American Indian and Indigenous Studies Seminar Series | Newberry

American Indian and Indigenous Studies Seminar Series

Chris Pappan presenting in November 2018

The D’Arcy McNickle Center launched the Seminar Series in American Indian and Indigenous Studies in the fall 2008. The seminars feature scholarly discussion of papers based on work in progress. Faculty, graduate students, and independent scholars are encouraged to attend and to circulate news of this forum to colleagues.

Registration Information

Seminar sessions are held on the first Thursday of the month from 3:30 - 5 pm at the Newberry, 60 West Walton Street, Chicago, Illinois. We will pre-circulate papers to those planning to attend. If you cannot attend and want to read a paper, please contact the author directly. To receive a copy of a paper, email scholarlyseminars@newberry.org. Papers are available for request two weeks prior to the seminar date.

The seminar format assumes that participants have read the essays in advance, and that those requesting the paper will attend. Please do not request a paper unless you plan to attend. We encourage faculty members to invite their graduate students to attend.

Past McNickle Seminars

2019-2020 Seminar Schedule

Thursday, December 5, 2019
McNickle Seminar Series
Many of the United States’ most important founding-era borders are located near the outer edge of constitutional discourse. The revolution and Constitution did not merely announce the United States as a political entity wedged between British and Spanish colonies.
Thursday, January 9, 2020
McNickle Seminar Series
This chapter examines the Section 184 Home Loan Guarantee Program, the only off-reservation home loan program for American Indian people, administered by the federal government. Initially created in 1992, the program makes home loans more accessible to tribal citizens.
Thursday, February 6, 2020
McNickle Seminar Series
This paper examines the idea of treaty by turning to the works of two Yankton Dakota thinkers: Ella Cara Deloria (1889-1971) and her nephew Vine Deloria Jr. (1933-2005). Through their writings, the paper traces a notion of treaty as a mode of extending practices of social kinship.
Thursday, March 5, 2020
McNickle Seminar Series
In the early 1920s, a road scout for the Hearst newspapers stood on the south shore of Lake Superior. Mesmerized by the trees, cliffs, and gleaming island shores, he thought it was the perfect place to stage an Indian pageant, a grand reenactment of centuries’ worth of historic events. The Apostle Islands Indian Pageant, one of the region’s first large-scale tourism endeavors, opened in 1924.
Thursday, April 2, 2020
McNickle Seminar Series
“Caribbean Natives in the Age of Revolution” examines the role that indigenous people and Afro-natives played in the wars and rebellions that rocked the Caribbean-basin in the final quarter of the eighteenth century with particular attention to St Vincent.
Thursday, May 14, 2020
McNickle Seminar Series
The dry, sunny landscape of the Southwest attracted a variety of settlers. One relative large subset were sick with tuberculosis. Larkin-Gilmore traces white, tuberculous health seekers who took jobs with the Indian Service in the early twentieth century in order to move to more salubrious climates, like the Southwest.
Thursday, June 4, 2020
McNickle Seminar Series
This is the third chapter of my manuscript in-progress: A Tale of Two Brothers: A Creek Indian Family’s Odyssey in Early America.