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Programs and Events

The Newberry offers programming in the humanities for lifelong learners, students, teachers, scholars, and genealogy researchers. Please visit the individual program pages below for information about how to register in advance.

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E.g., 10/21/2021
E.g., 10/21/2021
Friday, September 10, 2021Thursday, December 30, 2021
Five Women Ahead of Their Time
Chicago Avant-Garde tells the story of five women who took radical risks in their lives and in their art: artist Gertrude Abercrombie, poet Gwendolyn Brooks, choreographers Katherine Dunham and Ruth Page, and dealer-curator Katharine Kuh. Inspired and challenged by Chicago, they helped transform the city into a hub of avant-garde experimentation.
Wednesday, October 6, 2021Friday, January 21, 2022
A Half-Century of Revolutionary Storytelling
The Chicago Reader started small. Four college friends published a free weekly newspaper of eight pages, working out of two apartments, one on Chicago’s south side, the other on the north side.
Saturday, October 23, 2021
Joanna Dee Das and dancer Amansu Eason
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.
Wednesday, November 3, 2021
Virtual event - register now
Four acclaimed specialists on Chicago reconsider the myths of the Great Chicago Fire, including the narrative of the city rising from the ashes of an epic disaster.
Tuesday, November 9, 2021
Virtual event - register now
Join musicologist Samantha Ege for a discussion of work by Margaret Bonds, Florence Price, and William Grant Still, three African American classical composers whose work is achieving renewed interest and recognition.
Tuesday, November 16, 2021
A Conversation with Kevin Boyle and Clayborne Carson
Virtual event - register now
“I have seen many demonstrations in the south, but I have never seen anything so hostile and so hateful as I’ve seen here today.” Martin Luther King Jr. said these words in Chicago.