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

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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 Scholl Center’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, September 19, 2014
Women and Gender Seminar
Francoise Hamlin, Brown University

Francoise Hamlin, Brown University
“Oral History As Feminist History: Charting the Civil Rights Career of Vera Pigee”

Friday, September 19, 2014
History of Capitalism Seminar
Michael Merrill, Empire State College

“The Monetarization of Everything: Gifted Credit, Commercial Exchange, and the Transition to Capitalism in the United States”
Michael Merrill, Empire State College

Thursday, September 25, 2014
American Literature Seminar
Günter Leypoldt, Universität Heidelberg

“Institutional Charisma”
Günter Leypoldt, Universität Heidelberg

Saturday, October 4, 2014
Urban History Dissertation Group
Andrew Baer, Northwestern University and Devin Hunter, Loyola University Chicago

“We Cannot Have Guardians that Have to be Guarded”: Freedom, Denial, and the Elusive Nature of Justice in the Chicago Police Torture Cases.”
Andrew Baer, Northwestern University
“‘New Leftists, Poverty Warriors, and Rebel Nuns: Sixties Activists in a Community on the Brink.”
Devin Hunter, Loyola University Chicago

Friday, October 10, 2014
History of Capitalism Seminar
History of Capitalism Seminar Book Group : Carbon Democracy: Political Power in the Age of Oil, Timothy Mitchell

The History of Capitalism Seminar Book Group will meet twice this year to discuss recent publications in the history of capitalism.

Friday, October 17, 2014
Seminar in British History
Zak Leonard, University of Illinois at Chicago

Zak Leonard, The University of Illinois at Chicago
“Beyond the Census: Colonial Ethnography on India’s North-West Frontier”

Saturday, October 18, 2014
Labor History Seminar
Labor History Seminar New Book Symposium : The Myth of Liberal Ascendency: Corporate Dominance from the Great Depression to the Great Recession, G. William Domhoff

The Newberry Labor History Seminar Book Symposium celebrates recent work in the field of Labor History with a day of rigorous discussion.

Thursday, October 23, 2014
American Literature Seminar
Theodore Martin, University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee

“Survival Skills, or, Work and Plague”
Theodore Martin, University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee

Friday, October 24, 2014
American Art and Visual Culture Seminar
Maggie Cao, Columbia University and Erin Pauwels, Indiana University

“Bierstadt’s Butterflies and the End of Landscape”
Maggie Cao, Columbia University

“Sarony, Muybridge and the Art of Motion Photography, 1865-1895”
Erin Pauwels, Indiana University
Respondent: Jennifer Greenhill, The University of Illinois

Friday, October 24, 2014
Women and Gender Seminar
Consumerism, Protest, and Underground Economies in African America

Traci Parker, University of Chicago, “Rethinking Southern Sit-In Movements: Black Worker-Consumer Alliances and Constructing a Modern Black Middle Class”
Elizabeth Schroeder Schlabach, Earlham College, “The Policy Game: Women and Gambling on Chicago’s South Side, 1930s.”
Commentator: Keona Ervin, University of Missouri

Saturday, November 1, 2014
Urban History Dissertation Group
Garrett Dash Nelson, University of Wisconsin-Madison

“Stitching Together a Metropolis: The Constituting Landscape in Sylvester Baxter’s Boston”
Garrett Dash Nelson, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Friday, November 7, 2014
Women and Gender Seminar
Susan Branson, Syracuse University

“’Do not, on any account, marry one the back of whose head resembles cut No.4’: The Visual Encoding of Gender Ideology in Nineteenth-century Phrenology texts”
Susan Branson, Syracuse University
Commentator: Carla Bittel, Loyola Marymount University

Friday, November 7, 2014
History of Capitalism Seminar
Mark Rose, Florida Atlantic University

“Banking on Politics”
Mark Rose, Florida Atlantic University

Wednesday, November 19, 2014
Borderlands and Latino/a Studies Seminar
Ana Castillo in Conversation with Jason Ruiz : A Meet the Author Event

In celebration of the publication of the twentieth anniversary edition of Ana Castillo’s Massacre of the Dreamers: Essays on Xicanisma, the author will discuss these ground-breaking essays with Jason Ruiz, who researches and teaches about American culture at the University of Notre Dame.

Thursday, November 20, 2014
American Literature Seminar
Rachel Galvin, Johns Hopkins University

“Marianne Moore, Gertrude Stein, and the Eyewitness Problem”
Rachel Galvin, Johns Hopkins University

Friday, November 21, 2014
Borderlands and Latino/a Studies Seminar
John Alba Cutler, Northwestern University; Bill Johnson González, DePaul University

“Gráfico’s Concurso Literario and Latina/o Print Culture’s Forgotten Histories”
John Alba Cutler, Northwestern University
“Braceros and Noir: Controlling Mexican-American Identity in Literature and Film of the 1940s”
Bill Johnson González, DePaul University
Respondent: Ricky Rodriguez, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

Friday, December 5, 2014
American Art and Visual Culture Seminar
Keith Eggener, University of Oregon and Kate C. Lemay, Auburn University at Montgomery

“Louis Curtiss and his Patrons: Architecture Culture in Kansas City, ca. 1900”
Keith Eggener, University of Oregon
“Art and American Memory: Former GIs visit the Normany American Cemetery during the Seventieth Anniversary of D-Day”
Kate C. Lemay, Auburn University at Montgomery

Friday, December 5, 2014
Labor History Seminar
Heather Berg, University of California Santa Barbara

“Waiting is the Hardest Part: Adult Film at the Point of Production”
Heather Berg, University of California Santa Barbara
Respondents: Jennifer Brier, University of Illinois at Chicago; Cynthia Blair, University of Illinois at Chicago

Friday, December 5, 2014
Seminar in British History
Peter Strickland, University of Chicago

Peter Strickland, The University of Chicago
“Bodies of Anxious Earnest Men Banded Together”: Popularization of Unionism and the Unionist Clubs of Ireland, 1893-1912”

Friday, January 16, 2015
History of Capitalism Seminar
Susan Gaunt Stearns, Northwestern University

“A Moral Speculation: Land, Cash, and Conscience in the Early Republic”
Susan Gaunt Stearns, Northwestern University

Friday, January 16, 2015
Borderlands and Latino/a Studies Seminar
Borderlands and Latino/a Studies Seminar Book Group : Borderlands Saints: Secular Sanctity in Chicano/a and Mexican Culture, Desirée A. Martín

Borderlands Saints: Secular Sanctity in Chicano/a and Mexican Culture, by Desirée A. Martín
Respondents: Robert Orsi, Northwestern University; and Camilla Fojas, Depaul University

Friday, January 23, 2015
Women and Gender Seminar
Women of America's Right and Far Right

Emily Johnson, Yale University, “A Women’s Place: Conservative Christian Women’s National Political Leadership.”
Kathleen Belew, Northwestern University, “’An Army for Her Husband’: White Separatist Women, Migration, and Pronatalism, 1988-1995”
Commentator: Kathleen Blee, University of Pittsburgh

Thursday, January 29, 2015
American Literature Seminar
Jesús Costantino, University of Notre Dame

“The Squared City”
Jesús Costantino, University of Notre Dame

Friday, January 30, 2015
Labor History Seminar
Jeffrey Johnson, Providence College

“This Dastardly Act’: San Francisco’s 1916 Preparedness Day Bombing”
Jeffrey Johnson, Providence College
Respondents: Peter Cole, Western Illinois University; Kevin Boyle, Northwestern University

Friday, February 6, 2015
Seminar in British History
Dana Rabin, The University of Illinois

Dana Rabin, University of Illinois
“The Rights of Man and the Mutinies of 1797”

Saturday, February 7, 2015
Urban History Dissertation Group
Sam Kling, Northwestern University and Emilio de Antuñano, University of Chicago

“Stitching Together a Metropolis: The Constituting Landscape in Sylvester Baxter’s Boston”
Sam Kling, Northwestern University

Friday, February 13, 2015
Labor History Seminar
Tobias Higbie, University of California, Los Angeles

“The Networked Labor Movement”
Tobias Higbie, University of California at Los Angeles
Respondents: James Barrett, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; James Schmidt, Northern Illinois University

Friday, February 20, 2015
Women and Gender Seminar
Feminism, Sexuality, and the Media

Tamara Chaplin, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, “Lesbian Utopias: Toulouse [France]’s Bagdam Cafe and Its Uses of Media, 1976-2009.”
Elizabeth Fraterrigo, Loyola University Chicago, “Televising the Feminine Mystique: Betty Friedan’s Appraisal of Television, Female Audiences, and the Feminist Series That Never Aired.”
Commentator: Suzanne Kaufmann, Loyola...

Thursday, February 26, 2015
American Literature Seminar
Sean McCann, Wesleyan University

“A Theatre and a Battleground: Professions of Childhood in New York of the 1940s”
Sean McCann, Wesleyan University

Friday, February 27, 2015
Borderlands and Latino/a Studies Seminar
Jennifer Garcia Peacock, University of Michigan; David Reid, Rutgers University

“Growing La Causa: The Representation of Grapes and Grape Workers in The March from Delano to Sacramento (1966)”
Jennifer Garcia Peacock, University of Michigan
“Defining the Delta: Salt, the State, and the Cold War in the Colorado River Borderlands”
David Reid, Rutgers University
Respondents: Benjamin Johnson, Loyola University Chicago; Diane Miliotes, The Art...

Friday, March 6, 2015
American Art and Visual Culture Seminar
Erina Duganne, Texas State University and Karen Huang, University of Southern California

“The Nicaragua Media Project and the Politics of Representation in the 1980s”
Erina Duganne, Texas State University
“Whose Memories? Imagining the Vietnam War in An-My Lê’s Small Wars”
Karen Huang, University of Southern California

Friday, March 6, 2015
Labor History Seminar
Jon Shelton, University of Wisconsin-Green Bay

“Dropping Dead: Teachers, the New York City Fiscal Crisis, and Austerity”
Jon Shelton, University of Wisconsin-Green Bay
Respondents: Jerald Podair, Lawrence University; Elizabeth Todd-Breland, University of Illinois at Chicago

Saturday, March 7, 2015
Urban History Dissertation Group
Courtney Wiersema, University of Notre Dame

“Fueling Class: Comfort and Consumption in Gilded Age Chicago”
Courtney Wiersema, University of Notre Dame

Friday, March 13, 2015
Seminar in British History
Farid Azfar, Swarthmore College

Farid Azfar, Swarthmore College
“Terra Firma: The Disappearance of the Royal George and the Solid Grounds of the South Sea Company”

Thursday, March 19, 2015
American Literature Seminar
Eric Slauter, University of Chicago

“Walden’s Carbon Footprint: People, Plants, Animals, and Machines in the Making of an Environmental Classic”
Eric Slauter, University of Chicago

Friday, March 20, 2015
Women and Gender Seminar
New Directions in Reproductive Rights Research

Lauren MacIvor Thompson, Georgia State University, “Science and Sex Relations: Mary Ware Dennett and Evolving Arguments for Birth Control Reform.”
Sarah Rodriguez, Northwestern University, “Challenging the Necessity of the Episiotomy: Feminist Concerns and Nursing Discourse in the 1970s”
Commentator: Judith Houck, University of Wisconsin, Madison

Friday, March 27, 2015
History of Capitalism Seminar
Seth Rockman, Brown University

“Innovation, Alienation, and the Russet Brogan: Plantation Provisioning and New England’s Industrial Revolution”
Seth Rockman, Brown University

Friday, April 3, 2015
American Art and Visual Culture Seminar
Gillian O'Brien, Liverpool John Moores University

Workshop with Gillian O’Brien on Thomas Nast’s illustrations in the periodical, America

Friday, April 3, 2015
Labor History Seminar
James Barrett, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

“Blue-Collar Cosmopolitans: Toward a History of Working-Class Sophistication in the Industrial United States”
James Barrett, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Respondents: Jack Metzgar, Roosevelt University; Steven Rosswurm, Lake Forest University

Friday, April 10, 2015
Borderlands and Latino/a Studies Seminar
Sergio González, University of Wisconsin; Felipe Hinojosa, Texas A&M University

“’Juntos En El Nombre De Dios’: Milwaukee’s Mexican Mission Chapel of Our Lady of Guadalupe, 1924-1929”
Sergio González, University of Wisconsin
“House of Lords: Latino Radicals, Church Take-Overs, and the Fight for Urban Space, 1968-1972”
Felipe Hinojosa, Texas A&M University
Respondent: Kevin Schultz, University of Illinois at Chicago

Saturday, April 11, 2015
Urban History Dissertation Group
Christopher Ramsey, Loyola University Chicago and Mark Beirn, Washington University in St. Louis

“A Good Place to Work and Play, A Good Place to Work and Stay: South Lynne Community Council, 1957-1965”
Christopher Ramsey, Loyola University Chicago
“National Narrative and Contested Urban Space: Berlin’s Three Airports”
Mark Beirn, Washington University in St. Louis

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).

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

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

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

Friday, May 15, 2015
Seminar in British History
Peter Stansky, Stanford University

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