Scholl Center programs encourage research in American history, literature, and culture in areas where the Newberry’s collections are strong. The Center’s Current Programs include a variety of institutes, conferences, and professional development workshops.
The Scholl Center’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 Studies
- British History
- History of Capitalism
- Labor History
- Women and Gender
- Urban History Dissertation Group
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.