Current Programs in American History and Culture

World's Parliament of Religions, 1893
World's Parliament of Religions, 1893. John Henry Barrows, Proceedings of the Parliament (Chicago, 1893). B8.057

In addition to its annual seminar series, the Scholl Center’s current projects are:

Bridging National Borders in North America

The Newberry Library’s Dr. William Scholl Center for American History and Culture will host a four-week summer 2014 NEH seminar for college and university faculty that will explore the history of North America’s border and borderlands. The seminar’s format, readings, and guest scholars have been selected with the goal of bringing together participants with diverse scholarly agendas into a common conversation. It thus will provide participants with deep engagement with leading scholars and recent scholarship as well as with the key sources necessary to advance their own research

Home Front: Daily Life in the Civil War North

The Scholl Center staff created an exhibition in partnership with, and with major funding from, the Terra Foundation for American Art. The exhibition, which opened at the Newberry in autumn 2013, explores the ways that lives on the home front were altered by the Civil War. It juxtaposes an outstanding group of paintings from the Terra Foundation for American Art collections with a wealth of material drawn from the Newberry collections, including popular prints, illustrated newspapers, photographs, maps, magazines, sheet music, fashion plates, letters, diaries, advertisements, and other ephemera. The exhibition is accompanied by a book published by the University of Chicago Press.

Out of Many: Religious Pluralism in America
In December 2011, the Scholl Center was one of five recipients of an National Endowment for the Humanities’ Bridging Cultures at Community Colleges grant to provide research opportunities for community college faculty. The Scholl Center’s program will involve teams of faculty and sponsoring administrators in a multiyear effort to develop new curriculum that integrates the study of America’s religious diversity into humanities courses at community colleges. Participating faculty will conduct research in the Newberry’s collections, participate in seminars and public lectures with prominent scholars of American religion, and contribute to a forthcoming digital resource on teaching religious pluralism.

Making Modernism: Literature and Culture in in Twentieth-Century Chicago, 1893-1955
In conjunction with our recent National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Institute “Making Modernism: Literature and Culture in in Twentieth-Century Chicago, 1893-1955”, the Scholl Center will launch a web-based exhibition on literary modernism in Chicago. This Omeka-powered exhibition will feature items from the Newberry’s collections, including unpublished manuscripts, photographs, and correspondence from the library’s rich holdings in Midwestern literature and journalism. In addition to images of the materials and contextualizing essays, the site will include resources for instructors, the Summer Institute syllabus with recommended readings, and additional XML files for text materials encoded in the TEI standard.