[Msa-discuss] MAKING MODERNISM: NEH Summer Institute Deadline

Liesl Olson olsonl at newberry.org
Wed Feb 6 15:48:19 EST 2013


An NEH Summer Institute, June 17 to July 12, 2013
The Newberry Library, Chicago

Application Deadline:  March 4, 2013

The Newberry Library’s Dr. William Scholl Center for American History and Culture will host a four-week summer 2013 NEH institute for college and university faculty that will explore Chicago’s profound influence on the literature and culture of the twentieth century. "Making Modernism: Literature and Culture in Twentieth-Century Chicago, 1893-1955" will begin by considering the cultural resonances of the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition and end by analyzing mid-century literary representations of African-American experience. It will be led by renowned scholars in the fields of literature, history, art history, print culture, and African-American studies.  These scholars include Carl Smith, Neil Harris, Tim Spears, Bill Savage, Jacqueline Goldsby, Martha Briggs, and Paul Gehl.  The project director is Liesl Olson.   

Four themes will be emphasized: 1) the geographic centrality of Chicago both locally and internationally; 2) modernism’s distinctive reception history in Chicago; 3) the women in Chicago who served as key cultural arbiters; 4) and the connections between the Chicago Renaissance and the Chicago Black Renaissance.  "Making Modernism" will provide summer scholars with a special opportunity to explore Chicago through both the Newberry’s archive and the experience of the city itself. From the records of Chicago’s newspapers and journalists, clubs and arts organizations, famous and not-so-famous writers, editors, artists, book designers, and publishers, the Newberry Library’s collections on this topic are unsurpassed.
For more information, including application instructions, please see the project's website:


Liesl Olson
Director | Scholl Center for American History and Culture
The Newberry Library
60 West Walton Street
Chicago IL 60610

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