The Newberry Seminar on Women and Gender

Harriet Monroe in the Cass Street office of Poetry magazine, Harry Hansen Papers
Harriet Monroe in the Cass Street office of Poetry magazine, Harry Hansen Papers. Midwest MS Hansen Bx. 9 Fl. 914

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

This seminar explores diverse topics and genres—such as race/ethnicity, biography, war, religion, family, and sexuality—through the prisms of women and/or gender. The focus is on the United States and North America across all time periods; however, some papers focus on non-American aspects of the history of women and gender.

To apply to present during the 2014-2015 academic year, see our Call for Proposals.

The seminar’s co-sponsors are the history departments of DePaul University, Northeastern Illinois University, and the University of Illinois at Chicago, and the Karla Scherer Center for the Study of American Culture at the University of Chicago.

Joan Johnson, Northeastern Illinois University; Francesca Morgan, Northeastern Illinois University; and Michelle Nickerson, Loyola University Chicago are the coordinators for the 2013-14 seminar.

To attend, please read our Registration Information. View flyer for the complete schedule in PDF form.

To see a listing of past seminars, please select a year below:

2012-2013 | 2011-2012 | 2010-2011 | 2009-2010 | 2008-2009 | 2007-2008

Seminar Schedule

Friday, September 27, 2013
Women and Gender Seminar
Women on the March for Freedom in Washington & Puerto Rico, 1940-1963

Panelists: Margaret Power, Illinois Institute of Technology and Jennifer Scanlon, Bowdoin College

Friday, October 18, 2013
Women and Gender Seminar
Stephanie Jones-Rogers, University of Iowa

“Rethinking Sexual Violence and the Marketplace of Slavery”

Friday, November 8, 2013
Women and Gender Seminar
The Feminine Mystique at 50: Reflecting on the Book that Inspired, Angered, and Forever Changed America

Scholars and activists discuss the legacy of Betty Friedan’s “The Feminine Mystique” 50 years after its release.

Friday, January 24, 2014
Women and Gender Seminar
Rethinking Women’s Rights: Southern Feminists, Christian Feminists

Panelists: Janet Allured, McNeese State University and Rebecca Wagner, Cambridge University

Friday, February 21, 2014
Women and Gender Seminar
Anne Hyde, Colorado College

“Mixed Blood Americans, Passing, and Gender in the 19th Century West”

Friday, March 14, 2014
Women and Gender Seminar
African-American Women on Screen and in Court

Panelists: Gwen Jordan, University of Illinois at Springfield and Rhaisa Williams, Northwestern University

Friday, April 4, 2014
Women and Gender Seminar
Carroll Smith-Rosenberg, University of Michigan

“Inventing the Modern Citizen in the Age of Atlantic Revolutions”