Fall 2005 Seminar Schedule

The McNeil Center invites graduate students, faculty members, independent scholars, and all other Early Americanists in the Mid-Atlantic region to its Friday afternoon seminar series. Meetings are held at various locations and convene at 3:00 pm on Friday afternoons. A social hour follows at 5:00 pm. Papers are circulated in advance and should be read by those planning to attend.  To obtain copies via listserv, or for more information, e-mail abaxter@sas.upenn.edu  or phone 215-898-9251.

September | October | November | December

9 September:

Barry Levy, University of Massachusetts, Amherst

Born to Run: White Runaway Servants and the Labor Systems of Massachusetts and the Delaware Valley, 1700-1780
Opening MCEAS Seminar session, followed by a welcome-back picnic
R.S.V.P. to mceas@ccat.sas.upenn.edu or 215-898-9251
The David Library of the American Revolution
1201 River Road, Box 748, Washington Crossing, Pennsylvania

23 September:

Jean M. O’Brien, University of Minnesota

New England Local Histories as Replacement Narratives
The Library Company of Philadelphia, 1314 Locust Street

7 October:

Joyce E. Chaplin, Harvard University

Scientific American:  Reinterpreting Benjamin Franklin

in conjunction with the McNeil Center's 2005 Graduate Student Conference:
Approaching Evidence in Early America:
The Perils and Promises of Interdisciplinarity
Benjamin Franklin Room, 2d floor, Houston Hall, University of Pennsylvania

14 October:

William H. Carter, Princeton University and 2004 MCEAS Barra Foundation Fellow

The ‘Enormous Expence’ of Indian Presents:
The Gift Economy of Revolutionary Iroquoia
Great Room, 3619 Locust Walk, University of Pennsylvania
Farewell to the Old McNeil Center Building!


Christopher Hodson, MCEAS Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow

Cheaper than Slaves: Acadian Labor and the Reconstruction of France’s Caribbean Empire, 1763-1766

Franklin Hall, American Philosophical Society,
427 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia

11 November: 

François Furstenberg, Université de Montréal and PEAES Postdoctoral Fellow

US and French Atlantic Connections: The Case of French Émigrés in Philadelphia, c. 1789-1803

Joint Seminar with the Program in Early American Economy and Society
The Library Company of Philadelphia, 1314 Locust Street

18 November:

Carl Robert Keyes, The Johns Hopkins University and 2003-2004 Friends of the MCEAS Fellow

The Influence of Printers, Booksellers, and Publishers on Early American Advertising

The Historical Society of Pennsylvania, 1300 Locust Street, Philadelphia


Grand Opening of the New McNeil Center Building

Program to be announced

In conjunction with Faces and Places of Early America: An Interdisciplinary Conference on Art and the World of Objects
3355 Woodland Walk, University of Pennsylvania