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, April 2, 2021Saturday, July 24, 2021
Featuring maps, manuscripts, and rare books from the Age of Revolutions, this exhibition returns to the 1820s, when new countries emerged from colonial rule across the Americas—from Mexico to Chile. These countries faced many challenges, including how best to govern, allocate resources, and treat their diverse populations.
Thursday, May 13, 2021
Martha Carpentier, Jeffery Kennedy, and Peter Garino
Join us for a performance of the classic 1916 feminist drama Trifles by actors from the Shakespeare Project of Chicago, followed by a discussion of its legacy.
Thursday, May 20, 2021
What does it mean to declare independence? What belongs in such a declaration? How do you frame a convincing argument that sets a blueprint for the future? High school students from Chicago’s Instituto Justice and Leadership Academy share their answers.
Tuesday, May 25, 2021
Conversations at the Newberry
Alexandra Zapruder and Jacqueline Stewart
Abraham Zapruder’s granddaughter Alexandra Zapruder speaks with University of Chicago professor Jacqueline Stewart about the connections between home movies, family history, and difficult memories, as well as the emergence of citizen journalism in the United States.
Friday, May 28, 2021Saturday, September 18, 2021
An Initiative of Toward Common Cause
Sweet Bitter Love: An Initiative of Toward Common Cause presents Jeffrey Gibson’s reflections on representations of Indigenous people in cultural institutions.
Wednesday, June 2, 2021
Meet the Author
Alaina Roberts with Rose Miron
In this Meet the Author event, we’ll hear from scholar Alaina Roberts about the Black people who received the mythic 40 acres, the American settlers who coveted this land, and the Native Americans who originally inhabited the land.
Thursday, June 10, 2021
Meet the Author
Kate Masur and Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor
Join us for a discussion with scholar Kate Masur, whose new book reconsiders the history of the nation’s earliest federal civil rights measures: the Fourteenth Amendment and the Civil Rights Act of 1866.
Tuesday, June 15, 2021
Brian De Lay, Jordana Dym, and Mónica Ricketts
How did issues of borders, boundaries, and jurisdictions play out during the Age of Revolutions 200 years ago? Find out in the next program in our ¡Viva la Libertad! programseries.
Monday, June 21, 2021
Jazz Greats Terri Lyne Carrington and Nicole Mitchell in Conversation with Romi Crawford
On International Make Music Day, the Newberry is teaming up with Chicago’s Experimental Sound Studio to bring together groundbreaking musicians Terri Lyne Carrington and Nicole Mitchell for a talk with scholar Romi Crawford on experimentation, early jazz influences, and their latest work.
Tuesday, June 29, 2021
Center for American Indian Studies Programs
Doug Kiel, Madolyn Wesaw, and X
In this discussion, speakers will explore how public monuments relate to memory and history and how Indigenous spaces and futures can be reclaimed through action, performance, and art.