Past Events



“Exile here”—Native Geographies of Slavery in Early Virginia

Friday Seminar
Hayley Negrin, University of Illinois at Chicago
Feb 9, 2024 at -

Hayley Negrin is an assistant professor of history at the University of Illinois at Chicago specializing in Indigenous and early American history. Her book manuscript in progress “Fugitive Lands: Sovereignty and Slavery…



The “Comfortable Harbour” on the Schuylkill: Naval Asylum Construction and the Beginnings of Federal Veterans’ Care

Brown Bag Session
Moyra Williams Eaton, Pennsylvania State University
Feb 7, 2024 at -

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Inventing Money in Early Pennsylvania

Friday Seminar
Simon Middleton, William & Mary
Jan 26, 2024 at -

Simon Middleton’s specialization is early American social history and political economy. He earned his PhD from the City University of New York Graduate Center in 1998. He taught at the University of East Anglia and the…



Uncle Tom Gets Religion: Evangelical Hymns in Nineteenth-Century Stage Productions of Uncle Tom’s Cabin

Brown Bag Session
Chase Castle, University of Pennsylvania
Jan 24, 2024 at -

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“I fear some interference will be necessary to resque her”: Addressing Marital Breakdown Outside the Courtroom

Friday Seminar
Lindsay Keiter, Pennsylvania State University-Altoona
Dec 1, 2023 at -

Lindsay Keiter is an assistant professor of history at the Pennsylvania State University’s Altoona campus. Her current research focuses on the economic functions of marriage in the late eighteenth through early…



Interracial Feminist Abolitionism: Female Anti-Slavery Societies in Boston, Salem, and Philadelphia

Brown Bag Session
Kathryn Angelica, University of Connecticut
Nov 29, 2023 at -

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“But not citizens” - The Racial Boundaries of Citizenship Under the Constitution

Friday Seminar
Derek Litvak, McNeil Center for Early American Studies
Nov 17, 2023 at -

Derek Litvak is a Barra Postdoctoral Fellow at the McNeil Center for Early American Studies, where he works at the intersections of African-American, constitutional, and intellectual histories. His current project,…



“110 Noirs Plus ou Moins Librement Engagés”: the Appropriation of Freedom and the Legacies of the Abolition of the Slave Trade

Brown Bag Session
Ana Paula Nadalini Mendes, University of Pennsylvania
Nov 8, 2023 at -

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Debility, Impairment, and Settler Colonialism in the Antebellum United States

Friday Seminar
Elaine LaFay, Rutgers University-New Brunswick
Nov 3, 2023 at -

Elaine LaFay is an assistant professor of history at Rutgers University-New Brunswick. She is a historian of climate and the body, specializing in the nineteenth century United States. Her current research seeks to…



Inhabitants, Residents, and Citizens: Asserting Belonging, 1776-1856

Brown Bag Session
Emily Yankowitz, Yale University
Oct 25, 2023 at -

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