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Programs and Events

Update regarding COVID-19: Some upcoming programs may be postponed to ensure the health and well-being of the Newberry community. Please check www.newberry.org/covid19 for regular updates about our programs.

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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Friday, October 4, 2019Friday, May 1, 2020
(This program continues for multiple sessions)
Meeting four times over the year, this seminar aims to form an interdisciplinary community of graduate students in the early stages of writing their dissertations, with an eye toward examining
Thursday, January 16, 2020Thursday, April 2, 2020
This seminar examines early modern European modes of knowledge-production by zeroing in on the idea of the “elemental.” From geometry to medicine and alchemy, almanacs and handbooks of prognostication to natural history (including colonial natural history), the Newberry’s collection includes books that deploy the notion of an “element” (and the “elemental” or even the “elementary”) in many diff
Thursday, April 23, 2020
Issued in 1614 for the express purpose of re-evangelizing the United Provinces, Franciscus Costerus, S.J.’s Het Nieu Testament onses Heeren Iesu Christi consists of a Dutch translation of the New Testament, supplemented by numerous marginal glosses referring to parallel scriptural texts from the Old and New Testaments, and by an extensive interpretative apparatus that underscores the s
Friday, April 24, 2020
In conjunction with Professor Walter Melion’s lecture at the Newberry, “Meditating the Unbearable in a Customized Fifteenth-Century Prayerbook,” and a conference at Emory University, this workshop will explore the phenomenon of hybrid and composite books in the medieval and early modern periods.
Thursday, April 30, 2020
Paula Findlen and Joel Mokyr
The Newberry has been closely monitoring developments related to COVID-19. To enable our community to follow the standards of social distancing mandated by public health officials, we are postponing this program. Please visit www.newberry.org/covid19 for more information and for regular updates regarding Newberry operations.
Thursday, May 7, 2020Saturday, May 9, 2020
This international symposium explores questions of early modern matter by focusing on the four elements (earth, air, water, and fire) and their properties, combinations, and transformations.
Saturday, May 16, 2020
Shakespeare Project of Chicago
A quintessential dark comedy, Shakespeare’s Measure for Measure is a genre-bending exploration of justice, mercy, morality, and corruption–and one of the Bard’s best-known “problem plays.” Join us for a theatrical reading of the play by professional actors from The Shakespeare Project of Chicago in a performance directed by Erin Sloan.
Tuesday, May 19, 2020
Conversation with Susan Dackerman (Stanford University) and Pedro Raposo (Adler Planetarium)
Free and open to all. Reserve your free tickets starting April 1
During the Renaissance, the development of new scientific tools and their promotion through print media altered navigation, inspired exploration, and enabled European colonialism.
Tuesday, June 9, 2020
Conversation with Jonathan Tavares (The Art Institute of Chicago) and Suzanne Karr Schmidt (Newberry Library)
Free and open to all. Reserve your free tickets starting May 1.
The development of gunpowder, stirrups, and new techniques for polishing armor changed the face of war in sixteenth-century Europe.
Thursday, June 18, 2020Saturday, June 20, 2020
The study and performance of early music (pre-1700) requires us to recreate and represent past musical practices through consulting a variety of sources available to us today. The theme of the conference seeks to encourage an interdisciplinary exploration of the ways in which we engage with these sources of and for early music and the degrees of mediation intrinsic to them.