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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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E.g., 12/16/2019
Friday, September 20, 2019Tuesday, December 31, 2019
Often called “the Heartland” or “flyover country,” the Midwest tends to be characterized as a homogeneous, barren space between the American coasts. This exhibition challenges the assumptions, stereotypes, and persistent narratives about the Midwest, exploring the confluence of peoples and environmental conditions that has defined the region and made it unique.
Thursday, December 19, 2019
The Chicago Map Society's December Meeting
We hope that you will join us for our annual Holiday Gala, which will feature an especially full smorgasbord of holiday treats for your dining and drinking pleasure. We will continue our tradition of pairing this party with our “Members’ Night,” which allows our members to showcase a special item in their personal collections.
Saturday, January 4, 2020
First Nations Film and Video Festival
Free and open to all. Reserve your free tickets now.
Join us as the First Nations Film and Video Festival kicks off the new year with a screening of Rhymes for Young Ghouls, a feature-length drama directed by Jeff Barnaby.
Saturday, January 4, 2020
Free and open to all. No ticket 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 Newberry and its genealogical collections, this session will be followed by a short tour of the library.
Saturday, January 11, 2020
Shakespeare Project of Chicago
Free and open to all. Reserve your free tickets now.
A story of greed, ambition, and ruthlessness, Shakespeare’s Richard III tells the story of its eponymous antihero’s rise and fall from power.
Saturday, January 18, 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.
Friday, January 24, 2020Tuesday, March 31, 2020
Jun Fujita: American Visionary, copresented by the Newberry Library and the Poetry Foundation, focuses on the extraordinary accomplishments of poet and photojournalist Jun Fujita.
Wednesday, January 29, 2020
Discussion and Performance with Chicago Opera Theater
Free and open to all. Reserve your free tickets now.
When the Congress of Racial Equality comes to New Orleans in the sweltering summer of 1961, Sylvie Davenport is torn. Handed a pamphlet and asked to board a Greyhound bus, Sylvie is forced to choose between her academic future and the future of the nation.
Saturday, February 1, 2020
First Nations Film and Video Festival
Free and open to all. Reserve your free ticket starting Jan. 2.
In the year’s second installment of the First Nations Film and Video Festival, we feature two films: The Peoples’ Protectors and Healing Voices.
Saturday, February 1, 2020
Free and open to all. No ticket 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, February 4, 2020
Curator Talk with Katherine Litwin, Fred Sasaki, and Graham Lee
Free and open to all. Reserve your free ticket starting Jan. 2.
In this curator talk, Katherine Litwin, Fred Sasaki, and Graham Lee will give visitors a behind-the-scenes overview of the development of our winter exhibition, Jun Fujita: American Visionary.
Thursday, February 6, 2020
Meet the Author: Jeremy Popkin
Free and open to all. Reserve your free ticket starting Jan. 2.
In his new book A New World Begins, Jeremy Popkin puts the reader in the thick of the French Revolution.
Thursday, February 13, 2020
Speakers: Takako Day, Graham Lee, and Ryan Yakota
Free and open to all. Reserve your free ticket starting Jan. 2.
This Valentine’s Day-themed program is devoted to the lives and love of early 20th-century poet and photojournalist Jun Fujita and the journalist Florence Carr and their struggles against the racist marital norms, miscegenation laws, and xenophobia that complicated their relationship.
Tuesday, February 18, 2020
Part I: We Shall Not Be Missed!
Free and open to all. Reserve your free ticket starting Jan. 2.
Jonathan Lear of the University of Chicago delivers the first 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, February 22, 2020
Shakespeare Project of Chicago
Free and open to all. Reserve your free ticket starting Jan. 2.
Shakespeare’s drama of feuding families and star-crossed lovers established the template for romantic tragedy.
Tuesday, February 25, 2020
Carrie Hanson, Daniel J. Vimont, and The Seldoms
Free and open to all. Reserve your free ticket starting Jan. 2.
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.
Saturday, March 7, 2020
A Roundtable Discussion
Free and open to all. Reserve your free ticket starting Feb. 3.
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
Free and open to all. Reserve your free ticket starting Feb. 3.
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 ticket starting Feb. 3.
In this program, director, documentary photographer, and cinematographer Carlos Javier Ortiz will reflect on the legacy of Jun Fujita’s Chicago photos.