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, Northern Illinois University, Northwestern University, the University of Illinois at Chicago, and University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, The Karla Scherer Center for the Study of American Culture at the University of Chicago, the Department of History and Political Science at Purdue University Calumet, the Roosevelt University Department of History and Center for New Deal Studies, and LABOR: Studies in Working-Class History of the Americas.

Co-cordinators this year are Rosemary Feurer, Northern Illinois University; Leon Fink, University of Illinois at Chicago; Erik Gellman, Roosevelt University; and Liesl Orenic, Dominican University.

Each year, the seminar accepts proposals for papers from March until May 1. The 2016-2017 call-for-proposals will be posted on March 1, 2016.

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.

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Seminar Schedule 2015-2016

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
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