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.

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.

Each year, the seminar accepts proposals for papers from March until May 1. To propose a paper, please review our proposal instructions and submit all materials via webform.

To attend, please read our Registration Information. Sign up to receive email updates about this seminar. For a complete schedule of events, view the flyer in PDF form.

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

2013-2014 | 2012-2013 | 2011-2012 | 2010-2011 | 2009-2010 | 2008-2009 | 2007-2008

Seminar Schedule 2014-2015

Friday, September 19, 2014
Women and Gender Seminar
Francoise Hamlin, Brown University “Oral History As Feminist History: Charting the Civil Rights Career of Vera Pigee”
Friday, October 24, 2014
Women and Gender Seminar
Traci Parker, University of Chicago, “Rethinking Southern Sit-In Movements: Black Worker-Consumer Alliances and Constructing a Modern Black Middle Class” Elizabeth Schroeder Schlabach, Earlham College, “The Policy Game: Women and Gambling on Chicago’s South Side, 1930s.” Commentator: Keona Ervin, University of Missouri
Friday, November 7, 2014
Women and Gender Seminar
“’Do not, on any account, marry one the back of whose head resembles cut No.4’: The Visual Encoding of Gender Ideology in Nineteenth-century Phrenology texts” Susan Branson, Syracuse University Commentator: Carla Bittel, Loyola Marymount University
Friday, January 23, 2015
Women and Gender Seminar
Emily Johnson, Yale University, “A Woman’s Place: Conservative Christian Women’s National Political Leadership.” Kathleen Belew, Northwestern University, “The Mothers of Future Aryan Warriors: Race Women in the White Power Movement, 1979-1995” Commentator: Michelle Nickerson, Loyola University Chicago
Friday, February 20, 2015
Women and Gender Seminar
Tamara Chaplin, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, “”Lesbian Utopias: Toulouse’s Bagdam Cafée, 1976-2009.” Elizabeth Fraterrigo, Loyola University Chicago, “Televising the Feminine Mystique: Betty Friedan’s Appraisal of Television, Female Audiences, and the Feminist Series That Never Aired.” Commentator: Suzanne Kaufmann, Loyola University Chicago
Friday, March 20, 2015
Women and Gender Seminar
Lauren MacIvor Thompson, Georgia State University, “Science and Sex Relations: Mary Ware Dennett and Evolving Arguments for Birth Control Reform.” Sarah Rodriguez, Northwestern University, “Challenging the Necessity of the Episiotomy: Feminist Concerns and Nursing Discourse in the 1970s” Commentator: Judith Houck, University of Wisconsin, Madison
Friday, April 24, 2015
Women and Gender Seminar
Danielle McGuire, Wayne State University “The Maid and Mr. Charlie: Black Women and Sexual Violence in the Jim Crow South”