2019 CARA Spring Meeting to be held at U.S. National Bahá’í Archives

Baha'i House of Worship. Photo courtesy of www.bahai.us.
The 2019 CARA Spring Meeting will be held on Thursday, May 23 at the U.S. National Bahá’í Archives, located on the lower level of the Bahá’í House of Worship in Wilmette, IL.

When: May 23, 2019, 1-3pm
Where: Bahá’í House of Worship, 100 Linden Avenue, Wilmette IL

Parking and transportation: Parking is available but limited, so please carpool if possible. For anyone who can take the CTA, the Purple Line Linden Station is about 15 minutes walk from the House of Worship.

1pm       Gather in the House of Worship Welcome Center, near the parking lot entrance, for a tour of the Archives led by Archivist Edward Sevcik

2pm       CARA business meeting with announcement of Steering Committee election results

2:30pm  Tour of House of Worship and garden

Light refreshments will be served. This meeting is free and open to CARA members and other interested parties. Space is limited, though, so please RSVP by May 21 to cenacle.archives@gmail.com.

Looking forward to seeing you there!

Report on 2019 Midwest Archives Conference

MAC 2019 was held at the Renaissance Center in downtown Detroit, April 3-6, 2019.
Chicago Area Religious Archivists joined their colleagues in Detroit, Michigan, at the Midwest Archives Conference, which was held April 3-6, 2019. The conference attracts archivists from all over the region for educational programming, networking events, and archives tours.

Some photos from the behind-the-scenes tour at The Henry Ford.
CARA members were active at the conference. Rebekah McFarland, archivist for the Sisters of the Living Word, participated in a panel called "My Comeback Story: Overcoming Imposter Syndrome in the Archival Profession." She talked about how to navigate racial isolation in the archives.
Rebekah McFarland, archivist for the Sisters of the Living Word, presented on imposter syndrome.
Photo courtesy of Derek Potts, Chicago Area Archivists.
Doris Cardenas, Associate Archivist, Claretian Missionaries Archives USA-Canada, presented in a session called "Light from the North: Reviving the Spirit of Archon through AtoM." AtoM is a web-based, open source archival description software that some repositories are using as an alternative to Archon and ArchivesSpace. Doris talked about working with the program and its capabilities when it comes to handling multilingual description and multinational repositories.
Doris Cardenas, Associate Archivist for the Claretians, discussed AtoM at MAC.
If you are interested in learning more about the AtoM software, Malachy McCarthy, Archivist for the Claretian Missionaries Archives USA-Canada, is forming a local users group. Please contact him at mccarthym@claretians.org.

Jerice Barrios, Archivist for the Cenacle Sisters, who serves on the Steering Committees of both CARA and Chicago Area Archivists, organized a CAA @ MAC get-together that was attended by a number of CARA members. It was a convivial evening of drinks and dining at a restaurant in downtown Detroit.
CAA and CARA members enjoy dinner and drinks at Townhouse, a restaurant in downtown Detroit.
Photo courtesy of Derek Potts, Chicago Area Archivists.
Jerice was also on-hand to award the Archives and Archivists of Color Travel Fund Award to fellow CARA member Rebekah McFarland, as well as the other winner, Kheir Fakhreldin.

Kheir Fakhreldin, Jerice Barrios, and Rebekah McFarland celebrate the AAC Travel Fund Award at MAC.
Photo courtesy of Hathaway Hester, Chicago Area Archivists.
As always, MAC was a wonderful way to grow your knowledge of, and appreciation for, the archives profession. Thank you to everyone for a stimulating conference! Hope to see you at MAC 2020 in Des Moines, Iowa!
The Spirit of Detroit

Religion and Culture in the Americas Seminar, Newberry Library 2019-2020 Call for Proposals

Religion and Culture in the Americas Seminar, Newberry Library 

2019-2020 Call for Proposals 
Submission Deadline: Monday, June 3, 2019 

The Religion and Culture in the Americas Seminar explores topics in religion and culture broadly from interdisciplinary perspectives including social history, biography, cultural studies, visual and material culture, urban studies, and the history of ideas. They are interested in how religious belief has affected society, rather than creedal-or theological focused studies.

The Seminar provides an opportunity for scholars to share works-in-progress, and they encourage papers that use new methods, unveil archival discoveries, or need feedback in preparation for book and journal article presentation.

The seminar will meet on selected Fridays during the academic year, 3-5 pm, at the Newberry Library in Chicago, Illinois. The Seminar’s organizers for 2019-2020 are: Kathleen Sprows Cummings, University of Notre Dame; Karen Johnson, Wheaton College; Malachy McCarthy, Claretian Missionaries Archives; Rima Lunin Schultz, Independent Scholar; Deborah Kanter, Albion College; Heath Carter, Valparaiso University and Kevin Schultz, University of Illinois Chicago.

The Religion and Culture in the Americas Seminar is co-sponsored by Albion College, the Cushwa Center for the Study of American Catholicism at the University of Notre Dame, University of Illinois at Chicago, Valparaiso University and Wheaton College.

For more about the seminar please visit their website: https://www.newberry.org/newberry-seminar-religion-and-culture-americas

To submit a proposal, please visit the webform at https://www.newberry.org/seminar-proposal-form (the form will be open from March 22- June 3, 2019) and upload a one-page proposal, a statement explaining the relationship of the paper to your other work, and a brief CV. Applications will not be accepted via email.

If you are not at present interested in giving a paper but want to receive papers and participate in the discussion, please read the Registration Information found online. The Newberry is unable to provide funds for travel and lodging for presenters and respondents, but can assist in locating discounted accommodations.