Christopher Lukasik specializes in the literary and visual cultural history of the eighteenth- and nineteenth-century Atlantic world. He has received over 25 fellowships and grants, including awards from the Rockwell Center for American Visual Studies, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Fulbright Scholar Program. He has presented over 90 papers on three continents and his work has been published in over 20 journals and edited collections. He is the author of Discerning Characters: The Culture of Appearance in Early America and is currently working on a monograph entitled The Image in the Text: Intermediality, Illustration, and Nineteenth-Century American Literature.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.
Beginning in Spring 2022, we will utilize a hybrid format for seminars in which participants may gather together at the McNeil Center building (or occasionally at an MCEAS Consortium institution host in the Philadelphia area) or attend via Zoom. All in-person attendees must comply with the University of Pennsylvania’s COVID-19 policies. To get access to the seminar papers and Zoom links, or to join our mailing list, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.