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.
In summer 2017, the Scholl Center will host an NEH summer institute for college and university faculty: Making Modernism: Literature and Culture in Twentieth-Century Chicago, 1893-1955.
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:
- American Art and Visual Culture
- American Literature
- American Political Thought
- Borderlands and Latino/a Studies
- British History
- History of Capitalism
- Labor History
- Gender and Sexuality
- Urban History Dissertation Group
- NEW Religion and Culture in the Americas
- NEW Chicago: City of Design and Commerce, 1890-1990
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.