Friday Seminars

The McNeil Center sponsors a seminar that meets on Friday afternoons at 3:00 pm 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. 

In order to get an accurate count for the post-seminar happy hour, we are asking that attendees RSVP to mceas@sas.upenn.edu. To get access to the seminar papers and Zoom links, or to join our mailing list, please email us at mceas@sas.upenn.edu



“Kikrevou”(kì ire aiku): Sickness, Death, and Survival in the Jamaican Smallpox Epidemic of 1768

Friday Seminar
Elise Mitchell, Princeton University
Apr 19, 2024 at -

Elise A. Mitchell is a historian of the Black Atlantic. She is currently an American Council of Learned Societies Fellow and Presidential Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of History at Princeton University. She is…



"Freedom: A Rashomon Effect"

Friday Seminar
Scott Heerman, University of Miami and McNeil Center for Early American Studies
May 3, 2024 at -

Scott Heerman is Associate Professor of History at the University of Miami. He is the author of The Alchemy of Slavery (2018) and is at work on a manuscript that examines the international kidnapping of freed people in…