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, Vaughn Rasberry from Stanford University, and Emily Hobson from the University of Nevada, Reno. 

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. 

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