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, and the University of Illinois at Chicago, and the Karla Scherer Center for the Study of American Culture at the University of Chicago.
To see a listing of past seminars, please select a year below:
Seminar Schedule 2014-2015
Francoise Hamlin, Brown University
“Oral History As Feminist History: Charting the Civil Rights Career of Vera Pigee”
Traci Parker, University of Chicago, “Rethinking Southern Sit-In Movements: Black Worker-Consumer Alliances and Constructing a Modern Black Middle Class”
Elizabeth Schroeder Schlabach, Earlham College, “The Policy Game: Women and Gambling on Chicago’s South Side, 1930s.”
Commentator: Keona Ervin, University of Missouri
“’Do not, on any account, marry one the back of whose head resembles cut No.4’: The Visual Encoding of Gender Ideology in Nineteenth-century Phrenology texts”
Susan Branson, Syracuse University
Commentator: Carla Bittel, Loyola Marymount University
Emily Johnson, Yale University, “A Woman’s Place: Conservative Christian Women’s National Political Leadership.”
Kathleen Belew, Northwestern University, “The Mothers of Future Aryan Warriors: Race Women in the White Power Movement, 1979-1995”
Commentator: Michelle Nickerson, Loyola University Chicago
Tamara Chaplin, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, “”Lesbian Utopias: Toulouse’s Bagdam Cafée, 1976-2009.”
Elizabeth Fraterrigo, Loyola University Chicago, “Televising the Feminine Mystique: Betty Friedan’s Appraisal of Television, Female Audiences, and the Feminist Series That Never Aired.”
Commentator: Suzanne Kaufmann, Loyola University Chicago
Lauren MacIvor Thompson, Georgia State University, “Science and Sex Relations: Mary Ware Dennett and Evolving Arguments for Birth Control Reform.”
Sarah Rodriguez, Northwestern University, “Challenging the Necessity of the Episiotomy: Feminist Concerns and Nursing Discourse in the 1970s”
Commentator: Judith Houck, University of Wisconsin, Madison
Danielle McGuire, Wayne State University
“The Maid and Mr. Charlie: Black Women and Sexual Violence in the Jim Crow South”