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

Gertrude Stein visiting Chicago, 1935

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Scholl Center programs encourage research in American history, literature, and culture in areas where the Newberry’s collections are strong. The center’s programs include a variety of institutes, conferences, and professional development workshops.

The Dr. William M. Scholl Center for American History and Culture’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:

Scholl Center seminars are supported by a number of generous sponsors.

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.

Upcoming Programs

Thursday, October 19, 2017
Chicago: City of Commerce and Design, 1890-1990 Seminar
Chicago Design 1946-1970: Place, People and Products
Friday, October 20, 2017
Borderlands and Latino/a Studies Seminar
Delia Fernandez–Forming Latinidad and Claiming Space in a Midwest City: Mexicans and Puerto Ricans in Grand Rapids, Michigan, 1940-1975 Max Felker-Kantor–Policing the Internal Border: Enforcing Order and the Criminalization of Immigrants in Los Angeles
Friday, October 20, 2017
Gender and Sexuality Seminar
Eliza Lucas’s Journey Home to Carolina
Thursday, October 26, 2017
American Political Thought Seminar
Contested Futures: Anishinaabeg and American Societies in the Great Lakes, 1790-1840
Friday, October 27, 2017
Seminar in British History
The Confessional State and the Fiscal-Military State in Early Modern Europe
Friday, November 3, 2017
American Art and Visual Culture Seminar
Gwendolyn Owens: The Will to Change: The Artistic Evolution of Marian Scott Noga Bernstein: Mayan Modern: Ruth Reeves’s Cross-Cultural Practice
Wednesday, November 8, 2017
American Literature Seminar
Pushing Donald Davidson’s Buttons: Agency, the Non-Human, and the Binary Switch
Friday, November 10, 2017
Religion and Culture in the Americas Seminar
James Krippner: The Benedictines, Sugar and Slavery: Texts, Contexts and Material Culture from the Mediterranean to the Atlantic Worlds. Kevin Vrevich: Quaker Institutionalism and the Success of Antislavery Legislation: The New England Yearly Meeting, 1760-1784
Friday, November 10, 2017
Gender and Sexuality Seminar
Palestine in the Sky: Visionary Aesthetics, Atmospheric Warfare, and the Queer Feminist Utopias of Larissa Sansour
Friday, November 10, 2017
Seminar in British History
Dan LeMahieu, Lake Forest College
Thursday, November 16, 2017
Chicago: City of Commerce and Design, 1890-1990 Seminar
Graphic Design: between Negation and Affirmation in Container Corporation’s Great Ideas Advertising Series, c. 1950-1980
Friday, November 17, 2017
Borderlands and Latino/a Studies Seminar
Juan Herrera–Revolution Interrupted: The Racial Effects of the 1969 Tax Reform Act Nic John Ramos–Displacement without Disavowal: Emergency Medical Systems, Public Health Clinics, and the Management of Working Poverty in Los Angeles County, 1971-1986
Friday, November 17, 2017
Labor History Seminar
GM Never Surrendered: Antiunion Politics on Auto Industry Shop Floors during the 1960s
Friday, December 1, 2017
History of Capitalism Seminar
The United States as a Developing Nation, 1850-1950: The Political Origins of Modern American Capitalism
Thursday, December 7, 2017
American Political Thought Seminar
The Politics of Natural Right: Federalism as Remedy
Friday, December 15, 2017
Labor History Seminar
Who Designed This Upside Down System? Coal Miners’ Place in a New Energy Regime
Friday, January 12, 2018
History of Capitalism Seminar
American Civil War Debt: An International Perspective
Thursday, January 18, 2018
Chicago: City of Commerce and Design, 1890-1990 Seminar
Walter Paepcke, IDCA, and the Challenge of Design in Post-War Corporate Culture
Friday, January 19, 2018
Labor History Seminar
Newcomers: Migration and Poverty Work in Chicago, 1956 to 1964
Wednesday, January 24, 2018
American Literature Seminar
Television, National Belonging, and Retro-Ephemerality in Tan Lin’s Insomnia and the Aunt (2011) and Claudia Rankine’s Don’t Let Me Be Lonely (2004)
Friday, January 26, 2018
American Art and Visual Culture Seminar
John Murphy: Flesh: Ivan Albright and Antihumanism Kelsey Malone: Enid Yandell and the White Rabbits: Crafting a Career in Sculpture in the White City
Friday, February 2, 2018
Religion and Culture in the Americas Seminar
Sarah Fenster’s Neighborhood: Demography, Community, and One Child’s Life in 1900 Jewish Philadelphia
Thursday, February 8, 2018
American Political Thought Seminar
Prophet, Priest, and Republican Theorist: Thomas Shepard and the Formation of the Laws and Liberties of Massachusetts
Friday, February 9, 2018
Borderlands and Latino/a Studies Seminar
Daniel Morales–Entre Aquí y Allá: The Paths of Migration and Emigration Control in Mexico 1920-1930 Jessica Ordaz–Border Policing, Runaway Detainees, and Labor Exploitation in California’s Imperial Valley, 1945-1949
Friday, February 16, 2018
Seminar in British History
Alcohol in the Garden of Eden: The Cider Boom in England, 1650-1763
Thursday, February 22, 2018
Chicago: City of Commerce and Design, 1890-1990 Seminar
Collecting Chicago Design: Who Should Do It, When, and Where
Friday, February 23, 2018
Labor History Seminar
Becoming White Collar: Schools, Skills, and the Origins of American Inequality
Friday, February 23, 2018
Gender and Sexuality Seminar
Book Launch Seminar: Funding Feminism: Monied Women, Philanthropy, and the Women’s Movement
Wednesday, February 28, 2018
American Literature Seminar
Subjection, Abstraction, Dissent: Hybrid Forms and the Neo-slave Narrative
Friday, March 2, 2018
History of Capitalism Seminar
The Great Epizootic of 1872: Animals, Capitalism, and Catastrophe in North America
Thursday, March 8, 2018
American Political Thought Seminar
Lyman Trumbull and the Fateful Paradox of the War for the Union
Friday, March 9, 2018
Borderlands and Latino/a Studies Seminar
Rebeca Hey-Colon–Anzaldúa y Yemayá: Unraveling the Cultural Threads of Water Tala Khanmalek–Open Wounds: Gloria Anzaldúa’s Borderlands La Frontera and the 1917 Bath Riots
Friday, March 9, 2018
Religion and Culture in the Americas Seminar
Barbara Dobschuetz: Fundamentalism And American Urban Culture: Community and Religious Identity in Paul Rader’s Chicago, 1915-1937. Andrew MacDonald: In the Evangelical Sense: The Swing Trial and Late Nineteenth-Century Urban Protestantism
Thursday, March 15, 2018
Chicago: City of Commerce and Design, 1890-1990 Seminar
New Negro Modernism: Commodity Racism, Race Consumption, and the Making of a Black Commercial Aesthetic in Interwar Chicago
Friday, March 30, 2018
American Art and Visual Culture Seminar
Ellen Handy: Picturing the World in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction: Chicago’s Image Factories at the Center of the Continent Amy Mooney: Photos of Style and Dignity: Woodard’s Studio and the Delivery of Black Modern Subjectivity
Wednesday, April 4, 2018
American Literature Seminar
Friday, April 6, 2018
Religion and Culture in the Americas Seminar
The Lynching of the Impious: Violence, Politics, and Religion in Mexico (1930s-1960s)
Thursday, April 12, 2018
American Political Thought Seminar
Apocalypse Now: Thomas Jefferson’s Radical Enlightenment
Friday, April 13, 2018
History of Capitalism Seminar
Friday, April 20, 2018
Borderlands and Latino/a Studies Seminar
David-James Gonzales–From Metropolitan Borderland to Mexican Apartheid: Race, Place, and Labor in Orange County, CA, 1889 to 1930 Natalia Molina–Ethnic Mexicans as Place Makers in Mid-Twentieth-Century Los Angeles
Thursday, April 26, 2018
Chicago: City of Commerce and Design, 1890-1990 Seminar
Will Bradley’s Art of Art Direction
Friday, April 27, 2018
Labor History Seminar
Leveraging the ‘Kodak Zone’ Photography and the Making of Race and Class in the American Occupied Philippines
Friday, April 27, 2018
Seminar in British History
Englishmen at Sea: Sailors, Merchants, and Empire 1580-1620
Friday, May 4, 2018
Religion and Culture in the Americas Seminar
(un)Holy Spies: Religion and American Espionage in World War II
Thursday, May 24, 2018
Chicago: City of Commerce and Design, 1890-1990 Seminar
Moholy-Nagy and the Materiality of Industry
Thursday, September 6, 2018
Chicago: City of Commerce and Design, 1890-1990 Seminar
A Threat to Human Scale: The Eames Office’s Tandem Seating System for Chicago’s O’Hare Airport (1962)
Thursday, October 18, 2018
Chicago: City of Commerce and Design, 1890-1990 Seminar
The Open Plan Office in the Windy City