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 Center for New Deal Studies, and LABOR: Studies in Working-Class History of the Americas.
To see a listing of past seminars, please select a year below:
Seminar Schedule 2014-2015
“Providing Jobs, Disciplining Workers: Unemployment and Work Relief in Depression-Era Chile”
Angela Vergara, California State University Los Angeles
Respondents: Chris Boyer, University of Illinois at Chicago; Carmen Kordick, Roosevelt University
The Newberry Labor History Seminar Book Symposium celebrates recent work in the field of Labor History with a day of rigorous discussion.
“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
“This Dastardly Act’: San Francisco’s 1916 Preparedness Day Bombing”
Jeffrey Johnson, Providence College
Respondents: Peter Cole, Western Illinois University; Kevin Boyle, Northwestern University
“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
“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
“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