Spring 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.

January | February | March | April | May

21 January:

Kyle Farley, University of Pennsylvania and 2003-2004 MCEAS Fellow

‘A Duty Due to Posterity’: Remembering Colonial Pennsylvania in the Early Republic
McNeil Center Great Room, 3619 Locust Walk, University of Pennsylvania


Sarah Rivett, University of Chicago and MCEAS Barra Dissertation Fellow

Empirical Desire: Conversion, Ethnography, and the New Science of the Praying Indian
Free Quaker Meeting House, 5th and Arch Streets, Philadelphia

18 February:

Peter Leavenworth, University of New Hampshire and 2004-2005 MCEAS Fellow

Confrontations of Taste: American and European Standards of Music Aesthetics in the Early Republic, 1770-1825

Faculty Lounge, 9th Floor, Gladfelter Hall, Temple University


Patrick Michael Erben, Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture

Music, Mysticism, and Translation in Eighteenth-Century Pennsylvania
German Society of Pennsylvania, 611 Spring Garden Street, Philadelphia

18 March:

Sharon Ann Murphy, PEAES Resident Postdoctoral Fellow

Creating Markets: The Adaptation, Innovation, and Diffusion of the Life Insurance Industry in the Early Republic

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


Julie Kim, Duke University and MCEAS Barra Dissertation Fellow

Perishable Foods, Durable Coin: John Locke and the American Roots of Commerce

McNeil Center Great Room, 3619 Locust Walk, University of Pennsylvania

15 April:

Philip Morgan, The Johns Hopkins University

The Early Caribbean and the Atlantic World
Joint session with the Washington Area Early American History Seminar
Maryland Historical Society, 201 West Monument Street, Baltimore

22 April:

Denver Brunsman, Wayne State University and 2003-2004 MCEAS Fellow\

Admiral Charles Knowles and the Atlantic Spectrum of Impressment Riots in the Mid-Eighteenth Century

The Historical Society of Pennsylvania, 1300 Locust Street, Philadelphia


Tara Durst,Northern Illinois University
Allan Kulikoff, University of Georgia

Was Dr. Benjamin Church Really a Traitor? A New Way to Find Out

The Library Company of Philadelphia, 1314 Locust Street

20 May:

John Lauritz Larson, Purdue University and MCEAS Barra Postdoctoral Fellow

Commodifying Nature, Naturalizing Greed: An Environmental Look at the Rise of Capitalism

Franklin Hall, American Philosophical Society, 427 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia
The Center's annual end-of-the-year picnic and celebration will follow in the garden of the A.P.S , 104 S. Fifth Street, Philadelphia
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