Programs and Events

Since its founding in 1887, the Newberry has provided public programming in the humanities. Unless otherwise noted, events are free, and no reservations are required.
E.g., 10/07/2015
E.g., 10/07/2015
Friday, September 18, 2015Thursday, December 31, 2015
Chicago’s heritage of live performance and popular amusement is almost as old as the city itself. In the second half of the nineteenth century, palatial theatres in the Loop catered to the appetites of an entertainment-hungry public.
Wednesday, October 7, 2015
In 1826, Cherokee John Ridge sent a letter to ethnologist Albert Gallatin, in which he described Cherokee history and culture by invoking U.S. categories of “civilization” and “improvement.” As many scholars note, the letter seems to reject the Cherokees’ pre-contact practices in favor of less “savage” ones.
Wednesday, October 7, 2015
Join us for a staged reading of Todd Bauer’s new play, Katabatic Wind. The play takes place in a backcountry chalet in the mountains of Montana, where four travelers meet to either find something, or get away from something. As a snowstorm rages outside, the connections and conflicts rage within the chalet.
Thursday, October 8, 2015
Take a behind-the-scenes tour of the Newberry's manuscripts and archives processing space. Archivists will present materials from the Newberry's extensive Chicago dance collections, and discuss a new collaboration with the Chicago Dance History Group (CDHP), currently conducting oral history interviews that will be housed and made accessible at the Newberry.
Wednesday, October 14, 2015
This colloquium will discuss Mark Twain’s 1894 novel Pudd’nhead Wilson and short story “Those Extraordinary Twins” in the context of their complicated editorial histories and intriguing textual flaws.
Saturday, October 17, 2015
In 2009, Loreen Niewenhuis walked the perimeter of Lake Michigan and wrote the bestselling book, A 1000-Mile Walk on the Beach. In 2012, she took another long journey, covering 1,000 miles of shoreline touching all five Great Lakes. The book about this adventure, A 1000-Mile Great Lakes Walk, explores the entire Great Lakes system.
Saturday, October 17, 2015
Please register to attend by 10 am Friday, October 16
How did theatrical performance work to stage larger English encounters with alterity in far-flung colonial sites? Professor Wilson will examine that question from the point of view of colonial residents of Sumatra and Saint Helena, who used English theatrical and social performances to reflect upon their own presence and status as agents of British modernity.
Tuesday, October 20, 2015
The word Goodman probably is the best-established brand name in the firmament of Chicago theatre. It certainly is Chicago’s oldest continuously surviving theatrical name, now beginning its 10th decade of life without ever having been mothballed and forgotten (as was, say, the older Auditorium Theatre).
Saturday, October 24, 2015
“They are all fire, and every one doth shine.” At what cost comes absolute power and who pays the price? Love and loyalty do battle, both real and rhetorically, with conspiracy and tyranny in Shakespeare’s masterpiece of political intrigue. Join us for this feast of language and persuasion. Founding member Stephen Spencer directs.
Saturday, October 24, 2015
The Sir Arthur Conan Doyle symposium commemorates the remarkable collection of written works and memorabilia of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle contained in the Newberry Library’s C. Frederick Kittle Collection of Doyleana by exploring Conan Doyle’s writings and life, and his era. This year’s event will feature the following speakers.
Thursday, October 29, 2015Friday, October 30, 2015
A History of the Book Symposium
Please register to attend by 10 am Thursday, October 29
This two-part symposium consists of two lectures at Northwestern University on Thursday evening, followed by a day-long History of the Book program at the Newberry Library on Friday. The events are designed to encourage participation by a broad audience of undergraduate and graduate students, faculty members, local scholars, and the interested general public.
Saturday, November 7, 2015
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.