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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., 06/07/2021
E.g., 06/07/2021
Thursday, May 13, 2021
Martha Carpentier, Jeffery Kennedy, and Peter Garino
Join us for a performance of the classic 1916 feminist drama Trifles by actors from the Shakespeare Project of Chicago, followed by a discussion of its legacy.
Thursday, May 20, 2021
What does it mean to declare independence? What belongs in such a declaration? How do you frame a convincing argument that sets a blueprint for the future? High school students from Chicago’s Instituto Justice and Leadership Academy share their answers.
Monday, May 24, 2021
Join the Newberry in honoring Lonnie G. Bunch, Secretary of the Smithsonian, for his outstanding contributions to the humanities. Due to COVID-19 precautions, the 2021 Newberry Library Award Celebration will take place virtually.
Tuesday, May 25, 2021
Alexandra Zapruder and Jacqueline Stewart
Abraham Zapruder’s granddaughter Alexandra Zapruder speaks with University of Chicago professor Jacqueline Stewart about the connections between home movies, family history, and difficult memories, as well as the emergence of citizen journalism in the United States.
Friday, May 28, 2021Saturday, September 18, 2021
An Initiative of Toward Common Cause
Sweet Bitter Love: An Initiative of Toward Common Cause presents Jeffrey Gibson’s reflections on representations of Indigenous people in cultural institutions.
Wednesday, June 2, 2021
Alaina Roberts with Rose Miron
In this Meet the Author event, we’ll hear from scholar Alaina Roberts about the Black people who received the mythic 40 acres, the American settlers who coveted this land, and the Native Americans who originally inhabited the land.
Thursday, June 10, 2021
Kate Masur and Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor
Join us for a discussion with scholar Kate Masur, whose new book reconsiders the history of the nation’s earliest federal civil rights measures: the Fourteenth Amendment and the Civil Rights Act of 1866.
Tuesday, June 15, 2021
Brian De Lay, Jordana Dym, and Mónica Ricketts
How did issues of borders, boundaries, and jurisdictions play out during the Age of Revolutions 200 years ago? Find out in the next program in our ¡Viva la Libertad! programseries.