Past Events



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…



Facing the Future of Early American Studies

Conference
Jul 10, 2023 - Jul 12, 2023 at -

Facing the Future of Early American Studies Please join us for “Facing the Future of Early American Studies,” a conference reflecting on the scholarship and mentorship of Daniel K. Richter, director emeritus of the…



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…



INCIDENTS AND ENCOUNTERS: Figures for the self in Harriet Jacobs’s LINDA: Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl (1861)

Brown Bag Session
Jared Robinson, University of California, Berkeley
Apr 26, 2023 at -

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



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…



"With an Infant at the Breast": Black Mothering and Penal Punishment under the Barbados Apprenticeship System

Brown Bag Session
Halle-Mackenzie Ashby, Johns Hopkins University
Apr 12, 2023 at -

Papers are circulated in advance. For copies, please contact the McNeil Center office.  -- Halle-Mackenzie Ashby is a Ph.D. candidate in History at the Johns Hopkins University. She is the current African American…



A Gendered Frontier: Métissage and Indigenous Enslavement in Eighteenth-Century Basse-Louisiane

Brown Bag Session
Leila K. Blackbird, University of Chicago
Mar 29, 2023 at -

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“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…



The Muscogee Crisis: The Treaty of Indian Springs and Tribal Politics in the Native South, 1825-1827

Brown Bag Session
Tanner Allread, Stanford University
Mar 15, 2023 at -

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The Local Archive and the Semiquincentennial: A Forum

Conference
Mar 10, 2023 at -

With the 250th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence just three years away, many archives and museums are turning their attention to planning for the United States’ semiquincentennial. Philadelphia institutions…