“America needs a voice like hers”: Gwendolyn Brooks and A Street in Bronzeville (1945)

Wednesday, April 5, 2017  Reception 5:30 pm; Program 6 to 7:30 pm
Free and open to the public; no registration required.
As part of a citywide celebration of Gwendolyn Brooks marking the one-hundredth anniversary of her birth, the Newberry will gather poets, scholars, historians, and archivists to discuss the historical context of Brooks’ groundbreaking first book of poems, A Street in Bronzeville.

Faces of Love: A Musical Exploration of Love in Its Various Forms

Thursday, April 6, 2017. 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm
A Memorial Tribute Concert for Norman Pellegrini
Free and open to the public; no registration required.
Created by Donald Knight, this year’s Faces of Love concert will feature music by Brahms, Verdi, Ned Rorem, and Stephen Sondheim, beautifully performed by Erich Buchholz (tenor), Alex Honzen (baritone), Kimberly McCord (soprano), and special assisting artist, Marcie Tilkin (soprano).

Land, Housing, Air: Governing the Urban in China and India

Wednesday, April 12, 2017 4PM-6PM
A Newberry Colloquium
This colloquium is based on a book project that comparatively examines how cities in China and India have become strategic terrains for the remaking of citizen rights. The book is based on historical-comparative analyses and ethnographic fieldwork on land grabs, slum evictions, and clean-air campaigns in five urban regions in China and India (Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Beijing, and Guangzhou).

Luther Adams, Zion Hill: Envisioning a Black Future

Wednesday, April 12, 2017 6PM-8PM
Free and open to the public; no registration required.
“Zion Hill: Envisioning a Black Future” will frame the photographs of Helen Morrison, by offering some background on Black life in Kentucky. Zion Hill was one of many Black towns established after the Civil War. Freedom meant envisioning a future for themselves and their children outside of slavery. Zion Hill was rooted in African American religion and the search for a Promised Land.