December 2012

Thursday, September 6, 2012 to Monday, December 31, 2012
The Newberry 125 Exhibition

The Newberry celebrates its quasquicentennial with an exhibition of 125 of the millions of books, maps, manuscript pages, drawings, and photographs in its collection–these featured items not only creating a neat parallelism (125 items for 125 years of existence) but also embodying the Newberry’s mission to provide relevant research and learning opportunities for the public of Chicag

Thursday, September 6, 2012 to Monday, December 31, 2012
Realizing the Newberry Idea, 1887 - 2012

Explore the 125-year evolution of the Newberry from its 1887 opening as a “Library of Reference” to its 2012 presence as a renowned research institution and “center for the humanities” that remains free and open to the public.

Saturday, December 1, 2012
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.

Saturday, December 1, 2012
Medieval Intellectual History Seminar
Valerie L. Garver and Katherine Zieman

1 - 4 pm

“Textiles and Sacred Space in the Carolingian World”

Valerie L. Garver, Northern Illinois University

Wednesday, December 5, 2012
The Newberry Library Colloquium : Infatuation, Pollution, and Idolatry: The Apostolic Inquisition Report Against Doña Ana of Culhuacan, for Practicing Witchcraft

4 – 5 pm

In the mid-1530s a Franciscan friar wrote a report to the Mexican Apostolic Inquisition about a case of witchcraft involving the family of the indigenous ruler of the town of Culhuacan. Although hurriedly written and somewhat fragmentary, this rare document is fascinating as it portrays the earliest known case of Nahua love magic, one that furthermore involves a female seducer.

Thursday, December 6, 2012
Holiday Party with the Great Lakes Dredge

5:30 - 7:30 pm

Ring in the holiday season at the Newberry!

Enjoy an evening of good cheer and festive caroling with one of Chicago’s favorite caroling groups, the Great Lakes Dredge and Philharmonic Society. Mingle with friends, indulge in delicious holiday treats and libations, and shop for that perfect holiday gift at the Book Fair Holiday Table.

Tuesday, December 11, 2012
Ernest Hemingway in Chicago : A Newberry 125 Exhibition Lecture

6 pm

Ernest Hemingway lived in Chicago for a year and a half, from 1920 to 1921, when he was 21 years old. At the same time, H.L.

Wednesday, December 12, 2012
American Indian Studies Seminar Series
Righting the Histories, Writing the Stories : Literary History in the Works of LeAnne Howe

5:30 pm to 6:30 pm

Insisting that history must be understood as a series of subjective interpretations of events, Choctaw writer LeAnne Howe changes canonized histories, rewriting and narrating those events to propose reconsidered Choctaw subjectivities.

Wednesday, December 12, 2012
The Newberry Library Colloquium : Cannibalism and the Body Politic

4 – 5 pm

Accusations of cannibalism justified assaults on indigenous societies throughout the colonial Americas. But what happened when those condemned for eating their enemies turned out to be reasonable? This was the dilemma confronting explorers, soldiers, and naturalists who made contact with Indians along a remote Brazilian river in the early nineteenth century.

Tuesday, December 18, 2012
Sundays at Sinai: A Jewish Congregation in Chicago : A Meet the Author Event

6 pm

Wednesday, December 19, 2012
The Newberry Library Colloquium : Vivian Maier: Out of the Shadows

4 – 5 pm

Authors Michael Williams and Richard Cahan will discuss Vivian Maier, a woman who left behind a remarkable trove of 100,000 photographs that tell about everyday life in the 20th century. Their book, Vivian Maier: Out of the Shadows, was named one of the top ten art books of the year by the American Library Association’s Booklist magazine.