This seminar provides a forum for works in progress that explore the history of working class people, communities, and culture; class and state policy; unions and popular political movements; and other related topics. We are particularly interested in works that deal with gender, sexuality, race, migration, and the social history of work. Our focus has been on U.S. history, but we welcome papers on North America generally, and on transnational aspects of labor history.
Seminar meetings are held on Fridays from 3 to 5 pm at the Newberry, 60 West Walton Street, Chicago, Illinois.
The seminar’s co-sponsors are the history departments of DePaul University, Northwestern University, the University of Illinois at Chicago, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, The Karla Scherer Center for the Study of American Culture at the University of Chicago, Loyola University Chicago, and the Labor and Working-Class History Association. Co-coordinators are Peter Cole, Western Illinois University; Colleen Doody, DePaul University; Liesl Orenic, Dominican University; and Elizabeth Tandy Shermer, Loyola University Chicago.
The AY 2020-2021 Labor History Seminar Call for Proposals is now open. Please apply here by Monday, June 15, 2020. We are hopeful that Newberry Scholarly Seminars will be able to convene regularly in both the Fall and the Spring of AY 2020-2021. Due to the uncertainty caused by COVID-19, some seminars may be postponed or held online. Please consult our website regularly for up-to-date information.