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.

Each year, the seminar accepts proposals for papers from March until May 1. To propose a paper, please review our proposal instructions and submit all materials via webform.

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 “An International City: Business, Ethnic Borders, and Nativism on the Detroit Borderland”
Saturday, October 4, 2014
Urban History Dissertation Group
“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
“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
“Stitching Together a Metropolis: The Constituting Landscape in Sylvester Baxter’s Boston” Sam Kling, Northwestern University
Saturday, March 7, 2015
Urban History Dissertation Group
“Fueling Class: Comfort and Consumption in Gilded Age Chicago” Courtney Wiersema, University of Notre Dame
Saturday, April 11, 2015
Urban History Dissertation Group
“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
“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