A multidisciplinary hub for the study of American culture at the University of Chicago.

Amending America: The Scherer Center’s Upcoming Series

Thursday, October 15, 4:30pm-5:30pm (CST) via Zoom

Beyond Belief, Beyond Conscience: The Radical Significance of the Free Exercise of Religion, a conversation on the First Amendment with Jack N. Rakove (Stanford University) and Geoffrey R. Stone (University of Chicago)

Registration is free and open to the public.

Thursday, October 224:30pm-5:30pm (CST) via Zoom

A Conversation on the Fifteenth Amendment: Eric Foner (Columbia University) will discuss his recent book, The Second Founding: How the Civil War and Reconstruction Remade the Constitution, with interlocutor Thomas C. Holt (University of Chicago).

Registration is free and open to the public.

Tuesday October 273:00pm-4:00pm CST

One Decade, Four Amendments, and the Transformation of America, with Cathleen Cahill (Penn State University), Lisa McGirr (Harvard University), and Wendy Schiller (Brown University).

This event is cosponsored with one of our partners, the Newberry Library. For more information and to register, please visit the Newberry Library’s event page here.


At the University of Chicago, faculty and students pursue advanced projects on American culture from within the departments of Anthropology, Art History, Cinema and Media Studies, Economics, English, History, Linguistics, Music, Romance Languages, Philosophy, Psychology, Political Science, Public Policy, Social Thought, Sociology, Visual Arts, as well as in the Divinity School and the Law School.

The Scherer Center helps coordinate the University’s rich and diverse scholarly interest in the study of American culture by sponsoring courses, seminars, and lunch-time discussions of new work; by bringing distinguished visitors to campus for lectures, symposia, and conferences; and by developing forums for meaningful interactions among scholars of different disciplines and the public.

Contact Us

The Scherer Center office, located in the Classics Building (1010 East 59th Street) Room 114, is open M/W/F and by appointment.

Phone: 773-834-1835

Email: Please send emails to our Center Coordinator, Tara Rutledge, at trutledge@uchicago.edu