The Newberry Seminar on Religion and Culture in the Americas | Newberry

The Newberry Seminar on Religion and Culture in the Americas

A Southern Baptism. Detroit Publishing Company Collection.

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.

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 3 to 5 pm at the Newberry, 60 West Walton Street, Chicago, Illinois.

The Seminar’s organizers for 2019-2020 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; 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,and Wheaton College.

The Call for Proposals for the Religion and Culture in the Americas Seminar for AY 2020-2021 is now open. Please apply here by Monday, June 15, 2020. We are hopeful that Newberry Scholarly Seminars will be able to convene regularly in both the Fall and the Spring of AY 2020-2021. Due to the uncertainty caused by COVID-19, some seminars may be postponed or held online. Please consult our website regularly for up-to-date information.

Seminar Schedule 2019-2020

Friday, September 27, 2019
Intelligent Christian Citizenship”: Protestantism and the Public Sphere in Early Twentieth-Century Puerto Rico, Ellie Walsh
Friday, October 25, 2019
Absent Icons: Harriet Newell, Ann Judson, and the Materiality of the Cult of Women Missionaries in 19th Century America, Christopher Allison
Friday, December 6, 2019
Nuns in the World: U.S. Catholic Sisters and Education for Social Justice in the Postwar Decades, Darra Mulderry
Friday, February 7, 2020
Confessional Crossings: American Protestants, Italian Catholicism, and the Rejection of the anti-Catholic Gothic, Katherine D. Moran
Friday, March 6, 2020
Muhammad Ali’s Exceptionalist Double Cross, M. Cooper Harriss
Friday, April 17, 2020
Due to travel restrictions related to Covid-19, this meeting has been postponed. Missionary Positions: How American Evangelicals Learned to Love Global AIDS Relief, Hannah Waits
Friday, May 8, 2020
This event has been postponed. The Polarizing Pioneer Line: Christian Reform Capitalism in the Early Republic, Joseph Slaughter