Programs and Events | Newberry

Programs and Events

The Newberry offers programming in the humanities for scholars, teachers, and the general public. Unless otherwise noted, events are free, and no reservations are required. Many of our programs are recorded, and you can listen to them on our website.

Sign up for our e-newsletter to receive updates on Newberry programming.

E.g., 04/18/2019
E.g., 04/18/2019
Saturday, February 23, 2019Thursday, November 14, 2019
A series of public programs examining the legacy of the 1919 Chicago race riots
Held at locations across Chicago
Chicago’s 1919 race riots barely register in the city’s current consciousness, yet they were a significant turning point in shaping the racial divides we see today.
Thursday, April 25, 2019
Meet the Author: Susan Sleeper-Smith
Free and open to the public; free tickets required.
Indigenous Prosperity and American Conquest: Indian Women of the Ohio River Valley, 1690-1792, by Susan Sleeper-Smith, recovers the agrarian village world Indian women created in the lush lands of the Ohio Valley.
Saturday, April 27, 2019Saturday, July 6, 2019
Free and open to the public
Chicago has long been a hub of the dance world, distinguished by the dizzying variety of traditions and styles that have flourished here. The Legacy of Chicago Dance surveys the history of the city’s dance community, showing how different dance styles not only co-existed but often converged in unexpected and creative ways.
Saturday, April 27, 2019
Colonial History Lecture Series: Alan Shaw Taylor
Free and open to the public; free tickets required.
Examining a map made by natives of the Carolina backcountry in 1721 reveals efforts to understand and adapt to colonial trade and settlement.
Wednesday, May 1, 2019
Uncovering Your Ancestry
Free and open to the public; free tickets required.
Genealogist Kenyatta D. Berry brings her series “Conversations with Kenyatta” to to the Newberry. Kenyatta Berry and Matt Rutherford, the Newberry’s Curator of Genealogy and Local History, will discuss how she helps researchers get to the bottom of their most burning questions.
Saturday, May 4, 2019
The Genealogy and Local History staff will introduce visitors to the Newberry and explain how to use its collections at an informal orientation. Aimed at researchers new to the library and/or new to genealogical research, this session will last approximately an hour followed by a short tour of the library.
Monday, May 6, 2019
Purchase tickets for this event
The Board of Trustees invites you to join the Newberry in honoring Marilynne Robinson for her outstanding contributions to the humanities. Ms. Robinson is the author of Housekeeping (1980), Gilead (2005), Home (2008), and Lila (2014).
Thursday, May 9, 2019
Free and open to the public; free tickets required.
Sara Paretsky’s novels, particularly her V.I. Warshawski series, revolutionized the mystery genre, and paved the way for a good many female writers and characters. Join us as Sara Paretsky receives the Chicago Literary Hall of Fame’s Fuller Award for lifetime achievement.
Saturday, May 11, 2019
Shakespeare Project of Chicago
Free and open to the public; registration recommended.
That disease Of which all old men sicken,—avarice. A theatrical reading by professional actors from The Shakespeare Project of Chicago, directed by Peter Garino.
Saturday, May 11, 2019
Free to attend with advance registration
Urban Rez, Directed by Larry Pourier (Kiowa)
Tuesday, May 14, 2019
Wing Foundation Lecture on the History of the Book: Martin Antonetti
Free and open to the public; free tickets required.
Join us as Martin Antonetti discusses an emerging genre of artists books: printed objects interpenetrated by digital media. These collaborative ecosystems bring poets, technologists, and readers together in visually arresting narrative environments mediated by technology, harbingers of the transit from the age of literacy to the age of visuality.
Saturday, May 18, 2019
Free and open to the public; free tickets required.
Schedule 9 am Coffee and Continental Breakfast 9:30 am Introduction to Dance in the Midwest and in the Newberry Collection Susan Manning, Northwestern University, Dance in Chicago
Thursday, May 23, 2019
Carl Bialik and Jerry Muller on the Use and Abuse of Data
Free and open to the public; free tickets required.
In this installment of “Conversations at the Newberry,” Carl Bialik and Jerry Muller discuss our society’s increasing obsession with quantifying performance in all walks of life: education, medicine, business and finance, government, the police and military, and philanthropy and foreign aid. Have we moved from measuring performance to fixating on measurement itself?
Saturday, June 1, 2019
The Genealogy and Local History staff will introduce visitors to the Newberry and explain how to use its collections at an informal orientation. Aimed at researchers new to the library and/or new to genealogical research, this session will last approximately an hour followed by a short tour of the library.
Thursday, June 6, 2019
Patricia Ward Kelly
Free and open to the public; free tickets required.
Film historian Patricia Ward Kelly, Gene Kelly’s widow and the leading authority on the cinema and stage legend, will discuss the role Chicago played in the remarkable genesis of the legendary dancer, director and choreographer.
Thursday, June 13, 2019
Preservation, Tradition, and Innovation from Sybil Shearer through the Present
Free and open to the public; free tickets required.
Dance choreographers gain inspiration for new dances in a variety of ways: sometimes re-creating or re-imagining the work of a choreographer who has come before; other times shattering all norms and traditions to break new ground.
Friday, June 21, 2019
Free and open to the public; no registration or tickets required
The Newberry Library and the Washington Square Park Advisory Council invite you to come out to the park for a celebration of music on the first day of summer!
Saturday, July 6, 2019
The Genealogy and Local History staff will introduce visitors to the Newberry and explain how to use its collections at an informal orientation. Aimed at researchers new to the library and/or new to genealogical research, this session will last approximately an hour followed by a short tour of the library.