Spring 2006 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


20 January:

James Fichter, Harvard University and PEAES Resident Dissertation Fellow

Dreams of Avarice: The First Generation of American Millionaires, 1792-1802

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

February:

Christian Koot, Lehigh University and 2004-2005 MCEAS Dissertation Fellow

The Political Economy of Inter-Imperial Trade: The View from New York City and the English Leeward Islands, 1650-1689
Lecture Room 102, McNeil Center for Early American Studies, 3355 Woodland Walk, University of Pennsylvania

17 February:

Robyn Davis McMillan, University of Oklahoma and 2003-2004 MCEAS Dissertation Fellow

Observing Venus upon the Sun:  “A School of Fashion and of Folly, . . . of Philosophy and Science”

The Historical Society of Pennsylvania, 1300 Locust Street, Philadelphia

March:

Jennifer Manion, Rutgers University and 2004-2005 MCEAS Dissertation Fellow

Compulsory Heterosexuality and Prison Reform in Pennsylvania, 1786-1829
Weigley Room, 9th Floor, Gladfelter Hall, Temple University

17 March:

Justine Murison, University of Pennsylvania and MCEAS Hamer Dissertation Fellow

Fictions of Mind: Somnambulism, Experimentation, and Charles Brockden Brown’s Edgar Huntly

Lecture Room 102, McNeil Center for Early American Studies, 3355 Woodland Walk, University of Pennsylvania

24 March: 

Matthew Osborn, University of California, Davis, and 2004-2005 MCEAS Dissertation Fellow

Treating the Dark Scourge: Medical Readings of Alcohol Abuse in Antebellum Philadelphia

Joint Seminar with the Francis Wood Institute of the History of Medicine
The College of Physicians of Philadelphia, 19 South 22nd Street

31 March:

Rohit T. Aggarwala, PEAES Resident Dissertation Fellow

“To Be Soon the Metropolis of All the Continent”: The Origins of the Philadelphia–New York Rivalry, 1681-1781

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

7 April:

Cassandra Pybus, University of Tasmania

An African American Journey Through the British Empire in the Long Eighteenth Century: The  Remarkable Career of William Blue

Lecture Room 102, McNeil Center for Early American Studies, 3355 Woodland Walk, University of Pennsylvania

28 April:

Aaron Wunsch, University of California, Berkeley, and 2004-2005 MCEAS Dissertation Fellow

Communities, Commodities, and the Picturesque

Committee Room, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Benjamin Franklin Parkway at 26th Street

5 May:

Robert Blair St. George, University of Pennsylvania

Authorizing Things in Early America II: Reading Spaces

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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