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., 07/28/2015
E.g., 07/28/2015
Wednesday, July 29, 2015
Inventing Antiquity, Creating Modernity in Late Eighteenth-Century Opera
From its beginning, opera librettists freely adapted the ancient literature that provided their plots. Mozart’s seldom heard Lucio Silla (“Lucius Sulla”) adapts a story tyranny and repentance will be revived at the Chicago Opera Theater this fall.
Saturday, August 1, 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.
Wednesday, August 5, 2015
What the Housekeeper Heard: Reconstructing a Sixteenth-Century Venetian Boat Party
On an early January night in 1569, a boatload of revelers crisscrossed the city of Venice, stopping a number of times to serenade friends, benefactors, and lovers.