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Friday Seminars

The Center Seminar

The McNeil Center sponsors a seminar that meets on Friday afternoons approximately twice a month between September and May, with the paper for each session circulated in advance. Over two hundred people attend at least once a year, with an average attendance of 40 to 50 at meetings held at various sites in the Delaware Valley. While most of the regular attendees are graduate students and faculty from institutions in the Philadelphia area, participants come from as far afield as Long Island, New York City, Princeton, Baltimore, Annapolis, and Washington. Seminars convene at 3:00 PM (exceptions are noted on the schedule), and a social hour follows at 5:00 PM. Requests to receive access to seminar papers on-line should be sent to mceas@ccat.sas.upenn.edu.

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Spring 2019 Seminar Schedule

18 January:

Mark Valeri, The John C. Danforth Center on Religion and Politics-Washington University in St. Louis

Religion, Religions, and the Nation in Restoration England

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

25 January:

Fabricio Prado, The College of William and Mary

Neutrality, Smuggling and Slavery: The Practice of Free Trade in Spanish Rio de la Plata (1779-1809)

Temple University, Weigley Room, 914 Gladfelter Hall

8 February:

Casey Schmitt, MCEAS Barra Postdoctoral Fellow

Warfare, Imperial Competition, and Serial Displacement in the Seventeenth-Century Caribbean

Sponsored by the Lenfest Center for Cultural Partnerships of Drexel University

Drexel University, Paul Peck Alumni Center
3142 Market Street, 1st Floor Board Room
(enter through the 32nd Street plaza)

15 February:

 

Nicholas Bonneau, University of Notre Dame and 2016-2017 Carpenter Fellow in Early American Religious Studies

Unspeakable Loss: The Silent Legacy of the New England Throat Distemper Epidemics, 1735–1775

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

22 February:

Holly A. Mayer, Duquesne University

Congress's Own: What's in a Name?

Museum of the American Revolution, 101 South Third Street, Philadelphia

15 March:

Eric Herschthal, The Ohio State University and 2016-2017 Friends of the MCEAS Fellow

Rethinking Banneker: Reluctant Abolitionist, Avid Astronomer

American Philosophical Society, 2nd Floor Conference Room, Philosophical Hall,  104 South Fifth Street, Philadelphia

22 March:

Deborah Hamer, Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture

The Wise Merchant: The Dutch West India Company, Virtue, and Debates over Colonization and Trade

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

12 April:

Jane Dinwoodie, Cambridge University and 2016-2017 Advisory Council Fellow

Evading Indian Removal in the American South, 1812-1850

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

26 April:

Matthew Spooner, University of Michigan

A War for Liberty Waged Amongst 400,000 Slaves: Centering Slavery and Violence in our Stories of the American Revolution

 

3 May:

Steven W. Thomas, Wagner College and 2018-2019 Barra Sabbatical Fellow

What ‘An Ethiop tells you’: the Multiple Meanings of Ethiopia across the Eighteenth Century

University of Pennsylvania TBA

5:30-7:30 pm: End-of-the-year picnic (McNeil Center)

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