short tour of the library.
Thursday, June 8, 2017
Free and open to the public; no registration required.
To mark the 150th anniversary of Frank Lloyd Wright’s birth on June 8, 1867, John Waters will focus his talk on two important written works by Frank Lloyd Wright, and their connections with his built work. The works are “The Art and Craft of the Machine,” presented to the Chicago Arts and Crafts Society in 1901, and Genius and the Mobocracy, published in 1949.
Monday, June 12, 2017
Save the Date!
The 2017 Newberry Library Award will be presented to Martin E. Marty for his outstanding contributions to the humanities.
Wednesday, June 21, 2017
Free and open to the public; no registration 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! Our lineup, which will be posted as soon as it’s available, will feature spirited performances around a piano in the park. Limited seating is available in the park, but feel free to bring a chair to relax and join in on the fun!