Fall 2020 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 convene at 3:00 pm on Zoom on Friday afternoons. 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 mceas@ccat.sas.upenn.edu  or phone 215-898-9251.


11 September: 

Zara Anishanslin, University of Delaware and 2019-2020 Barra Sabbatical Fellow

London Patriots

18 September:

Thomas Richards, Jr.,  Springside Chestnut Hill Academy

The End of a Frontier Tradition: Reconsidering and Retelling the Whiskey Rebellion

9 October:

Chelsea Berry, Randolph College and 2018-2019 Richard S. Dunn Dissertation Fellow

Power and Common Knowledge: Slaveholders in Poison Cases

16 October:


Laura McCoy, Northwestern University and 2018-2019 Monticello-McNeil Dissertation Fellow

“make less money, and more happiness”: Merchant Wives and Emotion Work

23 October:

Jordan Smith, Widener University and 2017-2018 Barra Dissertation Fellow in Art and Material Culture

“Just By My Own Ideas”: Slavery and The Work of Making Rum

30 October:

Alexandra Montgomery, 2017-2018 Marguerite Bartlett Hamer Dissertation Fellow

The Halifax Plan: Weaponizing Settlement and Quest to Transform Nova Scotia, 1745-1763

6 November:

Bradley Craig, 2020-2022 Barra Postdoctoral Fellow

Fetish: Reconsidering Jamaica's Anglo-Maroon Treaties

20 November:

Katharine Gerbner, University of Minnesota  

Archival Capital, Archival Violence: Thistlewood, the Moravians, and the Politics of Knowledge in 18th c. Jamaica & the 21st c. Atlantic World

4 December:

Sarah Barringer Gordon, University of Pennsylvania
Kevin A. Waite, University of Durham (UK)

Westward on the Tortured Path: Slavery and Law in Utah and California