The Newberry Library Colloquium

Socialism at the Newberry: Coming of Age in Internationalist Times, 1900-1914
Wednesday, April 24, 2013

4 – 5 pm

Towner Fellows’ Lounge

Leon Fink, Distinguished Professor of History, University of Illinois at Chicago; 2012-13 Lloyd Lewis Fellow in American History, Newberry Library

Radicals in groups like the Socialist Party of America and the Industrial Workers of the World encountered an intellectual, political, and spiritual world of international and cosmopolitan influences. They were unified by a heady “internationalism,” an assumption that “workers” the world over were cooperating in a common endeavor to replace production for profit with a social system more geared to human needs. The focus of this presentation will be how individuals melded such world-transformative ideals with their own personal imperatives, ambitions, and their own changing experience.

The Newberry Library Colloquium is a weekly gathering of Newberry staff members, fellows, scholars-in-residence, and readers on Wednesday afternoon in the Towner Fellows’ Lounge. Refreshments are available at 3:30 pm and an informal presentation begins at 4 pm, followed by discussion. The talks are varied, but all relate to the Newberry collections in some way. Speakers may describe a current research project, highlight a particular collection, or discuss one of the Library’s many ongoing or special programs. The Colloquium is open to the public and no reservations are required.

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