Through a range of documents and images, Civil War to Civil Rights presents stories of African Americans in Chicago between the mid-nineteenth and mid-twentieth centuries as they reconciled the promise of life in a Northern city with the forms of discrimination and prejudice—both subtle and overt—that many of them encountered on a daily basis.
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.
Friday, January 15, 2016 – Saturday, April 2, 2016
Wednesday, February 10, 2016
To mark the 30th anniversary of Martin Luther King, Jr., Day and celebrate Black History Month, the Newberry has organized the exhibition “Civil War to Civil Rights: African-American Chicago in the Newberry Collection.” The release of the video of the shooting of Laquan McDonald by Chicago police in November 2015 and subsequent outcry about this and other cases have made the exhibition all the
Thursday, February 11, 2016
Much like Trayvon Martin and Laquan McDonald in our own day, Emmett Till’s was a powerful story about race in America. Elliott Gorn, historian at Loyola University Chicago, will discuss why Till was, and continues to be, so important.
Tuesday, February 16, 2016
A lecture by Coll Thrush, Associate Professor of History, University of British Columbia
Friday, February 19, 2016
The Newberry Library, in partnership with the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in Chicago, is pleased to welcome Maylis de Kerangal, multiple prize winning French author, to present and discuss her book The Heart. The talk will be moderated by Professor Alison James from the University of Chicago.
Wednesday, February 24, 2016
Join University of Southern California professor Geoffrey Cowan for a conversation about his new book, Let the People Rule: Theodore Roosevelt and the Birth of the Presidential Primary, which tells the exhilarating story of the four-month campaign that changed American politics forever and continues to be relevant in 2016.
Saturday, February 27, 2016
Please register by 10 am Friday, February 26
Philosophers typically attribute the foundation of modern thought to René Descartes, who in his Discours de la méthode (1637) extensively deploys metaphors of “founding” for his theory of how the edifice of knowledge is regrounded on the clear and distinct certainty of the cogito: “I think, therefore I am.” Cultural historians sometimes locate a remoter starting point for mode
Saturday, February 27, 2016
Free and open to the public; no tickets or registration required
“How hard it is to hide the sparks of nature!” Filled with intrigue and romance, Shakespeare’s Cymbeline introduces an evil queen, an innocent young princess, an upstanding young man, a conniving villain, and the titular king into the fantastical world of this twist-filled tale. Jeff Christian directs.
Saturday, March 5, 2016
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.