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 journal, Labor and Working-Class History Association. Co-cordinators are Peter Cole, Western Illinois University; Colleen Doody, DePaul University; Liesl Orenic, Dominican University; and Elizabeth Tandy Shermer, Loyola University Chicago.


The 2019-2020 Call for Proposals is now closed. Please check back in March 2020 for information about Academic Year 2020-2021.


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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
Friday, November 15, 2019
Cross-Sector Solidarity amid a Shifting Landscape, Naomi Williams
Friday, December 6, 2019
Details to be announced.