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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., 09/18/2018
E.g., 09/18/2018
Tuesday, September 18, 2018
This event has been rescheduled for April 25, 2019
This event will NOT be held September 18, 2018.
The Meet the Author event for Susan Sleeper-Smith’s book, Indigenous Prosperity and American Conquest: Indian Women of the Ohio River Valley, 1690-1792, has been canceled on this date due to circumstances beyond our control.
Saturday, September 22, 2018
A Symposium Organized by Xóchitl Bada and A. K. Sandoval-Strausz
Free and open to the public. Registration required.
Hometown associations, or clubes de oriundos, are organizations created by migrants and immigrants to allow them to assist the people in their communities of origin.
Thursday, September 27, 2018Friday, September 28, 2018
(This program continues for multiple sessions)
This symposium represents the culmination of research activities centered on the discovery at the Newberry Library of a unique Nürnberg manuscript written by Georg Rem (1561-1625) contained within the printed book Emblemata Politica (Nürnberg, 1617). Leading scholars from universities, libraries, and museums in the U.S.
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.
Wednesday, October 3, 2018
A Discussion with Daniel Greene
Free and open to the public. Registration required.
What did Americans know about Nazism during the 1930s and ’40s? How did the US government and the American people respond?
Thursday, October 4, 2018
A Lecture by Rebecca Graff
Free and open to the public. Registration required.
Lasting for only six months before its structures “vanished,” the 1893 World’s Fair’s permanent impact on American consumer culture, city planning, questions around citizenry and foreignness was deeply tied to and reinforced by its ephemerality.
Saturday, October 6, 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.
Thursday, October 11, 2018
A Talk by Gordon S. Wood
Free and open to the public. Registration required.
The great historian of the American Revolution, New York Times-bestselling and Pulitzer-winning Gordon S. Wood, discusses his majestic new dual biography of two of America’s most enduringly fascinating figures, whose partnership helped birth a nation, and whose subsequent falling out did much to fix its course.
Saturday, October 13, 2018
Music and Stories for Children, with the Lucky Trikes Storytelling Chamber Band
Free and open to the public; registration recommended.
In 1893, people from all over the world came to Chicago for the World’s Columbian Exposition—the World’s Fair!
Saturday, October 13, 2018
Tour the Newberry's Newly Renovated Henry Ives Cobb Building
Free and open to the public; no registration required
This year marks the 125th anniversary of the Newberry Library’s move to 60 West Walton Street, to the neo-Romanesque building designed by Henry Ives Cobb.
Wednesday, October 17, 2018
A Performance with Commentary
Free and open to the public. Registration required.
The Chicago World’s Fair of 1893 was celebrated as a key moment in the cultural life of the city and the nation.
Saturday, October 20, 2018
Shakespeare Project of Chicago
Free and open to the public; registration recommended.
“Tis time to fear when tyrants seem to kiss.” A theatrical reading by professional actors from The Shakespeare Project of Chicago, directed by J. R. Sullivan.
Tuesday, October 23, 2018
Meet the Author: Joan Marie Johnson
Free and open to the public. Registration required.
How did a group of affluent white women from the late nineteenth through the mid-twentieth centuries advance the status of all women through acts of philanthropy?
Wednesday, October 24, 2018
A Panel with Paul Durica, Celia Hilliard, and Liesl Olson
Free and open to the public. Registration required.
Explore the proliferation of clubs and small arts organizations in Chicago from the 1890s through the 1920s to consider what clubs and “club-ability” contributed to Chicago art and design in the first decades after the Great Fire.
Thursday, October 25, 2018
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.
Tuesday, October 30, 2018
A Lecture by Debra N. Mancoff
Free and open to the public. Registration required.
When Queen Victoria’s beloved husband Prince Albert died in 1861, she swathed herself in black and mourned his loss for the rest of her life. But in her household, Albert was never truly gone.
Saturday, November 3, 2018
Colonial History Lecture Series: David J. Silverman
Free and open to the public. Registration required.
Take a tour of three Thanksgivings, spread across the centuries, that provide windows into why the Wampanoags have hosted a National Day of Mourning for Native America each Thanksgiving holiday since 1970.
Tuesday, November 6, 2018
A Lecture by Ruth Slatter
Free and open to the public. Registration required.
“Sixty-two thousand human beings collected under one roof is of itself a rare, grand, and touching show. As you sat on the benches under Dent’s great clock, which goes solemnly moving on like the visible finger of time, and looked down on the ever-stirring, yet ever-stationery sea of life below, you were filled with a sense of inexpressible awe.
Saturday, November 10, 2018
The Wildly Magical World's Fair: A Highly Imaginative Art Activity with Laura Montenegro
Free and open to the public; registration recommended.
In 1893, people from all over the world came to Chicago for the World’s Columbian Exposition. Join in a unique interactive reading and crafting workshop that will bring to life the Fair and the wonderful mix of cultures it fostered.
Thursday, November 15, 2018
A Lecture by Julia Bachrach
Free and open to the public. Registration required.
In the late 1860s, when acclaimed landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted Sr. visited the site for Chicago’s Jackson Park he did not consider it very promising.
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 and open to the public. 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. Discussion
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 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 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.