Postponed - The 2020 Newberry Library Award Dinner | Newberry

Postponed - The 2020 Newberry Library Award Dinner

Lonnie G. Bunch III, Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution
Credit: Smithsonian Institution

Monday, May 4, 2020

6 pm - 9 pm

Newberry Library

Fundraising Events

The Newberry has been closely monitoring developments related to COVID-19. To enable our community to follow the standards of social distancing mandated by public health officials, we are postponing this program. Please visit for more information and for regular updates regarding Newberry operations.

Join the Newberry in honoring Lonnie G. Bunch for his outstanding contributions to the humanities. Dr. Bunch became Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution in June 2019 and oversees 19 museums, 21 libraries, the National Zoo, numerous research centers, and several education units and centers.

Previously, Bunch was the founding director of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture, the nation’s largest and most comprehensive cultural destination devoted exclusively to exploring, documenting and showcasing the African American story and its impact on American and world history. Before his appointment as director of the museum, Bunch served as the president of the Chicago Historical Society from 2001 to 2005.

The Newberry Library Award, the highest honor that the Newberry bestows, recognizes achievement in the humanities in the tradition of the Newberry Library, which has cultivated the life of the mind across more than a century.

6 pm: Presentation of the Newberry Library Award and Remarks by Lonnie Bunch
Cocktails and dinner to follow.

For more information about the event, please contact Jo Anne Moore at or (312) 255-3556.

Cost and Registration Information 
This program has been postponed. We plan to reschedule at a later date.