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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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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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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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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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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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“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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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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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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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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Shakespeare Project of Chicago: Henry V

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

“And Crispin Crispian shall ne’er go by, From this day to the ending of the world, But we in it shall be rememberèd; We few, we happy few, we band of brothers; For he to-day that sheds his blood with me Shall be my brother; be he ne’er so vile This day shall gentle his condition: And gentlemen in England, now a-bed Shall think themselves accursed...

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Firearms & the Violent Transformation of Native America

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

The adoption of firearms by American Indians between the seventeenth and nineteenth centuries marked a turning point in the history of North America’s indigenous peoples—a cultural earthquake so profound that its impact has yet to be adequately measured. Thundersticks: Firearms and the Violent Transformation of Native America reframes our understanding...

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The Townshend Duties and Origins of American Revolution

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

In 1767, the British Atlantic community experienced a “moment” of sorts. In that year, Charles Townshend assumed the role of Chancellor of the Exchequer. He used his position to try to reshape all the empire and to transform the relationship between Britain and America. Ultimately, he passed a series of duties on select goods, the revenue from...

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Shakespeare Project of Chicago: The Winter's Tale

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

This is a one time FREE course. Shakespeare’s romance The Winter’s Tale not only contains the playwright’s most famous stage direction (“Exit, pursued by a bear”), but a story that goes to the deepest side of tragedy before finding its triumphant redemption. A Sicilian king becomes consumed by the belief that his best friend has...

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Panel Discussion: Vulnerability and the LGBTQ Community

at Museum of Contemporary Photography Colum - South Loop 600 S Michigan Ave, Illinois City, Illinois 60605

This panel will be moderated by Vanessa Sheridan, Director of Transgender Relations and Community Engagement at the Center on Halsted, and will feature exhibiting artists Jess T. Dugan and Lorenzo Triburgo, as well as Dr. Vanessa Fabbre, Assistant Professor at the Brown School and Affiliate Faculty in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at Washington...

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The History of Givins' Irish Castle and Its Keepers

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

This is a one time FREE course. Chicago’s Only Castle: The History of Givins’ Irish Castle and its Keepers regales its reader with the history of a treasure buried on Chicago’s far Southwest Side of which few people beyond the neighborhood seem to be aware. The compelling stories of the five keepers of the Castle unfold against the backdrop...

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