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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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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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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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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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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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“And who were wanting of the name of savages?"

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

This is a one time FREE course. William Apess and John Norton in the War of 1812 This talk by Drew Lopenzina tracks the extraordinary experiences of two “Writing Indians” in the War of 1812, bringing new biographical information to bear on their lives. One, William Apess (Pequot), fought on the U.S. side, having been conscripted at...

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Indians in the Midwest: Representations in the Arts

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

This program will highlight American Indian visual culture and the histories of American Indian individuals and families who are artistically represented in museum and library collections, including the Newberry’s renowned Ayer Collection.  The Ayer collection is remarkable in that it features some of the only visual and accompanying historical...

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Shakespeare Project of Chicago: King John

at The Newberry - Gold Coast 126 E Chestnut Street, Illinois City, Illinois 60611

“Grief fills the room up of my absent child, Lies in his bed, walks up and down with me, Puts on his pretty looks, repeats his words, Remembers me of all his gracious parts, Stuffs out his vacant garments with his form: Then have I reason to be fond of grief.” A staged reading by professional actors from The Shakespeare Project of Chicago. An...

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Crafts of Enlightenment:Laboring Alongside Locke

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

We tend to think of Enlightenment-era philosophers as architects of abstraction—not least because they tend to describe themselves that way. This essay tries a different approach; part of a longer project called “Crafts of Enlightenment,” it treats Enlightenment rationality as a hard-won discipline, developed through craft knowledge and habits...

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The Man, the Myth, the Works: Celebrating Shakespeare

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

2016 challenges us not to fall back on the clichés—“greatest writer in English,” “not of an age but for all time”– when we celebrate Shakespeare. No one can deny his myriad literary achievements, but something else is also at work in creating his cultural capital. Anniversary celebrations like the present one sustain him as a “timeless”...

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Shakespeare on Screens in the 21st Century

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

Live performances streamed to movie theatres across the world. Movies watched on television, computer screen and smartphones - and even, occasionally, on the kinds of screens for which they were intended. Plays reconstructed into text messages or as tweets or in blogs or vlogs. Everything from YOLO Juliet to a Downton Abbey Romeo. We watch Shakespeare...

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