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
Friday, November 6, 2015
Labor History Seminar
Death Penalty for Integrated Dissent: 1930s Communists Caught in Georgia’s Dragnet Dr. Maryan Soliman, Washington University St. Louis
Friday, January 29, 2016
Labor History Seminar
Lost Worlds?: Touring the Radical Past with Milwaukee’s Most Recent Socialist Mayor Dr. Aims McGuinness, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
Friday, February 26, 2016
Labor History Seminar
Neo-Liberalism Before Its Time: Labor and the Free Trade Ideal in the Era of the Great Compression, 1945-1972 Dr. Leon Fink, University of Illinois at Chicago
Friday, March 25, 2016
Labor History Seminar
“Good Government”/Bad Workers: Martin H. Kennelly’s Reform Crusade in Chicago, 1947-1955 Richard Anderson, Princeton University
Friday, April 29, 2016
Labor History Seminar
Occupied Territory: Policing Black Chicago from Red Summer to the War on Crime Simon Balto, Ball State University