Fall 2011 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:

Daniel K. Richter, McNeil Center for Early American Studies and University of Pennsylvania

Facing West from Restoration Country: England and the Atlantic Colonies, 1658-1667

Opening MCEAS Friday Seminar session, followed by a welcome-back picnic
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The David Library of the American Revolution
1201 River Road,, Washington Crossing, Pennsylvania

16 September:

Rebecca Jaroff, Ursinus College

"She is Her Own Mistress, and Goes and Comes At the Bidding of None": The Threat of the "White" Indian in Antebellum Captivity Narratives

30 September: 4:00-6:00 PM

Hester Blum, Pennsylvania State University

Polar Imprints: News from the Ends of the Earth

In conjunction with the McNeil Center's Biennial Graduate Student Conference: "The Power of Stories: Authority and Narrative in Early America" (29 September- 1 October)

Terrace Room, 249 South 36th Street, Claudia Cohen Hall, University of Pennsylvania

7 October:

Jessica Choppin Roney, Ohio University and 2011-2012 Barra Dissertation Fellow

A City Imagined: Local Governance and "Club Law" in Philadelphia

The Historical Society of Pennsylvania, 1300 Locust Street, Philadelphia

21 October:

William Ewald, University of Pennsylvania Law School

James Wilson and the Constitutional Convention

Stephanie Grauman Wolf Room, McNeil Center for Early American Studies, 3355 Woodland Walk, University of Pennsylvania

4 November:

Matthew Karp, University of Pennsylvania and 2010-2011 Marguerite Bartlett Hamer Fellow

"The United States, Cuba & Brazil": Hemispheric Slavery and American Foreign Policy in the 1840s

The Library Company of Philadelphia, 1314 Locust Street

Thursday, 1 December: 4:30-6:00 PM

Michael Zakim, Tel Aviv University

I Make Myself Sick: Individualism as Pathology in Nineteenth-Century America
Stephanie Grauman Wolf Room, McNeil Center for Early American Studies, 3355 Woodland Walk, University of Pennsylvania

9 December:

Dawn Peterson, Smith College and 2009-2010 Consortium Fellow

Unusual Sympathies: Race, Adoption and Empire in Andrew Jackson's Household

Stephanie Grauman Wolf Room, McNeil Center for Early American Studies, 3355 Woodland Walk, University of Pennsylvania

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