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:
- American Art and Visual Culture
- American Literature
- American Political Thought
- Borderlands and Latino/a Studies
- British History
- History of Capitalism
- Labor History
- Women and Gender
- Urban History Dissertation Group
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.
“White City, Black Metropolis”
Liesl Olson, Newberry Library
Danielle McGuire, Wayne State University
“The Maid and Mr. Charlie: Black Women and Sexual Violence in the Jim Crow South”
“ ‘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
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).
Peter Stansky, Stanford University
“The Case of Edward Upward: Communism and Literature in Britain”
“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
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.
Juliana Barr, University of Florida
Jennifer Flores Sternad, New York University
Maria Windell, University of Colorado, Boulder
Karl Jacoby, Columbia 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