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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., 09/26/2017
E.g., 09/26/2017
Thursday, September 14, 2017Wednesday, December 27, 2017
Now open! Plan your visit to the Newberry to see the exhibition.
Tuesday, September 26, 2017
Free and open to the public; see below for a link to register
The expanding print industry of the sixteenth century strongly contributed to the religious and social upheaval that defined the Reformation. The printed materials that circulated widely in Europe included musical books for the laity. Like the written word, music had the power to promote new thinking, and its expressive devices could be used more effectively than regular speech.
Wednesday, September 27, 2017
A Newberry Colloquium
On Sunday, December 21, 1924, Pope Pius XI solemnly descended the Vatican staircase and opened the holy door to the Vatican Missionary Exposition. Standing in the central room, the Hall of the Americas, surrounded by art and cultural belongings of the Indigenous peoples of North America, he welcomed tourists and pilgrims alike into the folds of the Vatican.
Thursday, September 28, 2017
A fundraiser to benefit the Newberry's collection
We hope you will join us for Booked for the Evening, an exciting new fundraising event at the Newberry! Booked for the Evening will give you a one-of-a-kind opportunity to interact with our librarians and curators, learn about the often unseen work they do, and raise important funds to support the growth, processing, and preservation of the Newberry’s world-class collection.
Wednesday, October 4, 2017
A Newberry Colloquium
The Newberry Library catalog is the primary resource for locating and requesting our collection materials. It includes about 950,000 records in various formats, book, cartographic, graphic, manuscripts, journals, music, DVDs, CDs, artifacts, and ebooks.
Wednesday, October 4, 2017
Free and open to the public; see below for a link to register.
The massive medieval empires of Byzantium and Arabia generated great literature that lasts to our present day. Despite the frequent animosity between East and West, these two cultures were brought into contact by perhaps the least expected of mediators: Jewish merchants whose business spanned from Gibraltar to India.
Saturday, October 7, 2017
C. Frederick Kittle Symposium on Arthur Conan Doyle
Speakers: Charles Smith (Western Kentucky University): “Arthur Conan Doyle and Alfred Russel Wallace: The Science and Spiritualism Connection” Daniel Stashower: “Infinitely The Most Important Thing in the World: Conan Doyle and the Spiritualist Crusade”
Wednesday, October 11, 2017
A Newberry Colloquium
The Renaissance costume book, a mini-encyclopedia of dress worn around the world, consisted of woodcuts or engravings organized geographically, usually opening with clothing worn in the city in which the book was published. From 1562 onward, artists copied figures from earlier costume books but reframed them with new commentary in prose or poetry.
Thursday, October 12, 2017
Wing Foundation Lecture Series on the History of the Book
Free and open to the public; see below for a link to register
Peter Stallybrass begins with a very simple proposition, although he hopes that it will have some surprising implications. The proposition is that the vast majority of letters written between the 1530s and the 1920s consist mainly of blank paper—and that they are designed to do so.
Saturday, October 14, 2017
One World, Seen and Unseen
Free and open to the public; no registration required
This month, join in a unique interactive melange of music and story activities, from long ago through today, from the Newberry collection, including selections from Down-adown-Derry: A Book of Fairy Poems; Aliguq/Alega, an Inuit Story; Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland; and Greet the Dawn: The Lakota Way.
Tuesday, October 17, 2017
Meet the Author
Free and open to the public; see below for a link to register.
Americans today have a love/hate relationship with France, but in this illuminating new history, Tom Shachtman shows that without France, there might not be a United States of America.
Saturday, October 21, 2017
Free and open to the public; no registration required
“All the world’s a stage, And all the men and women merely players; They have their exits and their entrances, And one man in his time plays many parts …”
Thursday, October 26, 2017
A Meet the Author Program
Free and open to the public; see below for a link to register.
This remarkable cultural history celebrates the great Midwestern city of Chicago for its centrality to the modernist movement.