The Newberry Seminar in Labor History | Newberry

The Newberry Seminar in Labor History

Mother Jones marching in Colorado. c.1910. Midwest MS Kerr, Bx.5, Fl.#79.

Mother Jones marching in Colorado. c.1910. Midwest MS Kerr, Bx.5, Fl.#79.

Seminar sessions are held on Fridays from 3 to 5 pm at the Newberry, 60 West Walton Street, Chicago, Illinois.

This seminar provides a forum for works in progress that explore the history of working class people, communities, and culture; class and state policy; unions and popular political movements; and other related topics. We are particularly interested in works that deal with gender, sexuality, race, migration, and the social history of work. Our focus has been on U.S. history, but we welcome papers on North America generally, and on transnational aspects of labor history.

The seminar’s co-sponsors are the history departments of DePaul University, Northern Illinois University, Northwestern University, the University of Illinois at Chicago, and University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, The Karla Scherer Center for the Study of American Culture at the University of Chicago, the Department of History and Political Science at Purdue University Calumet, the Roosevelt University Department of History and LABOR: Studies in Working-Class History of the Americas. Co-cordinators are Peter Cole, Western Illinois University; Colleen Doody, DePaul University Erik Gellman, Roosevelt University; and Liesl Orenic, Dominican University.

The Labor History Seminar 2016-2017 Call for Proposals is now OPEN. Proposals for 2017-2018 will be accepted until June 1, 2017. Click here for a pdf flyer of the Labor History Proposal brief. To submit a proposal, please visit our webform and upload a one-page proposal, a statement explaining the relationship of the paper to your other work, and a brief CV. Applications will not be accepted via email or in hard copy.

To attend, please read our Registration Information. Sign up to receive email updates about the Labor History seminar. View our flyer for a PDF version of the schedule.

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Seminar Schedule 2016-2017

Friday, September 23, 2016
Labor History Seminar
Blue-Collar Cosmopolitans: Toward a History of Working-Class Sophistication in the Industrial Era
Saturday, October 29, 2016
Labor History Seminar
From the War on Poverty to the War on Crime by Elizabeth Hinton
Friday, January 13, 2017
Labor History Seminar
The Long Deep Grudge: An Epic Clash Between Big Capital and Radical Labor in the American Heartland
Friday, February 17, 2017
Labor History Seminar
Closing the Border, Demonizing the Foreigner: Unions, Radicals and Fear in Depression Era Detroit.
Friday, March 17, 2017
Labor History Seminar
Latino Workers and the Courts: MALDEF’s Sociolegal Struggles in Post-1965 California
Friday, May 5, 2017
Labor History Seminar
Risky Business: How the Rhetoric of Capitalism Made Environmental Risk Palatable for Twentieth-Century Texas Oil Communities