Past Events

"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…

“Is Death Not Preferable to Slavery?”: Resistance and Diaspora in the Circum-Gulf Region, 1729-1769

Brown Bag Session
Leila K. Blackbird, University of Chicago
May 1, 2024 at -

Leila K. Blackbird (Louisiana Creole, unenrolled adoptee of Apache-Cherokee descent) is currently the Pozen Human Rights Doctoral Fellow of US & Atlantic History at the University of Chicago. She also serves as the…

“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…

“An Affair of So Much Consideration”: The Molasses Act Controversy, 1730-33

Brown Bag Session
Eva Landsberg, Yale University
Apr 17, 2024 at -

Papers are circulated in advance. For copies, please contact the McNeil Center office. --

‘Agent Greenhill taught his people better manners’: Masculine authority and subjection between stability and breakdown in the seventeenth-century Atlantic World

Friday Seminar
Phillip Emanuel, McNeil Center for Early American Studies
Apr 5, 2024 at -

Phillip Emanuel is a Barra Postdoctoral Fellow at the McNeil Center for Early American Studies. His dissertation-to-book project focuses on how seventeenth-century imperial and trading company administrators in England…

Citizens and Subjects: Gambling on Belonging in the Nineteenth Century Native Great Lakes

Brown Bag Session
Elena Ryan, Princeton University
Apr 3, 2024 at -

Papers are circulated in advance. For copies, please contact the McNeil Center office.

1758: War and Trade on the West African Coast

Friday Seminar
Christopher L. Brown, Columbia University
Mar 22, 2024 at -

Dr. Christopher Leslie Brown is a historian of Britain and the British empire, principally in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, with special emphasis on the comparative history of slavery and abolition, and with…

“Of virtue becoming their situation”: The Making of Refugee Women's Religious Communities in the 19th-Century Mid-Atlantic

Brown Bag Session
Taneil Ruffin, Princeton University
Mar 20, 2024 at -

Papers are circulated in advance. For copies, please contact the McNeil Center office.

Policing the Montréal-Albany Contraband Trade: The 1730 Trial of Lydius

Friday Seminar
Sarah Templier, University of Ottawa
Mar 8, 2024 at -

Sarah Templier started as an assistant professor-replacement at the University of Ottawa in the summer of 2020 after obtaining her Ph.D. from Johns Hopkins University. Dr. Templier is a cultural and social historian of…

“Distressing the distressed”: Poverty and Rent Distraint in Early Republic New York

Brown Bag Session
Kristin O’Brassill-Kulfan, Rutgers University-New Brunswick
Mar 6, 2024 at -

Kristin O’Brassill-Kulfan is Assistant Teaching Professor and Coordinator of the Undergraduate Public History Program and Graduate Public Humanities Program at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, NJ. She holds a PhD in…