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.
In this exhibition you will see a small sample of rare and special books on religion, published from the thirteenth to the nineteenth centuries that the Newberry collected over the last two decades. In 1991, Newberry Trustee Sister Ann Ida Gannon, president Emerita of Mundelein College, arranged for the transfer of Mundelein’s rare book collection to the Newberry.
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.
Showcasing the first Ferris wheel, dazzling and unprecedented electrification, and exhibits from around the world, the World’s Columbian Exposition of 1893 was Chicago’s chance to demonstrate that it had risen from the ashes of the Great Fire and was about to take its place as one of the world’s great cities.
4 – 5 pm
Where’s the ideal place to work on annotating an Italian text? Why, the Newberry, of course! Come and see what treasures Rachel A. Walsh has been working with in her on-going quest to produce the first scholarly edition of Giovan Mario Crescimbeni’s treatise on what constitutes beautiful Italian poetry, La bellezza della volgar poesia.
4 – 5 pm
The North American Great Lakes appear as a region in maps at least as far back as the seventeenth century, when they were brought together to suggest a geographical coherence to French territorial claims.
In a talk about her new book, Capital of the World: The Race to Host the United Nations, historian Charlene Mires foregrounds Chicago’s role in the process of establishing the United Nations’ first location in New York.
4 – 5 pm
Many universities offer courses in Latin paleography for medievalists. Training in vernacular paleography, for early modernists, is harder to come by. This month the Center for Renaissance Studies is hosting a summer institute in Spanish paleography, funded by the Mellon Foundation.
Urban planning might have been born in Chicago, but that was more than a century ago, in a very different city. Today’s city is not the product of Daniel Burnham or Mrs. O’Leary’s cow. It’s the rust belt metropolis that shouldered its way onto the list of global cities. But what did planning have to do with it?
“The United States is the most religiously diverse nation in the world,” writes Diana Eck in her pathbreaking work “A New Religious America.” After the Immigration Act of 1965 eliminated the quotas linking immigration to national origins, diverse peoples from across the globe have come to call America home.
4 – 5 pm
For the past few years, a small number of local students have presented their History Fair projects at an early summer Newberry colloquium, and they’ve always been awesome.