Past Friday Seminars

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…

“A Distant People”: The History of Slavery and Race in the US Declaration of Independence

Friday Seminar
Steve Sarson, Université Jean Moulin
Mar 24, 2023 at -

Steve Sarson is Professor of American Civilization at Université Jean Moulin in Lyon, France. He did his doctorate at Johns Hopkins University and previously taught at Towson State University in Baltimore and Swansea…

Our Ridiculous Resistance: Love, Latinidad, and Some Jokes in the Baroque

Friday Seminar
Ana Schwartz, University of Texas at Austin
Feb 24, 2023 at -

Ana Schwartz is the author of Unmoored: The Search for Sincerity in Colonial America (OIEAHC January 2023), a case study in the history of the desire to escape history. Since completing this work, she has been…

The Conestoga “Commonwealth”: Indigenous Constitutionalism and Settler Counter-Sovereignty

Friday Seminar
Matthew Kruer, University of Chicago
Feb 10, 2023 at -

Matthew Kruer is an Assistant Professor of Early North American History at the University of Chicago. He specializes in early American and Indigenous histories, with a focus on the relationship between small Indigenous…

Settlers’ Botany: Science, Classification, and Conflict in the Caribbean

Friday Seminar
Hannah Anderson, University of Toronto
Jan 27, 2023 at -

Hannah Anderson is the University College Fellow in Early American History at the University of Toronto. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania in 2021. Her book manuscript, Lived Botany: Settlers…

“No Such Place”: Law and Geography in Western Newfoundland, 1763-1778

Friday Seminar
Arianne Sedef Urus, McNeil Center for Early American Studies
Jan 13, 2023 at -

Arianne Sedef Urus, Barra Postdoctoral Fellow at the McNeil Center for Early American Studies, is an environmental and legal historian of the eighteenth-century Atlantic World. Her current book project, provisionally…

Hereditary Term Slavery and the Pursuit of Restitution in Antebellum Pennsylvania

Friday Seminar
Cory James Young, University of Nebraska-Lincoln and 2020-2021 Friends of the MCEAS Dissertation Fellow
Dec 9, 2022 at -

Cory James Young is currently a Postdoctoral Research Associate at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Young is a historian of abolition and slavery in the American North. He received his Ph.D. from Georgetown…