The Newberry Urban History Dissertation Group

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All meetings are held on Saturdays from 3 pm to 5 pm at the Newberry, 60 West Walton Street, Chicago, Illinois.

The group is sponsored by The Karla Scherer Center for the Study of American Culture at the University of Chicago.

This is a monthly workshop in which graduate students studying urban history issues present to their peers works-in-progress from their dissertations. Papers are pre-circulated by email and must be requested in advance. If you are interested in presenting or would like to attend, please contact the Scholl Center at scholl@newberry.org.

Samuel Kling, Northwestern University, Ashley Johnson, Northwestern University, and Christopher Ramsey, Loyola University Chicago serve as coordinators for 2014-2015.

The group is open only to graduate students (no faculty), and members should be committed to attending as many of the meetings as possible. View the flyer for a complete schedule in PDF form.

To see a listing of past workshops, please select a year below:

2013-2014 | 2012-2013 | 2011-2012 | 2010-2011 | 2009-2010 | 2008-2009
2007-2008
| 2006-2007 | 2005-2006 | 2004-2005 | 2003-2004

Workshop Schedule 2014-2015

Saturday, September 6, 2014
Urban History Dissertation Group
Ashley Johnson, Northwestern University

Ashley Johnson, Northwestern University
“An International City: Business, Ethnic Borders, and Nativism on the Detroit Borderland”

Saturday, October 4, 2014
Urban History Dissertation Group
Andrew Baer, Northwestern University and Devin Hunter, Loyola University Chicago

“We Cannot Have Guardians that Have to be Guarded”: Freedom, Denial, and the Elusive Nature of Justice in the Chicago Police Torture Cases.”
Andrew Baer, Northwestern University
“‘New Leftists, Poverty Warriors, and Rebel Nuns: Sixties Activists in a Community on the Brink.”
Devin Hunter, Loyola University Chicago

Saturday, November 1, 2014
Urban History Dissertation Group
Garrett Dash Nelson, University of Wisconsin-Madison

“Stitching Together a Metropolis: The Constituting Landscape in Sylvester Baxter’s Boston”
Garrett Dash Nelson, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Saturday, February 7, 2015
Urban History Dissertation Group
Sam Kling, Northwestern University and Emilio de Antuñano, University of Chicago

“Stitching Together a Metropolis: The Constituting Landscape in Sylvester Baxter’s Boston”
Sam Kling, Northwestern University

Saturday, March 7, 2015
Urban History Dissertation Group
Courtney Wiersema, University of Notre Dame

“Fueling Class: Comfort and Consumption in Gilded Age Chicago”
Courtney Wiersema, University of Notre Dame

Saturday, April 11, 2015
Urban History Dissertation Group
Christopher Ramsey, Loyola University Chicago and Mark Beirn, Washington University in St. Louis

“A Good Place to Work and Play, A Good Place to Work and Stay: South Lynne Community Council, 1957-1965”
Christopher Ramsey, Loyola University Chicago
“National Narrative and Contested Urban Space: Berlin’s Three Airports”
Mark Beirn, Washington University in St. Louis

Saturday, May 2, 2015
Urban History Dissertation Group
Andrew Dribin, University of Illinois at Chicago and Aram Sarkisian, Northwestern University

“The Wilderness Years of Chicago: Saving Nature in Postwar Chicago,1945-Present”
Andrew Dribin, University of Illinois at Chicago

“Icons of Lenin or Prayers for the Tsar? Russian Orthodoxy and
Radicalism in Red Scare Detroit, 1917-1924”
Aram Sarkisian, Northwestern University