Past Events



Freedom, Faith and Family: Black Migrants and the formation of their West Philadelphia Community

Friday Seminar
Donna Rilling, Stony Brook University
Nov 4, 2022 at -

Donna Rilling is Associate Professor of History at the State University of New York at Stony Brook where she focuses on the history of the early American republic. She completed her doctoral work at the University of…



"Bridging the Atlantic: Chinese Tea and the Eighteenth-Century Cultural Pathways"

Brown Bag Session
Yiyun Huang, University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Oct 26, 2022 at -

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Treaty Claims and the Reorganization of Fiduciary Colonialism in the Wake of Indian Removal

Friday Seminar
Emilie Connolly, Brandeis University and 2017-2018 MCEAS Consortium Dissertation Fellow
Oct 21, 2022 at -

Emilie Connolly is an Assistant Professor of History at Brandeis University. She specializes in the nineteenth-century U.S., with a focus on the history of political economy, colonialism, and the Indigenous peoples of…



"'The Proper Instruments for Carrying on War': War and Maritime Enslavement in the Lesser Antilles, 1756–63"

Brown Bag Session
Christopher Baldwin, University of Toronto
Oct 12, 2022 at -

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Own Nothing: Rethinking Theft in Slavery's Archives

Friday Seminar
Ajay Batra, University of Southern California and 2019-2020 MCEAS Hamer Dissertation Fellow
Oct 7, 2022 at -

Ajay [UH-jay] Kumar Batra is currently a Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Southern California’s Society of Fellows in the Humanities. Batra is a literary and cultural historian working at the intersection of…



"The Black Jeremiad: Speculative Indigeneity in Ottobah Cugoano and the Haitian Declaration of Independence"

Brown Bag Session
Raymond Leonard, Rutgers University
Sep 28, 2022 at -

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Race, Labor, and Unfreedom: Imagining the Pennsylvania Trans-Appalachian West: 1747-1780

Friday Seminar
Lucien Holness, Virginia Tech and 2018-2019 MCEAS Consortium Dissertation Fellow
Sep 23, 2022 at -

Lucien Holness is an Assistant Professor of History at Virginia Tech, specializing in African American history and the early United States. His current book project examines the making of free soil and black freedom, as…



"The Mathematics of Truth: Peripatetic Freedom Calculations in Narrative of the Life of Sojourner Truth"

Brown Bag Session
K. Avvirin Gray, Washington and Lee University
Sep 14, 2022 at -

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Michael Wigglesworth's Queer Orthography

Friday Seminar
Christopher Looby, University of California, Los Angeles
Sep 9, 2022 at -

Christopher Looby is a Professor of English at the University of California, Los Angeles. His teaching and research address themselves to connections between literary texts and historical circumstances, relations…



The Climate Crisis: Early Americanists Respond

Conference
Jun 16, 2022 - Jun 17, 2022 (All Day)

As scholars of early America, we aim to respond to the current climate crisis and better understand the depth and ramifications of its roots in the early modern era through a workshop dedicated to the topic.