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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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Friday, January 24, 2020Tuesday, March 31, 2020
Jun Fujita: American Visionary, presented by the Newberry and the Poetry Foundation, focuses on the extraordinary accomplishments of poet and photojournalist Jun Fujita.
Saturday, February 22, 2020
Shakespeare Project of Chicago
Free and open to all. Reserve your free tickets now.
Shakespeare’s drama of feuding families and star-crossed lovers established the template for romantic tragedy.
Tuesday, February 25, 2020
The Seldoms with Seth Bockley, Carrie Hanson, and Daniel J. Vimont
Free and open to all. Reserve your free tickets now.
Join us for a staging of FLOE, a multimedia performance addressing climate instability produced by the dance company The Seldoms. The performance will occur alongside a talk by climate scientist Daniel Vimont about the effects of climate change in the Midwest.
Wednesday, February 26, 2020
A Newberry Colloquium
The Newberry’s Alma/Primo VE Team is in the process of implementing our new library system, Alma/Primo VE. The Newberry and all 91 CARLI/I-Share libraries will go live with this system on June 24, which will change the platforms used by staff for cataloging and other functions, and by readers to access the Newberry catalog and other information sources.
Wednesday, March 4, 2020
A Newberry Colloquium
The 1617 centenary of the Reformation marked a new kind of commemorative event in early modern Europe due to its transregionality and its multimedia approach: the first Protestant jubilee was observed with sermons, lectures, plays, broadsheets, medals, and music. Not all media took the same approach in establishing a shared Lutheran identity.
Saturday, March 7, 2020
Talks and Roundtable Discussion
Free and open to all. Reserve your free tickets now.
These days, “Midwestern cuisine” is likely to evoke brats, gelatin-based salads, hot-dish casseroles, and perhaps a few regional specialties like deep dish pizza or deep-fried cheese curds. But the region’s culinary history is far more complex than these stereotypes suggest.
Saturday, March 7, 2020
First Nations Film and Video Festival (FNFVF)
Free and open to all. Reserve your free tickets now.
In the third installment of the First Nations Film and Video Festival, we feature a screening of Sydney Freeland’s coming-of-age drama Drunktown’s Finest (2014). On the Navajo reservation in New Mexico, three young people—a college-bound, devout Christian; a rebellious and angry father-to-be; and a promiscuous and gorgeous trans person—search for love and acceptance.
Saturday, March 7, 2020
Free and open to all. No tickets required.
Want to branch out and fill in your family tree? Eager to take your genealogical research to the next level? In this free, hour-long orientation, Newberry staff will introduce you to the Newberry and the huge selection of genealogical resources we offer. Aimed at researchers new to the library and its genealogical collections, this session will be followed by a short tour of the library.
Tuesday, March 10, 2020
Free and open to all. Reserve your free tickets now.
In this program, director, documentary photographer, and cinematographer Carlos Javier Ortiz will converse with journalist Ethan Michaeli to reflect on the legacy of Jun Fujita’s artistic career.
Monday, March 16, 2020
Meet the Author: Louise Erdrich
Free and open to all. Reserve your free tickets now.
Join National Book Award-winning author Louise Erdrich (Turtle Mountain Ojibwe) as she discusses her latest book, The Night Watchman.
Tuesday, March 17, 2020
Part II: Good Mourning in Gettysburg and Hollywood
Free and open to all. Reserve your free tickets now.
Jonathan Lear of the University of Chicago delivers the second of three lectures on how our fears of catastrophe—from climate crisis to political collapse—shape the ways we imagine the ends and purposes of human life.
Wednesday, March 18, 2020
A Newberry Colloquium
Jun Fujita: American Visionary, presented by the Newberry and the Poetry Foundation, focuses on the extraordinary accomplishments of poet and photojournalist Jun Fujita. This exhibition presents an expanded version of Jun Fujita: Oblivion, first mounted at the Poetry Foundation in 2017, and explores Fujita’s poetry, photojournalism, landscape photography, and uncommon life and love.
Thursday, March 19, 2020
The Chicago Map Society's March Meeting
George Ritzlin, a founding member of the Chicago Map Society, will return with the second half of his two-part presentation on map collecting. In his first presentation, George explained how to determine the authenticity of an antique map and explored the process of paper production, printing, coloring and atlas assembly.
Thursday, March 19, 2020
Free and open to all. Reserve your free tickets now.
Join experts from the Ulster Historical Foundation as they describe the ins and outs of genealogical research focused on the Emerald Isle.
Saturday, March 21, 2020
Free and open to all. No ticket required.
Interested in exploring the Newberry’s vast collection of rare books, maps, manuscripts, and primary sources but not sure where to start? Then this session is for you. In an informal orientation, Newberry librarians will introduce you to the Newberry and break down how to use our collection.
Wednesday, March 25, 2020
A Newberry Colloquium
Relationships between native women and European men played a key role in the formative years of the colonial societies in São Paulo (Brazil) and Asunción (Paraguay) during the sixteenth century. This talk analyses this period with a focus on native women. It addresses how the social changes, triggered by the contacts with Europeans, impacted their lives in different ways.
Thursday, March 26, 2020
Bill Moran and Jim Moran of the Hamilton Wood Type & Printing Museum
Free and open to all. Reserve your free tickets now.
Since its founding in 2000, Hamilton Wood Type & Printing Museum has been a national center for print and type history. In this talk, the museum’s directors, Bill and Jim Moran, will discuss the museum’s historical and contemporary role in fostering type design and production in the Midwest.
Saturday, March 28, 2020
Bill Moran and Jim Moran of the Hamilton Wood Type & Printing Museum
Free and open to all. Reserve your free tickets now.
In this hands-on printing workshop, we’ll use wood type from the permanent collection of the Hamilton Wood Type & Printing Museum to produce A-Z specimen sheets you can customize with brayers, stencils, and your imagination. No printing experience is necessary. We’ll provide aprons, but be sure to wear comfortable clothes that you don’t mind getting ink on!
Tuesday, April 14, 2020
Part III: And the Pursuit of Happiness
Free and open to all. Reserve your free ticket starting Mar. 2.
Jonathan Lear of the University of Chicago delivers the last of three lectures on how our fears of catastrophe—from climate crisis to political collapse—shape the ways we imagine the ends and purposes of human life.
Saturday, April 18, 2020Friday, July 3, 2020
During a time of globalization, colonization, and warfare, Europeans in the Renaissance embraced new technology even as they lamented its destabilizing consequences.
Monday, May 4, 2020
Join the Newberry in honoring Lonnie G. Bunch for his outstanding contributions to the humanities. Dr. Bunch became Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution in June 2019 and oversees 19 museums, 21 libraries, the National Zoo, numerous research centers, and several education units and centers.
Tuesday, May 12, 2020
Jacqueline Stewart and Alexandra Zapruder
Why do we take videos of our personal lives? How do they affect individuals, families, and communities? Who “owns” these artifacts of history? Now that everyone with a phone has the power to document their daily lives in living color, how do we determine what is worth recording and watching and what to preserve?
Thursday, May 21, 2020
The Chicago Map Society's May Meeting
The Midwest is a region that’s difficult to define, especially to those that reside outside of America’s heartland. What states are included? Does the idea of the Midwest change over time? What does it mean to be Midwestern? Fellow CMS member Amanda Murphyao explores possible definitions of the region in her presentation on carto-caricatures of the Midwest.