Programs for the Public | Newberry

Programs for the Public

The Newberry organizes and hosts programs illuminating topics in the humanities through a variety of formats, including lectures, staged readings, music and dance performances, panel discussions, workshops, and more.

Some events are part of ongoing series, such as Conversations at the Newberry, Meet the Author talks, Programs for Genealogists, the weekly Newberry Colloquium, and exhibition-related programming; others are signature annual events, such as the Newberry Book Fair and the Bughouse Square Debates. Additional public programming may be sponsored by the Newberry’s Research Centers.

Most Newberry public programs are free. Seating is limited and obtaining free tickets in advance is required for many events; see the individual listings for details.

Many of our programs are recorded, and you can listen to them on our website.

Upcoming Public Programs

Friday, September 9, 2022Friday, December 30, 2022
For centuries, handwriting served as a powerful tool for communicating information, preserving knowledge, shaping identity, and building empires. In our digital world, however, fewer and fewer people can read handwritten words.
Wednesday, October 5, 2022
In-person event - register now
Hideout Trivia combines three rounds of pub trivia with live interviews, readings, reenactments, and musical performances in support of a Chicago-based neighborhood organization each month.
Wednesday, October 12, 2022
Midwest Style-Writing with PENGO, EAST, and Dulce María Díaz
Hybrid in-person AND virtual event - register now
Drawing on their extensive experience, two graffiti artists will discuss the different elements that influenced Chicago’s unique graffiti style and, in turn, how Chicago has influenced other scenes over the years. This conversation will be moderated by artist and curator Dulce María Díaz.
Saturday, October 15, 2022
In-person event - register now
Taking the form of a Kukla, Fran, & Ollie episode, this family-friendly event will tell the story of puppetry and children’s TV in Chicago through music, make believe, and conversations with some very special guests.
Thursday, October 20, 2022
D'Arcy McNickle Distinguished Lecture Series
D’Arcy McNickle Distinguished Lecture with Philip Deloria
Hybrid in-person AND virtual event - register now
In this year’s D’Arcy McNickle Distinguished Lecture, historian Philip Deloria will discuss how the falling stars called into question assumptions about faith, reason, and nature. Making connections across time and place, Deloria will also explore how these stars can help us understand an unknowably broad geography in the narrowest of historical moments.
Tuesday, October 25, 2022
Conversations at the Newberry
Daina Ramey Berry and Leslie M. Harris
Hybrid In-person AND virtual event - register now
In this installment of “Conversations at the Newberry,” historians Daina Ramey Berry and Leslie M. Harris will discuss the country’s current divisions over presenting difficult history in public spaces and school classrooms. They’ll help us understand the most contentious issues at the center of these debates, while providing historical context for how they have changed over time.
Saturday, October 29, 2022
Colonial History Lecture: David John Hancock
In-person event - register now
This talk will look beyond the colonists’ mere assertion of friendship and will instead look to the activities, speeches, and votes of Lord Shelburne.
Wednesday, November 2, 2022
In-person event - register now
Hideout Trivia combines three rounds of pub trivia with live interviews, readings, reenactments, and musical performances in support of a Chicago-based neighborhood organization each month.
Friday, November 4, 2022Saturday, November 5, 2022
Center for the History of Cartography Programs
The 21st Kenneth Nebenzahl, Jr., Lectures in the History of Cartography
Registration is now open
Over two days of lectures, “Mapping as Performance” will address the ways in which people create and share maps through action in space.
Saturday, December 3, 2022
A Calligraphy Fair with the Chicago Calligraphy Collective
In-person event - registration opens November 1
Join us and the Chicago Calligraphy Collective for an interactive and family-friendly event focused on the history of handwriting. Enjoy demonstrations of different lettering styles, participate in hands-on lettering activities, and tour our current exhibition, Show of Hands: 500 Years of the Art & Technology of Handwriting. This event is open to writers of all ages.