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Shakespeare Project of Chicago: Cymbeline

at The Newberry - Near North Side 60 W Walton St, Chicago, Illinois 60610

This is a one time FREE course Filled with intrigue and romance, Shakespeare's Cymbeline introduces an evil queen, an innocent young princess, an upstanding young man, a conniving villain, and the titular king into the fantastical world of this twist-filled tale. Jeff Christian directs. A staged reading by professional actors from The Shakespeare...

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What the Reformation Did and Why It Still Matters

at The Newberry - Near North Side 60 W Walton St, Chicago, Illinois 60610

This is a one time FREE course Brad Gregory and Mark Noll on the Protestant Reformation and Its Continuing Impact In this installment of “Conversations at the Newberry,” Brad S. Gregory, author of the new book Rebel in the Ranks: Martin Luther, the Reformation, and the Conflicts That Continue to Shape Our World, and Mark Noll, author...

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Shakespeare Project of Chicago: Holiday Performance

at The Newberry - Near North Side 60 W Walton St, Chicago, Illinois 60610

This is a one time FREE course. Shakespeare Project of Chicago: Holiday Performance: A Dream of Avon It is Christmas night at the Windmill Inn, Shakespeare’s favorite pub in Stratford-Upon-Avon. While the Bard quaffs his favorite beverage at his usual table, he encounters a series of visitors, each with an unrealized dream and unanswered questions....

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"Illustration” as Truth

at The Newberry - Near North Side 60 W Walton St, Chicago, Illinois 60610

“Illustration” as Truth: The Woodcuts in Guazzo’s Compendium Maleficarum (Milan, 1608) Guazzo’s treatise has received remarkably little scholarly attention, and its twenty-two woodcuts even less, but they offer the opportunity to investigate the relationship between fact and fiction, fantasy and belief. The book claims to arm readers with...

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Wendy Doniger, The Ring of Truth and Other Myths

at The Newberry - Near North Side 60 W Walton St, Chicago, Illinois 60610

Wendy Doniger, The Ring of Truth and Other Myths of Sex and Jewelry This is a one time FREE course. Why are sex and jewelry, particularly rings, so often connected? Why do rings continually appear in stories about marriage and adultery, love and betrayal, loss and recovery, identity and masquerade? What is the mythology that makes finger rings symbols...

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Shakespeare Project of Chicago: As You Like It

at The Newberry - Near North Side 60 W Walton St, Chicago, Illinois 60610

This is a one time FREE course. “All the world’s a stage, And all the men and women merely players; They have their exits and their entrances, And one man in his time plays many parts …” A staged reading by professional actors from The Shakespeare Project of Chicago, directed by J. R. Sullivan, of the Pearl Theatre Company in New...

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Wing Foundation Lecture Series on History of the Book

at The Newberry - Near North Side 60 W Walton St, Chicago, Illinois 60610

Wing Foundation Lecture Series on the History of the Book The year 2017 marks the centenary of the death of John M. Wing, the remarkable and eccentric collector whose bequest founded the Newberry’s John M. Wing Collection on the History of Printing. Over the last one hundred years the collection’s curators have amassed an extraordinary group...

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Premodern Judaism from Manuscript to Print

at The Newberry - Near North Side 60 W Walton St, Chicago, Illinois 60610

This is a one time FREE course. The Newberry Library and Spertus Institute each house a rich collection of medieval and early modern Jewish manuscripts and printed materials, including two jointly owned books. This one-day symposium celebrates and examines these collections in relation to the social and religious lives of Jews from roughly 1450 to...

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Arthur Conan Doyle and Spiritualism

at The Newberry - Near North Side 60 W Walton St, Chicago, Illinois 60610

This is a one time FREE course. In the 1880s, Arthur Conan Doyle became interested in Spiritualism - the belief that spirits of the dead have the ability and desire to communicate with the living. In 1893, Doyle joined the British Society for Psychical Research, a society that investigated scientifically the claims of Spiritualism and other paranormal...

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Chicago on the Make: Power & Inequality in Modern City

at The Newberry - Near North Side 60 W Walton St, Chicago, Illinois 60610

This is a one time FREE course Heralded as America’s most quintessentially modern city, Chicago has attracted the gaze of journalists, novelists, essayists, and scholars as much as any city in the nation. And, yet, few historians have attempted big-picture narratives of the city’s transformation over the twentieth century. Chicago on the Make traces...

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Shakespeare Project of Chicago: Love's Labour's Lost

at The Newberry - Near North Side 60 W Walton St, Chicago, Illinois 60610

“From women’s eyes this doctrine I derive: They sparkle still the right Promethean fire; They are the books, the arts, the academes, That show, contain, and nourish all the world.” A staged reading by professional actors from The Shakespeare Project of Chicago. An informative talk begins fifteen minutes before the performance, which is followed...

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How Alexander Hamilton Made America Great Again

at The Newberry - Near North Side 60 W Walton St, Chicago, Illinois 60610

Max Edling will explore how Hamilton’s fiscal and financial reforms laid the foundation for American power. It is a story of how as Secretary of the Treasury, Hamilton took a bankrupt, weak, dysfunctional federal union and turned it into a powerful nation that could hold its own against European empires and continental rivals.

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500 Years of Book-Burning and Book-Learning

at The Newberry - Near North Side 60 W Walton St, Chicago, Illinois 60610

Five hundred years after Martin Luther, an Augustinian friar, posted ninety-five theses for debate over penance as a means of getting and being right with God, his legacy seems as momentous and controversial as ever. While his efforts to reform the church of his time were by no means singular—reforms were breaking out in most of Europe and were breaking...

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A Lecture by Leslie Marmon Silko

at The Newberry - Near North Side 60 W Walton St, Chicago, Illinois 60610

We are proud to host a lecture by Leslie Marmon Silko. Ms. Silko is one of the most important American literary figures of the twentieth century.  Please join us for this opportunity to meet with Ms. Silko and to share in the discussion about the perspectives of Native peoples and their histories and cultures.

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John M. Wing Lecture on the History of the Book

at The Newberry - Near North Side 60 W Walton St, Chicago, Illinois 60610

The year 2017 marks the centenary of the death of John M. Wing, the remarkable and eccentric collector whose bequest founded the Newberry’s John M. Wing Collection on the History of Printing. Over the last one hundred years the collection’s curators have amassed an extraordinary group of materials ranging from incunables to modern artist’s books...

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