Check out my contribution to the Notches Back to School Special: Introducing Students to the History of Sexuality. What strategies for introducing your students to the historical study of sexuality have you used?
Women of Faith: A Conversation with Mary Beth Fraser Connolly
As I wrote in my dissertation acknowledgements (coming soon to a ProQuest database near you), my research is indebted to the interdisciplinary circles of scholars working on American Catholic history in Chicago and beyond, and I have benefited from the friendship and community of a terrific group of young scholars in Catholic Studies, one of whom, Mary Beth Fraser Connolly, was kind enough to talk with me recently about her new book on the Sisters of Mercy.
Women of Faith: The Chicago Sisters of Mercy and the Evolution of a Religious Community (Fordham, 2014) is a sweeping institutional history that, in many ways, revives my interest in the genre of institutional history.
To read my conversation with Mary Beth about research, writing, and women religious, visit Religion in American History: Women of Faith: A Conversation with Mary Beth Fraser Connolly.
Upcoming Engagements (or, Where to Find Me)
It’s September, and with the last of my summer travel behind me, I’m starting to refocus on the mission of the Greenfield Digital Center and getting our work out into the world. So there’s a new page on this site: Upcoming Engagements. I might be talking about oral history, social media, and/or the digital humanities in a city near you over the next year, so let’s connect!
I’m taking a break from packing boxes to show off two new t-shirts: one, from my first trip to the (16th Annual) Berkshire Conference of Women Historians, the other, my official University of Chicago History Department Alumni t-shirt (not available for sale, they’ll have you know).
About that alumni tee? Yes, I passed my dissertation defense on May 19! So with that, Dr. Monica, Ph.D., will see you in Philadelphia on July 1. Now, back to those boxes…
A “Desire for History” at UChicago
How does queer studies engage with the archive? Since 2007, students and faculty affiliated with the University of Chicago Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality have worked to build archival collections documenting the experiences of women and LGBTQ individuals and communities at UChicago. This talk gives a brief history of the project’s origins in feminist and women’s history, and addresses what it means to once-marginalized communities to have a place in the University archives.
Last month, I had the chance to speak about our work creating a LGBTQ archive on campus for the University of Chicago’s annual Humanities Day celebrations. Watch, learn, and contribute to our project.
This week, join graduate students and faculty at the University of Chicago conference “Invisible Designs: New Perspectives on Race and Consumer Capitalism,” organized by Ph.D. students Chris Dingwall and Korey Garibaldi. From the conference website:
This conference takes design as an object and a theme to gain new perspective on the study of race in American consumer society. How has racialized imagery sustained the work of capitalism and American dreams of the “good life”? Considering design in relation to problems of self-fashioning, material culture, immigration, urban and suburban development, and decorative commodities, we will engage with the latest scholarly conversations about race and capitalism and explore paths for future inquiry. Ultimately the conference aims to uncover the otherwise “invisible” cultural logics and historical processes that have woven racial difference into the fabric of American life.
I’ll be presenting some preliminary research on first communion portrait photography and the material culture of Nuyorican migration as part of the panel “Life Design” on Thursday morning, October 24. The conference and related exhibition, “Race and the Design of American Life,” will take place at Special Collections Research Center at Regenstein Library.
View the full schedule and register online. [link]
Expose Yourself! Research Talk
This Thursday, May 2, I will speak about my research on nineteenth-century U.S. religious publishing and women readers as part of the University of Chicago’s Office of Graduate Student Affairs tour of Special Collections Research Center. For more on the evening’s program, visit Expose Yourself!
Register for the event online here.
Closeted/Out in the Quadrangles on OUPblog
I report on the progress of Closeted/Out in the Quadrangles: A LGBTQ History of the University of Chicago for The Oral History Review. To read my post, visit OUPblog.
Pride Week Luncheon
As part of the University of Chicago’s Pride Week, undergraduate students at 5710 have organized a talk about the Closeted/Out project on Monday, April 22. If you’re interested in hearing more about the LGBT history of the University and how the upcoming exhibition project is shaping up, come join us! Lunch will be served.
More details and RSVP here.
“A Desire for History” in The University of Chicago Magazine
Given my various research interests, I’m thrilled to see The University of Chicago Magazine feature on my LGBT history course paired with an article on Catholic women’s history in The Core supplement for Jan-Feb/13.
- To read about my Spring 2012 course, “Queer on the Quads,” see A Desire For History.
- To read about the University of Chicago’s 1967 proposal to affiliate with Barat College of the Sacred Heart, see Forgotten History: Planned Partnership.