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The Newberry Seminar on Religion and Culture in the Americas

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The Religion and Culture in the Americas Seminar explores topics in religion and culture broadly and from interdisciplinary perspectives including social history, biography, cultural studies, visual and material culture, urban studies, and the history of ideas. We are interested in how religious belief has affected society, rather than creedal- or theological-focused studies. Click here to view the 2018-2019 RCA Seminar Schedule flyer.

The Seminar provides an opportunity for scholars to share works-in-progress, and we encourage papers that use new methods, unveil archival discoveries, or need feedback in preparation for book and journal article publication.

Seminar sessions are held on Fridays from 3pm to 5pm at the Newberry, 60 West Walton Street, Chicago, Illinois.

Click here for the 2019-2020 Call for Proposals for Religion and Culture in the Americas. Proposals are due Monday, June 3, 2019.

To submit a proposal, please visit our webform and upload a one-page proposal, a statement explaining the relationship of the paper to your other work, and a brief CV. Applications will not be accepted via email or in hard copy.

The Seminar’s organizers for 2018-2019 are: Kathleen Sprows Cummings, University of Notre Dame; Karen Johnson, Wheaton College; Malachy McCarthy, Claretian Missionaries Archives; Rima Lunin Schultz, Independent Scholar; Deborah Kanter, Albion College; Heath Carter, Valparaiso University and Kevin Schultz, University of Illinois Chicago.

The Religion and Culture in the Americas Seminar is co-sponsored by Albion College, the Cushwa Center for the Study of American Catholicism at the University of Notre Dame, University of Illinois at Chicago, Valparaiso University and Wheaton College.

Upcoming Seminars

Friday, October 19, 2018
Emily Conroy-Krutz: “What is a Missionary Good For, Anyway?”: Politics and Foreign Missions at the Turn of the Twentieth Century / Lawrence Kessler: Sugar without Rum: Religion and the Rise of Sugarcane Planting in Hawaiʻi, 1820-1850
Friday, November 9, 2018
“To Pray for Ourselves”: Women in Christian Indian Communities in Mexico and the United States, 1750 - 1870
Friday, December 14, 2018
The End of Days or the Beginning of a New Era? American Jewish Interfaith Relations in the Age of Evangelicalism
Friday, February 15, 2019
A Not So Friendly Witness: Catholic Radicals Put the FBI and Vietnam War on Trial
Friday, March 15, 2019
“‘You Know of the Difficulty in Which I have been Placed by this Most Unjust Controversy’: Frances E. Willard, Ida B. Wells, and the Limits of ‘Do Everything’ Reform”
Friday, April 12, 2019
Conscientious Objectors and Investigatory Secularism
Friday, May 17, 2019
Protestant Women between the Times: Ecumenism, Activism, and Feminism, 1920-1970