Past Events

"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

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.

Two-Year Postdoctoral Fellowship on digital scholarship and diversity in Early American Studies

May 10, 2022 - Jun 14, 2022 at -

The McNeil Center for Early American Studies, in partnership with Penn History, Penn Libraries, the University of Maryland, and its MITH Center, invites applications for a two-year postdoctoral Research Fellow,…

Blackletters: German Translation and the Languages of Citizenship in the Early U.S.

Friday Seminar
Leonard von Morzé, University of Massachusetts Boston and McNeil Center for Early American Studies
May 6, 2022 at -

Len von Morzé is an Associate Professor at the University of Massachusetts Boston, where he was Chair of the English Department from 2017 to 2021. In addition to an edition of Charles Brockden Brown’s early periodical…

Black Refuge Women's Survival and Resistance in Revolutionary Era Portsmouth and Norfolk

Brown Bag Session
Adam McNeil, Rutgers University
May 4, 2022 at -

Adam McNeil is a PhD Candidate in the Department of History at Rutgers University focusing on Black Women’s lives during the Revolutionary and Founding eras in the Chesapeake Bay.

The Sketch Book and the Rise of the Mass-Mediated Image

Friday Seminar
Christopher J. Lukasik, Purdue University
Apr 22, 2022 at -

Christopher Lukasik specializes in the literary and visual cultural history of the eighteenth- and nineteenth-century Atlantic world. He has received over 25 fellowships and grants, including awards from the Rockwell…

‘Of themselves or from their Grandmothers advise’: The Power of Muskogee Women’s Communication Networks and Maintenance of Mvskoke Enfulletv, 1796-1814

Brown Bag Session
Keely Smith, Princeton University
Apr 13, 2022 at -

Keely Smith is a Ph.D. Candidate at Princeton University. She studies Indigenous communication networks in the North American southeast and Indian Territory during the 18th and 19th centuries. Her dissertation explores…