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 some events; see the individual listings for details.

Upcoming Public Programs

Saturday, April 29, 2017
Center for Renaissance Studies Programs
Free and open to the public; registration in advance required
Join us for a performance with commentary of late fifteenth- and early sixteenth-century Italian popular secular music.
Thursday, May 4, 2017
Other Programs
Chicago Studies Program
Free and open to the public; no registration required.
Ring Lardner (March 6, 1885-Sept. 25, 1933) will be inducted into the Chicago Literary Hall of Fame at the Newberry Library.
Saturday, May 6, 2017
Other Programs
Free and open to the public; no tickets or registration required
“From women’s eyes this doctrine I derive: They sparkle still the right Promethean fire; They are the books, the arts, the academes, That show, contain, and nourish all the world.”
Thursday, May 11, 2017
Other Programs
Chicago Studies Program
Free and open to the public; no registration required.
Fanny Butcher (September 13, 1888 - May 11, 1987), for four decades a writer and critic for the Chicago Tribune, will be inducted into the Chicago Literary Hall of Fame at the Newberry Library.
Friday, May 12, 2017Saturday, May 13, 2017
Center for American Indian Studies Programs
Free and open to the public; registration required.
Recognizing the reality of war and massacre, this scholarly symposium takes new approaches to examining violence in past and present-day Native communities by engaging the intersections of a broad array of themes, including:
Wednesday, May 17, 2017
Conversations at the Newberry
Isabel Wilkerson and James Grossman on the Great Migration, Then and Now
Free and open to the public; no registration required
In this installment of “Conversations at the Newberry,” Isabel Wilkerson, Pulitzer Prize winning author of The Warmth of Other Suns, and James Grossman, author of Land of Hope: Chicago, Black Southerners, and the Great Migration and Executive Director of the American Historical Association
Thursday, May 25, 2017
Meet the Author
A Meet the Author Program
Free and open to the public; no registration required.
Sharp, resourceful, and with a style all her own, Althea McDowell Altemus embodied the spirit of the independent working woman of the Jazz Age.
Friday, May 26, 2017
Center for American Indian Studies Programs
Free and open to the public; no registration required.
This program highlights indigenous concepts of identity and sexuality that surpass standard contemporary gender binaries. American Indian and other indigenous communities have historically celebrated multiple gender identifications, including two-spirit peoples, as well as the unique roles that women and men contribute to warrior societies, political leadership, and home life.
Saturday, June 3, 2017
Other Programs
Colonial History Lecture Series
Free and open to the public; no registration required.
Join Jane Kamensky as she speaks about her book A Revolution in Color: The World of John Singleton Copley. In this bold new history, Kamensky recovers an unknown American Revolution as seen through the eyes of Boston-born painter John Singleton Copley.
Thursday, June 8, 2017
Other Programs
Free and open to the public; no registration required.
To mark the 150th anniversary of Frank Lloyd Wright’s birth on June 8, 1867, John Waters will focus his talk on two important written works by Frank Lloyd Wright, and their connections with his built work. The works are “The Art and Craft of the Machine,” presented to the Chicago Arts and Crafts Society in 1901, and Genius and the Mobocracy, published in 1949.
Wednesday, June 21, 2017
Other Programs
Free and open to the public; no registration required
The Newberry Library and the Washington Square Park Advisory Council invite you to come out to the park for a celebration of music on the first day of summer! Our lineup, which will be posted as soon as it’s available, will feature spirited performances around a piano in the park. Limited seating is available in the park, but feel free to bring a chair to relax and join in on the fun!
Thursday, July 27, 2017Sunday, July 30, 2017
Other Programs
Free Admission
Don’t miss our annual Newberry Book Fair, one of the largest used book sales in the country.
Saturday, July 29, 2017
Other Programs
Free and open to the public; no registration required.
Join the Newberry Library for Chicago’s favorite free speech event! Lively musical entertainment will kick off the program at noon, followed by the Main Debate, soapbox speakers, and the presentation of two awards: the Altgeld Freedom of Speech Award and the Dill Pickle to the champion soapbox orator.
Saturday, September 9, 2017
Other Programs
Free and open to the public
This fall’s new series for children, on the second Saturday morning of each month, features the Lucky Trikes storytelling chamber band.
Tuesday, September 19, 2017
Other Programs
Free and open to the public; please register in advance
This fall the Lyric Opera of Chicago, in collaboration with the Joffrey Ballet, is mounting an exciting new production of the 1774 Paris version of Christoph Gluck’s Orphée et Eurydice.
Thursday, October 12, 2017
Other Programs
Wing Foundation Lecture Series on the History of the Book
Free and open to the public; please register in advance
The year 2017 marks the centenary of the death of John M. Wing, the remarkable and eccentric collector whose bequest founded the Newberry’s John M. Wing Collection on the History of Printing.
Saturday, October 14, 2017
Other Programs
Free and open to the public
This fall’s new series for children, on the second Saturday morning of each month, features the Lucky Trikes storytelling chamber band.
Thursday, October 26, 2017
Meet the Author
A Meet the Author Program
Free and open to the public; please register in advance
This remarkable cultural history celebrates the great Midwestern city of Chicago for its centrality to the modernist movement.
Wednesday, November 1, 2017
Other Programs
Free and open to the public; please register in advance
Five hundred years after Martin Luther, an Augustinian friar, posted ninety-five theses for debate over penance as a means of getting and being right with God, his legacy seems as momentous and controversial as ever.
Saturday, November 4, 2017
Other Programs
Colonial History Lecture Series
Free and open to the public; registration in advance required
Nathaniel Philbrick will speak about his latest book, Valiant Ambition: George Washington, Benedict Arnold, and the Fate of the American Revolution, which appeared for seven consecutive weeks on the New York Times bestseller list and has been named a finalist for the New England Independent Booksellers Association 2016 New
Tuesday, November 7, 2017
Conversations at the Newberry
Brad Gregory and Mark Noll on the Protestant Reformation and Its Continuing Impact
Free and open to the public; please register in advance
In this installment of “Conversations at the Newberry,” Brad S.
Wednesday, November 8, 2017
Meet the Author
A Meet the Author Program
Free and open to the public; please register in advance
Heralded as America’s most quintessentially modern city, Chicago has attracted the gaze of journalists, novelists, essayists, and scholars as much as any city in the nation. And, yet, few historians have attempted big-picture narratives of the city’s transformation over the twentieth century.
Saturday, November 11, 2017
Other Programs
Free and open to the public
This fall’s new series for children, on the second Saturday morning of each month, features the Lucky Trikes storytelling chamber band.