The first session of the Modern American Society & Culture Seminar will take place on September 26, when Carlo Rotella will present Lost Cities of Chicago’s South Side, with comment by Samuel Zipp. From the midwest we travel to Los Angeles and New York, and the moral panics that colored perceptions of poor women during the Depression. We will examine citizenship and disenfranchisement in the early 20th-century U.S.-Mexico borderlands of Arizona, and the cultural climate that, for a time, placed the Manson Family at the center of L.A.’s social scene. Two panels will consider capitalism and culture, and volunteerism and civil society among Chinese Americans. Join us to consider rich, compelling scholarship on the American West, and take part in vibrant discussions that will advance the field and your own work.
More than two dozen Massachusetts Historical Society Research Department seminars have been scheduled for 2017-2018, offered in five series: the Boston Environmental History Seminar, the Boston Area Early American History Seminar, the Modern American Society & Culture Seminar, the New England Biography Seminar, and the Boston Seminar on the History of Women, Gender, & Sexuality, presented in conjunction with the Schlesinger Library of the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study.
Most programs will be held at the MHS, 1154 Boylston Street in Boston, and consider a pre-circulated paper. Discussion is followed by a light supper. The programs are free and open to the public, but those who subscribe to a series receive advance access to the papers that will be discussed. Visit http://www.masshist.org/research/seminars for more information, and follow our activities on Twitter @MHS_Research.