The Newberry Seminar on Women and Gender

Harriet Monroe in the Cass Street office of Poetry magazine, Harry Hansen Papers

Harriet Monroe in the Cass Street office of Poetry magazine, Harry Hansen Papers. Midwest MS Hansen Bx. 9 Fl. 914

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

This seminar explores diverse topics and genres—such as race/ethnicity, biography, war, religion, family, and sexuality—through the prisms of women and/or gender. The focus is on the United States and North America across all time periods; however, some papers focus on non-American aspects of the history of women and gender.

The seminar’s co-sponsors are the history departments of DePaul University, Northeastern Illinois University, the University of Illinois at Chicago, and the Karla Scherer Center for the Study of American Culture at the University of Chicago.

Joan Johnson, Northeastern Illinois University; Francesca Morgan, Northeastern Illinois University; and Michelle Nickerson, Loyola University Chicago, are the coordinators for the 2015-2016 seminar.

Each year, the seminar accepts proposals for papers from March until May 1. The 2016-2017 call-for-proposals will be posted March 1, 2016. To propose a paper, please review our proposal instructions and submit all materials via webform.

To attend, please read our Registration Information. Sign up to receive email updates about this seminar. View our flyer for the complete schedule in PDF form.

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Seminar Schedule 2015-2016

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 23, 2015
Women and Gender Seminar
Aging Women and the Meanings of Work Melissa Walker, Converse College
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