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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.

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Tuesday, September 24, 2019
Led by Rachel Boyle, PhD. Five sessions. 2 - 4 pm.
“Biler Avenue” was the nickname for a two-block stretch of Pacific Avenue in late nineteenth-century Chicago made notorious by “women without husbands” who “got ‘biling drunk,’ and were in a state of constant riot and effervescence,” according to the Chicago Tribune…
Wednesday, September 25, 2019
Led by Richard Reeder. Six sessions 5:45 - 7:45 pm.
In this seminar, we will read, discuss, and analyze two of the greatest novels of crime and punishment set in Chicago: Richard Wright’s Native Son and Meyer Levin’s Compulsion. Although they differ in their treatments of race and class, both novels combine trenchant social commentary and psychological incisiveness with riveting courtroom drama…
Thursday, September 26, 2019
Led by Bill Savage. Six sessions. 6 - 7:30 pm.
Online registration has closed. Please call 312-255-3700.
Whether from Vienna, Bari, Mississippi, or Michoacán, immigrants have brought their foodways, along with their work ethic, to Chicago. In this seminar, we will explore the history of Chicago’s diverse street food cultures in order to discuss Chicago history more broadly…
Saturday, September 28, 2019
Led by Jean Iversen. Two sessions. 1 - 3 pm.
This seminar has been canceled.
This walking tour will introduce you to the history and foods of Albany Park’s Kedzie Retail District, known for its Middle Eastern restaurants, bakeries, and groceries. You will spend the first session at the Newberry, learning more about the history of this culturally rich neighborhood. The second session will consist of a walking culinary tour of the Kedzie Retail District…
Saturday, October 5, 2019
Led by Katrina A. Kemble & Rachel Michaels. One session. 1 - 4 pm.
Online registration is closed. Please call (312) 255-3700.
In 1933, thousands from all over the country flocked to Chicago for the World’s Fair. One of the most popular attractions was Sally Rand’s infamous fan dance. Sally Rand and her fans are credited with saving the fair and the city from financial ruin during the Great Depression…