Programs and Events

Since its founding in 1887, the Newberry has provided public programming in the humanities. Unless otherwise noted, events are free, and no reservations are required.
E.g., 11/24/2015
E.g., 11/24/2015
Friday, September 18, 2015Thursday, December 31, 2015
Chicago’s heritage of live performance and popular amusement is almost as old as the city itself. In the second half of the nineteenth century, palatial theatres in the Loop catered to the appetites of an entertainment-hungry public.
Wednesday, December 2, 2015
The Lauzanne Family Papers (Newberry Case MS 5027) is a collection of hundreds of manuscript documents spanning six centuries and related to noble families established in Auvergne, France. The collection remained in the Vault for 25 years, more or less unsorted and unprocessed, until it was rediscovered in the context of the French paleography project.
Thursday, December 3, 2015
A conversation with Robert Chaskin (The University of Chicago, School of Social Service Administration), Mark Joseph (Case Western Reserve University), and the National Public Housing Museum in celebration of the publication of Chaskin and Joseph’s new book, Integrating the Inner City - The Promise and Perils of Mixed-Income Public Housing Transformation.
Saturday, December 5, 2015
Tailored especially for children between the magical ages of 4-10, this tender adventure into the natural world of Winnie-the-Pooh is ideal for schools, libraries and botanic gardens. Tailored for the needs of each audience, it includes an illustrated reading of an original Winnie-the-Pooh story followed by a charming journey into the real places where the stories took place.
Saturday, December 5, 2015
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.
Saturday, December 5, 2015
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.
Tuesday, December 8, 2015
Robert A. Seal, Dean of Libraries at Loyola University Chicago and David Spadafora, President of the Newberry Library cordially invite you to the third annual Focus on the Book lecture featuring the Director of the California Rare Book School, Susan Allen.
Saturday, December 12, 2015
Join exhibition curator Martha Briggs, Lloyd Lewis Curator of Modern Manuscripts, for a guided tour of “Stagestruck City: Chicago’s Theater Tradition and the Birth of the Goodman,” which explores the founding of the Goodman Theatre within the context of more than 60 years of a robust and ever-changing Chicago theater scene.
Tuesday, December 15, 2015
By Miklos Laszlo, adapted by E. P. Dowdall
This classic comedy about love-hate relationships has charmed audiences in many forms providing the inspiration for beloved Hollywood films “The Shop Around the Corner” (1940) starring Jimmy Stewart and Margaret, ” In the Good Old Summertime” (1949) with Judy Garland, and more recently in the 1998 update “You’ve Got Mail” featuring Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan.
Wednesday, December 16, 2015
In contrast to most other musical traditions, skilled musicians in Enlightenment Scotland were fully conversant in both chamber music (influenced by Italianate art music) and homegrown dance music. The culmination of this hybrid genre is found in Robert Mackintosh’s collection of 1793, which juxtaposes earthy strathspeys and fiery reels with refined gigas and elegant variation suites.