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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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Wednesday, February 21, 2018
Meet the Author: David L. Carlson and Landis Blair
Free and open to the public. Registration required.
It was a hunting accident—that much Charlie is sure of. That’s how his father, Matt Rizzo—a gentle intellectual who writes epic poems in Braille—had lost his vision. It’s not until Charlie’s troubled teenage years, when he’s facing time for his petty crimes, that he learns the truth.
Wednesday, February 21, 2018
A Newberry Colloquium
If you asked a roomful of English professors a hundred years ago why it is important to study modern literature, a good number of them might have said, “because it is a form of self-expression.” Over the course of the twentieth century, though, Anglo-American literary scholars taught themselves to despise the idea of self-expression.
Saturday, February 24, 2018
Shakespeare Project of Chicago
Free and open to the public; no registration required
“Never were finer snares for womens’ honesties Than are devis’d in these days; no spider’s web’s Made of a daintier thread, than are now practis’d To catch love’s flesh-fly by the silver wing”
Saturday, March 3, 2018
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, March 7, 2018
CURRENTLY FULL; waitlist open
Join experts from the Ulster Historical Foundation as they describe the ins-and-outs of research in the Emerald Isle. No previous research experience is required. Topics will cover the whole of Ireland.
Thursday, March 8, 2018
Meet the Author: Alex Lichtenstein and Andrew Lichtenstein
Free and open to the public. Registration required.
Wednesday, March 14, 2018
Annette Gordon-Reed and Peter Onuf on the History of Democracy and Its Contemporary Discontents
Free and open to the public. Registration required.
In this installment of “Conversations at the Newberry,” Annette Gordon-Reed and Peter S.
Tuesday, March 20, 2018
Meet the Author: David Howard
Free and open to the public. Registration required.
Chasing Phil: The Adventures of Two Undercover Agents with the World’s Most Charming Con Man, by David Howard, is a thrilling true crime caper, bursting with colorful characters and awash in ‘70s glamour, that spotlights the FBI’s first white-collar undercover sting.
Tuesday, March 27, 2018
Meet the Author: Ben Austen
CURRENTLY FULL; waitlist open
Built in the 1940s atop an infamous Italian slum, Cabrini-Green grew to twenty-three towers and a population of 20,000—all of it packed onto just seventy acres a few blocks from Chicago’s ritzy Gold Coast (and the Newberry Library). Cabrini-Green became synonymous with crime, squalor, and the failure of government. For the many who lived there, it was also a much-needed resource—it was home.
Wednesday, April 4, 2018
Chicago Opera Theater Presents a Panel and Performance
Free and open to the public. Registration required.
Join us for a conversation between Chicago Opera Theater’s Music Advisor Francesco Milioto and Amy Hutchison, director of COT’s upcoming
Thursday, April 5, 2018
Meet the Author: Carol Mighton Haddix, Bruce Kraig, and Colleen Taylor Sen
Free and open to the public. Registration required.
Pizza. Alinea. Wrigley Spearmint. Soul food. Rick Bayless. Hot Dogs. Koreatown. Everest. All served up A-Z, and all part of the ultimate reference on Chicago and its food.
Saturday, April 7, 2018
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 genealogy research, this session will last approximately an hour followed by a short tour of the library.
Wednesday, April 11, 2018
Meet the Author: Errol Magidson
Free and open to the public. Registration required.
Chicago’s Only Castle: The History of Givins’ Irish Castle and its Keepers regales its reader with the history of a treasure buried on Chicago’s far Southwest Side of which few people beyond the neighborhood seem to be aware.
Thursday, April 12, 2018
Free and open to the public. Registration required.
Faces of Love: Leonard Bernstein Centennial Concert, is a tribute to the musical legacy of Norman Pellegrini, co-founder of Chicago Classical Radio WFMT, voice of the Chicago Symphony and the Lyric Opera.
Wednesday, April 18, 2018
Meet the Author: Linda Gartz
Free and open to the public. Registration required.
Set against the backdrop of the Civil Rights Movement, Linda Gartz’s Redlined exposes the racist lending rules that refused mortgages to anyone in areas with even one black resident.
Monday, April 23, 2018
The Board of Trustees invites you to join the Newberry in honoring Carla Hayden for her outstanding contributions to the humanities. Dr. Hayden is the current Librarian of Congress, former head of the Enoch Pratt Free Library in Baltimore, former Deputy Commissioner of the Chicago Public Library, and former President of the American Library Association.
Wednesday, April 25, 2018
A Lecture by Debra N. Mancoff
Free and open to the public. Registration required.
The upcoming wedding of His Royal Highness Prince Henry of Wales to American actress and Northwestern University alumna Meghan Markle has ignited anticipation in fashion circles around the world.
Saturday, April 28, 2018
Colonial History Lecture Series: Wendy Warren
Free and open to the public. Registration required.
This talk will describe some of the lives of enslaved people in seventeenth-century New England, explaining what chattel slavery looked like in a place without plantations or cash crops. Enslavement took many forms in colonial North America; this lecture will explore what it meant to be enslaved on the periphery of an empire, in the fledgling “Puritan” colonies.
Wednesday, May 2, 2018
Hanna Holborn Gray and David Spadafora
Free and open to the public. Registration required.
In this installment of “Conversations at the Newberry,” Hanna Holborn Gray and David Spadafora discuss Gray’s new book An Academic Life: A Memoir.
Saturday, May 5, 2018
Shakespeare Project of Chicago
Free and open to the public; no registration required
“ ‘I can see he’s not in your good books,’ said the messenger. ‘No, and if he were I would burn my library.’” A staged reading by professional actors from The Shakespeare Project of Chicago, directed by Peter Garino.
Saturday, May 5, 2018
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, the session will last approximately and hour followed by a short tour of the library.