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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 2021-2022, some seminars will be held via Zoom, while other will be held in person at the Newberry Library. All sessions run from 3-5 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 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, the history department at Loyola University, the University of Chicago Divinity School, University of Illinois at Chicago, and Wheaton College.

The Call for Proposals for 2021-2022 is now closed. Please check back in March 2022 for more information.

Seminar Schedule 2021-2022

Friday, September 17, 2021
Margaret Mead vs Christian Nationalism, Elesha Coffman, Baylor University
Friday, October 22, 2021
Allies, Rebels and Traitors in the Pews of the Bronx: Liberation Theology’s Northern Reach, Eileen Markey, CUNY-Lehman College
Friday, February 4, 2022
Norplant and the Assumption of Irresponsible Parenthood, Samira Mehta, University of Colorado-Boulder
Friday, March 4, 2022
Higher Callings: Asians and Asian Americans in the Transformation of U.S. Evangelical Seminaries, Jane H. Hong, Occidental College
Friday, April 1, 2022
“No Place is So Dear to My Childhood”: Evangelicalism, Nostalgia, and the History of an American Hymn, Christopher D. Cantwell, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee