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Chicago Studies Programs

The Newberry”s Chicago Studies Research Center illuminates Chicago’s dynamic history, literature, art, culture, and politics through an array of scholarly and public programs inspired by the library’s unique archival collection.

Chicago Studies encompasses multi-year research projects, summer institutes and seminars, public programming, training for graduate students, youth outreach programs, and collaborations with other cultural institutions in Chicago. The program draws upon the expertise of Newberry staff and the library’s deep and rich primary source material related to Chicago’s past.

Upcoming Programs

Saturday, February 23, 2019
Chicago Studies Programs
Free and open to the public. Registration required.
A gritty realist drama about Irish Americans in one of Chicago’s toughest early 20th-century neighborhoods, in which a cop and a priest collaborate to save a young man at risk.
Tuesday, March 5, 2019
Meet the Author
Meet the Author: Brian McCammack
Free and open to the public. Registration required.
Situated at the intersection of race and place in American history, Landscapes of Hope: Nature and the Great Migration in Chicago traces the contours of a black environmental consciousness that runs throughout the African American experience.
Wednesday, March 13, 2019
Chicago Studies Programs
Clarence Darrow Symposium: Nina Barrett
Free and open to the public. Registration required.
The 1924 murder of fourteen-year-old Bobby Franks by Nathan Leopold and Richard Loeb, and their defense by Clarence Darrow, raised profound and disturbing questions about social class, criminal psychology, morality, justice, and mercy.