Programs for the Public | Newberry

Programs for the Public

The Newberry organizes and hosts programs illuminating topics in the humanities through a variety of formats, including lectures, staged readings, music and dance performances, panel discussions, workshops, and more.

Some events are part of ongoing series, such as Conversations at the Newberry, Meet the Author talks, Programs for Genealogists, the weekly Newberry Colloquium, and exhibition-related programming; others are signature annual events, such as the Newberry Book Fair and the Bughouse Square Debates. Additional public programming may be sponsored by the Newberry’s Research Centers.

Most Newberry public programs are free. Seating is limited and obtaining free tickets in advance is required for many events; see the individual listings for details.

Many of our programs are recorded, and you can listen to them on our website.

Upcoming Public Programs

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.