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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., 01/16/2018
Wednesday, January 24, 2018
Free and open to the public. No registration required.
FATHER PETER J. POWELL is Senior Research Associate of the Newberry Library, with which he has been associated since 1973, and Founder-Spiritual Director of St. Augustine’s Center for American Indians in Chicago.
Tuesday, January 30, 2018
Meet the Author
Free and open to the public. Registration required.
Why are sex and jewelry, particularly rings, so often connected? Why do rings continually appear in stories about marriage and adultery, love and betrayal, loss and recovery, identity and masquerade? What is the mythology that makes finger rings symbols of true (or, as the case may be, untrue) love?
Saturday, February 3, 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 an hour followed by a short tour of the library.
Wednesday, February 7, 2018
Meet the Author
Free and open to the public. Registration required.
“Poetry makes nothing happen,” W.H. Auden famously wrote. But is that really true? Poetry has a long-standing role in the world of politics. What happens when poets write about war and other world events? Or when poets take a role in affairs of the state—or when the state supports the writing of poetry?
Wednesday, February 21, 2018
Meet the Author
Free and open to the public. Registration required.
It was a hunting accident—that much Charlie is sure of. That’s how his father, Matt Rizzo—a gentle intellectual who writes epic poems in Braille—had lost his vision. It’s not until Charlie’s troubled teenage years, when he’s facing time for his petty crimes, that he learns the truth.
Saturday, February 24, 2018
Free and open to the public; no registration required
“Never were finer snares for womens’ honesties Than are devis’d in these days; no spider’s web’s Made of a daintier thread, than are now practis’d To catch love’s flesh-fly by the silver wing”
Saturday, March 3, 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, this session will last approximately an hour followed by a short tour of the library.
Wednesday, March 7, 2018
Free and open to the public. Registration required.
Join experts from the Ulster Historical Foundation as they describe the ins-and-outs of research in the Emerald Isle. No previous research experience is required. Topics will cover the whole of Ireland.
Thursday, March 8, 2018
Meet the Author
Free and open to the public. Registration required.
Wednesday, March 14, 2018
Annette Gordon-Reed and Peter Onuf on the History of Democracy and Its Contemporary Discontents
Free and open to the public. Registration required.
In this installment of “Conversations at the Newberry,” Annette Gordon-Reed and Peter S.
Saturday, April 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 genealogy research, this session will last approximately an hour followed by a short tour of the library.
Thursday, April 12, 2018
Free and open to the public. Registration required.
Faces of Love: Leonard Bernstein Centennial Concert, is a tribute to the musical legacy of Norman Pellegrini, co-founder of Chicago Classical Radio WFMT, voice of the Chicago Symphony and the Lyric Opera.