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The 33rd Annual Newberry Book Fair

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

Don’t miss our annual Newberry Book Fair, one of the largest used book sales in the country. Browse through more than 120,000 used books, movies, records and more in 70 categories, many of which are priced at $3 or less. Admission is FREE! Everything for sale at the Book Fair is generously donated, and all proceeds help further the Newberry’s...

Free

4 sessions

Thursday Jul 27th, 12pm

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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...

Free

Thursday Oct 12th, 6pm

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Infinity Family Fest: Story Time

at Infinity Foundation - Highland Park
1280 Old Skokie Rd, Illinois City, Illinois 60035

I Breathe My Own Breath! Connect to breath to breathe it and exchange during the story.

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Meet the Author: Lia Markey, Imagining the Americas

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

Meet the Author: Lia Markey, Imagining the Americas in Medici Florence The first full-length study of the impact of the discovery of the Americas on Italian Renaissance art and culture, Imagining the Americas in Medici Florence demonstrates that the Medici grand dukes of Florence were not only great patrons of artists but also early conservators of...

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A Cricket on the Hearth

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

The Cricket on the Hearth: A Fairy Tale of Home was written by Charles Dickens in 1845. It is the third of Dickens’ five short Christmas books (the best-known of which is A Christmas Carol). Featuring a cast of eight professional actors, Jeff Christian’s adaptation brings this heart-warming and touching tale of love, loss, empathy, and...

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Meet the Author:Catherine A. Stewart, Long Past Slavery

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

Meet the Author: Catherine A. Stewart, Long Past Slavery: Representing Race in the Federal Writers' Project From 1936 to 1939, the New Deal’s Federal Writers’ Project collected life stories from more than 2,300 former African American slaves. These narratives are now widely used as a source to understand the lived experience of those who made...

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Conversations at the Newberry

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

Hold the Mirror up to Nature: The Past, Present, and Future of Shakespeare Performance.  Shakespeare’s plays are filled with fourth-wall-breaking moments in which characters share their methods for successfully performing emotions, political alliances, and gender roles.  His work challenges directors and actors to reflect on the very...

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Meet the Author: Mary Wisniewski, Algren, A Life

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

Algren, A Life is the definitive biography of Nelson Algren, one of the best-known writers of mid-twentieth-century America. Chicago journalist Mary Wisniewski interviewed dozens of Algren’s inner circle, including photographer Art Shay and the late Studs Terkel, and examined Algren’s unpublished writing and correspondence, including hundreds of...

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The Thirteenth Annual University of Chicago Oriental

at The Oriental Institute - Hyde Park
1155 E 58th St, Chicago, Illinois 60637

Writing is typically viewed from the perspective of speech — as a mode of communication that strives to accurately and unambiguously capture the spoken word in visible form.  From this standpoint, however, writing can only be but a pale reflection of speech as it fails to express much of the information of the speech act — intonation, gesture,...

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2 sessions

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COURSE: Ancient Egyptian Thought and Literature

at The Oriental Institute - Hyde Park
1155 E 58th St, Chicago, Illinois 60637

The literature of ancient Egypt provides a unique method for understanding the thoughts and cultural mores of its people. This course introduces the broad written culture of ancient Egypt through the reading of primary texts, and explanatory secondary literature. We will focus on narrative literature, beginning in the Old Kingdom and continuing on...

$350

6 sessions

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Re-Imagining Shakespearean Works in Opera

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

Join experts from Chicago Opera Theater (COT), as well as musicologist Linda Austern, in a discussion, and sneak peek performance, of their 2016 production of The Fairy Queen, by Henry Purcell.  This adaptation of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dreampremiered in 1692, creating an opera based on the masques from...

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Karl von Frisch and Discovery of the Honeybee Language

at The Newberry

In 1973, the Austrian-born experimental physiologist, Karl von Frisch, received a share of the Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine for his discovery of the honeybee dance language. Von Frisch argued that bees communicate the distance and direction of food sources via their dance-like movements.  Language had long been considered the exclusive...

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Joanne B. Freeman: Hunting for Hamilton

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

Joanne B. Freeman, professor of history at Yale University, specializes in the politics and political culture of the revolutionary and early national periods of American History. She recently appeared in the PBS American Experience documentary “The Duel”, exploring the fatal 1804 clash between Burr and Hamilton. Freeman earned her Ph.D. at the...

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Meet the Author: Stacy Schiff, The Witches, Salem, 1692

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

Pulitzer Prize-winner Stacy Schiff, author of the #1 bestseller Cleopatra, turns her penetrating gaze and distinctive voice to a subject closer to home, as she takes on the greatest unsolved American mystery: the Salem witch trials. Schiff’s fresh and startling account, The Witches: Salem, 1692, is as psychologically riveting as the trials...

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Mesopotamian Mythologies

at The Oriental Institute - Hyde Park
1155 E 58th St, Chicago, Illinois 60637

The myths and legends of Mesopotamia are rich in gods, goddesses, demons, monsters, heroes, and kings. This course explores a mythological literature that spans millennia, introduces memorable figures like Ishtar and Gilgamesh, and provides some of the earliest descriptions of the creation of the world, the Great Flood, and the journey to the underworld....

$350

6 sessions

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