The Newberry Seminar in Labor History | Newberry

The Newberry Seminar in Labor History

Mother Jones marching in Colorado. c.1910. Midwest MS Kerr, Bx.5, Fl.#79.

Mother Jones marching in Colorado. c.1910. Midwest MS Kerr, Bx.5, Fl.#79.

This seminar provides a forum for works in progress that explore the history of working class people, communities, and culture; class and state policy; unions and popular political movements; and other related topics. We are particularly interested in works that deal with gender, sexuality, race, migration, and the social history of work. Our focus has been on U.S. history, but we welcome papers on North America generally, and on transnational aspects of labor history.

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

The seminar’s co-sponsors are the history departments of DePaul University, Northwestern University, the University of Illinois at Chicago, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, The Karla Scherer Center for the Study of American Culture at the University of Chicago, Loyola University Chicago, and the Labor and Working-Class History Association. Co-coordinators are Peter Cole, Western Illinois University; Colleen Doody, DePaul University; Liesl Orenic, Dominican University; and Elizabeth Tandy Shermer, Loyola University Chicago.

The AY 2020-2021 Labor History Call for Proposals is now open. Please apply here by EXTENDED DEADLINE: Tuesday, June 30, 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.

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View Past Seminars in Labor History.

Seminar Schedule 2019-2020

Friday, September 13, 2019
“I will be involved where the action is’: Coretta Scott King’s Life of Activism, Jewell C Debnam
Saturday, October 26, 2019
Labor History Seminar Big Book Event
A Political Education: Black Politics and Education Reform in Chicago since the 1960s, Elizabeth Todd-Breland
Friday, November 15, 2019
Cross-Sector Solidarity amid a Shifting Landscape, Naomi Williams
Friday, December 6, 2019
“Labor’s Last Stand”: 1970s Energy Politics and the United Mine Workers in the American West, Ryan Driskell Tate
Friday, January 24, 2020
Organizing in the Jim Crow Timber Fields, David Marquis
Friday, February 28, 2020
Profit Splitting, Power Sharing, and Policy Setting: The UAW’s Forgotten Fight Against ‘Excess Profits’ and Economic Amnesia in the Contemporary USA, Daniel Graff