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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., 06/19/2019
E.g., 06/19/2019
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.
Saturday, April 27, 2019Saturday, July 6, 2019
Free and open to the public
Chicago has long been a hub of the dance world, distinguished by the dizzying variety of traditions and styles that have flourished here. The Legacy of Chicago Dance surveys the history of the city’s dance community, showing how different dance styles not only co-existed but often converged in unexpected and creative ways.
Wednesday, June 19, 2019
A Newberry Colloquium
The current social and political landscape offers an opportunity to reflect on the importance of journalists’ papers. The Newberry Library houses the papers of many journalists and critics, such as those of Ann Barzel, Fanny Butcher, Claudia Cassidy, Ben Hecht, Bill Mullen, Mike Royko, Eunice Tietjens, and Lily Pagratis Venson, to name a few.
Friday, June 21, 2019
Free and open to the public; no registration or tickets required
The Newberry Library and the Washington Square Park Advisory Council invite you to come out to the park for a celebration of music on the first day of summer!
Saturday, July 6, 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, July 17, 2019
A Newberry Colloquium
In the summer of 1919, Chicago exploded in a firestorm of racial violence that left thirty-eight people dead and more than five hundred injured. In this colloquium, Prof.
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!
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.
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.