"Freedom: A Rashomon Effect"

Friday Seminar
Scott Heerman, University of Miami and McNeil Center for Early American Studies
May 3, 2024 at - | Location: McNeil Center for Early American Studies, 3355 Woodland Walk/Zoom


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 the Atlantic world from the 1750s to the 1860s. His work has been supported by the Library Company of Philadelphia, National Endowment for the Humanities, Huntington Library, and the McNeil Center for Early American Studies where he is the 2023-2024 Barra Sabbatical Fellow.


The McNeil Center sponsors a seminar that meets on Friday afternoons approximately twice a month between September and May, with the paper for each session circulated in advance. Over two hundred people attend at least once a year, with an average attendance of 40 to 50 at meetings held at various sites in the Delaware Valley. While most of the regular attendees are graduate students and faculty from institutions in the Philadelphia area, participants come from as far afield as Long Island, New York City, Princeton, Baltimore, Annapolis, and Washington. 

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