WBEZ | The Newberry Library http://www.wbez.org/venues/newberry-library Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Chicago by Day and Night: The Pleasure Seeker’s Guide to the Paris of America: A Meet the Editors Event http://www.wbez.org/chicago-day-and-night-pleasure-seeker%E2%80%99s-guide-paris-america-meet-editors-event-107015 <p><p>Showcasing the first Ferris wheel, dazzling and unprece&shy;dented electrification, and exhibits from around the world, the World&rsquo;s Columbian Exposition of 1893 was Chicago&rsquo;s chance to demonstrate that it had risen from the ashes of the Great Fire and was about to take its place as one of the world&rsquo;s great cities. Millions would flock to the fair, and many of them were looking for a good time before and after their visits to the Midway and the White City. But what was the bedazzled visitor to do in Chicago?</p><div><em>Chicago by Day and Night: The Pleasure Seeker&rsquo;s Guide to the Paris of America,</em> a very unofficial guide to the world be&shy;yond the fair, slaked the thirst of such curious folk. The plea&shy;sures it details range from the respectable (theater, architec&shy;ture, parks, churches and synagogues) to the illicit&mdash;drink, gambling, and sex. With a wink and a nod, the book decries vice while offering precise directions for the indulgence of any desire. In this newly annotated edition, Chicagoans <strong>Paul Durica</strong> and <strong>Bill Savage</strong>&mdash;who, if born earlier, might have written chapters in the original&mdash;provide colorful context and an informative introduction to a wildly entertaining journey through the Chicago of 120 years ago.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Paul Durica is a writer and the founder of <em>Pocket Guide to Hell Tours</em>.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Bill Savage is Distinguished Senior Lecturer in English at Northwestern Univer&shy;sity. He coedited the 50th Anniversary Critical Edition of <em>Nelson Algren&rsquo;s The Man with the Golden Arm and the Newly Annotated Edition of Algren&rsquo;s Chicago: City on the Make</em>.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Co-sponsored by the A.C. McClurg Bookstore, a branch of the Seminary Co-op Bookstore, a booksigning with the author will follow the talk.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>More on this event <a href="http://www.newberry.org/06012013-chicago-day-and-night-pleasure-seeker-s-guide-paris-america">here</a>.&nbsp;</div></p> Fri, 03 May 2013 16:10:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/chicago-day-and-night-pleasure-seeker%E2%80%99s-guide-paris-america-meet-editors-event-107015 City Water, City Life: Water and the Infrastructure of Ideas in Urbanizing Philadelphia, Boston, and Chicago: A Meet the Author http://www.wbez.org/city-water-city-life-water-and-infrastructure-ideas-urbanizing-philadelphia-boston-and-chicago-meet <p><p>A city is more than a massing of citizens, a layout of buildings and streets, or an arrangement of institutions. It is also an infrastructure of ideas, an embodiment of the beliefs, values, and aspirations of the people who created it. In City Water, City Life, historian Carl Smith explores this infrastructure of ideas through an examination of the development of the first successful waterworks systems in Philadelphia, Boston, and Chicago between the 1790s and the 1860s.</p><div>Through an analysis of a broad range of sources,<strong> Dr. Smith</strong> shows how the discussion, design, and use of waterworks reveal how Americans framed their conceptions of urban democracy and how they understood the natural and the built environment, individual health and the well-being of society, and the qualities of time and history.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>City Water, City Life is more than a history of urbanization. It is also a meditation on water as a necessity, as a resource for commerce and industry, and as an essential&mdash;and central&mdash;part of how we define our civilization.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Carl Smith is the Franklyn Bliss Snyder Professor of English and American Studies and professor of history at Northwestern University. His books include three prize-winning volumes: <em>Chicago and the American Literary Imagination</em>,<em> 1880-1920</em>; <em>Urban Disorder and the Shape of Belief: The Great Chicago Fire</em>,<em> the Haymarket Bomb, and the Model Town of Pullman</em>; and <em>The Plan of Chicago: Daniel Burnham and the Remaking of the American City</em>.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Co-sponsored by the A.C. McClurg Bookstore, a branch of the Seminary Co-op Bookstore, a booksigning with the author will follow the talk.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>More on this event <a href="http://www.newberry.org/05152013-city-water-city-life-water-and-infrastructure-ideas-urbanizing-philadelphia-boston-and">here</a>.&nbsp;</div></p> Fri, 03 May 2013 16:01:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/city-water-city-life-water-and-infrastructure-ideas-urbanizing-philadelphia-boston-and-chicago-meet The Secrets of Mary Bowser: A Meet the Author Event http://www.wbez.org/secrets-mary-bowser-meet-author-event-107011 <p><p>Join <strong>Lois Leveen</strong>, the Newberry&rsquo;s 2013 Arthur and <strong>Lila Weinberg</strong> <strong>Fellow</strong>, for a discussion of the research behind The Secrets of Mary Bowser, her novel based on the true story of a former slave who became a Union spy in the Confederate White House.</p><div>Dr. Leveen will provides insight into the lives of free and enslaved blacks in urban, industrialized Richmond; into the thriving black community in antebellum Philadelphia; and into how blacks and whites worked together in the pro-Union underground that operated in Richmond during the war. The author will also explore what it means to teach&mdash;and learn&mdash; African American history through fiction. What happens when ordinary people do extraordinary things?</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Award-winning author Lois Leveen earned degrees in history and literature from Harvard, the University of Southern California, and UCLA, and taught at UCLA and at Reed College. She is a regular contributor to Disunion, the New York Times coverage of the sesquicentennial of the Civil War.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Co-sponsored by the A.C. McClurg Bookstore, a branch of the Seminary Co-op Bookstore, a booksigning with the author will follow the talk.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>More information about this event <a href="http://www.newberry.org/05232013-secrets-mary-bowser">here</a>.&nbsp;</div></p> Fri, 03 May 2013 15:53:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/secrets-mary-bowser-meet-author-event-107011 A Conversation with Sara Paretsky and Rick Kogan: Part of the "Conversations at the Newberry" http://www.wbez.org/conversation-sara-paretsky-and-rick-kogan-part-conversations-newberry-106993 <p><p>Join novelist <strong>Sara Paretsky</strong> and journalist <strong>Rick Kogan</strong> as they talk about Chicago in Chicago literature.</p><div>Sara Paretsky created one of the most famous female investigators in fiction, Chicagoan and private detective V. I. Warshawski. Paretsky embedded the character in Chicago and its region: Warshawski grew up in the shadow of Chicago&rsquo;s south side steel mills and attended the University of Chicago on a scholarship; her father was a police officer, her mother a refugee from Fascist Italy with aspirations of an operatic career. With her female detective, Paretsky transformed the genre of crime novels and placed a Chicago literary character firmly in American culture.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Rick Kogan has spent his career reporting and writing about Chicago. He is a senior writer and columnist for the <em>Chicago Tribune</em>, was for more than a decade the host of WGN Radio&rsquo;s &ldquo;<em>The Sunday Papers</em>,&rdquo; and is producer/host of Chicago <em>Live!</em>, a stage show produced by the Tribune and broadcast on WGN Radio. Kogan has written more than a dozen books including, with Tribune colleague Maurice Possley, <em>Everybody Pays: Two Men, One Murder, and the Price of Truth, about the Chicago mob</em>.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>This program is free and open to the public, and no registration is required.</div><div>Doors open at 5:30 pm and guests will be admitted on a first-come, first-served basis.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&ldquo;Conversations at the Newberry&rdquo; is sponsored by <strong>Sue and Melvin Gray</strong>.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>More information about this event <a href="http://www.newberry.org/05082013-conversation-sara-paretsky-and-rick-kogan-part-conversations-newberry-series">here</a>.&nbsp;</div></p> Fri, 03 May 2013 14:40:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/conversation-sara-paretsky-and-rick-kogan-part-conversations-newberry-106993 OUTSIDERS: Zines, Samizdat, and Alternative Publishing http://www.wbez.org/outsiders-zines-samizdat-and-alternative-publishing-106472 <p><p><a href="http://www.newberry.org/04062013-outsiders-zines-samizdat-and-alternative-publishing">The 2013 Caxton Club / Newberry Library Symposium on the Book</a></p><div>This year&rsquo;s symposium will explore the use of self-produced books and pamphlets to express individualized, unconventional, controversial, or prohibited messages. Topics will range widely in historical and geographical terms, and the speakers will address the current state of self-publishing as well as its history.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>8:30 am Coffee</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>9 am Welcome</div><div><strong>Bruce H. Boyer</strong>, President, The Caxton Club Moderator, <strong>Paul F. Gehl</strong>, Custodian of the John M. Wing Foundation on the History of Printing, The Newberry Library</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>9:15 - 10:45 am Session I</div><div><strong>Lisa Gitelman</strong>, Associate Professor of Media and English, New York University Amateurs and Their Discontents, 1870-2000</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><strong>Ann Komaromi</strong>, Assistant Professor of Comparative Literature, University of Toronto Inside, Outside, Around, and Through: Conceptualist Publishing in the U.S.</div><div>and U.S.S.R.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>10:45 - 11:15 am Coffee break</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>11:15 am - 1:30 pm Session II</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><strong>Jenna Freedman</strong>, Zine Librarian, Barnard College Library Pinko vs. Punk: a Generational Comparison of Alternative Press Publications and Zines.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Panel Discussion: Self-Publishing as an Alternative Strategy Moderator, <strong>Alice Schreyer</strong>, Assistant University Librarian for Humanities, Social Sciences, and Special Collections, The University of Chicago Library <strong>Davida G. Breier</strong>, Editor, Xerography Debt and Rigor Mortis <strong>Johanna Drucker</strong>, Martin and <strong>Bernard Breslauer</strong> Professor of Information Studies, UCLA <strong>Anne Elizabeth Moore</strong>, Instructor, Visual and Critical Studies, School of the Art Institute <strong>Steve Tomasula</strong>, Associate Professor of English, University of Notre Dame The morning&rsquo;s speakers will join the panelists for Q&amp;A.</div></p> Thu, 04 Apr 2013 11:34:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/outsiders-zines-samizdat-and-alternative-publishing-106472 Pamphlet Pandemonium, 1642 – 2012: A Newberry 125 Lecture http://www.wbez.org/pamphlet-pandemonium-1642-%E2%80%93-2012-newberry-125-lecture-102771 <p><p>Why would the Newberry collect duplicates of something as seemingly ordinary and ephemeral as a pamphlet with a Church of Scotland petition and King Charles I&rsquo;s formal rejection of it? The general practice may seem unnecessary, even ill-advised, but as two printings of this particular pamphlet demonstrate, libraries collect apparent duplicates because they are sometimes different in subtle, revealing ways. The implications are various, with a place not just in the interpretation of history but in debates about the digitalization of library collections.</p><div>In 1643 a delegation from the Church of Scotland traveled to England to petition King Charles on matters of state and religion. The Scots believed they could devise a common anti-papist, anti-episcopalian religion that would strengthen Charles&rsquo; tenuous hold over his three domains, while currying favor with Parliament. After the king peremptorily rejected the Scottish delegation&rsquo;s advice, his response was published, along with the original petition. The resultant pamphlets contributed to the &ldquo;pamphlet pandemonium&rdquo; of the time, which saw the liberating dissemination of printed information&mdash;and sometimes by doubts over authority, authenticity, and authorship. The two printings of <em>To the King&rsquo;s Most Excellent Majesty: The Humble Petition of the Commissioners of the General Assembly</em> featured in The Newberry 125 exhibition both purport to be original&mdash;but they are actually not, which raises interesting questions. What differentiates these pamphlets from one another? Who were the individuals responsible for changing some things and not others? What was their intention? Did they have profit or politics in their sights? How can we know which version we are looking at? And what are the implications of all of this for readers of online, digital versions of physical materials?</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><strong>David Spadafora</strong> is president and a librarian of the Newberry and an historian of European thought.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>This lecture is sponsored by the Elizabeth F. Cheney Foundation and is part of a series of programs that take a closer look at items in The Newberry 125 anniversary exhibition.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>This program is free and no reservations are required.</div></p> Sun, 30 Sep 2012 17:36:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/pamphlet-pandemonium-1642-%E2%80%93-2012-newberry-125-lecture-102771