Dr. William M. Scholl Center for American History and Culture Programs | Newberry

Dr. William M. Scholl Center for American History and Culture Programs

Gertrude Stein visiting Chicago, 1935

Bobsy Goodspeed, Gertrude Stein, Fanny Butcher, Alice Roullier, Alice B. Toklas, Thornton Wilder. Mdwst MS Butcher Bx44 Fl#1846.

Scholl Center programs encourage research in American history, literature, and culture in areas where the Newberry’s collections are strong. The center’s programs include a variety of institutes, conferences, and professional development workshops.

The Dr. William M. Scholl Center for American History and Culture’s longest running program is its seminar series. For decades, the center has sponsored seminars on major themes in American history, literature, and culture. In cooperation with Chicago-area university departments and institutes, scholars gather at the Newberry to discuss ongoing research in a workshop format.

The center’s current seminars are:

Scholl Center seminars are supported by a number of generous sponsors.

In previous years, the Scholl Center also sponsored seminars on Religious History; Rural History; Sport and Culture; and Technology, Politics, and Culture. These seminars are currently on hiatus.

Upcoming Programs

Friday, September 30, 2016
History of Capitalism Seminar
The New Economy Revisited
Friday, October 21, 2016
History of Capitalism Seminar
Extraordinary Remedies: The Court of Chancery and Equitable Justice in Chicago
Friday, October 21, 2016
American Art and Visual Culture Seminar
Thursday, October 27, 2016
American Literature Seminar
Vaughn Rasberry, Stanford University
Friday, October 28, 2016
Women and Gender Seminar
Forming Intimacies: Queer Kinship and Resistance in the Antebellum American Atlantic Vanessa M Holden, Michigan State University
Friday, October 28, 2016
Seminar in British History
Catholics, Conformity and Conversion in Early Modern Scotland, 1560-1650 Ryan Burns, Northwestern University
Saturday, October 29, 2016
Labor History Seminar
From the War on Poverty to the War on Crime by Elizabeth Hinton
Friday, November 4, 2016
Borderlands and Latino/a Studies Seminar
A Proposed Intercultural and (Neo)Colonial Coalition: Justo Sierra O’Reilly’s Yucatan BorderlandsCara A. Kinnally and “All the Work that Was Seen in California Was the Work of Indians”: Mexican Liberal Thought Among the Californios; 1848-1861 Citlali L. Sosa-Riddell
Friday, November 18, 2016
Seminar in British History
Of Lives and Landscapes: Britain’s 1939 Generation and the Great War Emily Curtis Walter, Northwestern University
Thursday, December 1, 2016
American Literature Seminar
Kevin Kimura, University of Chicago A French Cathedral in the American West: Architectural Style and Place in Willa Cather’s Death Comes for the Archbishop
Friday, December 2, 2016
American Art and Visual Culture Seminar
Between Action and Object: Jay DeFeo’s Myths of The Rose Elizabeth Ferrell, Arcadia University Art in the Age of Atomic Anxiety: Alison Knowles’s The Big Book (1966-69) Nicole Woods, University of Notre Dame
Friday, January 13, 2017
Labor History Seminar
The Long Deep Grudge: An Epic Clash Between Big Capital and Radical Labor in the American Heartland
Thursday, January 19, 2017
American Literature Seminar
Jason Gladstone, University of Colorado at Boulder Lines in the Dirt (c. 1969)
Friday, January 20, 2017
Borderlands and Latino/a Studies Seminar
Coyotaje, Corruption, and Border Enforcement in “Ambos Nogales” in the 1930s Laura D. Gutiérrez and Birth of a Continent: Louis Riel, Juan Cortina, and the Closing of North American Borderlands Benjamin Johnson
Friday, January 27, 2017
Women and Gender Seminar
Amelia Chesson Enters the Fourth Estate:”She must, therefore, be considered a pioneer in lady journalism” Tracy C. Davis, Northwestern University
Friday, February 10, 2017
History of Capitalism Seminar
Mashers, Prostitutes, and Shopping Ladies: Consumer Capitalism and the Purification of Downtown Chicago
Friday, February 10, 2017
Seminar in British History
Winter Wonders: Explaining Hard Frosts in Early Modern England Will Cavert, University of St. Thomas
Friday, February 17, 2017
Labor History Seminar
Closing the Border, Demonizing the Foreigner: Unions, Radicals and Fear in Depression Era Detroit.
Thursday, February 23, 2017
American Literature Seminar
Didion’s Grammar: Structure, Control, and Meaning in the Era of Readers Davis Smith-Brecheisen, University of Illinois at Chicago
Friday, February 24, 2017
Borderlands and Latino/a Studies Seminar
Brown and Down in Hyde Park: Wilfred Santiago’s In My Darkest Hour William Orchard and Chicanos After the Chicano Movement Elda María Román
Friday, February 24, 2017
Women and Gender Seminar
Head Dress: Aligning the Turban and Hijab in Contemporary North America Balbir K. Singh, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Friday, March 10, 2017
American Art and Visual Culture Seminar
The Modern Remodeled: MoMA and the Modern Brand Sandra Zalman, University of Houston Better for the Making Suzanne Hudson, University of Southern California
Friday, March 17, 2017
Labor History Seminar
Latino Workers and the Courts: MALDEF’s Sociolegal Struggles in Post-1965 California
Friday, March 24, 2017
History of Capitalism Seminar
Flow: A Brief of Warehousing
Thursday, March 30, 2017
American Literature Seminar
The Politics of the Nuanced Account Charles Hatfield, The University of Texas at Dallas
Friday, March 31, 2017
Borderlands and Latino/a Studies Seminar
“No Right to Belong”: Mexican Immigrants, Catholic Social Services, and the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986 Maggie Elmore
Friday, March 31, 2017
Women and Gender Seminar
PANEL: Gender and Violence in the US Military and Defense Complexes after 1945 Johann Bayer, University of Chicago and Jessie L. Kindig, Indiana University
Thursday, April 20, 2017
American Literature Seminar
Friday, April 21, 2017
Labor History Seminar
Risky Business: How the Rhetoric of Capitalism Made Environmental Risk Palatable for Twentieth-Century Texas Oil Communities
Friday, April 21, 2017
American Art and Visual Culture Seminar
William Edmondson: Life and Work Jennifer Marshall,University of Minnesota A “Museum of Merchandise:” Art and Commerce at Wanamaker’s Department Stores Kristin Schwain, University of Missouri
Friday, April 28, 2017
Women and Gender Seminar
BOOK EVENT:Lavender and Red: Liberation and Solidarity in the Gay and Lesbian Left Emily K. Hobson;
Friday, April 28, 2017
Seminar in British History
Roads and Regulations at the Edge of the Empire Kyle Gardner, University of Chicago
Friday, May 5, 2017
History of Capitalism Seminar
The “Use of the Globes”: Mathematical Geography, the Mercantile Imagination, and Global Capitalism in Postrevolutionary America”
Friday, May 12, 2017
Borderlands and Latino/a Studies Seminar
Cowboys at the Crossroads: Ethnic Mexican Charros and the Making of Postwar San Antonio, 1946-1970 Laura Barraclough The Beauty of Respect: Mexican American Civil Rights Organizations and Their Beauty Pageants, 1950 to the Present Lori A. Flores