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

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:

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

Tuesday, February 16, 2016
American Literature Seminar
Ordering the Open Sysytem Davis Smith-Brecheisen, University of Illinois at Chicago
Friday, February 19, 2016
American Art and Visual Culture Seminar
Irving’s Medium Christopher J. Lukasik, Purdue University
Friday, February 19, 2016
Women and Gender Seminar
“The “Chatty Old Lady”: Explorations in Gender and Genealogy” Francesca Morgan, Northeastern Illinois University “Married Names, Maiden Names, and Middle Names: Gender and Name Changing in the New York City Civil Court in the 20th Century” Kirsten Fermaglich, Michigan State University
Friday, February 26, 2016
Borderlands and Latino/a Studies Seminar
Red, White, and Blue and Mexican: Mexican-Americans in Mid-Century Chicago Deborah Kanter, Albion College The Good Neighbor Comes Home: The Office of the Coordinator of Inter-American Affairs and the “Spanish-Speaking Minority” Problem in the US Southwest during World War II Natalie Mendoza, University of California at Berkeley
Friday, February 26, 2016
Labor History Seminar
Neo-Liberalism Before Its Time: Labor and the Free Trade Ideal in the Era of the Great Compression, 1945-1972 Dr. Leon Fink, University of Illinois at Chicago
Friday, March 4, 2016
History of Capitalism Seminar
Putting the Economy Back in History Colleen A. Dunlavy, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Tuesday, March 8, 2016
American Literature Seminar
Appraisal Literatures: Reading Race on the Mid-Century Block Adrienne Brown, University of Chicago
Friday, March 11, 2016
Seminar in British History
“Leaving a Legacy: A Georgian Case Study about Marital Status, Childlessness, and Genealogy” Amy Harris, Brigham Young University
Friday, March 18, 2016
Women and Gender Seminar
April Haynes, University of Wisconsin-Madison: Book Event Riotous Flesh: Women, Physiology, and the Solitary Vice in Nineteenth-century America
Friday, March 25, 2016
Labor History Seminar
“Good Government”/Bad Workers: Martin H. Kennelly’s Reform Crusade in Chicago, 1947-1955 Richard Anderson, Princeton University
Tuesday, April 5, 2016
American Literature Seminar
Herman Melville, Literary Value, and the Commodification of the Book Philipp Löffler, University of Heidelberg
Friday, April 15, 2016
Early American History and Culture Seminar
Michael Staudenmaier, University of Illinois Christian Paiz, University of Southern California
Friday, April 15, 2016
Borderlands and Latino/a Studies Seminar
The Division Street Riots of 1966: Rage and Euphoria in Puerto Rican Chicago Michael Staudenmaier, University of Illinois at Urbana/Champaign The Nature of Victories: the United Farm Workers’ 1969 Coachella Campaign and its Promise of a New America Christian Paiz, University of Southern California
Friday, April 22, 2016
American Art and Visual Culture Seminar
Better for The Making Suzanne Hudson, University of Southern California Secret: George Herms and Clandestine Operations Monica Steinberg, The Graduate Center of the City University of New York
Friday, April 29, 2016
Labor History Seminar
Occupied Territory: Policing Black Chicago from Red Summer to the War on Crime Simon Balto, Ball State University
Friday, May 13, 2016
History of Capitalism Seminar
The Public Utility Idea and the Origins Modern Business Regulation William J. Novak, University of Michigan Law School
Friday, May 13, 2016
Seminar in British History
“The Reason Why: The Crimean War and its Victorian Legacies” Lara Kriegel, University of Indiana
Friday, May 20, 2016
American Art and Visual Culture Seminar
Manuel Álvarez Bravo, Helen Levitt, and the Surrealism of the Streets Monica Bravo, Brown University Islands in the Inset: Representations of the Territory of Hawai’i in Carto-Caricatures (Map Cartoons), 1893-2011 Amanda Murphyao, Carleton University
Friday, May 20, 2016
Borderlands and Latino/a Studies Seminar
The Remittance Landscape: Spaces of Migration in Rural Mexico and Urban USA Sarah Lynn Lopez
Friday, May 27, 2016
Seminar in British History
“Celebrity Politics in Post-Revolutionary Britian” Brian Cowan, McGill University