The Newberry Urban History Dissertation Group

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All meetings are held on Saturdays from 3 pm to 5 pm at the Newberry, 60 West Walton Street, Chicago, Illinois.

The group is sponsored by The Karla Scherer Center for the Study of American Culture at the University of Chicago.

This is a monthly workshop in which graduate students studying urban history issues present to their peers works-in-progress from their dissertations. Papers are pre-circulated by email and must be requested in advance. If you are interested in presenting or would like to attend, please contact the Scholl Center at scholl@newberry.org.

Johannes Steffens, Universität Heidelberg, and Chloe Taft, Yale University are the coordinators for the 2013-14 seminar.

The group is open only to graduate students (no faculty), and members should be committed to attending as many of the meetings as possible. View flyer for the complete schedule in PDF form.

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

2012-2013 | 2011-2012 | 2010-2011 | 2009-2010 | 2008-2009
2007-2008
| 2006-2007 | 2005-2006 | 2004-2005 | 2003-2004

Workshop Schedule

Saturday, September 14, 2013
Urban History Dissertation Group
Brendan Mackie, Independent Scholar and Chloe Taft, Yale University

“One Last Cup of Coffee: The Decline of the London Coffeehouse”
Brendan Mackie, Independent Scholar

“Order in the Landscape: Structuring Life and Work in Bethlehem, PA Since 1741”
Chloe Taft, Yale University

Saturday, October 12, 2013
Urban History Dissertation Group
Devin Hunter, Loyola University and Aiala Levy, University of Chicago

“The Cultural Construction of Urban Renewal in Uptown Chicago, 1958-1964”
Devin Hunter, Loyola University

“Secular Temples to the Civilized City: The Politics of Theaters in São Paulo, Brazil, 1890-1920”
Aiala Levy, University of Chicago

Saturday, November 9, 2013
Urban History Dissertation Group
Emily Remus, University of Chicago and Naomi Williams, University of Wisconsin - Madison

“Incorporating the Conspicuous Consumer: Sumptuary Laws and the Problem of Female Publicity in Veblen’s Chicago”
Emily Remus, University of Chicago

“Class, Race, and Politics: Social Movements and Working-Class Identity”
Naomi Williams, University of Wisconsin - Madison

Saturday, December 7, 2013
Urban History Dissertation Group
Christopher Ramsey, Loyola University and Johannes Steffens, Heidelberg University, Germany

“ ‘Fair Employment is Good Business’: William G. Caples and Equal Employment Opportunity Voluntarism at the Inland Steel Co. of Chicago, 1946-1968”
Johannes Steffens, Heidelberg University, Germany

“Forgetting How to Hate? The Evolution of White Responses to Integration on the Southwest Side of Chicago, 1945-1987”
Christopher Ramsey, Loyola University

Saturday, February 8, 2014
Urban History Dissertation Group
Ashley Johnson, Northwestern University and Kyle Mays, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

“Illegal Detroiters: Undocumented Europeans and Unions in America’s Motor City, 1924-1942”
Ashley Johnson, Northwestern University

“Performing Settler Colonialism, Constructing Race: African Americans, Native Americans, and White People at Detroit’s 1901 Bicentennial”
Kyle Mays, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Saturday, March 8, 2014
Urban History Dissertation Group
Lindsey Wieck, University of Notre Dame

“Bleachman to the Rescue: Fighting AIDS with Comics and Spatial Restrictions”
Lindsey Wieck, University of Notre Dame

Saturday, April 5, 2014
Urban History Dissertation Group
Andrew Baer, Northwestern University and Rebecca Marchiel, Northwestern University,

“ ‘Communities Must be Vigilant’: Grassroots Financial Regulation through the Community Reinvestment Act of 1977”
Rebecca Marchiel, Northwestern University

“ ‘They Wanted to be Choirboys’: Ambition and Abuse at Area 2 in the Violent 1970s”
Andrew Baer, Northwestern University

Saturday, May 10, 2014
Urban History Dissertation Group
Sam Kling, Northwestern University and Courtney Wiersema, University of Notre Dame

“Imagining Downtown Real Estate: Mobility and the Discovery of Property Values in Chicago, 1917-1933”
Sam Kling, Northwestern University

“Where Have All the Gardens Gone? The Domestic Pastoral and the Decline of Urban Agriculture in Chicago, 1833-1893”
Courtney Wiersema, University of Notre Dame