Announcing our Fall 2017 Program

The Karla Scherer Center for the Study of American Culture is pleased to present our 2017 Fall Quarter Program:

Thursday, September 28: U.S. History Workshop Opening Session, “A Case for Reparations at the University of Chicago,” Caine Jordan, Guy Mount, and Kai Parker present (in conversation with Adam Green, Department of History); 4:30-6pm (John Hope Franklin Room, Social Sciences 224, 1126 E 59th St)

Tuesday, October 3: Book Discussion on Chicago Renaissance: Literature and Art in the Midwest Metropolis, by Liesl Olson, Director of Chicago Studies at the Newberry Library (in conversation with Adrienne Brown, Department of English); 6-7:30pm (Seminary Co-Op Bookstore, 5751 S Woodlawn Aveco-sponsored with UChicago Urban

Friday, October 6: Lunchtime Lecture on “George Washington and the “Chimney-Corner Heroes”: Tragic Dimensions of the American War of Independence,” by Woody Holton (Bonnie and Peter McCausland Professor of History, University of South Carolina); 12pm (John Hope Franklin Room, Social Sciences 224, 1126 E 59th St)

Friday, October 6: “‘Our dance is turned into mourning’: A Symposium on Loss and Consolation in Early Modern Europe,” Keynote by Lynn Enterline, Professor and Nancy Perot Chair in the Department of English at Vanderbilt University; (Rosenwald 405, 1115 E 58th St)

Thursday, October 12: Book Discussion on Big House on the Prairie: Rise of the Rural Ghetto and Prison Proliferation, by John Eason (assistant professor in the Department of Sociology at Texas A&M University, UChicago PhD ’08); 6-7:30pm (International House Coulter Lounge, 1414 E 59th St) co-sponsored with UChicago Urban, International House, and the Seminary Co-Op Bookstores

Friday, October 13: Field Trip to tour Religious Change and Print, 1450-1700 at the Newberry Library, led by Director of Exhibitions Diane Dillon; 2-3:30pm (60 W Walton St)

Friday, October 20: Field Trip to tour The Beat Journey: Jack Kerouac’s “On the Road” at the American Writer’s Museum; 12:30-2:30pm (180 N. Michigan Ave, 2nd Floor)

Thursday, October 26: Fiction & Forms: Reading by Garth Greenwell; 6pm (Logan Center for the Arts Seminar Terrace, 915 E 60th St, Room 801) co-sponsored with the Committee on Creative Writing

Tuesday, October 31Book Discussion on The Philosophical Hitchcock: Vertigo and the Anxieties of Unknowingness, by Robert B. Pippin (in conversation with Dan Morgan); 6-7:30pm (Seminary Co-Op Bookstore, 5751 S Woodlawn Aveco-sponsored with the Seminary Co-Op Bookstores

Thursday & Friday, November 2-3: “Not Reading: University of Chicago English Graduate Conference,” Keynote by Amy Hungerford, Professor of English and Divisional Director of Humanities, Yale University; (Rosenwald 405, 1115 E 58th St)


Thursday, November 9: Book Release and Panel Discussion on The Wall of Respect with Abdul Alkalimat, Romi Crawford, and Rebecca Zorach; 6-8pm(Center for the Study of Race, Politics and Culture, 5733 S University Ave) co-sponsored with the Seminary Co-Op Bookstores and the Center for the Study of Race, Politics, and Culture

Friday, November 10: Panel Discussion with David Hall on “Thinking across (Protestant) Reformations: Scotland, England, and New England, 1550-1640.” (in discussion with W. Clark Gilpin and Eric Slauter); 2-4pm (Swift Hall 3rd Floor Lecture Hall, 1025 E 58th St) co-sponsored with the Religions in America Workshop

Sunday, November 12: Karla Scherer Center Seminars at the Newberry Library in partnership with the Chicago Humanities Festival (all lectures take place in Ruggles Hall, 60 W Walton St)

Kathryn Lofton (Yale University) on Consuming Religion (10-11am);
Laura Dassow Walls (University of Notre Dame) on Henry David Thoreau and the Necessity of Conviction (2-3pm),
David Hall (Harvard Divinity School) on Is Believing a Matter of Feeling? (4-5pm)

Wednesday, November 15Conversation with Essayist, Photographer, and Art Historian Teju Cole; 7-8:30pm (Logan Center for the Arts Performance Hall, 915 E 60th St) co-sponsored with the Department of Visual Arts Open Practice Committee, the Center for the Study of Race, Politics and Culture, Committee on Creative Writing, Critical Inquiry, the Gray Center for Arts and Inquiry, the Institute of Politics, the Logan Center for the Arts Ng Visiting Artist Fund, and UChicago Arts

Thursday, November 30: Video Conference with Laurel Thatcher Ulrich (300th Anniversary Professor at Harvard University) on her Pulitzer Prize-Winning Book A Midwife’s Tale; time & location TBA

Events are free and open to the public. We are committed to making our programs accessible to all persons. If you have any accessibility concerns or questions, please contact Kirsten Gindler (