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Newberry Colloquium

The Newberry Colloquium is a weekly opportunity for the Newberry community to come together and learn about research or projects being conducted by our staff, fellows, scholars-in-residence, and other invited speakers. Colloquium events are open to the Newberry community and the general public. Colloquia topics usually relate to the Newberry’s collection, and presentations are intended for a non-specialist audience.

Unless otherwise noted, the colloquium convenes on Wednesday afternoons in Towner Fellows’ Lounge on the 2nd floor of the Newberry. Refreshments are served at 3:30 pm, with the talk beginning at 4 pm. A brief discussion follows each presentation. No reservations are required in order to attend.

Upcoming Events

Wednesday, May 22, 2019
A Newberry Colloquium
During the bloody Wars of Religion between Catholics and Protestants in France (1562-98), the philosopher Michel de Montaigne criticized civil conflict, but not violence itself. Instead, he argued that violence was useful—as a testing grounds for virtue and the stability of the soul. This presentation explores why Montaigne portrayed sympathy not as a virtue but as a threat.