Sunday, August 21, 2011

The Newberry Library -- check it out!

The Newberry Seminar on Women and Gender
Seminar sessions are held on Fridays from 3:00 PM–5:00 PM
at the Newberry Library, 60 West Walton Street, Chicago, Illinois.
Co-sponsored by the History Departments of Northeastern Illinois University and the University of Illinois at Chicago, and the Karla Scherer Center for the Study of American Culture at the University of Chicago
Coordinated by Joan Johnson, Northeastern Illinois University and Francesca Morgan, Northeastern Illinois University
The Codfish and the Cattle Princess
"The Codfish and the Cattle Princess," Sunset 41(September 1918): 43. Ayer 5A 794

We will pre-circulate papers to those planning to attend. If you cannot attend and want to read a paper, please contact the author directly. E-mail scholl[at], or call (312) 255-3602 to receive a copy of the paper. Papers are available for request two weeks prior to the seminar date. Please include your e-mail address in all correspondence.
The seminar format assumes that all participants have read the essays in advance, and that all those requesting the paper will attend the seminar. Please do not request a paper unless you plan to attend. We encourage faculty members to call the seminar to the attention of graduate students.

September 23, 2011
Indian Women, Agrarian Villages, and Landscapes of Violence
Susan Sleeper- Smith, Michigan State University
Commentator: Brenda Child, University of Minnesota
October 21, 2011
Family and Friendship in Early America
Friends and Lovers Friendship and Romance in Mixed-Sex Friendships in the Early American Republic
Cassandra Good, University of Pennsylvania
This paper examines the lines between mixed-sex friendships and romantic relationships in the early American republic. Given the overwhelming cultural focus on marriage and seduction in this era, it was hard for people then—as it is for historians today—to distinguish between friendship and romance. Without prescriptions for how to conduct a heterosocial friendship, men and women had the opportunity to collectively define the emotional and sexual character of a relationship. Through an examination of literary texts and manuscripts, I argue that men and women adapted the sign system of romance to create new, more flexible possibilities for heterosocial relationships.
Founding Fathers/Founders as Fathers: Raising a Natural Aristocracy in Virginia
Lorri Glover, St. Louis University
Commentator: Thomas Foster, DePaul University
November 18, 2011
Wives on Trial in the Late Nineteenth Century
Who’s Afraid of the Feme Covert?: Gender, Civil Status & Lunacy Law in the 19th-Century U.S.
Kathryn V. Burns-Howard, Northwestern University
No Ordinary Servant: Affect, Dependency, and Wives’ Household Labor, 1870- 1920
Kimberley Reilly, University Of Baltimore
Commentator: Kimberly Neilsen, University Of Wisconsin-Green Bay
January 27, 2012
New Directions in Gender and U.S. Imperialism
The Transnationality of Women’s Movements: The Inter American Commission of Women and Its Caribbean Partners
Neici Zeller, William Paterson University
Commentator: Augusto Espiritu, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
February 24, 2012
Religion, Feminism, and Beauty Culture in Black Chicago
‘Modesty on Her Cheek’: The Moorish Science Temple, African- American Girls and Great Migration Beauty Culture
Marcia Chatelain, Georgetown University
To be Black, Christian and Feminist: Rev. Addie Wyatt, the Women’s Movement and the formation of a Progressive Faith Politic
Marcia Walker, University of Chicago
Commentator: Kevin Mumford, University of Iowa
March 30, 2012
Reimagining the Postwar Wife
Domesticity and Feminism in the Displaced Homemaker Movement in the late 20th Century
Anna Flaming, University of Iowa
“Caution and Discretion”: Pursuing Lesbian Desire Within Marriage, 1945-1969
Lauren Gutterman, New York University
Commentator: Susan Levine, University of Illinois at Chicago

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