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

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Fall 2017 Seminar Schedule

8 September:

Michael Zuckerman, University of Pennsylvania
That Other Alexander Hamilton: The History of the Ancient and Honorable Tuesday Club

Opening MCEAS Friday Seminar session, followed by a welcome-back picnic 
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The David Library of the American Revolution 
1201 River Road, Washington Crossing, Pennsylvania

15 September:

James Rice, Tufts University

Early American Environmental Histories

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

22 September:

Lori Daggar, Ursinus College and 2015–2016 Hamer Dissertation Fellow

“The Best and Cheapest Way to Get Rid of Them”: Philanthropy, Economy, and the Politics of Exclusion in Indian Country

6 October:

3:15 PM

(note the change in start time and location)

Brooke Bauer, University of South Carolina, Lancaster

The Catawba Homeland, Before and During Contact

Part of the Biennial Graduate Student Conference, “Lenses and Contacts: Framing Early America”

University of Pennsylvania Law School, 3501 Sansom Street, Gittis Hall Room 2

20 October:

Jessica Blake, UC Davis and 2015–2016 Friends of the MCEAS Fellow

Mama Ganett's African Souvenirs: Dress and French Colonial Desire in Revolutionary-Era New Orleans

3 November:

Alexander D. Manevitz, Trinity College and 2015–2016 Friends of the MCEAS Fellow

Seneca Village and the Contested Meanings of Property in Nineteenth-Century New York City

Rutgers University, Camden, ABC Room, Campus Center

10 November:

Molly Warsh, University of Pittsburgh

Servants of the Seasons: Itinerant Labor, Migration, and Sovereignty in the Early Modern World

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

17 November:

Tony Perry, University of Maryland and 2015–2016 Friends of the MCEAS Fellow 

“The Frost...Made Sad Havoc with Their Feet”: The Material Ecology of Enslaved People's Shoes in Antebellum Maryland


1 December:

Christopher Jones, Brigham Young University and 2015-16 McNeil Center Carpenter Fellow in Early American Religious Studies           

From Philadelphia to Freetown: The Beginnings of Independent Black Methodism in Transatlantic Perspective          

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

8 December:

Paul Lewis, Boston College
Waiting to Be Found: The Citizen Poets of Philadelphia, 1789-1820

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