Spring 2021 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.


22 January:

Christopher Blakley, University of California, Los Angeles and 2018-2019 MCEAS Consortium Fellow

Mkaumwa, Calumba, and Miami Columbo: Slavery and Expropriated Pharmacology from the Swahili Coast to the Ohio Valley

via ZOOM 

5 February:

Matthijs Tieleman, University of California, Los Angeles and 2018-2019 Society of Cincinnati Fellow

“Mutual Interests and Reciprocal Benefits”: The American Revolution and Dutch Political Economic Thought, 1775-1787

 via ZOOM

12 February:

Randy Browne, Xavier University
Lisa A. Lindsay, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
John Wood Sweet, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Rebecca’s Ordeal, from Africa to the Caribbean: Sexual Exploitation, Freedom Struggles, and Black Atlantic Biography

 via ZOOM

5 March:


Simon P. Newman, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Freedom-Seekers and the Invention of “Runaway Slaves” in Restoration London

 via ZOOM

19 March:

Peter Olsen-Harbich, The College of William and Mary and 2019-2020 Advisory Council Fellow

Seceding from the Sachemship: Indigenous Coercion and Colonial Failure in Early Historic New England

via ZOOM 

26 March:

Timothy L. Fosbury, University of California, Los Angeles and 2019-2020 Friends of the MCEAS Fellow

Namontack When He Was (Not) Here

via ZOOM  

23 April:

Barnet Pavăo-Zuckerman, University of Maryland  

The Role of Livestock in Millenarian and Revitalization Movements: Animals as Symbols of Colonial Oppression

via ZOOM 

30 April:

Ann Daly, Brown University   

“Men of High Honor and Intrinsic Worth”: Commercial, Scientific, and Southern Cultures at the New Orleans Mint

via ZOOM

7 May:

Marisa J. Fuentes, Rutgers University and 2020-2021 Barra Sabbatical Fellow   

Refuse Slaves, Disposable Lives: Rethinking Racial Capitalism and the Transatlantic Slave Trade

via ZOOM