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Past Meet the Author Programs

Past Programs

Wednesday, November 8, 2017
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Thursday, October 26, 2017
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Tuesday, October 17, 2017
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Thursday, August 31, 2017
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A Meet the Author Program
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An idea is a point of departure and no more. As soon as you elaborate it, it becomes transformed by thought – Pablo Picasso Listen to the audio recording of this program.
Thursday, May 25, 2017
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A Meet the Author Program
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Wednesday, April 26, 2017
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A Meet the Author Program
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Saturday, April 22, 2017
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Wednesday, March 15, 2017
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A Meet the Author Program
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Tuesday, March 7, 2017
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A Meet the Author Program
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Thursday, February 9, 2017
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A Meet the Author Program
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Thursday, September 22, 2016
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A Meet the Author Program
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Wednesday, August 31, 2016
Meet the Author
A Meet the Author Program
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Explore materials related to this talk available in the Newberry collection, and listen to the audio recording of the event.
Thursday, June 2, 2016
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A Meet the Author Program
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René Robert Cavelier, Sieur de La Salle, the great seventeenth-century explorer, features prominently in the Newberry’s collection. Maps, manuscripts, accounts of his discoveries, and official narratives of his expeditions all speak to his historical legacy.
Tuesday, May 24, 2016
Meet the Author
A Meet the Author Program
Free and open to the public; registration in advance required.
The Newberry Library’s Fitzgerald Collection contains a fascinating and expansive array of books, manuscripts, and maps documenting polar exploration as early as the 17th century through today. The expeditions of great polar explorers—Ernest Shackleton, Roald Amundsen, and Robert Scott, to name a few—are all documented in this collection.
Wednesday, February 24, 2016
Meet the Author
A Meet the Author Program
Free and open to the public; no registration required.
Join University of Southern California professor Geoffrey Cowan and Chicago Sun-Times Publisher and Editor-in-Chief Jim Kirk for a lively discussion of Cowan’s new book, Let the People Rule: Theodore Roosevelt and the Birth of the Presidential Primary.
Friday, February 19, 2016
Meet the Author
A Meet the Author Program
Free and open to the public; registration in advance required.
The Newberry, in partnership with the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in Chicago, is pleased to welcome Maylis de Kerangal, multiple prize winning French author, to present and discuss her book The Heart. The talk will be moderated by Professor Alison James from the University of Chicago.
Saturday, December 5, 2015
Meet the Author
A Meet the Author Program
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Join Kathryn Aalto for a dazzling, visually-rich journey into one of the most iconic settings in children’s literature: the Hundred Acre Wood, a real place in East Sussex, England called Ashdown Forest. This is where A. A. Milne lived and set the tender adventures of Winnie-the-Pooh and his band of friends.
Thursday, December 3, 2015
Meet the Author
A Meet the Author Program
Free and open to the public; registration in advance required.
Please join us for a conversation with Robert Chaskin of the University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration, Mark Joseph of Case Western Reserve University, and representatives from the National Public Housing Museum in celebration of the publication of Chaskin and Joseph’s new book, Integratin
Tuesday, November 10, 2015
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A Meet the Author Program
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The Bible has been—by far—the single most widely read text, distributed object, and referenced book in all of American history. This talk draws on Mark Noll’s recently published In the Beginning Was the Word to explore the presence of Scripture from the era of Christopher Columbus through the American Revolution.
Saturday, October 17, 2015
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A Meet the Author Program
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In 2009, Loreen Niewenhuis walked the perimeter of Lake Michigan and wrote the bestselling book, A Thousand-Mile Walk on the Beach. In 2012, she took another long journey, covering 1,000 miles of shoreline touching all five Great Lakes.
Tuesday, April 28, 2015
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A Meet the Author Program
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Born to Anglo-American parents on the Appalachian frontier, captured by the Miami Indians at the age of thirteen, and adopted into the tribe, William Wells (1770–1812) moved between two cultures all his life but was comfortable in neither.
Tuesday, March 24, 2015
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A Meet the Author Program
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It was the biggest funeral Chicago had seen since Lincoln’s. On May 26, 1889, 4,000 mourners proceeded down Michigan Avenue, followed by a crowd 40,000 strong, in a howl of protest at what commentators called one of the ghastliest and most curious crimes in civilized history. The dead man, Dr. P.H.
Tuesday, March 17, 2015
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A Meet the Author Program
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Richard Fizdale’s 999: A History of Chicago in Ten Stories is a finely interwoven composite of Chicago during one of the most explosive moments in its history.
Thursday, March 12, 2015
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A Meet the Author Program
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Challenging traditional histories of abolition, historian Stacey Robertson shifts the focus away from the East to show how the women of Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Michigan, and Wisconsin helped build a vibrant antislavery movement in the Old Northwest.
Saturday, January 31, 2015
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A Meet the Author Program
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The 1950s and 1960s may have been when the civil rights movement secured its most notable legislative achievements, while enduring the most scandalizing acts of violence (the murder of Emmett Till, for example) aimed at preventing its advancement.
Tuesday, January 27, 2015
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A Meet the Author Program
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From the mid-twentieth century to today, the Great Books idea has inspired impassioned support and fiery opposition. It has been embraced as the distillation of the best of Western thought, dismissed as elitist and idealistic, and lamented as a cynical commodification of culture.
Wednesday, November 19, 2014
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A Meet the Author Program
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In celebration of the publication of the twentieth anniversary edition of Ana Castillo’s Massacre of the Dreamers: Essays on Xicanisma, the author will discuss these ground-breaking essays with Jason Ruiz, who researches and teaches about American culture at the University of Notre Dame.
Tuesday, October 7, 2014
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A Meet the Author Program
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Cesar Chavez founded a labor union, launched a movement, and inspired a generation. He rose from migrant worker to national icon, becoming one of the great charismatic leaders of the twentieth century. Two decades after his death, Chavez remains the most significant Latino leader in US history.
Saturday, September 27, 2014
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A Meet the Author Program
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Maps have long exerted a special fascination—as beautiful works of art and as practical navigational tools. But to those who collect them, the map trade can be a cutthroat business, inhabited by quirky and sometimes disreputable characters in search of a finite number of extremely rare objects. Once considered a respectable antiquarian map dealer, E.
Wednesday, September 17, 2014
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A Meet the Author Program
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In comparison to the South, the far West, and New England, the history of the Midwest has been sadly neglected. In addition to outlining the centrality of the Midwest to crucial moments in American history, Jon K. Lauck resurrects the long-forgotten stories of the institutions founded by an earlier generation of midwestern historians.
Tuesday, April 29, 2014
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A Meet the Author Program
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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, February 5, 2014
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A Meet the Author Program
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The famous, the infamous, and the unjustly forgotten—all receive their due in this biographical dictionary of the people who have made Chicago one of the world’s great cities. Here are the life stories—provided in short, entertaining capsules—of Chicago’s cultural giants as well as the industrialists, architects, and politicians who literally gave shape to the city.
Thursday, January 30, 2014
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A Meet the Author Program
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Historian Leon Fink will moderate a discussion with author D. Bradford Hunt and Eric Fure-Slocum on postwar urban change and conflict in Chicago and Milwaukee. Fure-Slocum’s recently-published Contesting the Postwar City: Working-Class and Growth Politics in 1940s Milwaukee, and D.
Saturday, November 16, 2013
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A Meet the Author Program
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Nearly 140 years ago, in frontier California, photographer Eadweard Muybridge captured time with his camera and played it back on a flickering screen, inventing the breakthrough technology of moving pictures. Yet the visionary inventor Muybridge was also a murderer who killed coolly and meticulously, and his trial became a national sensation.
Tuesday, October 1, 2013
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A Meet the Author Program
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Three writers, an historian and two memoirists, grapple with questions of family secrets, shame, and reinvention in their works, presented at this meet the authors program.
Thursday, June 13, 2013
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A Meet the Author Program
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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.
Thursday, May 23, 2013
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A Meet the Author Program
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Join Lois Leveen, the Newberry’s 2013 Arthur and Lila Weinberg Fellow, for a discussion of the research behind The Secrets of Mary Bowser, her novel based on the true story of a former slave who became a Union spy in the Confederate White House.
Wednesday, May 15, 2013
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A Meet the Author Program
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A city is more than a massing of citizens, a layout of buildings and streets, or an arrangement of institutions. It is also an infrastructure of ideas, an embodiment of the beliefs, values, and aspirations of the people who created it.
Wednesday, May 1, 2013
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A Meet the Author Program
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In First Son, Keith Koeneman chronicles the sometimes Shakespearean, sometimes Machiavellian life of an American political legend.
Tuesday, January 22, 2013
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A Meet the Author Program
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How is it that in America the image of Jesus Christ has been used both to justify the atrocities of white supremacy and to inspire the righteousness of civil rights crusades? In The Color of Christ: The Son of God and the Saga of Race in America, Edward J.
Tuesday, December 18, 2012
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A Meet the Author Program
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First established 150 years ago, Chicago Sinai is one of America’s oldest Reform Jewish congregations. Its founders were upwardly mobile and civically committed men and women, founders and partners of banks and landmark businesses like Hart Schaffner & Marx, Sears & Roebuck, and the giant meatpacking firm Morris & Co.
Thursday, November 1, 2012
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A Meet the Author Program
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This is not a tale of bloody and doomed battles with settlers and the U.S. Army, which casts Native Americans as mere victims of U.S. expansionism. Instead, This Indian Country describes how, for more than two hundred years, Native American political activists have petitioned courts and campaigned for public opinion, seeking redress and change from the American government.
Wednesday, June 20, 2012
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A Meet the Author Program
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Carlin Romano—Pulitzer Prize finalist, award-winning book critic, and professor of philosophy—takes on the widely held belief that ours is an anti–intellectual society. America the Philosophical introduces readers to a nation whose existence most still doubt: a dynamic, deeply stimulating network of people and places drawn together by shared excitement about ideas.
Wednesday, June 13, 2012
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Graceland Cemetery in Chicago was founded in 1860 and developed over several decades by a series of landscape gardeners whose reputations today figure among the most important in the field. An exemplar of the rural cemetery type, Graceland was Chicago’s answer to its eastern counterparts, Mount Auburn in Cambridge and Laurel Hill in Philadelphia.
Saturday, April 28, 2012
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A Meet the Author Program
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Italian Protestants? Few people seem to have heard of them, but the author’s mother’s immigrant Italian family was Protestant while his father’s were Catholic immigrants from Sicily. Relative Strangers describes the author’s search for the religious roots of his parents’ families in northern Italy and Sicily.
Saturday, March 3, 2012
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Tadeusz Kosciuszko, celebrated on both sides of the Atlantic in the age of democratic revolutions, forged comradeships with several African Americans with unusual and under-studied results. The Polish hero’s long relationship with Agrippa Hull of Stockbridge, Massachusetts, had the potential to change the entire course of American slavery.
Thursday, February 9, 2012
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If you were looking for a philosopher likely to appeal to Americans, Friedrich Nietzsche would be far from your first choice. After all, in his blazing career, Nietzsche took aim at nearly all the foundations of modern American life: Christian morality, the Enlightenment faith in reason, and the idea of human equality.
Saturday, February 4, 2012
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A Meet the Author Program
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The Indignant Generation is the first narrative history of the neglected but essential period of African American literature between the Harlem Renaissance and the civil rights era. The years between these two epochs saw the rise of Richard Wright, Gwendolyn Brooks, Ralph Ellison, Lorraine Hansberry, James Baldwin, and many other influential black writers.
Saturday, October 15, 2011
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Hailed by Salman Rushdie as “one of the most important voices coming out of Latin America,” author and human rights activist Ariel Dorfman delivers a memoir that excavates his profound and provocative journey as an exile.