The Newberry Library has named Daniel Greene, PhD'04, as its next president and librarian, effective August 19, 2019. David Hilliard, chair of the Newberry Board of Trustees, called Greene, "an accomplished scholar devoted to the public humanities; Danny will propel the Newberry forward with both innovative thinking and a commitment to the mission that has sustained us as an institution over the past 132 years." Greene was formerly the Newberry's vice president for research and academic programs (2011–14) and is currently an adjunct professor of history at Northwestern University.
From 2005 to 2008, Greene was the historian of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum (USHMM). He organized Americans and the Holocaust (2018–21) as a USHMM guest curator. The exhibition asks the critical questions: "What did the US government and the American people know about the threats posed by Nazi Germany? What responses were possible? And when?"
Greene's The Jewish Origins of Cultural Pluralism: The Menorah Association and American Diversity (Indiana, 2011) received the American Jewish Historical Society's Saul Viener Prize for best book in American Jewish history. The book was based upon his dissertation, with Kathleen N. Conzen as chair and James Grossman and Leora Auslander as readers. He also co-edited Home Front: Daily Life in the Civil War North (Chicago, 2013), the companion volume to the exhibition organized by the Newberry and the Terra Foundation for American Art.
The Newberry is an independent research library in Chicago, with special strengths in cartography, Renaissance materials, Native American studies, and Chicago studies.
By Joanne M. Berens, MFA'93, jberens at uchicago dot edu.