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

Gertrude Stein visiting Chicago, 1935

Bobsy Goodspeed, Gertrude Stein, Fanny Butcher, Alice Roullier, Alice B. Toklas, Thornton Wilder. Mdwst MS Butcher Bx44 Fl#1846.

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

Friday, May 5, 2017
Labor History Seminar
Risky Business: How the Rhetoric of Capitalism Made Environmental Risk Palatable for Twentieth-Century Texas Oil Communities
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