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.

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:

The 2015-2016 Call for Proposals is open until May 1st, 2015 (with the exception of the Urban History Dissertation Group–open until May 15). Further information may be downloaded on page of the seminar which interests you.

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, April 23, 2015
American Literature Seminar
Liesl Olson, Newberry Library

“White City, Black Metropolis”
Liesl Olson, Newberry Library

Friday, April 24, 2015
Women and Gender Seminar
Danielle McGuire, Wayne State University

Danielle McGuire, Wayne State University
“The Maid and Mr. Charlie: Black Women and Sexual Violence in the Jim Crow South”

Friday, May 1, 2015
American Art and Visual Culture Seminar
Kristina Wilson, Clark University and Bess Williamson, School of the Art Institute, Chicago

“ ‘Like a girl in a bikini suit’ and other stories: Herman Miller, Gender, and Race at Mid-Century”
Kristina Wilson, Clark University
“From Cockpits to Cubicles: Ergonomic Design and Difficult Positions in the late Twentieth-century American Office”
Bess Williamson, School of the Art Institute, Chicago

Friday, May 1, 2015
History of Capitalism Seminar
History of Capitalism Seminar Book Group : The Empire of Cotton: A Global History

The History of Capitalism Seminar Book Group will meet twice this academic year to discuss recent publications in the history of capitalism. The second session will discuss Sven Beckert’s The Empire of Cotton: A Global History (Knopf, December 2014).

Friday, May 1, 2015
Seminar in British History
Peter Stansky, Stanford University

Peter Stansky, Stanford University
“The Case of Edward Upward: Communism and Literature in Britain”

Saturday, May 2, 2015
Urban History Dissertation Group
Andrew Dribin, University of Illinois at Chicago and Aram Sarkisian, Northwestern University

“The Wilderness Years of Chicago: Saving Nature in Postwar Chicago,1945-Present”
Andrew Dribin, University of Illinois at Chicago

“Icons of Lenin or Prayers for the Tsar? Russian Orthodoxy and
Radicalism in Red Scare Detroit, 1917-1924”
Aram Sarkisian, Northwestern University

Thursday, May 7, 2015
American Political Thought Seminar
Manning, Planting, Keeping: English Colonization and the Origins of Modern America, 1580-1865

From the colony at Jamestown to John Winthrop’s “City on a Hill”, the story of America’s founding is one of migrants and migrations, of colonizers and the colonized, of households and servitude and slavery, and of the freedom all craved and some found.

Saturday, May 9, 2015
Borderlands and Latino/a Studies Seminar
Borderlands and Latino/a Studies Saturday Conference

Juliana Barr, University of Florida
Jennifer Flores Sternad, New York University
Maria Windell, University of Colorado, Boulder
Karl Jacoby, Columbia University

Friday, May 15, 2015
Seminar in British History
Joyce E. Chaplin, Harvard University

“T. R. Malthus in New Worlds: Circulation of the ‘Essay on the Principle of Population’ in the Americas and the Pacific, 1803-1834”
Joyce E. Chaplin, Harvard University