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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., 07/18/2019
E.g., 07/18/2019
Saturday, February 23, 2019Thursday, November 14, 2019
A series of public programs examining the legacy of the 1919 Chicago race riots
Held at locations across Chicago
Chicago’s 1919 race riots barely register in the city’s current consciousness, yet they were a significant turning point in shaping the racial divides we see today.
Wednesday, July 24, 2019
A Newberry Colloquium
Paleography is the study of the history of handwriting and scripts in books, manuscripts, and other documents. This colloquium celebrates the launch of the Center for Renaissance Studies’ Italian paleography website, sponsored by the Mellon Foundation. Developed with the University of Toronto and St.
Thursday, July 25, 2019Sunday, July 28, 2019
Free and open to the public; no registration or tickets required
Join us for Chicago’s most popular used-book binge. Browse through more than 135,000 used books in 70 categories. Scour the sale for amazing deals on cookbooks, fiction, art books, children’s literature, collectibles, foreign language, and much, much more. In addition to books, shoppers will find DVDs, CDs, vinyl records, games, posters, and collectibles.
Saturday, July 27, 2019
#Bughouse2019
Free and open to the public; no registration or tickets required
At a time when political polarization is intensified by the extremes of digital discourse, the Bughouse Square Debates are a public forum where people can encounter new ideas and share their own—in person!
Wednesday, July 31, 2019
A Newberry Colloquium
Around 1510, Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519) worked with University of Pavia anatomist Marco Antonio dalla Torre (1481-1511), with the intent of producing the finest anatomical treatise ever produced. Yet the two never published their treatise, and the details of their collaboration remains relatively untold in the scholarly work.
Saturday, August 3, 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, August 7, 2019
A Newberry Colloquium
When did Illinois become a free state? Spanning a century and a half, M. Scott Heerman will trace the making, remaking, and eventual unmaking of slavery in Illinois. Drawing from his new book, The Alchemy of Slavery, he shows that over its long history Illinois went from Indian Country to European Empire, from a border south region to bulwark of the free north.
Thursday, August 29, 2019
Meet the Author: Margaret McMullan
Free and open to the public; free tickets required.
Join us for a Meet the Author event with Margaret McMullan, who will be discussing her latest book, Where the Angels Lived.
Saturday, September 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.
Saturday, October 5, 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.