Pullman—the site of both an imagined industrial utopia and one of the nation’s most significant labor conflicts—stands at the center of several vital themes in American history. The Dr. William M. Scholl Center for American History and Culture at the Newberry Library invites you to apply for a one-week NEH Landmarks of American History and Culture Workshop that uses the Pullman Palace Car Company and its model town in Chicago to explore themes of labor, race and urban planning in American history. Prominent scholars in American labor, urban and African American history will offer lectures and lead discussions on the importance of Pullman to American history and historiography. The workshop will be based at the Newberry Library, where the Pullman Company Archives are held. The workshop also will include visits to the Pullman State Historic Site, the A. Philip Randolph Pullman Porter Museum, and other Chicago labor history landmarks. The workshop’s faculty include Janice Reiff, Professor of History at UCLA; Leon Fink, Professor of History at the University of Illinois Chicago; Carl Smith, Professor of English at Northwestern University; Adam Green, Professor of History at the University of Chicago; and Susan Hirsch, Professor Emerita at Loyola University in Chicago.
The Newberry Library, one of the nation’s premier independent research libraries in the heart of Chicago’s Gold Coast neighborhood, will host this NEH Landmarks workshop. Workshop participants will receive a stipend to defray the cost of travel, and the Newberry has secured low-cost housing arrangements nearby.
Interested applicants should submit an NEH cover sheet, two page essay of interest, c.v. and letter of reference. All application materials must be postmarked by March 1, 2011.
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