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

Tuesday, March 2, 2021
Matthew Carter and Jill Gage on the Design of Snell Roundhand
Snell Roundhand is one of the most popular typefaces around, but few are acquainted with its fascinating history. In this program, Snell Roundhand designer Matthew Carter will discuss the origins of this gorgeous typeface in a seventeenth-century script, his work transforming this script into a modern-day font, and the ways type design has changed since the mid-twentieth century.
Tuesday, March 9, 2021
Conversations at the Newberry
A Conversation with David Denby and Adina Hoffman
In this installment of “Conversations at the Newberry,” Adina Hoffman and David Denby discuss the life and work of the brilliant chameleon Ben Hecht: sardonic Chicago newspaperman, scandal-seeking novelist, celebrated playwright, outspoken activist for Jewish causes, and the man Pauline Kael called “the greatest American screenwriter.”
Tuesday, March 16, 2021
Join us for discussion with Dorothy Chansky and Rachel Shteir about the origins and growth of the Little Theatre Movement in early twentieth-century Chicago.
Friday, March 19, 2021
In Part 1 of a two-part program, the Newberry’s Jill Gage will speak with Bill and Jim Moran, Directors of the Hamilton Wood Type & Printing Museum, about the history of Hamilton Manufacturing, a Wisconsin type company founded in 1880 that grew to national prominence over the next decades.
Friday, March 26, 2021
In Part 2 of this two-part program, Jill Gage continues her discussion with Bill and Jim Moran, focusing on how the Hamilton Wood Type & Printing Museum has fostered developments in type design and production in the Midwest.
Friday, April 2, 2021Saturday, July 24, 2021