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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.

E.g., 04/26/2018
E.g., 04/26/2018
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 remarkable career and her 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.
Tuesday, May 22, 2018
Meet the Author: Essence McDowell
Free and open to the public. Registration required.
Lifting As They Climbed: Mapping a History of Black Women on Chicago’s South Side tells of the lives of Black women who contributed to the development of Chicago from the mid-nineteenth century to today.
Wednesday, May 23, 2018
Meet the Author: Frank Cicero, Jr.
Free and open to the public. Registration required.
How three constitutions built the modern Prairie State In its early days, Illinois seemed destined to extend the American South. Its population of transplants lived an upland southern culture and in some cases owned slaves. Yet the nineteenth century and three constitutions recast Illinois as a crucible of northern strength and American progress.
Saturday, June 2, 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, June 6, 2018
Meet the Author: Catherine Kerrison
Free and open to the public. Registration required.
In this talk, Catherine Kerrison, a scholar of early American and women’s history, will explore the ways in which Thomas Jefferson reveals himself, in sometimes unintentional ways, when we look at him as a father. We are often puzzled by disparities between Jefferson’s words—particularly those he uttered in public—and his actions.
Thursday, June 7, 2018
Meet the Author: Becca Gercken and Julie Pelletier
Free and open to the public. Registration required.
In the decades since the passing of the Pamajewon ruling in Canada and the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act in the United States, gaming has come to play a crucial role in how Indigenous peoples are represented and read by both Indians and non-Indians alike.
Thursday, June 21, 2018
Free and open to the public; no registration 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! Our lineup will feature spirited performances around a piano in the park.
Saturday, July 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 genealogical research, the session will last approximately and hour followed by a short tour of the library.
Thursday, July 26, 2018Sunday, July 29, 2018
Free admission
#NLBF18 Don’t miss our annual Newberry Book Fair, one of the largest used book sales in the country. Browse through more than 120,000 used books, movies, records and more in 70 categories, many of which are priced at $3 or less. Admission is FREE!