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The Newberry Seminar on Religion and Culture in the Americas

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The Religion and Culture in the Americas Seminar explores topics in religion and culture broadly and from interdisciplinary perspectives including social history, biography, cultural studies, visual and material culture, urban studies, and the history of ideas. We are interested in how religious belief has affected society, rather than creedal- or theological-focused studies.

The seminar provides an opportunity for scholars to share works-in-progress, and we encourage papers that use new methods, unveil archival discoveries, or need feedback in preparation for book and journal article publication. For 2020-2021, seminars will be held virtually via Zoom. All sessions run from 3-4:30 pm Central Time.

The Seminar’s organizers for 2020-2021 are: Kathleen Sprows Cummings, University of Notre Dame; Karen Johnson, Wheaton College; Malachy McCarthy, Claretian Missionaries Archives; Rima Lunin Schultz, Independent Scholar; Christopher Allison, Dominican University; and Kevin Schultz, University of Illinois Chicago.

The Religion and Culture in the Americas Seminar is co-sponsored by Albion College, the Cushwa Center for the Study of American Catholicism at the University of Notre Dame, the Mary Nona McGreal, OP Center for Dominican Historical Studies at Dominican University, University of Illinois at Chicago,and Wheaton College.

The Call for Proposals for 2021-2022 is now open. Please find the Call for Proposals for the Religion and Culture in the Americas Seminar here. Please apply here by June 4, 2021.

Seminar Schedule 2020-2021

Friday, October 9, 2020
Missionary Positions: How American Evangelicals Learned to Love Global AIDS Relief, Hannah Waits
Friday, November 6, 2020
“Moving Heaven and Earth”: The Uses of Religion in the New York Woman Suffrage Campaign, Karen Pastorello
Friday, December 4, 2020
The Polarizing Pioneer Line: Christian Reform Capitalism in the Early Republic, Joseph Slaughter
Friday, February 5, 2021
“Strangers in Our Midst”: Mexican Agricultural Workers and Migrant Ministries in Wisconsin, 1942-1959, Sergio M. González
Friday, March 5, 2021
Governing “Jews, Heathens, and Other Dissenters” in the British Atlantic World, Shari Rabin
Friday, April 9, 2021
Many Joseph Smiths: Sectional Competition and the “Mormon Question,” Megan Stanton