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., 09/02/2015
E.g., 09/02/2015
Wednesday, September 2, 2015
How did Chicago make the transition from mid-20th century manufacturing center to 21st century global city? Partial answers can be found in a largely forgotten document, the 1958 Development Plan for the Central Area of Chicago.
Wednesday, September 9, 2015
Although current conceptualizations frame it as a social science, American librarianship demonstrates many epistemological characteristics of design-based disciplines.
Saturday, September 12, 2015
Join us for an outdoor celebration of American Indian and Indigenous music and dance. Performances will feature several Chicago-based groups, including Red Line Drum, the Nahualli Aztec Dancers, Ke Kula Kupa`a O Ka Pakipika, Kupa`a’s School of the Pacific, and the Shki Bmaadzi, a Native youth drum and dance group.
Saturday, September 12, 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.
Wednesday, September 16, 2015
This fall’s semester-long seminar for undergraduates at the Newberry is organized around the theme of “place,” conceived of both physically (geographically) and socially (race, gender, social class, etc.). The instructors will explain how this theme has helped them develop the seminar content and their approach to the students’ independent scholarship.
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.
Friday, September 25, 2015
2015-16 Medieval Studies Symposium
Please register to attend by 10 am Thursday, September 24
This symposium will bring together scholars from complementary disciplinary perspectives who are revolutionizing the ways we think about what medieval drama is and its wider contexts.
Friday, September 25, 2015
Please register by 10 am Thursday, September 24
It's no long shot to guess what happens now. What I saved up, he stole; I sowed, he reaped; I beat the bushes, and he got the bird. I live, though lack a soul: he took it with her. I wonder how I'll live, inanimate. I'm me and I am not; I'm dead, but speak. From nothing back to nothing: that is me. To be and not to be, that's my complaint.
Tuesday, September 29, 2015
Join exhibition curator Martha Briggs, Lloyd Lewis Curator of Modern Manuscripts, for a guided tour of Stagestruck City: Chicago’s Theater Tradition and the Birth of the Goodman, which explores the founding of the Goodman Theatre within the context of more than 60 years of a robust and ever-changing Chicago theater scene.