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Melissa Moreton, Short-Term Newberry Fellow

Melissa Moreton, Short-Term Fellow, working in the Special Collections Reading Room, June 14, 2018

The Newberry Institute for Research and Education brings together scholars, educators, students, and the public to engage questions in the humanities. Housed within the Newberry Institute are four research centers focused on collection strengths including the Renaissance, Native American and Indigenous Studies, the History of Cartography, and Chicago Studies. The Newberry Institute also nurtures communities of scholars through our fellowship programs, scholarly seminars, and two undergraduate seminars. We offer professional development for teachers, support curriculum through digital humanities projects, and conduct collection presentations with students. Finally, we produce free public programs and fee-based adult seminars on wide-ranging topics. Across the Newberry Institute’s many programs, we collaborate with the Newberry’s curators, librarians, digital teams, and other staff to integrate our work into the Newberry’s broader mission of bringing the humanities to life.

Call for Papers for NCAIS Graduate Student Conference, February 2, 2019

NCAIS 2018 Summer Institute Participants

NCAIS 2018 Summer Institute Participants at the Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology at Harvard University. Front row (right to left): Agleska Cohen-Rencountre, Victoria Funk, Randizia Crisostomo, Sarah Sadlier, Molli Pauliot, Beth Eby. Back row (right to left): Dr. Castle McLaughlin, Dr. Patricia Capone, Alana Faagai, Michael Albani, Bruno Seraphin, Caitrin Scarlett Engle, Katharine Williams.

The Newberry Consortium for American Indian Studies (NCAIS) and the D’Arcy McNickle Center for American Indian and Indigenous Studies invite graduate students from universities that are members of NCAIS to present papers at the Newberry’s annual Graduate Student Conference, to be held on Saturday, February 2, 2019, at the Newberry Library. Papers may be in any academic field relating to American Indian and Indigenous Studies. We encourage the submission of papers that examine a wide variety of subjects relating to American Indian and Indigenous Studies histories and cultures.

To propose a paper, please include a title and a one-page abstract of your paper. The papers will be grouped into 45 minute sessions followed by 15 minutes of commentary from the audience. Paper proposals must be received by January 1, 2019. To submit a proposal please send your paper abstract to the McNickle Center program coordinator, Patrick Rochford at

Registration opens on January 1, 2019 all presenters must register for the conference. There is no registration fee but registration is required in order to present. Papers proposals will be decided on a rolling basis, the sooner you submit your proposal the sooner you will learn about its status. NCAIS students will be reimbursed up to $400 for travel expenses. For those students experiencing financial hardship, they will be reimbursed in advance for such travel expenses as plane fare. Hotel rooms are available at the Claridge Hotel, 1255 North Dearborn Parkway, 312-787-4980, where you may reserve rooms at the reduced rate of $89. Please request the Newberry rate. If you have any questions about the conference, please contact Susan Sleeper-Smith, the McNickle Center Interim Director, at

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