Programs and Events

(Check out our Current Schedule for Upcoming Events)


The Karla Scherer Center for the Study of American Culture is pleased to sponsor a wide range of interdisciplinary conferences, lectures, workshops, and other events both on and off-campus. Each year, the Center sponsors a graduate seminar course, led by Eric Slauter, that surveys the rich and varied study of American culture as it is currently practiced by scholars at the University of Chicago.

We also help to coordinate interactions between the various existing Graduate Workshops at the University wishing to explore topics in American culture. Graduate student coordinators interested in collaborating with the Scherer Center to host a workshop speaker should contact Nigel O’Hearn.

Citywide Partnerships

The Scherer Center is a proud co-sponsor of the Newberry Library’s Seminar in American Art and Visual CultureSeminar in Early American History and CultureSeminar in Labor History, the Urban History Dissertation Group, and the Seminar on Women and Gender. For a complete archive of past speakers, visit the individual seminar pages.

Additionally, the Scherer Center partners annually with the Chicago Humanities Festival to present a series of public programs and graduate student seminars at the Newberry Library.