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 tailored to the subject at hand: 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 registration 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

Thursday, September 14, 2017Wednesday, December 27, 2017
Exhibitions
Plan your visit to the Newberry to see the exhibition.
Saturday, December 16, 2017
Center for Renaissance Studies Programs
Free and open to the public; no registration required
“’Tis Chrismas Eve and wild is Avon’s night i’ The Windmill Inn, this well-worn quaffing place a furlong from my bed.”
Saturday, January 13, 2018
Center for Renaissance Studies Programs
Free and open to the public; no registration required
“Let me have war, say I: it exceeds peace as far as day does night: it’s sprightly waking, audible, and full of vent. Peace is a very apoplexy, lethargy; mulled, deaf, sleepy, insensible: a getter of more bastard children than war’s a destroyer of men.”
Tuesday, January 30, 2018
Meet the Author
Meet the Author
Free and open to the public. Registration required.
Why are sex and jewelry, particularly rings, so often connected? Why do rings continually appear in stories about marriage and adultery, love and betrayal, loss and recovery, identity and masquerade? What is the mythology that makes finger rings symbols of true (or, as the case may be, untrue) love?
Wednesday, February 7, 2018
Meet the Author
Meet the Author
Free and open to the public. Registration required.
Harris Feinsod and Rachel Galvin discuss their new books on how poetry intertwined with the geopolitics of the modernist era, moderated by the Newberry’s director of Chicago Studies, Liesl Olson.
Wednesday, February 21, 2018
Meet the Author
Meet the Author
Free and open to the public. Registration required.
It was a hunting accident—that much Charlie is sure of. That’s how his father, Matt Rizzo—a gentle intellectual who writes epic poems in Braille—had lost his vision. It’s not until Charlie’s troubled teenage years, when he’s facing time for his petty crimes, that he learns the truth.
Saturday, February 24, 2018
Center for Renaissance Studies Programs
Free and open to the public; no registration required
“Never were finer snares for womens’ honesties Than are devis’d in these days; no spider’s web’s Made of a daintier thread, than are now practis’d To catch love’s flesh-fly by the silver wing”
Wednesday, March 7, 2018
Programs for Genealogists
Free and open to the public. Registration required.
Join experts from the Ulster Historical Foundation as they describe the ins-and-outs of research in the Emerald Isle. No previous research experience is required. Topics will cover the whole of Ireland.
Thursday, March 8, 2018
Meet the Author
Meet the Author
Free and open to the public. Registration required.
Wednesday, March 14, 2018
Conversations at the Newberry
Annette Gordon-Reed and Peter Onuf on the History of Democracy and Its Contemporary Discontents
Free and open to the public. Registration required.
In this installment of “Conversations at the Newberry,” Annette Gordon-Reed and Peter S.
Thursday, April 12, 2018
Free and open to the public. Registration required.
Faces of Love: Leonard Bernstein Centennial Concert, is a tribute to the musical legacy of Norman Pellegrini, co-founder of Chicago Classical Radio WFMT, voice of the Chicago Symphony and the Lyric Opera.
Monday, April 23, 2018
Ticket information will be available in early 2018
The Board of Trustees invites you to join the Newberry in honoring Carla Hayden for her outstanding contributions to the humanities. Dr. Hayden is the current Librarian of Congress, former head of the Enoch Pratt Free Library in Baltimore, former Deputy Commissioner of the Chicago Public Library, and former President of the American Library Association.
Saturday, April 28, 2018
Colonial History Lecture Series
Free and open to the public. Registration required.
This talk will describe some of the lives of enslaved people in seventeenth-century New England, explaining what chattel slavery looked like in a place without plantations or cash crops. Enslavement took many forms in colonial North America; this lecture will explore what it meant to be enslaved on the periphery of an empire, in the fledgling “Puritan” colonies.
Saturday, May 5, 2018
Center for Renaissance Studies Programs
Free and open to the public; no registration required
“ ‘I can see he’s not in your good books,’ said the messenger. ‘No, and if he were I would burn my library.’” A staged reading by professional actors from The Shakespeare Project of Chicago, directed by Peter Garino.
Tuesday, September 11, 2018
Free and open to the public. Registration required.
Explore the history of the American postcard!
Friday, September 28, 2018Monday, December 31, 2018
Exhibitions
Free and open to the public
Plan your visit to the Newberry to see the exhibition.
Wednesday, October 24, 2018
Free and open to the public. Registration required.
Explore the proliferation of clubs and small arts organizations in Chicago from the 1890s through the 1920s to consider what clubs and “club-ability” contributed to Chicago art and design in the first decades after the Great Fire.
Saturday, November 3, 2018
Colonial History Lecture Series
Free and open to the public. Registration required.
David J. Silverman earned a PhD from Princeton University and is Professor of History at George Washington University. He specializes in Native American, Colonial American, and American racial history. His most recent book is Thundersticks: Firearms and the Violent Transformation of Native America.
Saturday, December 1, 2018
A discussion and holiday card-making workshop
Free and open to the public. Registration required.
Explore the aesthetic and technological dimensions of typography and book design in Chicago, with an in-depth look at the Newberry’s collection of type specimens, book designs, and advertising.