Past Friday Seminars



“Exile here”—Native Geographies of Slavery in Early Virginia

Friday Seminar
Hayley Negrin, University of Illinois at Chicago
Feb 9, 2024 at -

Hayley Negrin is an assistant professor of history at the University of Illinois at Chicago specializing in Indigenous and early American history. Her book manuscript in progress “Fugitive Lands: Sovereignty and Slavery…



Inventing Money in Early Pennsylvania

Friday Seminar
Simon Middleton, William & Mary
Jan 26, 2024 at -

Simon Middleton’s specialization is early American social history and political economy. He earned his PhD from the City University of New York Graduate Center in 1998. He taught at the University of East Anglia and the…



“I fear some interference will be necessary to resque her”: Addressing Marital Breakdown Outside the Courtroom

Friday Seminar
Lindsay Keiter, Pennsylvania State University-Altoona
Dec 1, 2023 at -

Lindsay Keiter is an assistant professor of history at the Pennsylvania State University’s Altoona campus. Her current research focuses on the economic functions of marriage in the late eighteenth through early…



“But not citizens” - The Racial Boundaries of Citizenship Under the Constitution

Friday Seminar
Derek Litvak, McNeil Center for Early American Studies
Nov 17, 2023 at -

Derek Litvak is a Barra Postdoctoral Fellow at the McNeil Center for Early American Studies, where he works at the intersections of African-American, constitutional, and intellectual histories. His current project,…



Debility, Impairment, and Settler Colonialism in the Antebellum United States

Friday Seminar
Elaine LaFay, Rutgers University-New Brunswick
Nov 3, 2023 at -

Elaine LaFay is an assistant professor of history at Rutgers University-New Brunswick. She is a historian of climate and the body, specializing in the nineteenth century United States. Her current research seeks to…



Venus or Louisa or Mimah or Rose: Marronage and Lurking as Relation

Friday Seminar
SJ Zhang, University of Chicago
Oct 6, 2023 at -

SJ Zhang is an Assistant Professor of English at the University of Chicago. Professor Zhang’s current project, Going Maroon and Other Forms of Family, considers how reproduction and carceral forces shaped the decisions…



Mr. Peale's Corporation: The Invention of the Permanent Collection

Friday Seminar
Whitney Martinko, Villanova University
Sep 22, 2023 at -

Whitney Martinko is an associate professor of History at Villanova University and the author of Historic Real Estate: Market Morality and the Politics of Preservation in the Early United States (Early American Studies…



Yellow Fever and the Rage for Data in the Founding Era: Municipal Efforts to Understand and Prevent Epidemics in the Northeast

Friday Seminar
Carolyn Eastman, Virginia Commonwealth University
Sep 8, 2023 at -

Carolyn Eastman is Professor of History at Virginia Commonwealth University, and the new book review editor for the William and Mary Quarterly. Her research focuses on the cultural and intellectual history of early…



Obour Tanner’s Archive

Friday Seminar
Tara Bynum, University of Iowa and the McNeil Center
May 5, 2023 at -

Tara A. Bynum is an Assistant Professor of English and African American Studies at the University of Iowa and a Barra Sabbatical Fellow at the McNeil Center. Her new book, Reading Pleasures (University of Illinois Press…



Staking Claims: Founding Myths and Property Formation on Seventeenth-Century Long Island, 1648-1745

Friday Seminar
Michael LaCombe, Adelphi University
Apr 21, 2023 at -

Michael LaCombe teaches early American history and food in U.S. history at Adelphi University on Long Island. He has published recently in Early American Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal and in EAS Miscellany. This…