Event—Public Programming

Melville: Finding America at Sea Exhibition Tour

For the 200th anniversary of Herman Melville's birth, this exhibition highlights the many facets of his work, illustrating how he has been perceived and repurposed over the past 200 years. Drawing on the Newberry's huge collection of Melville's works, gathered during the work of editing the definitive 15-volume Northwestern-Newberry Edition of The Writings of Herman Melville, the exhibition invites viewers to explore Melville's interests in democracy, spirituality, Indigeneity, morality, sexuality, labor, nature, and human consciousness. Will Hansen, curator of the exhibition, will lead this tour to show favorite items, prime rarities, and plenty of whales.