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Newberry Seminar: Research in the Humanities

Chicago, Illinois

Past seminars

Fall Seminar Topics and Faculty Fellows

A list of the Newberry Seminar topics for the fall semester since the program began in 1965.

  • 2016: Novel Action: Literature, Social Movements, and the Public Good – Tori Barnes-Brus (sociology and anthropology, Cornell) and Rebecca Entel (English and creative writing, Cornell)
  • 2015: Knowing Your Place: Human and Social Geography – Ian MacInnes (English, Albion) and Marcy Sacks (history, Albion)
  • 2014: Knowledge and Technology: from Socrates to the Digital Age – Bridget Draxler (English, Monmouth) and Hannah Schell (philosophy & religious studies, Monmouth)
  • 2013: Representing the Other in Image, Text, and Landscape – William Davis (comparative literature & German, Colorado) and Eric Perramond (environmental science & Southwest studies, Colorado)
  • 2012: Wild Cities: The Nature of the Modern Metropolis – Brian Bockelman (history, Ripon) and David Miller (English, Allegheny)
  • 2011: Crossing Boundaries – Diane Lichtenstein (Engligh, Beloit) and Linda Sturtz (history, Beloit)
  • 2010: On the Road: Intercultural Encounters in Europe and the Americas – David George (modern languages and literatures, Lake Forest) and Benjamin Goluboff (English, Lake Forest)
  • 2009: Placing Race: Investigating the History and Memory of Racial Pasts – Jane Rhodes (American studies, Macalester) and Lynn Hudson (history, Macalester)
  • 2008: Community and Memory: Texts, Images and Monuments – Ellen Joyce (history, Beloit) and Hannah Schell (philosophy & religious studies, Monmouth)
  • 2007: Words and Deeds: Speech and Action in Western Culture – Kevin Miles (philosophy, Earlham) and Robert Southard (history, Earlham)
  • 2006: On the Road: Intercultural Encounters in Europe and the Americas – David George (foreign languages and literatures, Lake Forest) and Benjamin Goluboff (English, Lake Forest)
  • 2005: The Problem of Slavery and Visions of Freedom in Western Culture – Robert Bennett (classics, Kenyon) and Glenn McNair (history, Kenyon)
  • 2004: Encountering Worlds: Human Views of Nature – Carol Neel (history, Colorado) and John Horner (psychology, Colorado)
  • 2003: Picturing the Past: Studies in the Visual Representation of History – Clay Steinman (communication studies, Macalester) and Paul Solon (history, Macalester)
  • 2002: Confluence of Cultures: Histories and Fictions of the Americas – Gilberto Gómez-Ocampo (modern languages, Wabash) and James Fisher (theatre, Wabash)
  • 2001: Religion and Secularism – David Spadafora (history, Lake Forest) and Richard Mallette (English, Lake Forest)
  • 2000: Enlightenment Dreams/Enlightenment Realities – James Diedrick (English, Albion) and Deborah Kanter (history, Albion)
  • 1999: Art and Culture – James Martin (music, Cornell) and Susan Wolverton (theater arts, Coe)
  • 1998: Unmasking Gender – Carla Zecher (French, Coe) and Terry Heller (English, Coe)
  • 1997: The Contested Past: Histories and Fictions of Human Conflict – Robert Warde (English, Macalester) and Paul Solon (history, Macalester)
  • 1996: Landscape and Culture – Juliana Mulroy (biology, Denison) and William Nichols (English, Denison)
  • 1995: The Paradox of Slavery and Freedom in the Western World – Harry M. Williams (history, Carleton) and Darrell LaLone (anthropology, DePauw)
  • 1994: Frontiers of the Land, Frontiers of the Mind – Lance Factor (philosophy, Knox) and Laurel Carrington (history, St. Olaf)
  • 1993: The Self in Context – James Cook (English, Albion) and James Diedrick (English, Albion)
  • 1992: The Dialogue with Progress – (David Hopper (religion, Macalester) and James Fisher (theater, Wabash)
  • 1991: Concepts of Freedom in the Modern Age – Paul Cohen (history, Lawrence) and Deborah VanBroekhoven (history, Ohio Wesleyan)
  • 1990: Distant Encounters: Journeys and the Image of the Other – Kathleen Adams (anthropology, Beloit) and Charles Stoneburner (English, Denison)
  • 1989: The Self in Context: Exploration of Selfhood in Western Culture – James Cook (English, Albion) and Peter Frederick (history, Wabash)
  • 1988: Cultural Encounters in the New World – Pamela Jensen (political science, Kenyon) and Donald Irving (English/American studies, Grinnell)
  • 1987: The Ruling Taste: Governmental Influence on European and American Culture – Debra Mancoff (art, Beloit) and Lyman Leathers (history, Ohio Wesleyan)
  • 1986: Cultural Ideals and Realities in History and Literature – Steve Fineberg (classics, Knox) and Roy Wortman (history, Kenyon)
  • 1985: Play and Society in Literature and History – Phyllis Gorfain (English, Oberlin) and Clark Halker (history, Albion)
  • 1984: Crime and Justice in Literature and History: the 16th-20th Centuries – Joseph Musser (English, Ohio Wesleyan) and Charles Flynn (history, Denison)
  • 1983: Love, Marriage and Family in Western History, 1100-1914 – Penny Gold (history, Knox) and Warren Rosenberg (English, Wabash)
  • 1982: Literature and Politics – Catherine Zuckert (political science, Carleton) and Michael Zuckert (political science, Carleton)
  • 1981: Cycles of Change: The Concept of Revolution in History, Politics, Art and Literature – Susan McCarthy (French, Hope) and Peter Weisensel (history, Macalester)
  • 1980: Public vs. Private: the Dilemma of Liberalism in England and America – William Frame, (political science, Kenyon) and Randall Schrock (history, Earlham)
  • 1979: Changing Concepts of Nature in the Western Tradition: Enlightenment in the Twentieth Century – John Riker (philosophy, Colorado) and Charles Miller (political science, Lake Forest)
  • 1978: Individualism and Community: Studies in the Relationship of Self and Society, 1750-1900 – Robert Fogerty (history, Antioch) and Rosemary Jann (literature, Ripon)
  • 1977: All Coherence Gone: the Modern World Emerging – Paul Solon (history, Macalester) and Lowell Johnson (English, St. Olaf)
  • 1976: Art and Capital: the Creative Arts in a Commercial World – Robert Shimip (history, Ohio Wesleyan) and William Nichols (English, Denison)
  • 1975: Myth and History: the Social Uses of the Imagined Past – E. Gordon Whatley (English, Lake Forest) and Tom K. Barton (history, Colorado)
  • 1974: The Machine in the Garden: the Impact of Industrialization on Society and Social Ideals – Richard Gamble (English, Coe) and George Tselos (history, Monmouth)
  • 1973: Alienation & the Search for Community: Studies in Literature and Social History – Robert Hellenga (English, Knox) and Kirk Jeffrey (history, Carleton)
  • 1972: Radicalism and the Radical Temperament: Studies in the American and English Traditions – Harley Henry (English, Macalester) and James Stewart (history, Macalester)
  • 1971: Eighteenth Century Enlightenment – Jean Kern (English, Coe) and John Treon (history, St. Olaf)
  • 1970: Origins of Anglo-American Culture, 1576-1688 – William Schutte (English, Lawrence) and Thomas Schlereth (history, Grinnell)
  • 1969: Renaissance –- Focus on the Elizabethan Court – Milton Krieger (history, Cornell) and William Schutte (English, Lawrence)
  • 1968: Nineteenth Century Studies – Michael Crowell (English, Knox) and Henry Fritz (history, St. Olaf)
  • 1967: Eighteenth Century Studies – Thomas Gilmore (English, Cornell) and J. Lynn Osen (history, Beloit)
  • 1966: Seventeenth Century Studies – Robert Irrmann (history, Beloit) and Sheldon Zittner (English, Grinnell)
  • 1965: Renaissance Studies – John J. Murray (history, Coe) and Richard VanFossen (English, Cornell)


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Scott Newstok My semester of immersion in the Newberry's archives set me on my scholarly path. In fact, my work with the Cowley Papers that term led to my fascination with Kenneth Burke and, years later, a scholarly edition of his Shakespeare criticism. It was also my introduction to the public face of a research library, as I worked at the circulation desk. My admiration for the Newberry’s mutually reinforcing commitments to humanities scholarship and public outreach has only grown in the two decades since. Thank you to the ACM for sustaining this singular program!

—Scott Newstok, Newberry Seminar, Fall 1993

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