April 2014

Wednesday, April 2, 2014
The Newberry Library Colloquium : Edible Book Festival

4 pm

Please join us at the Colloquium on April 2nd for the first ever Edible Book Festival at the Newberry!

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

Wednesday, April 2, 2014
American Indian Studies Seminar Series
Materiality Matters : Constructing a Rhetorical Biography of Plains Indian Pictography


The recent explosion of material and object-oriented theories in the Western traditions of philosophy, anthropology, literary studies, and rhetoric, among others, resonate with the millennia-long traditions of American Indian ontologies that recognize humans’ role as one, equal entity among others in vast webs of interrelationships.

Friday, April 4, 2014
History of the Book Lecture
Bruce T. Moran, Preserving the Cutting Edge: Woodblocks, Visual Knowledge, and Practices of Botanical Illustration in Early Modern Europe

2 pm

Registration is now closed.

This lecture will focus upon the preparation, use, and reuse of woodblocks in the production of printed images of plants within two traditions of early modern herbals, each supporting distinct agendas within changing economies of curiosity.

Saturday, April 5, 2014
Genealogy and Local History Orientation

9:30 am

The Genealogy and Local History staff will introduce novices to the basics of research at an informal orientation. After the session, you are welcome to begin your research. A reference librarian will be available to provide suggestions and assistance. Reservations not required.

Monday, April 7, 2014 to Friday, June 27, 2014
Exploration 2014 : The 28th Annual Juried Exhibition of the Chicago Calligraphy Collective
Wednesday, April 9, 2014
The Newberry Library Colloquium : A Nocturne at the Newberry

4 pm

Among the Newberry’s holdings of manuscripts by famous composers is Frederic Chopin’s Nocturne for piano, op. 62 no. 1, in B major (Vault Case MS 7Q 104).

Thursday, April 10, 2014 to Friday, April 11, 2014
Other Renaissance Programs
Symposium on Rethinking the State Trials: The Politics of Justice in Later Stuart England
Registration is now closed.

State trials were the quintessential media events of later Stuart England. The more important of these trials attracted vast public attention, serving as pivot points in the relationship between the governors and the governed.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014
The Newberry Library Colloquium : Gustl Geht: An Overnight Walking Tour of Viennese Literature

4 pm

“What, I’m already on the street? How did I ever get here?” -Lieutentant Gustl

Saturday, April 19, 2014
Eighteenth-Century Seminar
Nina Dubin, Love, Trust, Risk: Painting "The Papered Century"

2 pm

Registration is now closed.

The eighteenth-century vogue for pictures of women perusing love letters not only marked the age’s affection for epistolarity, it also emblematized the “papered century,” named for the period’s unprecedented proliferation of monetary notes and credit instruments.

Monday, April 21, 2014
Conversations at the Newberry: Barbara Gaines and Gail Kern Paster Discuss Shakespeare

6 PM

Celebrate the Bard’s 450th birthday by joining us for our next “Conversation at the Newberry,” when Chicago Shakespeare Theater Founder and Artistic Director Barbara Gaines and Gail Kern Paster, director emerita of the Folger Shakespeare Library, discuss Shakespeare as literature, and as performance.

Wednesday, April 23, 2014
The Newberry Library Colloquium : Clerical Combatants: Clergy and Armed Conflict During the French Wars of Religion

4 pm

Despite traditional taboos on clerical involvement in armed conflict and arms-bearing in general, Catholic clergy became key military and political actors at the height of the French Wars of Religion.

Saturday, April 26, 2014
Other Renaissance Programs
Shakespeare Project of Chicago: All’s Well That Ends Well

10 am - 12:30 pm

Open to the public; no tickets or registration necessary

“T were all one
That I should love a bright particular star
And think to wed it, he is so above me”

Tuesday, April 29, 2014
Inferno Revealed: From Dante to Dan Brown : A Meet the Authors Event

6 pm

Using Dan Brown’s book as a jumping off point, Inferno Revealed will offer readers of Brown’s Inferno an engaging introduction to Dante and his world. Inferno Revealed explores how Dante made himself the protagonist of The Divine Comedy, something no other epic poet has done, the ramifications of which have not yet been fully explored.

Wednesday, April 30, 2014
The Newberry Colloquium : Picturing Knowledge as Power: The Visual Culture of Workers' Education

4 pm

During the first half of the 20th century, labor unions, radicals, and reformers in the U.S. launched a surprising array of educational programs aimed at shaping the minds of working class adults. Belief in the old adage that “Knowledge is Power” was a common impulse among street corner speakers, bohemian open forums, labor colleges, radical publishers, and settlement house classes.