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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.

E.g., 02/21/2017
E.g., 02/21/2017
Wednesday, January 11, 2017Thursday, March 9, 2017
Hamilton has revived interest in one of the most complex founding fathers. Though it’s steeped in history, the musical alone cannot fully reveal Hamilton’s genius, ambition, and tragic combativeness. Primary sources from the Newberry’s collection are on display to help fill in the blanks (sans hip hop accompaniment, unfortunately!).
Friday, January 20, 2017Saturday, April 15, 2017
African American Kentucky through the Lens of Helen Balfour Morrison, 1935-1946
Chicago-area photographer Helen Balfour Morrison is largely unknown today, but she created an impressive body of photographs documenting African American life in Depression-era Kentucky. Beginning in 1935, Morrison traveled to the Inner Bluegrass region near Lexington, Kentucky, where she photographed the residents of two small African American communities, Zion Hill and Sugar Hill.
Tuesday, February 21, 2017
Free and open to the public; no registration required.
The musical Hamilton has taken the humanities by storm, sparking new interest in early American history on college campuses. Four Northwestern University faculty have shaped courses in legal studies and history around the musical, using Lin Manuel Miranda’s themes to tackle issues of politics, immigration, and identity—past and present.
Wednesday, February 22, 2017
A Newberry Colloquium
Now in its tenth year, the Newberry’s ChicagoAncestors.org digital mapping resource remains a leading tool for searching Chicago’s past by location. The site retains the original features of allowing historical events, places, images and stories that can be searched by keyword, address, collection, and neighborhood.
Thursday, February 23, 2017
A Lecture Recital
Free and open to the public; no registration required.
This lecture recital explores the nineteenth-century Hungarian violinist, conductor, and composer Joseph Joachim in relation to Ludwig van Beethoven. Since Joachim’s debut performance of Beethoven’s Violin Concerto Op. 61 in 1844, the music of Beethoven assumed a central position in his life.
Saturday, February 25, 2017
Free and open to the public; no tickets or registration required
“Our eyes are sentinels unto our judgements, And should give certain judgement what they see; But they are rash sometimes, and tell us wonders Of common things, which when our judgments find, They can then check the eyes, and call them blind.”
Tuesday, February 28, 2017
Free and open to the public; no registration required.
Max Edling will explore how Hamilton’s fiscal and financial reforms laid the foundation for American power. It is a story of how as Secretary of the Treasury, Hamilton took a bankrupt, weak, dysfunctional federal union and turned it into a powerful nation that could hold its own against European empires and continental rivals.
Wednesday, March 1, 2017
Free and open to the public; no registration required.
Think of Queen Victoria. Her name immediately summons a vision of a short, stout, dour old woman, engulfed in widow’s weeds. But in 1837, the year she became Queen, she was petite, fresh-faced, and charming, just nineteen years old and full of spirit and style.
Saturday, March 4, 2017
Please register by 10 am Friday, March 3, 2017
We tend to think of Enlightenment-era philosophers as architects of abstraction—not least because they tend to describe themselves that way. This essay tries a different approach; part of a longer project called “Crafts of Enlightenment,” it treats Enlightenment rationality as a hard-won discipline, developed through craft knowledge and habits of labor.
Saturday, March 4, 2017
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, March 7, 2017
A Meet the Author Program
Free and open to the public; no registration required.
Algren, A Life is the definitive biography of Nelson Algren, one of the best-known writers of mid-twentieth-century America.
Thursday, March 9, 2017Friday, March 10, 2017
A History of the Book Symposium
Please register by 10 am Wednesday, March 8, 2017
Twitter hashtag for the symposium: #NLHOB17 The symposium, designed for a broad audience of undergraduate and graduate students, faculty members, local scholars, and the interested general public, will introduce participants to:
Wednesday, March 15, 2017
A Meet the Author Program
Free and open to the public; no registration required.
From 1936 to 1939, the New Deal’s Federal Writers’ Project collected life stories from more than 2,300 former African American slaves. These narratives are now widely used as a source to understand the lived experience of those who made the transition from slavery to freedom. But in this examination of the project and its legacy, Catherine A.
Saturday, March 18, 2017
Free and open to the public; no registration required.
Building on the Newberry exhibition, Photographing Freetowns: African-American Kentucky through the Lens of Helen Balfour Morrison, 1935-1946, internationally renowned genealogist Tony Burroughs will examine resources and methodology for researching ex-slaves and their descendants.