Dr. William M. Scholl Center for American History and Culture

Portrait of Floyd Dell 1887-1969, B.J.O. Nordfeldt, undated, oil on fabric
Portrait of Floyd Dell 1887-1969, B.J.O. Nordfeldt, undated, oil on fabric, Art Collection, Newberry Library. NL003

The Dr. William M. Scholl Center for American History and Culture promotes research and teaching through the use of the Newberry's rich collections in American history, literature, and culture. Scholl Center projects aim to unite innovative research in the humanities with a wide array of public humanities projects. Our programs include an annual series of seminars in cooperation with Chicago-area universities. These seminars include: American Art and Visual Culture; American Literature; Borderlands and Latino Studies; History of Capitalism; Labor History; Women and Gender; and Urban History Dissertation Group. For more information about these seminars, please visit our programs page. The center also regularly hosts summer institutes and teaching workshops for educators and researchers at every level.

The Scholl Center will announce the 2014-2015 schedule of seminars in the coming weeks.

This spring, the Scholl Center launched a new seminar in American Political Thought, underwritten by the Jack Miller Center. The seminar officially launched with a lecture from Eric Nelson of Harvard University, "'The Lord Alone Shall Be King of America': Hebraism and the Republican Turn of 1776" and closed the academic year with a lecture from Danielle Allen of The Institute for Advanced Study, "'The Pursuit of Happiness': On John Adams and Egalitarianism in the Declaration of Independence".

Recent Scholl Center Projects and Publications illuminate American culture across a range of disciplinary fields.

For more information on research in the Newberry's collections, see American History and Culture.

In the summer of 2014, the Scholl Center hosted a National Endowment for the Humanities Institute, Bridging National Borders in North America.

To receive emails about upcoming events and seminars at the Scholl Center, please contact scholl@newberry.org.

Staff at the Scholl center include Director Liesl Olson and Program Assistant Rachel Shrock.