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May 2, 2012
Charles C. Haffner III devoted his professional career to R.R. Donnelley & Sons Company, founded by his great-grandfather—and his philanthropic career to books, art, education, and nature, bringing an extraordinary level of dedication and leadership to organizations and institutions that reflected his principles and his passion. A graduate of Phillips Exeter Academy and Yale University, Charlie was the son of World War II hero Major General Charles C. Haffner, Jr., and he himself served as...
April 27, 2012
The Newberry is pleased to be one of the collaborating cultural institutions on a new website: “The Civil War in Art: Teaching and Learning Through Chicago Collections.” An educational tool designed primarily for students and teachers in grades 6 – 12, the site features 128 high-resolution images from the Terra Foundation for American Art and its partners: the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago History Museum, Chicago Park District, Chicago Public Library, Chicago Public Schools, DuSable Museum...
April 11, 2012
May 16 marks the 100th anniversary of Studs Terkel’s birth, and an occasion to memorialize one of the most prolific writers and cultural critics in the history of Chicago letters. The Newberry will host—and Rick Kogan will emcee—the Studs Terkel 100th Birthday Party, featuring distinguished speakers and their memories of the man who inspired their work and with whom they sometimes collaborated: Alex Kotlowitz, Alison Cuddy, Penelope Rosemont, Alma Washington (as Lucy Parsons), Steve...
April 3, 2012
Quotes from William Wordsworth, Robert F. Kennedy, A.A. Milne and other text have been transformed into beautiful works of printing and book arts, and are now featured at the Chicago Calligraphy Collective’s (CCC) 26th Annual Juried Exhibition, Exploration 2012, being hosted at the Newberry. This stunning exhibition showcases a unique variety of calligraphy, from traditional to experimental broadsides, 3-D, and hand-bound book art, encouraging calligraphers to explore and stretch...
December 31, 2012
We’re very pleased to announce that our Campaign for Tomorrow’s Newberry has raised almost 85 percent of its $25 million goal. Our heartfelt thanks go out to those of you who have helped make this success possible through your gifts to the campaign and the Annual Fund. The Newberry already is putting our campaign commitments to work to enhance the library’s programs and services.  Thanks to generous gifts, we’ve been able to: install compact shelving on three floors of our Stack...
October 11, 2011
Home to one of the world’s foremost archives related to American Indians and the indigenous peoples of the western hemisphere, the Newberry is celebrating National Native American Heritage Month with an exciting new exhibition to accompany the recent launch of a permanent, educational website. The website is made possible by generous support from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Conceived and developed by the Newberry’s D’Arcy McNickle Center for American Indian and...
February 2, 2012
Scott Turow and Judge Richard Posner will talk about the future of books, authors, and libraries in the digital age at the next “Conversations at the Newberry,” a new series of discussions to generate thought-provoking discourse for and frame important questions about enduring issues that are timely today. Each evening features a pair of authors speaking about topics on which they have expertise and with which they are enthusiastically engaged, followed by give and take with the audience. The...
January 24, 2012
The Newberry has completed one of the most critical projects under the auspices of the Campaign for Tomorrow’s Newberry; the installation of compact shelving on three floors of its Stack Building. Made possible by the generous support of the late Gerald F. Fitzgerald, Sr., and his wife, Marjorie, the project has given the library a stunning 13.75 miles of new shelving and the equivalent of a full floor of additional storage. All materials are once again available for use. “Our...
January 31, 2012
The American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) has chosen the Newberry to host a two-year Public Fellow to work with the newly created Department of Digital Initiatives and Services to develop an integrated digital strategy for research and learning in the humanities. The Newberry is one of only 13 organizations in the country—and the only one in the Midwest—selected for the program, which will place recent PhD awardees from the humanities and humanistic social sciences in two-year staff...
January 5, 2012
The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) has granted the Newberry $326,803 to help community college faculty enrich their students’ learning in the area of American religious pluralism. Utilizing the Newberry’s rich collections and expertise, “Out of Many: Religious Pluralism in America” is a two-year, multi-day seminar program that will bring together 20 community college faculty to explore American religious pluralism through discussions with scholars in the field, public...

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