Scholl Center programs encourage research in American history, literature, and culture in areas where the Newberry’s collections are strong. The Center’s Current Programs include a variety of institutes, conferences, and professional development workshops.
The Scholl Center’s longest running program is its seminar series. For decades, the Center has sponsored seminars on major themes in American history, literature. and culture. In cooperation with Chicago-area university departments and institutes, scholars gather at the Newberry to discuss ongoing research in a workshop format. The Center’s current seminars are:
- American Art and Visual Culture
- American Literature
- American Political Thought
- Borderlands and Latino Studies
- British History
- History of Capitalism
- Labor History
- Women and Gender
- Urban History Dissertation Group
In previous years, the Scholl Center also sponsored seminars on Religious History; Rural History; Sport and Culture; and Technology, Politics, and Culture. These seminars are currently on hiatus.
The History of Capitalism Seminar Book Group will meet three times this year to discuss recent publications in the history of capitalism. The third session will focus on Rebecca M. McLennan’s The Crisis of Imprisonment: Protest, Politics, and the Making of the American Penal State, 1776–1941.
“Sex and the ILO: Seafarers, Emigrants, and the Politics of Protection”
“The Prince of Tricksters: Cultures of Confidence in Interwar Britain”
“Imagining Downtown Real Estate: Mobility and the Discovery of Property Values in Chicago, 1917-1933”
Sam Kling, Northwestern University
“Where Have All the Gardens Gone? The Domestic Pastoral and the Decline of Urban Agriculture in Chicago, 1833-1893”
Courtney Wiersema, University of Notre Dame
John Adams played a much more significant role in the development of the Declaration of Independence than is conventionally recognized. Among his central contributions was to provide the definitive grounding for its egalitarianism in the concept of “happiness.” This was a move away from the slave-holding sections’ preferred commitment to “property.”