Programs for the Public | Newberry

Programs for the Public

The Newberry organizes and hosts programs illuminating topics in the humanities through a variety of formats, including lectures, staged readings, music and dance performances, panel discussions, workshops, and more.

Some events are part of ongoing series, such as Conversations at the Newberry, Meet the Author talks, Programs for Genealogists, the weekly Newberry Colloquium, and exhibition-related programming; others are signature annual events, such as the Newberry Book Fair and the Bughouse Square Debates. Additional public programming may be sponsored by the Newberry’s Research Centers.

Most Newberry public programs are free. Seating is limited and obtaining free tickets in advance is required for many events; see the individual listings for details.

Many of our programs are recorded, and you can listen to them on our website.

Upcoming Public Programs

Tuesday, September 28, 2021
Virtual event
In this program, a panel of experts will share stories of remarkable women who actively engaged in intellectual debate, community and political organizing, legal challenges, and even military conflict.
Thursday, September 30, 2021
Virtual event - register now
Join us as the Chicago Literary Hall of Fame presents its Fuller Award to poet Reginald Gibbons.
Thursday, October 7, 2021
D'Arcy McNickle Distinguished Lecture Series
Virtual event - register now
What does a self-determined climate future look like for Indigenous communities and peoples who have persisted despite centuries of colonization and environmental upheaval?
Friday, October 8, 2021
In-person event - register now
You’ll be edified, entertained, and riveted by this unlikely story of survival from the Great Chicago Fire.
Wednesday, October 13, 2021
In-person event - register now
Designers Ben Blount, Nadine Nakanishi, and Nick Butcher share their creative process for developing the catalog and identity for Chicago Avant-Garde: Five Women Ahead of Their Time.
Saturday, October 23, 2021
In-person event - register now
Join us for a discussion and dance demonstration focused on the extraordinary life and work of choreographer, dancer, writer, and activist Katherine Dunham.