Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Thursday, January 15, 2015 to Saturday, April 4, 2015
Love on Paper

Love comes in all shapes and sizes, spanning the centuries and the globe – especially when expressed on paper. That’s precisely why the Newberry’s Love on Paper displays such an eclectic array of collection items, ranging from proclamations and pictures to cynical put-downs and comical send-ups of love.

Monday, March 16, 2015 to Friday, June 12, 2015
Exploration 2015 : The 29th Annual Juried Exhibition of the Chicago Calligraphy Collective

The Chicago Calligraphy Collective was founded in 1976 to promote the study, practice, and appreciation of calligraphy in all its historical and present-day applications.

Wednesday, April 1, 2015
The Newberry Colloquium : Donec in ipso formetur Christus: the Emblem Books of Jan David, S.J.

4 pm

What is an emblem? What features distinguish the Jesuit emblem? Between 1600 and 1610, Jan David, a renowned preacher, rector of the Jesuit College in Ghent (1594-1602), and prominent member of the Provincia Belgica, composed a series of innovative emblem books that quickly became touchstones of emblematic usage in the Low Countries.

Saturday, April 4, 2015
Lincoln in Limbo : A Drama by Robert Bray, Directed by Peter Garino

10 am

This play is a fantasy of imagination and emotion, as if taking place in the shadow-mind of Abraham Lincoln between the time he was shot on Good Friday, April 14, 1865, and when he was pronounced dead the following morning. Within the scenes, Lincoln is sometimes impersonating himself, sometimes having events control him, sometimes both at once.

Saturday, April 4, 2015
Genealogy and Local History Orientation

9:30 am

The Genealogy and Local History staff will introduce visitors to the Newberry and explain how to use its collections at an informal orientation. Aimed at researchers new to the library and/or new to genealogical research, this session will last approximately an hour, followed by a short tour of the library.

Wednesday, April 8, 2015
The Newberry Colloquium : Second Annual Edible Book Festival

4 pm

Please join us at the Colloquium on April 8 for the Second Annual Edible Book Festival at the Newberry!

What is the “Edible Books Festival,” you ask?

Friday, April 10, 2015 to Friday, July 3, 2015
Ephemeral by Design: Organizing the Everyday

Ephemera are traces of the everyday—materials, usually printed, designed to be read or consumed in some way and then discarded. From bus tickets to party invitations, dance cards to advertisements, these items form the texture of social and commercial exchange.

Friday, April 10, 2015 to Friday, July 3, 2015
Chicago's Great 20th-Century Bookman : The Newberry Career of James M. Wells

This memorial exhibition celebrates the life and work of James M. Wells (1917 - 2014), one of the most recognized rare-book specialists in the United States. In 1951 Wells joined the staff of the Newberry, where he established his expertise in the history of printing and calligraphy. Wells served as custodian of the John M.

Friday, April 10, 2015 to Friday, July 3, 2015
Katherine Mansfield and the "Blooms-berries"

Celebrated short story writer Katherine Mansfield has generally been relegated to the fringe of literary modernism, especially among the influential Bloomsbury Group, who referred to her as the “little colonial.” Katherine Mansfield and the “Blooms-berries” displays a selection of Mansfield’s letters and notebooks which provide a context for better understanding her fiction and w

Saturday, April 11, 2015
Early Modern Studies Program
Symposium on Latin America in the Early Colonial Period

9 am to 3 pm

Registration is now closed.

This symposium aims to explore the complexities of Latin America during the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, grappling with the multiple perspectives of the many Indigenous and European cultures involved in this time of contact and conflict.

This is a hybrid program, with two scholarly sessions in the morning and a public keynote address in the afternoon.

Monday, April 13, 2015
Imperfect Perfect Game: Baseball Writing in America : Conversations at the Newberry

6 pm

There is a special affinity between baseball and the writers who cover it. For much of the twentieth century, baseball accounted for some of the most colorful and conscientious reporting among newspaper and magazine sports coverage. Baseball even ascended to the heights of great American literature, capturing the imaginations of such novelists as Bernard Malamud, Philip Roth, and John Updike.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015
The Newberry Colloquium : Scribes as Sculptors: Monastic Memory at Santa Maria de Ripoll

4 pm

The ways texts were copied and bound in eleventh- and twelfth-century manuscript miscellanies from Ripoll, and from other important abbeys at Moissac and Novalesa, reveal fascinating stories of monks as traveling scribes, artists, and preachers.

Thursday, April 16, 2015
Sea Monsters on Medieval and Renaissance Maps : A Chicago Map Society Program

5:30 pm reception; 6 pm program

From dragons and serpents to many-armed beasts that preyed on ships and sailors alike, sea monsters have terrified mariners across all ages and cultures and have become the subject of many tall tales from the sea.

Saturday, April 18, 2015
Preserving the Evidence: The Ethics of Book and Paper Conservation : The 2015 Symposium on the Book

8:30 am - 3 pm

Experts in the book world address a broad range of ethical issues that confront collectors of books, manuscripts, maps, and other works on paper or parchment. Speakers will also outline the challenges of preserving the evidence of our past, sometimes in the face of the conflicting interests of buyers, sellers, scholarly and other readers, binders, curators, and conservators.


Saturday, April 25, 2015
Other Renaissance Programs
Shakespeare Project of Chicago: The Revenger's Tragedy, by Thomas Middleton

9:45 am: Introductory talk by Regina Buccola of Roosevelt University. Staged reading: 10 am - 12:30 pm

No reservations or tickets required

Directed by Peter Garino

“Tis no shame to be bad, because ‘tis common.”

Saturday, April 25, 2015
Eighteenth-Century Seminar
Pannill Camp, Masonic Ritual as Philosophy in Early Eighteenth-Century France

2 pm

Please register by 10 am Friday, April 24

The story of Freemasonry’s introduction into France in the early decades of the eighteenth century is also in part the story of Enlightenment philosophy’s reliance on performance activity. Radical philosophy and freethinking did not subsist only in the circulation of printed texts.

Tuesday, April 28, 2015
William Wells and the Struggle for the Old Northwest : A Meet the Author Program

6 pm

Born to Anglo-American parents on the Appalachian frontier, captured by the Miami Indians at the age of thirteen, and adopted into the tribe, William Wells (1770–1812) moved between two cultures all his life but was comfortable in neither.

Wednesday, April 29, 2015
The Newberry Colloquium : Introducing Aeon: The New Way to Work at the Newberry

4 pm

On May 1, Newberry readers will begin using an online system called Aeon to register as readers, request to view materials in our reading rooms, and order reproductions from items in the collections.

Will Hansen, Director of Reader Services, will demonstrate how Aeon works and discuss some of its features that will enhance readers’ ability to use the Newberry’s collections.

Wednesday, April 29, 2015
"Ephemeral by Design" Curator-led Exhibition Tour

6 pm

Join us for this free tour of Ephemeral by Design: Organizing the Everyday, a display of approximately 180 items, usually printed, designed to be read or consumed in some way and then discarded. From bus tickets to party invitations, dance cards to advertisements, these items form the texture of social and commercial exchange.