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Programs and Events

The Newberry offers programming in the humanities for scholars, teachers, and the general public. Unless otherwise noted, events are free, and no reservations are required. Many of our programs are recorded, and you can listen to them on our website.

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E.g., 11/21/2019
E.g., 11/21/2019
Friday, September 20, 2019Tuesday, December 31, 2019
Often called “the Heartland” or “flyover country,” the Midwest tends to be characterized as a homogeneous, barren space between the American coasts. This exhibition challenges the assumptions, stereotypes, and persistent narratives about the Midwest, exploring the confluence of peoples and environmental conditions that has defined the region and made it unique.
Thursday, November 21, 2019
The Chicago Map Society's November Meeting
It’s all about “Location, Location, Location” and the word ‘Chicago’ has referred to at least three geographic locations, multiple rivers and creeks, and two portage routes, begging the question, What if our Chicago isn’t really Chicago?
Tuesday, December 3, 2019
Jill Metcoff and Mike Mossman
Free and open to the public; free tickets required.
Jill Metcoff and Mike Mossman will discuss their shared fascination with the Midwestern prairie and the use of intentional fires in maintaining the Midwestern landscape and ecosystem. Bringing together photography, conservation biology, ecology, and personal history, their interdisciplinary work celebrates the union of visual art and scientific method.
Wednesday, December 4, 2019
A Newberry Colloquium
In many modern Indian languages, the word “sarkār” signifies “the state” or “government.” In early modern usage, however, it referred primarily to great households that formed the building blocks of India’s Mughal empire (1526–1858). Focusing on the Mughal successor regime of Awadh (c.
Thursday, December 5, 2019
Kristin Hoganson and Timothy Gilfoyle
Free and open to the public; free tickets required.
Myths and stereotypes about the Midwest, often called the “Heartland,” have informed American culture for generations. Insulated. Homogenous. Flat. Flyover Country. “Real” America. These ideas have power, yet they all obscure important realities about the Midwest’s past and its present.
Saturday, December 7, 2019
First Nations Film and Video Festival
Free and open to the public; registration required
In this engrossing and suspenseful feature film debut by filmmaker Andrew Okpeaha MacLean, two teenage boys who have grown up like brothers go about their lives in the comfortable claustrophobia of an isolated Alaskan town.
Saturday, December 7, 2019
The Genealogy and Local History staff will introduce visitors to the Newberry and explain how to use its collections at an informal orientation. Aimed at researchers new to the library and/or new to genealogical research, this session will last approximately an hour followed by a short tour of the library.
Wednesday, December 11, 2019
A Newberry Colloquium
In 1804, the Spanish introduced the world’s first smallpox vaccine to its empire, along with orders that vaccination—as a gift of both God and King—be voluntary. Yet the vaccine was incubated and conserved for the public through the dispossessed bodies of enslaved, orphaned, and indigenous peoples.
Wednesday, December 11, 2019
Chicago's Architectural History in Print
Free and open to the public; free tickets required.
Join Chicago architecture aficionados Kim Coventry, John Ronan, and Pauline Saliga to discuss the significant architecture and urban design projects profiled in Chicago by the Book:101 Publications that Shaped the City and Its Image.
Saturday, December 14, 2019
A theatrical reading by the Shakespeare Project of Chicago
Free and open to the public; free tickets required.
Join us for a special holiday-themed morning, with traditional carols, a special holiday performance, and free hot chocolate and treats.
Thursday, December 19, 2019
The Chicago Map Society's December Meeting
We hope that you will join us for our annual Holiday Gala, which will feature an especially full smorgasbord of holiday treats for your dining and drinking pleasure. We will continue our tradition of pairing this party with our “Members’ Night,” which allows our members to showcase a special item in their personal collections.
Friday, January 24, 2020Tuesday, March 31, 2020
Jun Fujita: American Visionary, copresented by the Newberry Library and the Poetry Foundation, focuses on the extraordinary accomplishments of poet and photojournalist Jun Fujita.