Past Friday Seminars



Blackletters: German Translation and the Languages of Citizenship in the Early U.S.

Friday Seminar
Leonard von Morzé, University of Massachusetts Boston and McNeil Center for Early American Studies
May 6, 2022 at -

Len von Morzé is an Associate Professor at the University of Massachusetts Boston, where he was Chair of the English Department from 2017 to 2021. In addition to an edition of Charles Brockden Brown’s early periodical…



The Sketch Book and the Rise of the Mass-Mediated Image

Friday Seminar
Christopher J. Lukasik, Purdue University
Apr 22, 2022 at -

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…



‛For [Being] a Rogue and Because He Lied to His Lord’: The Groundings of Black Rebellion in Hispaniola, the Disremembered and Disavowed History of a Unified and Black Santo Domingo

Friday Seminar
Allison Guess, Williams College
Apr 8, 2022 at -

Dr. Allison Guess is an Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow and incoming Assistant Professor of Africana Studies at Williams College. Guess is also a 2021-2022 CUNY Dominican Studies Institute Research Fellow. 



‛Reader, Be Assured This Narrative is No Fiction’: Harriet Jacobs, Sentimental Fiction, and the U.S. Abridgment History of 'Pamela'

Friday Seminar
Emily Gowen, Boston University and 2020-2021 MCEAS Barra Dissertation Fellow
Mar 11, 2022 at -

As we ease into hybrid events, we are limiting in-person attendance at seminars to current MCEAS fellows and Penn students, faculty, and staff. We look forward to when we can safely gather in greater numbers, and will…



The Benighted Soul: Africana Religions and the Diabolical in the Time of Revolution

Friday Seminar
Alexis Wells-Oghoghomeh, Stanford University
Mar 4, 2022 at -

Alexis Wells-Oghoghomeh is an Assistant Professor of Religious Studies whose teaching and research explores the intersections of race, religion, and gender in the United States. A historian of African-American religion…



As Though he had been a Whig: The Post-War Reintegration of the Hudson Valley Loyalists

Friday Seminar
Kieran O’Keefe, George Washington University and 2021-2022 MCEAS Society of the Cincinnati Fellow
Feb 25, 2022 at -

Kieran is a Ph.D. candidate studying Colonial and Revolutionary America. Before entering the Ph.D. program in 2016, Kieran received a bachelor's degree from Mount Saint Mary College and a master's degree from the…



‛Reclamando su Libertad’: Freedom Fighters on the Mexico-US Global South

Friday Seminar
María Esther Hammack, McNeil Center for Early American Studies
Feb 11, 2022 at -

Dr. María Esther Hammack received her PhD in US History and a portfolio in African and African Diaspora Studies from the University of Texas at Austin in May 2021. She is a Mexican scholar and public historian whose…



The Benighted Soul: Africana Religions and the Diabolical in the Time of Revolution

Friday Seminar
Alexis Wells-Oghoghomeh, Stanford University
Jan 28, 2022 - Oct 28, 2021 at -

Alexis Wells-Oghoghomeh is an Assistant Professor of Religious Studies whose teaching and research explores the intersections of race, religion, and gender in the United States. A historian of African-American religion…



Insanity, Race, and Property Rights in the Early Republic

Friday Seminar
Sari Altschuler, Northeastern University
Jan 14, 2022 - Oct 8, 2021 at -

Sari Altschuler’s research focuses primarily on American literature and culture before 1865, literature and medicine, disability studies, and the health humanities, broadly understood. She is the author of The Medical…



"Ada-gal'kala, Transatlantic Disgaduhvi, and the Cherokees' Expanding Atlantic World"

Friday Seminar
Nathaniel Holly, University of Georgia Press
Dec 3, 2021 at -