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, July 26, 2022Friday, August 12, 2022
In-person event - no registration required
As part of his 100 Novels Project, performance artist Tim Youd will retype Nelson Algren’s The Man with the Golden Arm in the Newberry vestibule from July 26 to August 12.
Friday, July 29, 2022Sunday, July 31, 2022
Chicago’s most popular used-book sale is back! Browse through thousands of books in dozens of genres, including fiction, philosophy, history, art, cooking, children’s literature, and much, much more. With many items priced at $3 or less, you can stock up on new reads and expand your own personal library on the cheap. Admission is free.
Saturday, July 30, 2022
In-person event - no registration required
Coinciding with the 2022 Newberry Book Fair, this free event in Washington Square Park (“Bughouse Square”) celebrates the power of storytelling and its role in shaping our city. The festivities will also include the presentation of the Newberry’s first annual Pattis Family Foundation Chicago Book Award.
Saturday, August 27, 2022
In-person event - no registration required
Celebrate the history of Chicago’s oldest public park with an afternoon of music, storytelling, games, food, and more.
Friday, November 4, 2022Saturday, November 5, 2022
Center for the History of Cartography Programs
The 21st Kenneth Nebenzahl, Jr., Lectures in the History of Cartography
Registration is now open
Over two days of lectures, “Mapping as Performance” will address the ways in which people create and share maps through action in space.