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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., 12/13/2018
Friday, September 28, 2018Monday, December 31, 2018
Free and open to the public
As the grandest international spectacle in a great age of spectacles, the World’s Columbian Exposition held in Chicago in 1893 captured the public’s imagination through a dazzling array of visual images.
Saturday, December 15, 2018
A Theatrical Reading by the Shakespeare Project of Chicago
Free and open to the public; registration recommended
Join us for a special holiday-themed morning.
Wednesday, December 19, 2018
A Newberry Colloquium
Like Rudolph on that foggy Christmas Eve, your faithful host Kristin Emery will guide competitors through three rounds of questions (plus a bonus picture round!) on the coziest of topics. Modest prizes will be awarded. All are welcome to join these reindeer games, but please note that each team will be limited to a maximum of four members.
Saturday, January 12, 2019
Shakespeare Project of Chicago
Free and open to the public; registration recommended.
“O, why should nature build so foul a den, Unless the gods delight in tragedies?”
Friday, January 18, 2019Saturday, April 6, 2019
The Life, Writings, and Influence of Herman Melville, Author of Moby-Dick
Free and open to the public
Plan your visit to the Newberry to see the exhibition. For the 200th anniversary of Herman Melville’s birth, this exhibition will highlight the many facets of his work, illustrating how he has been perceived and repurposed over the past 200 years.
Saturday, January 19, 2019
A Keynote Address by Nathaniel Philbrick
Free and open to the public. Registration required.
Nathaniel Philbrick, author of In the Heart of the Sea and Why Read Moby-Dick?, explores the timeless relevance of Herman Melville’s masterpiece.
Saturday, January 19, 2019Sunday, January 20, 2019
Live Marathon Reading of Herman Melville's Masterpiece
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Join us for an hour, an afternoon or morning, or all night long! To celebrate the 200th anniversary of Herman Melville’s birth, the Newberry Library will host a Moby-Dick Read-a-Thon lasting 25 continuous hours. By the end of the marathon reading, a series of readers-performers will have collectively read Moby-Dick (aloud) cover to cover!
Saturday, February 2, 2019
Colonial History Lecture Series: Peter C. Mancall
Free and open to the public. Registration required.
In the sixteenth-century Atlantic world, nature and culture swirled in people’s minds to produce fantastic images.
Wednesday, February 6, 2019
Panel Discussion with Performance, Chicago Opera Theater
Free and open to the public. Registration required.
Hear from the artists behind this new opera, which had its world premiere just three years ago at Beth Morrison Project’s PROTOTYPE Festival.
Saturday, February 9, 2019
Kissed by Lightning, Directed by Shelley Niro “Kissed by Lightning” is a story of woman trying to keep the stories of her late husband alive while also working through her grief and learning to love again. Run time: 1 hour 29 minutes She is Water, Directed by Darlene Naponse
Wednesday, February 13, 2019
Meet the Author: Tera Agyepong and Elliott Gorn
Free and open to the public. Registration required.
Join us as authors Tera Eva Agyepong and Elliott Gorn explore the tangled history of black children and America’s criminal justice system.
Tuesday, February 19, 2019
Meet the Author: Adina Hoffman
Free and open to the public. Registration required.
In Adina Hoffman’s Ben Hecht: Fighting Words, Moving Pictures, Chicago becomes its own character. Hoffman writes in detail about Hecht’s years here and his involvement both with the city’s newspapers and with the Chicago Renaissance.
Saturday, February 23, 2019
Free and open to the public. Registration required.
A gritty realist drama about Irish Americans in one of Chicago’s toughest early 20th-century neighborhoods, in which a cop and a priest collaborate to save a young man at risk.
Tuesday, March 5, 2019
Meet the Author: Brian McCammack
Free and open to the public. Registration required.
Situated at the intersection of race and place in American history, Landscapes of Hope: Nature and the Great Migration in Chicago traces the contours of a black environmental consciousness that runs throughout the African American experience.
Saturday, March 9, 2019
#stillhere, Directed by Desmond Hessing (Oklahoma Choctaw) Short Video Art piece which challenges traditional representations of Indigenous people as being trapped in the past. Run time: 1 minute 20 seconds Nothing about Moccasins, Directed by Eden Mallina Awashish
Wednesday, March 13, 2019
Clarence Darrow Symposium: Nina Barrett
Free and open to the public. Registration required.
The 1924 murder of fourteen-year-old Bobby Franks by Nathan Leopold and Richard Loeb, and their defense by Clarence Darrow, raised profound and disturbing questions about social class, criminal psychology, morality, justice, and mercy.