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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., 01/22/2017
E.g., 01/22/2017
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.
Wednesday, January 25, 2017
A Newberry Colloquium
According to Sir Philip Sidney, ethical action results from training the wit (reason) to understand what is good and the will (emotions) to crave it. His The Countess of Pembroke’s Arcadia, explores the problems caused when Prince Pyrocles is faced with a situation in which there is no rational way to satisfy his perfectly acceptable love for the Princess Philoclea.
Thursday, January 26, 2017Saturday, January 28, 2017
Registration is now open.
The Center for Renaissance Studies’ annual graduate student conference, organized and run by advanced doctoral students, has become a premier opportunity for emerging scholars to present papers, participate in discussions, and develop collaborations across the field of medieval, Renaissance, and early modern studies in Europe, the Americas, and the Mediterranean world.
Tuesday, January 31, 2017
A Brown Bag Lunch
Free and open to the public; no registration required.
Canada is a country of massive size, of diverse geographical features and an equally diverse population—all features that are magnificently reflected in its architecture.
Wednesday, February 8, 2017
Currently full; register for the wait list (see below).
Before and during the Revolutionary War, taverns in colonial America became important intersections of oral and print culture. Broadsides, pamphlets, and newspapers were posted there, read aloud, and discussed by individuals on all sides of the conflict. Step back in time to a 1770s tavern in Colonial America.
Thursday, February 9, 2017
A Meet the Author Program
Free and open to the public; no registration required.
The first full-length study of the impact of the discovery of the Americas on Italian Renaissance art and culture, Imagining the Americas in Medici Florence demonstrates that the Medici grand dukes of Florence were not only great patrons of artists but also early conservators of American culture.
Wednesday, February 15, 2017
Free and open to the public; no registration required.
The assassination of Abraham Lincoln in 1865 threw much of the war-weary American nation in to deep mourning. How did people respond to and deal with their grief?
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.