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Past Conversations at the Newberry

Past Programs

Tuesday, November 7, 2017
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Brad Gregory and Mark Noll on the Protestant Reformation and Its Continuing Impact
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In this installment of “Conversations at the Newberry,” Brad S. Gregory and Mark Noll engage in a conversation about the Protestant Reformation of the sixteenth century and its continued impact on today’s world.
Wednesday, May 17, 2017
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Isabel Wilkerson and James Grossman on the Great Migration, Then and Now
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In this installment of “Conversations at the Newberry,” Isabel Wilkerson, Pulitzer Prize winning author of The Warmth of Other Suns, and James Grossman, author of Land of Hope: Chicago, Black Southerners, and the Great Migration and Executive Director of the American Historical Association
Wednesday, November 16, 2016
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Joseph Roach and Mary Zimmerman on the Past, Present, and Future of Shakespeare Performance
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This installment of “Conversations at the Newberry” explores the way Shakespeare’s plays are filled with fourth-wall-breaking moments in which characters share their methods for successfully performing emotions, political alliances, and gender roles.
Wednesday, April 6, 2016
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William "Bro" Adams and Walter Massey on How the Humanities, Arts, and Sciences Can and Should Fit Together
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In this installment of the “Conversations at the Newberry” series, William “Bro” Adams, Chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities, and Walter Massey, President of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, will exchange thoughts on how the humanities, the arts, and the sciences can combine forces to enrich life on college campuses and in the world beyond.
Tuesday, March 15, 2016
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Paul F. Gehl and Suzanne Folds McCullagh on Artist's Books
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This installment of “Conversations at the Newberry” starts with the notion that books have contained art, and artists have made books, for generations. But only in the late nineteenth century did the notion of an artist’s book (livre d’artiste in French) coalesce.
Tuesday, January 19, 2016
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Tasha Alexander and Susanna Calkins on the Art of Historical Fiction
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This installment of “Conversations at the Newberry” explores how historical fiction, as a genre, places two competing demands on the writers who dare to play in its sandbox: on the one hand, faithfulness to what happened in the past, and, on the other, imagination in crafting characters and plots that will resonate with audiences today.
Monday, April 13, 2015
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Lester Munson and John Schulian on Baseball Writing in America
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This installment of “Conversations at the Newberry” explores the 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.
Tuesday, December 2, 2014
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Jack Fuller and Owen Youngman on News in the Twenty-First Century
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This installment of “Conversations at the Newberry” explores the way the rise of digital technology has revolutionized journalism and the way the public searches for and consumes news. Traditional news media worldwide have been challenged to change their business models as readers increasingly rely on digital and social media platforms for their daily news.
Tuesday, September 30, 2014
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Neil Steinberg and Thomas Dyja on Chicago's Place in American History and Culture
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In this installment of “Conversations at the Newberry,” responding to a canon of criticism of Chicago that dates back at least to the mid-twentieth century (and a recent contribution to which came from Rachel Shteir in the New York Times), Thomas Dyja, author of The Third Coast
Monday, April 21, 2014
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Barbara Gaines and Gail Kern Paster on the Bard as Literature and as Performance
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This installment of “Conversations at the Newberry” celebrates the Bard’s 450th birthday with Chicago Shakespeare Theater Founder and Artistic Director Barbara Gaines and Gail Kern Paster, director emerita of the Folger Shakespeare Library, discussing Shakespeare as literature, and as performance. Listen to the audio of this “Conversation.”
Thursday, November 21, 2013
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Douglas L. Wilson and Michael Burlingame on the Language and Rhetoric of President Lincoln
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This installment of “Conversations at the Newberry” commemorates the 150th anniversary of Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address. Distinguished Lincoln scholars Douglas L. Wilson and Michael Burlingame, both recipients of the Lincoln Prize for published books, will discuss the language and rhetoric of President Lincoln.
Wednesday, May 8, 2013
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Sara Paretsky and Rick Kogan on the Place of Chicago in Fiction
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Join novelist Sara Paretsky and journalist Rick Kogan as they talk about Chicago in Chicago literature.
Thursday, October 4, 2012
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Hanna Gray and Jim Leach on Redefining the Contours of the Humanities
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This installment of “Conversations at the Newberry” explores how, as humanistic study becomes hyper-professionalized and less popular on college campuses across the country, a troubling question has emerged: Is there a crisis in the humanities?
Wednesday, February 22, 2012
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Scott Turow and Judge Richard Posner on the Digital Age
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This installment of “Conversations at the Newberry” features Scott Turow and Judge Richard Posner discussing the future of books, authors, and libraries in the digital age. This new series of discussions aims to generate thought-provoking discourse on important questions about enduring and timely issues.
Tuesday, October 11, 2011
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Martin Marty and the Rev. Dr. John Buchanan on the Role of Religion and Religious Activism in a Secular World
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This inaugural installment of “Conversations at the Newberry” features pre-eminent National Book Award winner and University of Chicago professor Martin Marty and the Rev. Dr. John Buchanan, pastor of Chicago’s historic Fourth Presbyterian Church.