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.

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E.g., 06/18/2018
Wednesday, June 20, 2018
A Newberry Colloquium
When Europeans arrived in the Great Lakes, they marveled at waterways that made up the heart of the continent. Indigenous peoples had perfected canoe transportation in the region, and Europeans worked to utilize such Indigenous modes of movement for the purposes of trade, travel, and colonization from early contact forward.
Thursday, June 21, 2018
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 will feature spirited performances around a piano in the park.
Saturday, July 7, 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 genealogical research, the session will last approximately and hour followed by a short tour of the library.
Thursday, July 26, 2018Sunday, July 29, 2018
Free admission
#NLBF18 Don’t miss our annual Newberry Book Fair, one of the largest used book sales in the country. Browse through more than 120,000 used books, movies, records and more in 70 categories, many of which are priced at $3 or less. Admission is FREE!
Saturday, July 28, 2018
Free and open to the public; no registration required
At a time when political polarization is intensified by the extremes of digital discourse, the Bughouse Square Debates are a public forum where people can encounter new ideas and share their own in person!
Saturday, August 4, 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, September 6, 2018
Meet the Author: Suzanne Karr Schmidt
Free and open to the public. Registration required.
Interactive and Sculptural Printmaking in the Renaissance tells the story of a hands-on genre of prints: how innovative paper engineering redefined the relationship of early modern viewers to art, humanism, and science.
Saturday, September 8, 2018
Reading and Singalong, preschool through 3rd grade, with author Valrie Kemp-Davis and Chef Poppa Mikey of the One Love Project
Free and open to the public. No registration required.
Valrie Kemp-Davis will introduce children to the Jamaican One Love Project – “The world is smaller, the heart is larger, the love is bigger” – by rea
Sunday, September 9, 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.
Tuesday, September 11, 2018
A Panel with Katherine Hamilton-Smith and Mike Jackson
Free and open to the public. Registration required.
Explore the history of the American postcard!
Saturday, September 15, 2018
Performed by the Shakespeare Project of Chicago
Free and open to the public. Registration required.
A moving and powerful dramatization of the remarkable friendship between two presidents of the United States, Thomas Jefferson and John Adams—with the forthright Abigail Adams always playing a major role.
Tuesday, September 18, 2018
Meet the Author: Susan Sleeper-Smith
Free and open to the public. Registration required.
Indigenous Prosperity and American Conquest: Indian Women of the Ohio River Valley, 1690-1792, by Susan Sleeper-Smith, recovers the agrarian village world Indian women created in the lush lands of the Ohio Valley.