Dr. William M. Scholl Center for American History and Culture Programs

Gertrude Stein visiting Chicago, 1935

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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.

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:

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.

Upcoming Programs

Thursday, September 10, 2015
American Political Thought Seminar
“The Capacity to Be Citizens: Civic Participation and the Meaning of Fitness” Dr. Yvonne Pitts, Purdue University
Friday, September 11, 2015
Labor History Seminar
“Costa Rica’s Inter-American Highway: Building an Inter-American Dream, 1941-44” Dr. Carmen Kordick, Roosevelt University
Friday, September 18, 2015
Borderlands and Latino/a Studies Seminar
“A Spectacle of Bullfights and Contracted Laborers: The Mexican Village at the Atlanta Exposition” Filiberto Chávez, University of Chicago “The Paso Libre Initiative: Resolving the International Bridge Closure Crisis at Laredo, Texas/Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas (1954-1957)” Elaine Pena, George Washington University
Friday, September 25, 2015
Women and Gender Seminar
Kitchen Ecology: Women, Cooking, and the Nature of Class in Gilded Age Chicago Courtney Wiersema, University of Notre Dame Sumptuary Laws and Consumer Rights: The New Woman and Chicago’s High Hat Problem Emily A. Remus, University of Notre Dame
Friday, October 2, 2015
American Art and Visual Culture Seminar
(Re)configuring Commerce: American Slavery, British Manufacture, and the Sculpture of John Bell Caitlin Beach, Columbia University Christian Eschatology in Cemetery Monuments, a Case Study Dr. Annette Stott, University of Denver
Saturday, October 3, 2015
Labor History Seminar
Authors Elizabeth A. and Ken Fones-Wolf: Struggle for the Soul of the Postwar South: White Evangelical Protestants and Operation Dixie
Friday, October 9, 2015
History of Capitalism Seminar
The History of Capitalism in the Anthropocene Fredrik Albritton Jonsson, University of Chicago
Thursday, October 15, 2015
American Political Thought Seminar
“The Book of Morgan: Anti-Masonry, Public Opinion, and American Political Thought” Dr. Mark Guenther Schmeller, Syracuse University
Friday, October 23, 2015
Women and Gender Seminar
Aging Women and the Meanings of Work Melissa Walker, Converse College
Friday, November 13, 2015
American Art and Visual Culture Seminar
Close Enough to Be Kept at Bay: Harriet Cany Peale’s Her Mistress’s Clothes Dana E. Byrd, Bowdoin College ‘Painting Freely’: Elizabeth Sparhawk-Jones’ Portrayal of Shopgirls Elizabeth Carlson, Lawrence University
Saturday, November 14, 2015
Borderlands and Latino/a Studies Seminar
Borderland and Latino/a Studies Teaching Symposium
Friday, November 20, 2015
Women and Gender Seminar
“We Had a Good Night”: Early 20th Century African American Women’s Economies, Evanston, IL Doria Johnson, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Friday, December 4, 2015
Borderlands and Latino/a Studies Seminar
The Promises and Perils of Play-off Diplomacy: Lipan Apaches and the Borderlands of the Río Bravo/Grande James Nichols, Queensborough Community College, CUNY Taking Borders Littorally: Maritime Mobility and the Identification of Difference in Nineteenth-Century Cuba.” David Sartorius, University of Maryland
Friday, December 4, 2015
History of Capitalism Seminar
Race and Capital:Towards an American Intellectual History Paul A. Kramer, Vanderbilt University
Friday, February 19, 2016
American Art and Visual Culture Seminar
Irving’s Medium Christopher J. Lukasic, Purdue University
Friday, March 4, 2016
History of Capitalism Seminar
Putting the Economy Back in History Colleen A. Dunlavy, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Friday, April 22, 2016
American Art and Visual Culture Seminar
Better for The Making Suzanne Hudson, University of Southern California Secret: George Herms and Clandestine Operations Monica Steinberg, The Graduate Center of the City University of New York
Friday, May 13, 2016
History of Capitalism Seminar
The Public Utility Idea and the Origins Modern Business Regulation William J. Novak, University of Michigan Law School
Friday, May 20, 2016
American Art and Visual Culture Seminar
Manuel Álvarez Bravo, Helen Levitt, and the Surrealism of the Streets Monica Bravo, Brown University Islands in the Inset: Representations of the Territory of Hawai’i in Carto-Caricatures (Map Cartoons), 1893-2011 Amanda Murphyao, Carleton University