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May 9, 2019
The Newberry is delighted to announce the appointment of Dr. Rose Miron as the Director of the D’Arcy McNickle Center for American Indian and Indigenous Studies, beginning July 8, 2019. Dr. Miron comes to the Newberry from the National Native American Boarding School Healing Coalition in Minneapolis, where she worked closely with tribal leaders to develop programs aimed at further understanding, addressing, and raising awareness about the inter-generational trauma resulting from...
April 22, 2019
During an award ceremony to be held May 6 at the Newberry, Pulitzer-Prize-winning novelist and essayist Marilynne Robinson will receive the 2019 Newberry Library Award for her contributions to and advocacy for the humanities. “Over the course of her more than 40-year career, Marilynne Robinson has used her fiction and non-fiction writing to explore questions at the very heart of humanistic inquiry—about selfhood, about history, about the various entanglement of politics and religion,...
March 13, 2019
The Newberry Library is delighted to announce the appointment of Daniel Greene as its next President and Librarian. Greene, who has served as Exhibitions Curator and Historian at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum (USHMM) since 2014 and Adjunct Professor of History at Northwestern University since 2013, will join the Newberry August 19. At that time, he will succeed David Spadafora, who has led the Newberry as President and Librarian since 2005. Spadafora announced his retirement...
February 28, 2019
On Saturday, February 23, the Newberry and its 13 project partners inaugurated a year-long series of public programs reckoning with the legacy of the 1919 Chicago race riots and their impact on the city’s social, political, and cultural landscape. The opening event, held at the DuSable Museum of African American History, set the template for subsequent programs in the series, engaging 240 attendees in thoughtful conversation about how racial inequity has been created, reinforced, and resisted...
January 22, 2019
The Newberry and its project partners announce Chicago 1919: Confronting the Race Riots, a year-long initiative to heighten the 1919 Chicago race riots in the city’s collective memory, engaging Chicagoans in public conversations about the legacy of the most violent week in Chicago history. The year of programming will begin Saturday, February 23, with an introductory public conversation at the DuSable Museum of African American History. “The 1919 race riots largely haven’t been...
January 15, 2019
This year marks the 200th anniversary of the birth of Herman Melville. To commemorate the author’s bicentenary, the Newberry will unveil a new exhibition January 18 devoted to Melville’s works and legacy. Displaying an array of items drawn from the Newberry’s collection, the exhibition traces the arc of Melville’s life and afterlife, from the marginal place in American letters he occupied during his lifetime to his current position at the center of the American literary canon. Melville:...
January 9, 2019
December 31, 2018 marked the successful conclusion of the Newberry’s First and Foremost comprehensive campaign, a two-year fundraising initiative to support the library’s vision for expanding access to its world-class collection and promoting learning in the humanities. In addition to increasing the Newberry’s resources for future exhibitions, public programs, research fellowships, and educational outreach, First and Foremost supported a $12.5 million renovation that...
January 1, 2019
Starting January 2, 2019, the Newberry’s reading rooms will be open the following hours: Tuesday - Saturday, 10am - 5pm Wednesday, 10am - 7pm Based on data from the Newberry’s circulation system, the new schedule aligns the library’s reading room hours with the times that visitors tend to use the collection most. “We’re always looking for ways to adapt to visitor patterns and preferences as we aim to make the Newberry’s collection as accessible as possible,” said Director...
September 27, 2018
Featuring photographs, maps, works of art, souvenirs, and books from the Newberry’s collection, Pictures from an Exposition explores how the World’s Columbian Exposition captured the imagination of its generation, in Chicago and beyond. As the grandest international spectacle in a great age of spectacles, the 1893 World’s Fair’s shaped the expectations, experiences, and memories of audiences through a dazzling array of visual imagery. Pictures of both the “White City” and the Midway...
August 28, 2018
Visitors to the Newberry can now get acquainted with the venerable research library and its staff in a brand-new welcome center, where librarians are available to register new users, provide orientations, and help guests embark on their intellectual journeys in the Newberry’s reading rooms, exhibition galleries, and program spaces. A centerpiece of the Newberry’s $12.7 million first-floor renovation, the Victoria J. Herget Welcome Center serves a need the Newberry has long hoped to address:...

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