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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., 09/27/2016
E.g., 09/27/2016
Friday, September 23, 2016Saturday, December 31, 2016
Shakespeare spent most of his adult life creating, on page and on stage. And in the 400 years since his death, he has also been created again and again by generations of actors, writers, printers, artists, filmmakers, advertising executives—the list goes on!
Wednesday, September 28, 2016
Jill Gage, Custodian of the John M. Wing Foundation on the History of Printing and Bibliographer of British Literature and History, will talk about her favourite items in Creating Shakespeare, the Newberry’s new exhibition.
Thursday, September 29, 2016
Cosponsored by the Chicago Shakespeare Theater
Free and open to the public; no registration required
When Shakespeare first used the word “equivocation” in Hamlet it was in the neutral sense of “ambiguous.” Seven years later he would make much of this word in Macbeth (whose protagonist complains of the ‘equivocation of the fiend /That lies like truth”).
Saturday, October 1, 2016
This program will highlight American Indian visual culture and the histories of American Indian individuals and families who are artistically represented in museum and library collections, including the Newberry’s renowned Ayer Collection.
Saturday, October 1, 2016
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.
Tuesday, October 4, 2016
Free and open to the public; no registration required
Based on one audience suggestion (a title for a play that has yet to be written), the Improvised Shakespeare Company creates a fully improvised Shakespearian masterpiece right before your very eyes!
Wednesday, October 5, 2016
In 1973, the Austrian-born experimental physiologist, Karl von Frisch, received a share of the Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine for his discovery of the honeybee dance language. Von Frisch argued that bees communicate the distance and direction of food sources via their dance-like movements.
Saturday, October 8, 2016
Please register by 10 am Friday, October 7
Scholars have long identified Milton as a “Hebraic” writer fascinated with Judaism as a source of Christianity. But what were the great poet’s sentiments on contemporary Jews and the question of their coexistence with the English?
Thursday, October 13, 2016
Cosponsored by the Chicago Shakespeare Theater
Free and open to the public; no registration required
Live performances streamed to movie theatres across the world. Movies watched on television, computer screen and smartphones - and even, occasionally, on the kinds of screens for which they were intended. Plays reconstructed into text messages or as tweets or in blogs or vlogs. Everything from YOLO Juliet to a Downton Abbey Romeo.
Saturday, October 15, 2016
Free and open to the public; no tickets or registration required
“And Crispin Crispian shall ne’er go by, From this day to the ending of the world, But we in it shall be rememberèd; We few, we happy few, we band of brothers; For he to-day that sheds his blood with me Shall be my brother; be he ne’er so vile This day shall gentle his condition: And gentlemen in England, now a-bed
Wednesday, October 19, 2016
What makes a year pivotal? Some years stand out: 1066, 1492, 1776. But what about those forgotten years that nonetheless changed the course of history? Drawing on individual stories from throughout the United States and beyond, this colloquium will explore the challenges and opportunities of writing the history of a single year.
Thursday, October 20, 2016
Free and open to the public; seating first-come, first-served.
Joanne B. Freeman, professor of history at Yale University, specializes in the politics and political culture of the revolutionary and early national periods of American History. She recently appeared in the PBS American Experience documentary “The Duel”, exploring the fatal 1804 clash between Burr and Hamilton.
Friday, October 21, 2016Sunday, October 23, 2016
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The Newberry Consort presents a bawdy stage jig in the spirit of Will Kemp, Shakespeare’s star clown and one of the actors who appeared in his earliest plays.
Saturday, October 22, 2016
Open only to high school students; free, registration required
Attention high school students! Come for an exciting, immersive three-hour workshop, and learn how to make Shakespeare come alive in your performances. Facilitated by actors from The Shakespeare Project of Chicago, you will learn tools and techniques for unlocking emotion and meaning in Shakespeare’s texts.
Wednesday, October 26, 2016
Free and open to the public, registration is requested.
Join experts from Chicago Opera Theater (COT), as well as musicologist Linda Austern, in a discussion, and sneak peek performance, of their 2016 production of The Fairy Queen, by Henry Purcell.
Thursday, October 27, 2016Saturday, October 29, 2016
The Hermon Dunlap Smith Center for the History of Cartography at the Newberry Library cordially invites you to the Nineteenth Kenneth Nebenzahl, Jr., Lectures in the History of Cartography, commemorating the fiftieth anniversary of the lectures series. The program is titled Maps, Their Collecting and Study: A Fifty Year Retrospective.