The Newberry Seminar in Labor History | Newberry

The Newberry Seminar in Labor History

Mother Jones marching in Colorado. c.1910. Midwest MS Kerr, Bx.5, Fl.#79.

Mother Jones marching in Colorado. c.1910. Midwest MS Kerr, Bx.5, Fl.#79.

Seminar sessions are held on Fridays from 3 to 5 pm at the Newberry, 60 West Walton Street, Chicago, Illinois.

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.

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, and Loyola University Chicago. Co-cordinators are Peter Cole, Western Illinois University; Colleen Doody, DePaul University; Liesl Orenic, Dominican University; and Elizabeth Tandy Shermer, Loyola University Chicago.

The Labor History Seminar 2018-2019 Call for Proposals is now OPEN. Proposals for 2018-2019 will be accepted until June 1, 2018. Click here to view the Call-for-Proposal flyer. To submit a proposal, please visit our webform and upload a one-page proposal, a statement explaining the relationship of the paper to your other work, and a brief CV. Applications will not be accepted via email or in hard copy.

To attend, please read our Registration Information. Sign up to receive email updates about the Labor History seminar. View our flyer for a PDF version of the schedule.

View Past Seminars in Labor History.

Seminar Schedule 2017-2018

Friday, September 15, 2017
“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
Saturday, October 14, 2017
Knocking on Labor’s Door: Union Organizing in the 1970s and the Roots of a New Economic Divide Lane Windham, Georgetown University
Friday, November 17, 2017
GM Never Surrendered: Antiunion Politics on Auto Industry Shop Floors during the 1960s
Friday, December 15, 2017
Who Designed This Upside Down System? Coal Miners’ Place in a New Energy Regime
Friday, January 19, 2018
Newcomers: Migration and Poverty Work in Chicago, 1956 to 1964
Friday, February 23, 2018
Becoming White Collar: Schools, Skills, and the Origins of American Inequality
Friday, April 27, 2018
Leveraging the ‘Kodak Zone’ Photography and the Making of Race and Class in the American Occupied Philippines