The Chicago Humanities Festival Lecture and Seminar Series


The Chicago Humanities Festival, in partnership with the Newberry Library and the Karla Scherer Center for the Study of American Culture at the University of Chicago, is pleased to offer an opportunity to graduate students in History, Literature, Religion, and related disciplines. Join Yale University professor Kathryn Lofton, University of Notre Dame professor Laura Dassow Walls, and Harvard’s Divinity School professor David Hall, for a day-long series of public lectures and small-group seminars at the Newberry Library, 60 W Walton St, on Sunday, November 12.

Kathryn Lofton*: Religion and Consumption 11:00AM-12:00PM Seminar, Newberry Library, Room 101 12:00PM-1:00PM Public lecture, Newberry Library, Ruggles Hall
Laura Dassow Walls*: Henry David Thoreau and the Necessity of Conviction 1:00PM-2:00PM Seminar, Newberry Library, Room 101 2:00PM-3:00PM Public lecture, Newberry Library, Ruggles Hall
David Hall: Is Believing a Matter of Feeling? 3:00PM-4:00PM Seminar, Newberry Library, Room 101 4:00PM-5:00PM Public lecture,  Newberry Library, Ruggles Hall

*Kathryn Lofton and Laura Dassow Walls will have book signings immediately following their lectures.

Interested students should submit the following to Andreea Micu at by Wednesday, November 1st:

  • Subject: 2017 Newberry/Scherer Graduate Student Seminar
  • Full Name
  • School and Department
  • Area(s) of research

Students will be provided with tickets to all public lectures and invited to attend the three special seminars where they can engage with leading scholars and network with other graduate students across disciplines. Lunch will be served at 1:00PM, and light refreshments will be available at 11:00AM and 3:00PM.