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

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From 1971 until 2017, the Dr. William M. Scholl Center for American History and Culture at the Newberry Library promoted innovative research, teaching, and public programming in the humanities.

The Scholl Center began in 1971 as the Family and Community History Center, launched with a $35,000 grant from the Spencer Foundation. In its early years, the center was a leader in developing methods for community history and quantitative history. In 1991, following a series of gifts from the Dr. Scholl Foundation, the center was rededicated as the Dr. William M. Scholl Center for Family and Community History. The center engaged in major research projects, teacher professional development, exhibit production, and scholarly community building. In 2008, the center was renamed the Dr. William M. Scholl Center for American History and Culture and continued its work through digital projects, exhibits, and scholarly activity. In 2017, the work of the center was reorganized, and the Chicago Studies Program launched in its place.

Over several decades, the Center developed important several Scholarly Seminars which continue as a central function of the Newberry Institute for Research and Education.

Past Programs

Thursday, December 7, 2017
American Political Thought Seminar
The Politics of Natural Right: Federalism as Remedy
Friday, December 1, 2017
History of Capitalism Seminar
The United States as a Developing Nation, 1850-1950: The Political Origins of Modern American Capitalism
Friday, November 17, 2017
Writing History Seminar
Bring the War Home: The White Power Movement and Paramilitary America
Friday, November 17, 2017
Borderlands and Latino/a Studies Seminar
Juan Herrera–Revolution Interrupted: The Racial Effects of the 1969 Tax Reform Act Nic John Ramos–Displacement without Disavowal: Emergency Medical Systems, Public Health Clinics, and the Management of Working Poverty in Los Angeles County, 1971-1986
Friday, November 17, 2017
Labor History Seminar
GM Never Surrendered: Antiunion Politics on Auto Industry Shop Floors during the 1960s
Thursday, November 16, 2017
Chicago: City of Commerce and Design, 1890-1990 Seminar
Graphic Design: between Negation and Affirmation in Container Corporation’s Great Ideas Advertising Series, c. 1950-1980
Friday, November 10, 2017
Religion and Culture in the Americas Seminar
James Krippner: The Benedictines, Sugar and Slavery: Texts, Contexts and Material Culture from the Mediterranean to the Atlantic Worlds. Kevin Vrevich: Quaker Institutionalism and the Success of Antislavery Legislation: The New England Yearly Meeting, 1760-1784
Friday, November 10, 2017
Gender and Sexuality Seminar
Palestine in the Sky: Visionary Aesthetics, Atmospheric Warfare, and the Queer Feminist Utopias of Larissa Sansour
Friday, November 10, 2017
Seminar in British History
Dan LeMahieu, Lake Forest College
Wednesday, November 8, 2017
American Literature Seminar
Pushing Donald Davidson’s Buttons: Agency, the Non-Human, and the Binary Switch
Friday, November 3, 2017
American Art and Visual Culture Seminar
Gwendolyn Owens: The Will to Change: The Artistic Evolution of Marian Scott Noga Bernstein: Mayan Modern: Ruth Reeves’s Cross-Cultural Practice
Friday, October 27, 2017
Seminar in British History
The Confessional State and the Fiscal-Military State in Early Modern Europe
Thursday, October 26, 2017
American Political Thought Seminar
Contested Futures: Anishinaabeg and American Societies in the Great Lakes, 1790-1840
Friday, October 20, 2017
Borderlands and Latino/a Studies Seminar
Delia Fernandez–Forming Latinidad and Claiming Space in a Midwest City: Mexicans and Puerto Ricans in Grand Rapids, Michigan, 1940-1975 Max Felker-Kantor–Policing the Internal Border: Enforcing Order and the Criminalization of Immigrants in Los Angeles
Friday, October 20, 2017
Gender and Sexuality Seminar
Eliza Lucas’s Journey Home to Carolina
Thursday, October 19, 2017
Chicago: City of Commerce and Design, 1890-1990 Seminar
Chicago Design 1946-1970: Place, People and Products
Saturday, October 14, 2017
Labor History Seminar
Knocking on Labor’s Door: Union Organizing in the 1970s and the Roots of a New Economic Divide Lane Windham, Georgetown University
Friday, October 13, 2017
Writing History Seminar
Finding New Audiences. A Discussion with Rachel Cohen, Peter Slevin, and Maya Jasanoff
Wednesday, October 11, 2017
American Literature Seminar
Spectacles of Evidence: The Warren Court, Police Power, and American Literature
Friday, October 6, 2017
History of Capitalism Seminar
Capitalization Takes Command: Railroads, Slavery and the Pricing of Progress in 1850s America
Friday, September 29, 2017
American Art and Visual Culture Seminar
Kim Bobier: Bringing the Movement Home: Kerry James Marshall’s Souvenir & Its Immanent Critique Elizabeth Buhe: Sam Francis: Painting for the Jet Age
Thursday, September 28, 2017
American Political Thought Seminar
Setting the Stage: Early Republic Political Culture, the Constitutional Convention, and the President’s Cabinet
Friday, September 22, 2017
Borderlands and Latino/a Studies Seminar
Sarah R. Coleman–Iowa, Local Immigration Enforcement and Immigrants’ Rights Angela Garcia–Everyday Anxiety: Devolution, Deportability, and the Police
Thursday, September 21, 2017
Chicago: City of Commerce and Design, 1890-1990 Seminar
Ten Decades, Ten Under-Appreciated Chicago Designs
Friday, September 15, 2017
Labor History Seminar
“We Had the Right to Remain Silent, but We Ain’t Gonna Stay that Way”: The Rise of North Carolina’s Prisoner Labor Union, 1968-1974
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
Friday, May 5, 2017
Labor History Seminar
Risky Business: How the Rhetoric of Capitalism Made Environmental Risk Palatable for Twentieth-Century Texas Oil Communities
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, April 28, 2017
Gender and Sexuality 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, 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
Thursday, April 20, 2017
American Literature Seminar
Stealing Independence: Liberal and Late Liberal Modes of Representation Trish Loughran, University of Illinois, Urbana Champaign
Friday, March 31, 2017
Writing History Seminar
Tim Mennel, University of Chicago Press and Susan Ferber, Oxford University Press
Friday, March 31, 2017
Borderlands and Latino/a Studies Seminar
“Crime Politics and Immigration Policymaking: Revisiting the 1996 Law that Transformed the Immigration System” Patrisia Macias-Rojas
Friday, March 31, 2017
Gender and Sexuality 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, March 30, 2017
American Literature Seminar
The Coloniality of Power: Identity, Inequality, Neoliberalism Charles Hatfield, The University of Texas at Dallas
Friday, March 24, 2017
History of Capitalism Seminar
Flow: A Brief History of Warehousing
Friday, March 17, 2017
Labor History Seminar
Latino Workers and the Courts: MALDEF’s Sociolegal Struggles in Post-1965 California
Thursday, March 16, 2017
American Political Thought Seminar
Slavery and Abolition in Hamilton’s America
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, 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 Continuing the Movement: Moctesuma Esparza’s Activist, Artistic, and Business Enterprises Elda María Román
Friday, February 24, 2017
Gender and Sexuality Seminar
Head Dress: Aligning the Hijab and Turban Under Imperial Visuality Balbir K. Singh, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Thursday, February 23, 2017
American Literature Seminar
What “Nothing” Means: de Man and Didion after the Reader Davis Smith-Brecheisen, University of Illinois at Chicago
Friday, February 17, 2017
Labor History Seminar
Closing the Border, Demonizing the Foreigner: Unions, Radicals and Fear in Depression Era Detroit.
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
Writing History Seminar
The February 10, 2017 Writing History seminar is geared toward graduate students and others interested in learning and discussing various techniques and strategies related to writing a dissertation. It will be led by Professor Daniel Immerwahr, Northwestern University.
Friday, February 10, 2017
Seminar in British History
Eradication and Improvement: Vermin Control in the Early Modern Parish Will Cavert, University of St. Thomas
Thursday, February 9, 2017
Borderlands and Latino/a Studies Seminar
Daniel Morales–Entre Aquí y Allá: The Paths of Migration and Emigration Control in Mexico 1920-1930 Jessica Ordaz–Border Policing, Runaway Detainees, and Labor Exploitation in California’s Imperial Valley, 1945-1949
Friday, February 3, 2017
American Art and Visual Culture Seminar
Reevaluating the Role of Women in Industrial Design: Helen Dryden and the 1936 Studebaker President Sarah Horne Darkness into Light: The Light Book John R. Blakinger, University of Southern California
Friday, January 27, 2017
Gender and Sexuality Seminar
Amelia Chesson Enters the Fourth Estate:”She must, therefore, be considered a pioneer in lady journalism” Tracy C. Davis, Northwestern University
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
Thursday, January 19, 2017
American Literature Seminar
Jason Gladstone, University of Colorado at Boulder Lines in the Dirt (c. 1969)
Friday, January 13, 2017
Labor History Seminar
The Long Deep Grudge: An Epic Clash Between Big Capital and Radical Labor in the American Heartland
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
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, 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, November 10, 2016
American Political Thought Seminar
“I Expect From What Mr. Hamilton Says”: Intellectual Property in the Federalist Era Nora Slonimsky, The Graduate Center of the City University of New York
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
Saturday, October 29, 2016
Labor History Seminar
From the War on Poverty to the War on Crime by Elizabeth Hinton
Friday, October 28, 2016
Gender and Sexuality 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
Thursday, October 27, 2016
American Literature Seminar
Our Totalitarian Critics: Desegregation, Decolonization, and the Cold War Vaughn Rasberry, Stanford University
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
In early 2017, the Newberry Library in Chicago will mount an exhibition featuring a newly-acquired group of photographs: “Photographing the Soul:African-American Kentucky Through the Lens of Helen Balfour Morrison, 1935-1946.”As part of the preparations for the exhibition, we will hold a workshop focused on the photographs for graduate students, scholars, and artists on Friday, October 21, 2016
Friday, September 30, 2016
History of Capitalism Seminar
The New Economy Revisited
Friday, September 23, 2016
Labor History Seminar
Blue-Collar Cosmopolitans: Toward a History of Working-Class Sophistication in the Industrial Era
Friday, September 23, 2016
Borderlands and Latino/a Studies Seminar
“Not a Negro”: The Problem of Ethnicity in the 1940s South” Cecilia Márquez and Race, Immigration and Civil Rights: The Role of Interracial Coalitions in Shaping Immigration Policy in the New South Jennifer A. Jones, University of Notre Dame and Hana E. Brown, Wake Forest University ​
Friday, May 27, 2016
Seminar in British History
“Celebrity Politics in Post-Revolutionary Britian” Brian Cowan, McGill University
Friday, May 20, 2016
American Art and Visual Culture Seminar
Manuel Álvarez Bravo, Helen Levitt, and the Surrealism of the Streets Monica Bravo, Brown University Islands in the Inset: Representations of the Territory of Hawai’i in Carto-Caricatures (Map Cartoons), 1893-2011 Amanda Murphyao, Carleton University
Friday, May 20, 2016
Borderlands and Latino/a Studies Seminar
The Remittance Landscape: Spaces of Migration in Rural Mexico and Urban USA Sarah Lynn Lopez
Friday, May 13, 2016
History of Capitalism Seminar
The Public Utility Idea and the Origins Modern Business Regulation William J. Novak, University of Michigan Law School
Friday, May 13, 2016
Seminar in British History
“The Reason Why: The Crimean War and its Victorian Legacies” Lara Kriegel, University of Indiana
Friday, April 29, 2016
Labor History Seminar
Occupied Territory: Policing Black Chicago from Red Summer to the War on Crime Simon Balto, Ball State University
Friday, April 22, 2016
American Art and Visual Culture Seminar
Secret: George Herms and Clandestine Operations Monica Steinberg, The Graduate Center of the City University of New York
Friday, April 15, 2016
Borderlands and Latino/a Studies Seminar
The Division Street Riots of 1966: Rage and Euphoria in Puerto Rican Chicago Michael Staudenmaier, University of Illinois at Urbana/Champaign The Nature of Victories: the United Farm Workers’ 1969 Coachella Campaign and its Promise of a New America Christian Paiz, University of Southern California
Friday, April 15, 2016
Early American History and Culture Seminar
Michael Staudenmaier, University of Illinois Christian Paiz, University of Southern California
Tuesday, April 5, 2016
American Literature Seminar
Herman Melville, Literary Value, and the Commodification of the Book Philipp Löffler, University of Heidelberg
Friday, March 25, 2016
Labor History Seminar
The Fight for Good Government: Machine Politics and Municipal Reform in Chicago, 1955-1966 Richard Anderson, Princeton University
Thursday, March 24, 2016
American Political Thought Seminar
“The Book of Morgan: Anti-Masonry, Public Opinion, and American Political Thought” Dr. Mark Guenther Schmeller, Syracuse University
Friday, March 18, 2016
Gender and Sexuality Seminar
April Haynes, University of Wisconsin-Madison: Book Event Riotous Flesh: Women, Physiology, and the Solitary Vice in Nineteenth-century America
Friday, March 11, 2016
Seminar in British History
“Leaving a Legacy: A Georgian Case Study about Marital Status, Childlessness, and Genealogy” Amy Harris, Brigham Young University
Tuesday, March 8, 2016
American Literature Seminar
Appraisal Literatures: Reading Race on the Mid-Century Block Adrienne Brown, University of Chicago
Friday, March 4, 2016
History of Capitalism Seminar
Putting the Economy Back in History Colleen A. Dunlavy, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Friday, February 26, 2016
Borderlands and Latino/a Studies Seminar
Red, White, and Blue and Mexican: Mexican-Americans in Mid-Century Chicago Deborah Kanter, Albion College The Good Neighbor Comes Home: The Office of the Coordinator of Inter-American Affairs and the “Spanish-Speaking Minority” Problem in the US Southwest during World War II Natalie Mendoza, University of California at Berkeley
Friday, February 26, 2016
Labor History Seminar
Neo-Liberalism Before Its Time: Labor and the Free Trade Ideal in the Era of the Great Compression, 1945-1972 Dr. Leon Fink, University of Illinois at Chicago
Friday, February 19, 2016
Gender and Sexuality Seminar
“The “Chatty Old Lady”: Explorations in Gender and Genealogy” Francesca Morgan, Northeastern Illinois University “Married Names, Maiden Names, and Middle Names: Gender and Name Changing in the New York City Civil Court in the 20th Century” Kirsten Fermaglich, Michigan State University
Friday, February 19, 2016
American Art and Visual Culture Seminar
Irving’s Medium Christopher J. Lukasik, Purdue University
Tuesday, February 16, 2016
American Literature Seminar
Ordering the Open Sysytem Davis Smith-Brecheisen, University of Illinois at Chicago
Friday, February 5, 2016
Seminar in British History
“The Ethical Subject in the 1890s” Anna Clark, University of Minnesota
Friday, January 29, 2016
Labor History Seminar
Lost Worlds?: Touring the Radical Past with Milwaukee’s Most Recent Socialist Mayor Dr. Aims McGuinness, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
Friday, January 15, 2016
Borderlands and Latino/a Studies Seminar
Narcotics, Family Networks, and State Imposition of Stigma: Policing the Mexican Community in Texas Through Kinship, 1951-1959 ToniAnn D. Treviño University of Michigan, Ann Arbor The Militarizations of the United States-Mexico Border.” C.J. Alvarez,University of Texas at Austin
Friday, December 11, 2015
Seminar in British History
“A Prince, Print, and Privacy: the Public Discussion of the Health of George III” Steve Catania, Loyola University Chicago
Friday, December 4, 2015
Borderlands and Latino/a Studies Seminar
The Promises and Perils of Play-off Diplomacy: Lipan Apaches and the Borderlands of the Río Bravo/Grande James Nichols, Queensborough Community College, CUNY Taking Borders Littorally: Maritime Mobility and the Identification of Difference in Nineteenth-Century Cuba.” David Sartorius, University of Maryland
Friday, December 4, 2015
History of Capitalism Seminar
Race and Capital:Towards an American Intellectual History Paul A. Kramer, Vanderbilt University
Friday, November 20, 2015
Gender and Sexuality Seminar
“We Had a Good Night”: Early 20th Century African American Women’s Economies, Evanston, IL Doria Johnson, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Saturday, November 14, 2015
Borderlands and Latino/a Studies Seminar
Borderland and Latino/a Studies Teaching Symposium
Friday, November 13, 2015
American Art and Visual Culture Seminar
Close Enough to Be Kept at Bay: Harriet Cany Peale’s Her Mistress’s Clothes Dana E. Byrd, Bowdoin College ‘Painting Freely’: Elizabeth Sparhawk-Jones’ Portrayal of Shopgirls Elizabeth Carlson, Lawrence University
Tuesday, November 10, 2015
American Literature Seminar
Totaling the Damage: Revolutionary Ambition in Post-2008 American Poetry Jennifer Ashton, University of Illinois at Chicago
Friday, November 6, 2015
Labor History Seminar
Death Penalty for Integrated Dissent: 1930s Communists Caught in Georgia’s Dragnet Dr. Maryan Soliman, Washington University St. Louis
Friday, October 23, 2015
Gender and Sexuality Seminar
Aging Women and the Meanings of Work Melissa Walker, Converse College
Friday, October 16, 2015
Seminar in British History
Fleets of Fodder: The Orchestration of Improved British Husbandry in New South Wales and The Cape of Good Hope, 1770-1801” Maura Capps, University of Chicago
Friday, October 9, 2015
History of Capitalism Seminar
The History of Capitalism in the Anthropocene Fredrik Albritton Jonsson, University of Chicago
Saturday, October 3, 2015
Labor History Seminar
Authors Elizabeth A. and Ken Fones-Wolf: Struggle for the Soul of the Postwar South: White Evangelical Protestants and Operation Dixie
Friday, October 2, 2015
American Art and Visual Culture Seminar
(Re)configuring Commerce: American Slavery, British Manufacture, and the Sculpture of John Bell Caitlin Beach, Columbia University Christian Eschatology in Cemetery Monuments, a Case Study Dr. Annette Stott, University of Denver
Tuesday, September 29, 2015
American Literature Seminar
Bibliographic Habitats Dr. Nan Z. Da, University of Notre Dame
Friday, September 25, 2015
Gender and Sexuality Seminar
Kitchen Ecology: Women, Cooking, and the Nature of Class in Gilded Age Chicago Courtney Wiersema, University of Notre Dame Sumptuary Laws and Consumer Rights: The New Woman and Chicago’s High Hat Problem Emily A. Remus, University of Notre Dame
Friday, September 18, 2015
Borderlands and Latino/a Studies Seminar
“A Spectacle of Bullfights and Contracted Laborers: The Mexican Village at the Atlanta Exposition” Filiberto Chávez, University of Chicago “The Paso Libre Initiative: Resolving the International Bridge Closure Crisis at Laredo, Texas/Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas (1954-1957)” Elaine Pena, George Washington University
Friday, September 11, 2015
Labor History Seminar
“Costa Rica’s Inter-American Highway: Building an Inter-American Dream, 1941-44” Dr. Carmen Kordick, Roosevelt University
Thursday, September 10, 2015
American Political Thought Seminar
“The Capacity to Be Citizens: Civic Participation and the Meaning of Fitness” Dr. Yvonne Pitts, Purdue University
Friday, May 15, 2015
Seminar in British History
“T. R. Malthus in New Worlds: Circulation of the ‘Essay on the Principle of Population’ in the Americas and the Pacific, 1803-1834” Joyce E. Chaplin, Harvard University
Saturday, May 9, 2015
Borderlands and Latino/a Studies Seminar
Juliana Barr, University of Florida Jennifer Flores Sternad, New York University Maria Windell, University of Colorado, Boulder Karl Jacoby, Columbia University
Friday, May 8, 2015
History of Capitalism Seminar
The Empire of Cotton: A Global History
The History of Capitalism Seminar Book Group will meet twice this academic year to discuss recent publications in the history of capitalism. The second session will discuss Sven Beckert’s The Empire of Cotton: A Global History (Knopf, December 2014). It will focus on Chapters 2-10.
Saturday, May 2, 2015
Urban History Dissertation Group
“The Wilderness Years of Chicago: Saving Nature in Postwar Chicago,1945-Present” Andrew Dribin, University of Illinois at Chicago “Icons of Lenin or Prayers for the Tsar? Russian Orthodoxy and Radicalism in Red Scare Detroit, 1917-1924” Aram Sarkisian, Northwestern University
Friday, May 1, 2015
American Art and Visual Culture Seminar
“ ‘Like a girl in a bikini suit’ and other stories: Herman Miller, Gender, and Race at Mid-Century” Kristina Wilson, Clark University “From Cockpits to Cubicles: Ergonomic Design and Difficult Positions in the late Twentieth-century American Office” Bess Williamson, School of the Art Institute, Chicago
Friday, May 1, 2015
Seminar in British History
Peter Stansky, Stanford University “The Case of Edward Upward: Communism and Literature in Britain”
Friday, April 24, 2015
Gender and Sexuality Seminar
Danielle McGuire, Wayne State University “The Maid and Mr. Charlie: Black Women and Sexual Violence in the Jim Crow South”
Thursday, April 23, 2015
American Literature Seminar
“White City, Black Metropolis” Liesl Olson, Newberry Library
Friday, April 17, 2015
Seminar in British History
“Teaching London how to Drink: How the Excise Created London’s Favorite Beer” John Krenzke, Loyola University Chicago
Saturday, April 11, 2015
Urban History Dissertation Group
“A Good Place to Work and Play, A Good Place to Work and Stay: South Lynne Community Council, 1957-1965” Christopher Ramsey, Loyola University Chicago “National Narrative and Contested Urban Space: Berlin’s Three Airports” Mark Beirn, Washington University in St. Louis
Friday, April 10, 2015
Borderlands and Latino/a Studies Seminar
“’Juntos En El Nombre De Dios’: Milwaukee’s Mexican Mission Chapel of Our Lady of Guadalupe, 1924-1929” Sergio González, University of Wisconsin “House of Lords: Latino Radicals, Church Take-Overs, and the Fight for Urban Space, 1968-1972” Felipe Hinojosa, Texas A&M University Respondent: Kevin Schultz, University of Illinois at Chicago
Friday, April 3, 2015
American Art and Visual Culture Seminar
Workshop with Gillian O’Brien on Thomas Nast’s illustrations in the periodical, America
Friday, March 27, 2015
History of Capitalism Seminar
“Innovation, Alienation, and the Russet Brogan: Plantation Provisioning and New England’s Industrial Revolution” Seth Rockman, Brown University
Friday, March 20, 2015
Gender and Sexuality 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
Thursday, March 19, 2015
American Literature Seminar
“Walden’s Carbon Footprint: People, Plants, Animals, and Machines in the Making of an Environmental Classic” Eric Slauter, University of Chicago
Friday, March 13, 2015
Seminar in British History
“Terra Firma: The Disappearance of the Royal George and the Solid Grounds of the South Sea Company” Farid Azfar, Swarthmore College
Thursday, March 12, 2015
Meet the Author
A Meet the Author Program
Free and open to the public; no registration required.
Challenging traditional histories of abolition, historian Stacey Robertson shifts the focus away from the East to show how the women of Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Michigan, and Wisconsin helped build a vibrant antislavery movement in the Old Northwest.
Saturday, March 7, 2015
Urban History Dissertation Group
“Fueling Class: Comfort and Consumption in Gilded Age Chicago” Courtney Wiersema, University of Notre Dame
Friday, March 6, 2015
American Art and Visual Culture Seminar
“The Nicaragua Media Project and the Politics of Representation in the 1980s” Erina Duganne, Texas State University “Whose Memories? Imagining the Vietnam War in An-My Lê’s Small Wars” Karen Huang, University of Southern California
Friday, March 6, 2015
Labor History Seminar
“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
Friday, February 27, 2015
Borderlands and Latino/a Studies Seminar
“Growing La Causa: The Representation of Grapes and Grape Workers in The March from Delano to Sacramento (1966)” Jennifer Garcia Peacock, University of Michigan “Defining the Delta: Salt, the State, and the Cold War in the Colorado River Borderlands” David Reid, Rutgers University Respondents: Benjamin Johnson, Loyola University Chicago; Diane Miliotes, The Art Institute of...
Thursday, February 26, 2015
American Literature Seminar
“A Theatre and a Battleground: Professions of Childhood in New York of the 1940s” Sean McCann, Wesleyan University
Friday, February 20, 2015
Gender and Sexuality 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, February 13, 2015
Labor History Seminar
Not by the Hand of Clark Kerr: The Pacific Coast School for Workers and the Origins of Industrial Relations in the Multiversity Tobias Higbie, University of California, Los Angeles Respondents: James Barrett, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; James Schmidt, Northern Illinois University
Saturday, February 7, 2015
Urban History Dissertation Group
“Stitching Together a Metropolis: The Constituting Landscape in Sylvester Baxter’s Boston” Sam Kling, Northwestern University
Friday, February 6, 2015
Seminar in British History
Dana Rabin, University of Illinois “The Rights of Man and the Mutinies of 1797”
Friday, January 30, 2015
Labor History Seminar
“This Dastardly Act’: San Francisco’s 1916 Preparedness Day Bombing” Jeffrey Johnson, Providence College Respondents: Peter Cole, Western Illinois University; Kevin Boyle, Northwestern University
Thursday, January 29, 2015
American Literature Seminar
“The Squared City” Jesús Costantino, University of Notre Dame
Friday, January 23, 2015
Gender and Sexuality 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, January 16, 2015
History of Capitalism Seminar
“Adventurers in Western Lands” Susan Gaunt Stearns, Northwestern University
Friday, January 16, 2015
Borderlands and Latino/a Studies Seminar
Borderlands Saints: Secular Sanctity in Chicano/a and Mexican Culture, Desirée A. Martín
Borderlands Saints: Secular Sanctity in Chicano/a and Mexican Culture, by Desirée A. Martín Respondents: Robert Orsi, Northwestern University; and Chris Tirres, DePaul University
Friday, December 5, 2014
American Art and Visual Culture Seminar
“Louis Curtiss and his Patrons: Architecture Culture in Kansas City, ca. 1900” Keith Eggener, University of Oregon “Art and American Memory: Former GIs visit the Normany American Cemetery during the Seventieth Anniversary of D-Day” Kate C. Lemay, Auburn University at Montgomery
Friday, December 5, 2014
Labor History Seminar
“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
Friday, December 5, 2014
Seminar in British History
Peter Strickland, The University of Illinois at Chicago “Bodies of Anxious Earnest Men Banded Together”: Popularization of Unionism and the Unionist Clubs of Ireland, 1893-1912”
Friday, November 21, 2014
Borderlands and Latino/a Studies Seminar
“Gráfico’s Concurso Literario and Latina/o Print Culture’s Forgotten Histories” John Alba Cutler, Northwestern University “Braceros and Noir: Controlling Mexican-American Identity in Literature and Film of the 1940s” Bill Johnson González, DePaul University Respondent: Ricky Rodriguez, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
Thursday, November 20, 2014
American Literature Seminar
“Marianne Moore, Gertrude Stein, and the Eyewitness Problem” Rachel Galvin, Johns Hopkins University
Wednesday, November 19, 2014
Meet the Author
A Meet the Author Program
Free and open to the public; no registration required.
In celebration of the publication of the twentieth anniversary edition of Ana Castillo’s Massacre of the Dreamers: Essays on Xicanisma, the author will discuss these ground-breaking essays with Jason Ruiz, who researches and teaches about American culture at the University of Notre Dame.
Friday, November 7, 2014
Gender and Sexuality 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, November 7, 2014
History of Capitalism Seminar
“Banking on Politics” Mark Rose, Florida Atlantic University
Saturday, November 1, 2014
Urban History Dissertation Group
“Stitching Together a Metropolis: The Constituting Landscape in Sylvester Baxter’s Boston” Garrett Dash Nelson, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Friday, October 24, 2014
American Art and Visual Culture Seminar
“Bierstadt’s Butterflies and the End of Landscape” Maggie Cao, Columbia University “Sarony, Muybridge and the Art of Motion Photography, 1865-1895” Erin Pauwels, Indiana University Respondent: Jennifer Greenhill, The University of Illinois
Friday, October 24, 2014
Gender and Sexuality 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
Thursday, October 23, 2014
American Literature Seminar
“Survival Skills, or, Work and Plague” Theodore Martin, University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee
Saturday, October 18, 2014
Labor History Seminar
The Myth of Liberal Ascendency: Corporate Dominance from the Great Depression to the Great Recession, G. William Domhoff
The Newberry Labor History Seminar Book Symposium celebrates recent work in the field of Labor History with a day of rigorous discussion.
Friday, October 17, 2014
Seminar in British History
Zak Leonard, University of Chicago “Beyond the Census: Colonial Ethnography on India’s North-West Frontier”
Friday, October 10, 2014
History of Capitalism Seminar
Carbon Democracy: Political Power in the Age of Oil, Timothy Mitchell
The History of Capitalism Seminar Book Group will meet twice this year to discuss recent publications in the history of capitalism.
Saturday, October 4, 2014
Urban History Dissertation Group
“We Cannot Have Guardians that Have to be Guarded”: Freedom, Denial, and the Elusive Nature of Justice in the Chicago Police Torture Cases.” Andrew Baer, Northwestern University “‘New Leftists, Poverty Warriors, and Rebel Nuns: Sixties Activists in a Community on the Brink.” Devin Hunter, Loyola University Chicago
Thursday, September 25, 2014
American Literature Seminar
“Institutional Charisma” Günter Leypoldt, Universität Heidelberg
Friday, September 19, 2014
Gender and Sexuality Seminar
Francoise Hamlin, Brown University “Oral History As Feminist History: Charting the Civil Rights Career of Vera Pigee”
Friday, September 19, 2014
History of Capitalism Seminar
“The Monetarization of Everything: Gifted Credit, Commercial Exchange, and the Transition to Capitalism in the United States” Michael Merrill, Empire State College
Friday, September 12, 2014
Labor History Seminar
“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
Saturday, September 6, 2014
Urban History Dissertation Group
Ashley Johnson, Northwestern University “An International City: Business, Ethnic Borders, and Nativism on the Detroit Borderland”
Wednesday, May 14, 2014
American Political Thought Seminar
John Adams played a much more significant role in the development of the Declaration of Independence than is conventionally recognized. Among his central contributions was to provide the definitive grounding for its egalitarianism in the concept of “happiness.” This was a move away from the slave-holding sections’ preferred commitment to “property.”
Saturday, May 10, 2014
Urban History Dissertation Group
“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
Friday, May 9, 2014
Labor History Seminar
“Sex and the ILO: Seafarers, Emigrants, and the Politics of Protection”
Friday, May 9, 2014
Seminar in British History
“The Prince of Tricksters: Cultures of Confidence in Interwar Britain”
Friday, April 25, 2014
History of Capitalism Seminar
The Crisis of Imprisonment: Protest, Politics, and the Making of the American Penal State, 1776–1941
The History of Capitalism Seminar Book Group will meet three times this year to discuss recent publications in the history of capitalism. The third session will focus on Rebecca M. McLennan’s The Crisis of Imprisonment: Protest, Politics, and the Making of the American Penal State, 1776–1941.
Friday, April 11, 2014
American Political Thought Seminar
It is well known that Thomas Paine’s Common Sense fueled an abrupt “republican turn” in American political thought during the early months of 1776.
Friday, April 11, 2014
American Art and Visual Culture Seminar
“Strategic Sentimentalism: John Singer Sargent and Mary Cassatt” Rebecca Bedell, Wellesley College “Synthetic Color, Artifice, and Femininity in Thomas Eakins’s Portrait of Professor Benjamin Howard Rand and An Actress (Suzanne Santje)” Tiffany Bidler, Saint Mary’s College
Thursday, April 10, 2014
American Literature Seminar
“Wrongful Life”Stephen Best, University of California, Berkeley
Saturday, April 5, 2014
Borderlands and Latino/a Studies Seminar
Panel 1: Andrae Marak, Governors State University and Tatiana Seijas, Miami University Panel 2: Rachel Ida Buff, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee; Israel Pastrana, UC San Diego; and David Romo, University of Texas at El Paso Panel 3: Matthew Furlong, University of Chicago and Monica Munoz Martinez, University of Texas at Austin
Saturday, April 5, 2014
Urban History Dissertation Group
“ ‘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
Friday, April 4, 2014
Gender and Sexuality Seminar
“Inventing the Modern Citizen in the Age of Atlantic Revolutions”
Friday, April 4, 2014
Labor History Seminar
“Children of Israel: The Faith, Politics, and Crises of Petro-Wealth in Depression-Era Texas”
Friday, April 4, 2014
Seminar in British History
“Sites of Political Modernity: Vernacular Publics and the Cultivation of Political Life in late Colonial India”
Friday, March 21, 2014
History of Capitalism Seminar
“Peasant Studies Meets the World System: Culture, Political Economy, and New Views of Global Capitalism, 1945-1985”
Friday, March 14, 2014
Gender and Sexuality Seminar
Panelists: Gwen Jordan, University of Illinois at Springfield and Rhaisa Williams, Northwestern University
Saturday, March 8, 2014
Urban History Dissertation Group
“Bleachman to the Rescue: Fighting AIDS with Comics and Spatial Restrictions”Lindsey Wieck, University of Notre Dame
Friday, March 7, 2014
Borderlands and Latino/a Studies Seminar
“Accents, Bilingualism, and Concept-Staging: The ABCs of Performing Latinidad Through Shakespeare” Carla Della Gatta, Northwestern University “Counterconquest, Blackness, and Andean Hip-Hop as New World Baroque” Karl Swinehart, University of Chicago
Thursday, March 6, 2014
American Literature Seminar
“An America(n)? Exception: Anna Julia Cooper and the Problem of Blackness”
Friday, February 28, 2014
Labor History Seminar
“’They are possessed of a gambling spirit’: Risk, Working-Class Individualism, and Anti-Unionism among the Metal Miners of Kansas, Missouri, and Oklahoma, 1890-1946”
Friday, February 21, 2014
Gender and Sexuality Seminar
“Mixed Blood Americans, Passing, and Gender in the 19th Century West”
Friday, February 21, 2014
History of Capitalism Seminar
The Origins of the Urban Crisis: Race and Inequality in Postwar Detroit
The History of Capitalism Seminar Book Group will meet three times this year to discuss recent publications in the history of capitalism. The second session will focus on Thomas J. Sugrue’s The Origins of the Urban Crisis: Race and Inequality in Postwar Detroit.
Friday, February 21, 2014
Seminar in British History
“ ‘I wish I could see you as often as I could see your letter’: Epistolary Culture and Nonelite Family Life in the Raj 1860-1900”
Thursday, February 13, 2014
American Literature Seminar
“The Black Book and the End of History”
Saturday, February 8, 2014
Urban History Dissertation Group
“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
Friday, February 7, 2014
Borderlands and Latino/a Studies Seminar
“Conflicting Notions of Settlement: Plyler v. Doe and Mexico’s Encuesta Nacional de Emigración, 1977-1982”María E. Balandrán-Castillo, University of Chicago “Containing Threats to the Nation in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico”Lisa Pinley Covert, College of Charleston
Friday, January 24, 2014
Gender and Sexuality Seminar
Panelists: Janet Allured, McNeese State University and Rebecca Wagner, Cambridge University
Friday, January 17, 2014
History of Capitalism Seminar
“Migrant Capital and State Formation in the Late-Nineteenth-Century Great West”
Friday, January 17, 2014
American Art and Visual Culture Seminar
“Only in America: Thoughts on Exceptionalism, Nationalism, and Provincialism” John Davis, Smith College “Reanimating Slavery: Memory, Automation, and the Alabama Coon Jigger” Christopher Dingwall, University of Chicago
Saturday, December 7, 2013
Urban History Dissertation Group
“ ‘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
Friday, December 6, 2013
Labor History Seminar
“Immigration, Coalition, and Black-Brown Working-Class Politics in Chicago”
Friday, December 6, 2013
Borderlands and Latino/a Studies Seminar
“Space, Identity and Memory in Queer Chicana/o, Latina/o Los Angeles: Finding Sequins in the Rubble” “ ‘You’re Killing Us!’ Sexuality, Identity, and Ideology in California M.E.Ch.A.” “El Tecolote vs. The Big Mac: The Mission District Does Not Want Fries With That”
Friday, December 6, 2013
Seminar in British History
“The Truth about Hearts and Minds: Psychology in the Postwar British Empire”
Thursday, December 5, 2013
American Literature Seminar
“The Twenty-first Century American Novel: An Anatomy”
Friday, November 22, 2013
Labor History Seminar
“’A Precedent Worth Setting’: The U.S. Military and Humanitarian Operations”
Friday, November 15, 2013
History of Capitalism Seminar
“The Discovery of the New Industrial Pollution: Judges and the Evolution of American Pollution Beliefs, 1860-1880”
Friday, November 15, 2013
American Art and Visual Culture Seminar
“ ‘The Amorous Regard’: George Platt Lynes and the Queering of Fashion Photography” Elspeth Brown, University of Toronto “The Showgirl and the City: Defining the Modern Metropolis in the Art of Walt Kuhn” Kathleen Spies, Birmingham-Southern College
Saturday, November 9, 2013
Borderlands and Latino/a Studies Seminar
Panel 1: Quentin Story McAndrew, University of Colorado, Boulder; Alberto Varon, Indiana University; and Daniel Webb, University of Chicago Panel 2: Javier Ramirez, Indiana University and Sonia Robles, University of North Carolina at Charlotte Panel 3: Norma Cardenas, Oregon State University; Rachel Valentina González, Indiana University; and Katherine Massoth, University of Iowa
Saturday, November 9, 2013
Labor History Seminar
Karl Marx: A Nineteenth-Century Life
Jonathan Sperber, University of Missouri
Saturday, November 9, 2013
Urban History Dissertation Group
“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
Friday, November 8, 2013
Gender and Sexuality Seminar
Scholars and activists discuss the legacy of Betty Friedan’s “The Feminine Mystique” 50 years after its release.
Friday, November 1, 2013
Seminar in British History
“From India to Africa: The Reform and Legitimization of British Camps, 1901-1903”
Friday, October 18, 2013
Gender and Sexuality Seminar
“Rethinking Sexual Violence and the Marketplace of Slavery”
Thursday, October 17, 2013Friday, October 18, 2013
In conjunction with the exhibition “Home Front: Daily Life in the Civil War North,” the Newberry and the Terra Foundation for American Art are co-sponsoring a symposium to present new scholarship on the Civil War.
Saturday, October 12, 2013
Urban History Dissertation Group
“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
Thursday, October 10, 2013
American Literature Seminar
“Experimental”
Friday, October 4, 2013
History of Capitalism Seminar
“Defining Free Enterprise”
Friday, September 27, 2013
Borderlands and Latino/a Studies Seminar
“Linking Race and Empire: Railroad Construction as ‘Peaceful Conquest’ in the Borderlands Region”Michael Calderon-Zaks, Independent Scholar
Friday, September 27, 2013
Labor History Seminar
“The Elusive Postwar Boom: Detroit Autoworkers in the 1950s”
Friday, September 27, 2013
Gender and Sexuality Seminar
Panelists: Margaret Power, Illinois Institute of Technology and Jennifer Scanlon, Bowdoin College
Thursday, September 26, 2013
American Literature Seminar
“The Old Weird”
Thursday, September 19, 2013Saturday, September 21, 2013
Center for Renaissance Studies Programs
Comparing Political Unions in the Late Medieval and Early Modern World, 1350-1801
The study of political union in the late medieval and early modern periods is too often carried out within a conceptual framework derived from models of national statebuilding, in which the unitary nation state is seen as the goal of political development and individual unions are studied in isolation.
Saturday, September 14, 2013
Urban History Dissertation Group
“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
Friday, September 13, 2013
American Art and Visual Culture Seminar
“From the Garden of Botanic Anarchy: Making Visual Cultures of Nature, Place, and Renewal in Detroit” Joseph Cialdella, University of Michigan “The End of History and the Return of the Repressed: Landscapes of Catastrophe in the Virtual World” Peter Hales, University of Illinois at Chicago
Friday, September 6, 2013
History of Capitalism Seminar
Freaks of Fortune: The Emerging World of Capitalism and Risk in America
The History of Capitalism Seminar Book Group will meet three times this year to discuss recent publications in the history of capitalism. The first session will focus on Jonathan Levy’s Freaks of Fortune: The Emerging World of Capitalism and Risk in America.
Monday, June 17, 2013Friday, July 12, 2013
A National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Institute for college and university faculty
By 1920, Chicago had become “the literary capital of the United States,” according to one of the nation’s influential cultural arbiters, H. L. Mencken. Indeed, American literature of the period bore an aesthetic shaped by a palpable confrontation with the city’s railroads, skyscrapers, and stockyards. Chicago helped produce many of the most important writers of the era.
Saturday, May 4, 2013
Urban History Dissertation Group
Urban Challenges and the Appeal of Cultural Institutions in Minneapolis and St. Paul”Susannah Engstrom, University of Chicago
Saturday, April 27, 2013
Borderlands and Latino/a Studies Seminar
Panel 1 “Cucapá Families, Intermarriages, and Migration in the Mexico-U.S. Borderlands”Verónica Castillo-Muñoz, University Of California, Santa Barbara
Friday, April 19, 2013
Labor History Seminar
CANCELLED
“’A Precedent Worth Setting’: The U.S. Military and Humanitarian Operations”Jana Lipman, Tulane University
Saturday, April 6, 2013
Urban History Dissertation Group
Illegal Laborers: Undocumented Europeans and Detroit’s Unions, 1924-1942” Ashley Johnson, Northwestern University
Friday, April 5, 2013
Gender and Sexuality Seminar
“‘Falling in Love Intelligently’: Eugenic Love in the Progressive Era”Susan Rensing, University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh Commentator: Susan J. Pearson, Northwestern University
Friday, March 22, 2013
Labor History Seminar
“A. Philip Randolph & the World: The Politics of Black Anticolonialism, Antifascism, & Anticommunism”Eric Arnesen, George Washington University
Friday, March 22, 2013
American Art and Visual Culture Seminar
“Playing in Paris: Native American Artists and the Hand-Painted Poster” Jessica Horton, University of Rochester “Andy Warhol and the American Photobook” Lucy Mulroney, Syracuse University Commentator: Elizabeth McGoey, Indiana University
Friday, March 15, 2013
Borderlands and Latino/a Studies Seminar
“Black, White, and Tan: The Expulsion of Mexicans from SNCC and the Formation of a Black Third World Left” Cecilia Marquez, University of Virginia “Puerto Rican Nationalism, the Communist Party, and the U.S. Government during the Cold War: The Challenges of ‘Domestic’ Decolonization” Margaret Power, Illinois Institute of Technology Commentator: Shana Bernstein, Southwestern...
Thursday, March 14, 2013
Early American History and Culture Seminar
“Agents of the American Revolutions: South American Rebels in the United States, 1810-1830”Caitlin Fitz, Northwestern University
Saturday, March 2, 2013
Urban History Dissertation Group
Navigating Postindustrial Ethnicity” Chloe Taft, Yale University
Friday, March 1, 2013
Gender and Sexuality Seminar
Panelists: Julie Fountain, University of Illinois at Chicago and Martin Smith, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign “Mother Figures: Women Military Officers in Britain in the 1950s”Julie Fountain, University of Illinois at Chicago
Friday, February 22, 2013
Labor History Seminar
“’This very troublesome business’: The Struggle for Control of Charleston’s Waterfront Workforce”Michael Thompson, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
Friday, February 15, 2013
Borderlands and Latino/a Studies Seminar
“Chicana/o Studies and the Whiteness Problem or Towards a Mapping of Whiteness on the Border” Lee Bebout, Arizona State University “Working Conditions: Latino doctors, Medical Authority, and Civil Rights in Texas, 1900-1963” John McKiernan-Gonzalez, University of Texas at Austin Commentator: Benjamin Johnson, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
Thursday, February 7, 2013
Early American History and Culture Seminar
“ ‘Borders Thick and Foggy’: The 1837 Upper Canada Rebellion and Emerging American Nationhood”Karen Marrero, Independent Scholar
Saturday, February 2, 2013
Labor History Seminar
“From the Hook to the Box: How Longshore Unions in the San Francisco Bay Area and Durban Survived the Container”Peter Cole, Western Illinois University
Saturday, February 2, 2013
Urban History Dissertation Group
Crafting the New Deal Economy” Tom Dorrance, University of Illinois at Chicago
Friday, February 1, 2013
American Art and Visual Culture Seminar
“Theatrical Captivity and Murder in Junius Brutus Stearns’s Hannah Duston Killing the Indians of 1847” Lauren Lessing, Colby College “Consuming Identities: Visual Culture and Celebrity in Nineteenth-Century San Francisco” Amy Lippert, University of Chicago Commentator: Sarah Burns, Indiana University
Friday, January 25, 2013
Borderlands and Latino/a Studies Seminar
“Out in the Cold: Urban Radicals, Deportations, and the Mexican Great Migration in Early Cold War Chicago” Mike Amezcua, Northwestern University “Latino Landscapes in Chicago: Transnational History, Architecture, and the Origins of a New Urban America” Andrew Sandoval-Strausz, University of New Mexico Commentator: Ralph Cintron, University of Illinois at Chicago
Friday, January 25, 2013
Gender and Sexuality Seminar
Panelists: Sharony Green, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Kyle Mays, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign “Freedom: ‘A Matter I Deserve to Have’: Constructions of Identity and the Fancy Girl”Sharony Green, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Friday, December 7, 2012
Labor History Seminar
“The Base of the Empire: Chicago’s Teamsters Local 743 and Montgomery Ward”Liesl Orenic, Dominican University
Friday, December 7, 2012
Borderlands and Latino/a Studies Seminar
“From Border Crossers to Borderlanders: Using Census Records to Understand and Compare the Development of Mixed Culture Communities Along the Texas-Mexico and Maine-Canada Borders, 1880-1930” Carla Mendiola, Southern Methodist University “The Indigenous Immigrant: Comparing Native Immigration from Canada and Mexico in the U.S. Borderlands” Brenden Rensink, University of Nebraska Kearney...
Saturday, December 1, 2012
Urban History Dissertation Group
‘The Coldest Blooded Outrage’: The 1892 Case that Shook Los Angeles” Amy Jin Johnson, Brown University “‘Some Folks Won’t Work’: Settlement Workers and Social Insurance in the Twenties” Abby Trollinger, Northwestern University
Friday, November 30, 2012
Gender and Sexuality Seminar
“’Hellenic Culture and Christian Ideals’: White, Greek-Letter Sororities and the Culture of Nostalgia”Margaret Freeman, College of William and Mary
Friday, November 16, 2012
Labor History Seminar
“The National War Labor Board of World War II: A Re-Interpretation”Ron Schatz, Wesleyan University
Thursday, November 15, 2012
Early American History and Culture Seminar
“Freedom Entrepreneurs and Family Groups: Settlement Patterns among free African-American Pioneers on the Antebellum Midwestern Frontier”Anna-Lisa Cox, Independent Scholar
Friday, November 9, 2012
American Art and Visual Culture Seminar
“A Network of Associations: Aesthetic Painting and its Patrons, 1870–1914” Melody Barnett Deusner, Indiana University “Risk, Speculation, and the Body Politic: The Origins of the Federalist Ideal in John Trumbull’s Portrait of General George Washington (1780)” Matthew Fisk, University of California, Santa Barbara Commentator: Christopher Dingwall, University of Chicago
Saturday, November 3, 2012
Urban History Dissertation Group
Garfield Park: Swimming, Space, and the Symbolism of Citizenship in Cleveland’s Black Freedom Movement” Stephanie Seawell, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Friday, November 2, 2012
Borderlands and Latino/a Studies Seminar
“Claiming Californio Memories: The Politics of Cultural Legacies in Southern California” Margie Brown-Coronel, Independent Scholar Creole California, the Market-State, and Homophobically Queered Citizenship in The Mask of Zorro Deborah Cohen, University of Missouri-St. Louis and Lessie Frazier, Indiana University “Visible Frictions: Documentary and Self-Representation in the U...
Friday, October 26, 2012
Labor History Seminar
“‘Machines Work, Secretaries Think’: Sex Equality Law, the Comparable Worth Movement, and the Problem of Skill in Postwar Office Work”Katherine Turk, University of Texas at Dallas
Friday, October 26, 2012
Gender and Sexuality Seminar
Panelists: Amanda Hendrix-Komoto, University of Michigan and Kyle Roberts, Loyola University Chicago
Saturday, October 6, 2012
Urban History Dissertation Group
“The Incorporation of Greater Berlin, 1900-1933: The Theory and Practice of Urban Planning within a Society in Crisis—Dissertation Introduction” Parker Everett, University of Chicago
Friday, September 28, 2012
Gender and Sexuality Seminar
“Constructing a Female Dominion of Legal Aid: The Chicago Experience”Felice Batlan, Illinois Institute of Technology-Kent College of Law
Thursday, September 27, 2012
Early American History and Culture Seminar
“Native Tongues: Threatening Speech and Language Exchange in the Borderlands of the Colonial Northeast”Katherine Grandjean, Wellesley College
Friday, September 21, 2012
Labor History Seminar
“Edge of Endurance: Mexican Migrant Workers and the Making of a North American Working Class, 1880-1945”Josef Barton, Northwestern University
Friday, September 21, 2012
American Art and Visual Culture Seminar
“Picture Lessons: Object Teaching and Nineteenth-Century Visual Culture” Sarah Carter, Harvard University “Awa Tsireh’s Paintings and the Art of Subtle Resistance” Sascha Scott, Syracuse University Commentator: Scott Stevens, Newberry Library
Saturday, September 8, 2012
Urban History Dissertation Group
Elite Efforts for Interracialism: Housing and Chicago’s Catholic Interracial Council in the Postwar World”Karen Johnson, University of Illinois at Chicago “’We Can Act Together’: The Federal Housing Administration and the Origins of the Urban Reinvestment Movement”Rebecca Marchiel, Northwestern University
Tuesday, June 26, 2012
America is a country increasingly defined by its diversity. We are religiously, culturally, ethnically, and racially pluralistic, composed of many different parts and interests. But what do we mean when we talk about America’s many “pluralisms”?
Friday, April 13, 2012
Labor History Seminar
“The School of Hard Knocks: Learning, Living and the Politics of Working Class Knowledge”Tobias Higbie, University Of California, Los Angeles
Saturday, March 31, 2012
Borderlands and Latino/a Studies Seminar
Please note that this session will run from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm on Saturday
Friday, March 30, 2012
Gender and Sexuality Seminar
Reimagining the Postwar Wife “Domesticity and Feminism in the Displaced Homemaker Movement in the late 20th Century”Anna Flaming, University of Iowa
Friday, March 23, 2012Tuesday, December 31, 2013
From the ratification of the First Amendment to the conflict over an Islamic community center near Ground Zero, America has been marked by a profound religious diversity. The variety of religious communities in America, and the tensions that often erupt among them, have shaped the nation’s social, cultural, political, and economic development.
Friday, March 23, 2012
American Art and Visual Culture Seminar
“Defining, Confining, and Inventing Japan: American “Japan Rooms,” 1854–1893” Ellen E. Roberts, Art Institute of Chicago “American Art History and Transatlantic Exchange: The Case for Italy” Melissa Dabakis, Kenyon College Commentator: Wendy Greenhouse, Independent Scholar
Friday, March 16, 2012
Labor History Seminar
“Documentary Proof: Evidence of Age and the Campaign Against Child Labor in the United States” Susan Pearson, Northwestern University
Thursday, March 15, 2012
Early American History and Culture Seminar
“Paper Money and the Problem of Circulation in Provincial New England: Natural Law, Natural History, and Political Economy”Jeffrey Sklansky, University of Illinois at Chicago
Friday, February 24, 2012
Gender and Sexuality Seminar
Religion, Feminism, and Beauty Culture in Black Chicago “‘Modesty on Her Cheek’: The Moorish Science Temple, African- American Girls and Great Migration Beauty Culture”Marcia Chatelain, Georgetown University
Thursday, February 16, 2012
Early American History and Culture Seminar
“Phillis Wheatley and Forgetting to Mourn”Caroline Wigginton, Rutgers University
Friday, February 3, 2012
Labor History Seminar
“Union Made: Working People and the Rise of the Social Gospel in Turn of the Century Chicago”Heath Carter, University of Notre Dame
Friday, January 27, 2012
American Art and Visual Culture Seminar
“After the Mugshot: On the Limits of Photographic Evidence” Shawn Michelle Smith, School of the Art Instiute of Chicago Commentators: Sarah Evans, Northern Illinois University and Gregrory Foster-Rice, Columbia College Chicago
Friday, January 27, 2012
Gender and Sexuality Seminar
New Directions in Gender and U.S. Imperialism
Saturday, January 21, 2012
Labor History Seminar
Collision Course: Ronald Reagan, the Air Traffic Controllers, and the Strike that Changed America (Oxford University Press, 2011)Featuring Author Joseph McCartin, Georgetown University
Thursday, January 5, 2012
Center for American Indian Studies Programs
1812 proved a momentous year. In Europe, Great Britain battled the French armies of Napoleon, who also launched his ill-fated invasion of Russia that year. Ramifications of this conflict sparked the War of 1812, pitting the United States against Britain and against an American Indian alliance that hoped to block American expansion into the Northwest Territories.
Friday, December 9, 2011
Borderlands and Latino/a Studies Seminar
“ ‘I have her beautiful portrait here’: Mexican migrants, images, and devotion to the Virgin of San Juan de los Lagos in the United States, 1890-1960”Christina Heisser, Indiana University
Friday, December 2, 2011
Labor History Seminar
“ ‘It Was Nothing Short of War’: Street Railways and the Spread of Class Conflict in Early Twentieth Century Philadelphia”James Wolfinger, DePaul University
Friday, November 18, 2011
American Art and Visual Culture Seminar
“By Any Means Necessary: Kerry James Marshall’s Comics in the Art Journal” Kymberly Pinder, Art Institute Of Chicago “Re-Viewing “New Century” Women: Female Illustrators and the New Woman in American Visual Culture” Patricia Smith Scanlan, Independent Scholar Commentator: Margaret Denny, University of Illinois at Chicago
Friday, November 18, 2011
Gender and Sexuality Seminar
Wives on Trial in the Late Nineteenth Century
Friday, November 4, 2011
Labor History Seminar
“Transatlantic Women: Fishermen’s Wives’ Organizations in Gloucester and Hull”Colin Davis, University Of Alabama at Birmingham
Friday, October 28, 2011
Borderlands and Latino/a Studies Seminar
“Mexico’s Southern and Northern Borders, a Comparative Approach”Aaron Margolis, University Of Texas At El Paso
Friday, October 21, 2011
Gender and Sexuality Seminar
Family and Friendship in Early America
Thursday, October 20, 2011
Early American History and Culture Seminar
“The Present-Past: Thomas Jefferson, W.E.B. Du Bois, and the Times of Slavery and Democracy”Gregory Laski, Northwestern University
Friday, October 14, 2011
American Art and Visual Culture Seminar
“The Body of the Collector: Charles Lang Freer and the Culture of Disease in Turn-of-the-Century America” Elizabeth Lee, Dickinson College “Naked Houses and Sunshine and Health Magazine: Suburban Architecture and the Visual Representation of Nudism” Sarah Schrank, California State University, Long Beach Commentator: Melody Barrett Deusner, Northwestern University
Friday, October 14, 2011
Labor History Seminar
“Bionic Ballplayers: The Contractual Construction of Fitness in Major League Baseball, 1964- 2007”Sarah Rose, University of Texas at Arlington and Joshua Salzmann, University of Illinois at Chicago
Friday, September 23, 2011
Borderlands and Latino/a Studies Seminar
 “Border Crossings: Smuggling Operations in the Southwest”Gabriella Sanchez, Arizona State University
Friday, September 23, 2011
Gender and Sexuality Seminar
“Indian Women, Agrarian Villages, and Landscapes of Violence”Susan Sleeper- Smith, Michigan State University
Thursday, September 22, 2011
Early American History and Culture Seminar
“ ‘Awake, Awake’: The Richmond Theater Fire of 1811 and the Renewal of Religiosity in America”Lisa Freeman, University of Illinois at Chicago
Wednesday, April 21, 2010
“The Politics of Slaves: Mobility, Messages, and Power in the Antebellum South” Susan O’Donovan, University of Memphis
Friday, October 16, 2009
“Performing Progress as Art and History at the Pageant of Illinois (1909)”Annelise K. Madsen, Stanford University
Thursday, March 2, 2006Saturday, March 4, 2006
Center for American Indian Studies Programs
This cross-disciplinary conference investigated the enduring significance of space and place in scholarship of the early Americas against the backdrop of the Newberry Library’s world-class cartographic holdings.