On-Campus Programs and Events

The Karla Scherer Center for the Study of American Culture is pleased to host and co-sponsor a range of interdisciplinary conferences, lectures, workshops, and lunch talks both on and off-campus.

The Karla Scherer Center organizes a series of multi-disciplinary lectures throughout the academic year. Students, faculty, and visitors share work in progress (either as a talk or in pre-circulated form) or recently published works. Lunch is provided. 

Recent guests include David Blight and John Demos from Yale University and Vaughn Rasberry from Stanford University. Upcoming guests include Emily K. Hobson from the University of Nevada, who will be presenting on her new book, Lavender and Red; Liberation and Solidarity in the Gay and Lesbian Left at 12 noon on April 28th. 

Scherer Center Seminar Lecture Series:

Since 2008, the Karla Scherer Center for the Study of American Culture has sponsored an annual seminar course, led by Director Eric Slauter, that surveys the rich and varied study of American culture as it is currently practiced at the University of Chicago. Guest speakers, representing a broad section of University of Chicago faculty, present evening lectures, which are open to the public and followed by receptions. Following the lectures, guests visit the Scherer Seminar to further discuss their work with students who have read the recently published work of each speaker. The Scherer seminar provides a unique forum for the interaction of students and faculty from different departments and disciplines. In previous years, the Scherer seminar has enrolled a dynamic mix of students from graduate programs in the Humanities, the Social Sciences, the Divinity School, and the Law School. Our guests have included path-breaking junior faculty who have just published first books, field-defining senior faculty, scholars, artists, Nobel Prize winners and a former University president. 


Guests and readings in Spring 2017 include:

*Tuesday, April 4: Lecture by Philip Bohlman, Ludwig Rosenberger Distinguished Service Professor in Jewish History, Department of Music and the Humanities, “’Some for Laughs, Some for Tears’: Jazz, the Cabaretesque and Jewish Film Music,” Classics 110, 1010 E. 59th Street, 4:30pm.
*Thursday, April 6-Saturday, April 8: cosponsored conference: “Centennial Brooks.” Thursday, DuSable Museum (740 E. 56th Place), 9-7pm; Friday, 9am-7pm, Saturday, 9am-9:30pm,Logan Center (915 E. 60th Street). For schedule please see: http://voices.uchicago.edu/brooks100/about/
*Thursday, April 13: Lecture by Sian Beilock, Executive Vice Provost and Stella M. Rowley Professor, Department of Psychology, Committee on Education, and the College, “How the Body Knows Its Mind: The Surprising Power of the Physical Environment to Influence How You Think and Feel,” Social Sciences Tea Room, 1126 E. 59th Street, 4:30pm.
*Tuesday, April 18: Lecture by Berthold Hoeckner, Associate Professor of Music and the Humanities, “Remembering Atticus - Remembering Boo: Racial Subtexts in the Music for To Kill a Mockingbird,” Classics 110, 1010 E. 59th Street, 4:30pm.
*Thursday, April 27: Lecture by Clark Gilpin, Margaret E. Burton Distinguished, Service Professor Emeritus in the Divinity School, “Emily Dickinson’s Civil War,” TBA, 4:30pm.
*Friday, April 28: Lunch-time talk by Emily Hobson, Assistant Professor of History, University of Nevada, “Lavender and Red: Liberation and Solidarity in the Gay and Lesbian Left,” Classics 110, 1010 E. 59th Street, 12pm.
*Tuesday, May 2: Lecture by Geoffrey Stone, Edward H. Levi Distinguished Service Professor of Law, “Sex and the Constitution: Roe v. Wade—Past, Present, and Future,” Classics 110, 1010 E. 59th Street, 4:30pm.
*Thursday, May 11: Lecture by Mark Bradley, Bernadotte E. Schmitt Distinguished Service Professor of International History and the College and Faculty Director of the Pozen Family Center for Human Rights, Classics 110, 1010 E. 59th Street, 4:30pm.
*Tuesday, May 16: Lecture by Deborah Nelson, Associate Professor of English, “Tough Enough: Arbus, Arendt, Didion, McCarthy, Sontag, Weil,” Classics 110, 1010 E. 59th Street, 4:30pm.
*Monday, May 22: Reading by Vu Tran, Assistant Professor of Practice in the Arts, Location TBA, 4:30pm.
*Thursday, May 25: Lecture by Amir Sufi, Bruce Lindsay Professor of Economics and Public
Policy, Booth School of Business, Social Sciences Tea Room, 1126 E. 59th Street, 4:30pm.
These events are free and open to the public. For information, please contact Kirsten Gindler: kgindler@uchicago.edu

UChicago Graduate Workshop Sponsorship:

The Scherer Center aims to help coordinate interactions between the various existing Graduate Workshops at the University wishing to explore American topics. Graduate student coordinators interested in collaborating with the Scherer Center to host a workshop speaker should contact Kirsten Gindler at kgindler@uchicago.edu