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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.

In April 2017, the Scholl Center will host a three-part seminar in archival praxis–Chicago Studies and the Archive. This seminar is FREE and open to graduate students and will be held on April 14, 21, and 28, 2017 from 10 to 12:30. Click here for more information.

In summer 2017, the Scholl Center will host an NEH summer institute for college and university faculty: Making Modernism: Literature and Culture in Twentieth-Century Chicago, 1893-1955.

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, March 30, 2017
American Literature Seminar
The Coloniality of Power: Identity, Inequality, Neoliberalism Charles Hatfield, The University of Texas at Dallas
Friday, March 31, 2017
Borderlands and Latino/a Studies Seminar
“Crime Politics and Immigration Policymaking: Revisiting the 1996 Law that Transformed the Immigration System” Patrisia Macias-Rojas
Friday, March 31, 2017
Gender and Sexuality Seminar
PANEL: Gender and Violence in the US Military and Defense Complexes after 1945 Johann Bayer, University of Chicago and Jessie L. Kindig, Indiana University
Friday, March 31, 2017
Writing History Seminar
Tim Mennel, University of Chicago Press and Susan Ferber, Oxford University Press
Thursday, April 20, 2017
American Literature Seminar
Friday, April 21, 2017
Labor History Seminar
Risky Business: How the Rhetoric of Capitalism Made Environmental Risk Palatable for Twentieth-Century Texas Oil Communities
Friday, April 21, 2017
American Art and Visual Culture Seminar
William Edmondson: Life and Work Jennifer Marshall,University of Minnesota A “Museum of Merchandise:” Art and Commerce at Wanamaker’s Department Stores Kristin Schwain, University of Missouri
Friday, April 28, 2017
Gender and Sexuality Seminar
BOOK EVENT:Lavender and Red: Liberation and Solidarity in the Gay and Lesbian Left Emily K. Hobson;
Friday, April 28, 2017
Seminar in British History
Roads and Regulations at the Edge of the Empire Kyle Gardner, University of Chicago
Friday, May 5, 2017
History of Capitalism Seminar
The “Use of the Globes”: Mathematical Geography, the Mercantile Imagination, and Global Capitalism in Postrevolutionary America”
Friday, May 12, 2017
Borderlands and Latino/a Studies Seminar
Cowboys at the Crossroads: Ethnic Mexican Charros and the Making of Postwar San Antonio, 1946-1970 Laura Barraclough The Beauty of Respect: Mexican American Civil Rights Organizations and Their Beauty Pageants, 1950 to the Present Lori A. Flores