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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.

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Wednesday, August 31, 2016
Free and open to the public; no registration required
Just in time for the one hundredth anniversary of the Great Migration, The South Side: A Portrait of Chicago and American Segregation, by native Chicagoan and WBEZ reporter Natalie Moore, shows that until segregation is eradicated, there will always be racial inequity. Ms.
Wednesday, August 31, 2016
Archives team members Alison Hinderliter, Catherine Grandgeorge, and Samantha Smith completed the first year of a two-year project, made possible by a grant from the Gaylord & Dorothy Donnelley Foundation, to arrange, preserve, and describe unprocessed collections within the library’s Midwest Dance Collection.
Saturday, September 10, 2016
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, September 10, 2016
Colonial History Lecture Series
Free and open to the public; no registration required.
In 1767, the British Atlantic community experienced a “moment” of sorts. In that year, Charles Townshend assumed the role of Chancellor of the Exchequer. He used his position to try to reshape all the empire and to transform the relationship between Britain and America.
Wednesday, September 14, 2016
Preserving Your Family History
Free and open to the public; no registration required.
Loren M. Knowles spent more than fifty years researching his ancestors and those of his wife. His daughter, Carol Knowles of Southern California, will speak about the highlights and trials of that endeavor, the results of which were donated to the Newberry Library over the last year.
Wednesday, September 21, 2016
Over the past two centuries, the Midwestern town of New Harmony, Indiana, has functioned as an epicenter for the experiments in the arts and sciences. Building upon New Harmony’s nineteenth-century communal utopias, a third transformation initiated by the State of Indiana, Lilly Endowment, and Houston (Texas) native Jane Blaffer Owen led to a cultural re-awakening.
Thursday, September 22, 2016
Free and open to the public; no registration required.
Pulitzer Prize-winner Stacy Schiff, author of the #1 bestseller Cleopatra, turns her penetrating gaze and distinctive voice to a subject closer to home, as she takes on the greatest unsolved American mystery: the Salem witch trials.
Friday, September 23, 2016Saturday, December 31, 2016
Shakespeare spent most of his adult life creating, on page and on stage. And in the 400 years since his death, he has also been created again and again by generations of actors, writers, printers, artists, filmmakers, advertising executives—the list goes on!
Saturday, September 24, 2016
Free and open to the public; no tickets or registration required
Adapted by Jeff Christian, 50-Minute Hamlet presents Shakespeare’s most enduring tragedy. Utilizing just two actors, Gail Rastorfer and Christopher Prentice, 50 Minute Hamlet contains many of the Bard’s most famous lines and speeches while retaining much of his saga’s pathos, poetry, and passion.