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Friday Seminars

The Center Seminar

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. Seminars convene at 3:00 PM (exceptions are noted on the schedule), and a social hour follows at 5:00 PM. Requests to receive access to seminar papers on-line should be sent to mceas@ccat.sas.upenn.edu.

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Spring 2017 Seminar Schedule

20 January:
3:00-5:30 PM

T. Cole Jones, Purdue University
“The Rage of Tory-Hunting:”  Loyalist Prisoners, Civil War, and the Violent Backdrop to American Independence
and
Aaron Sullivan, Rider University
From Intolerance to Indifference: The Experience of the Disaffected in Revolutionary Philadelphia

Stephanie Grauman Wolf Room, McNeil Center for Early American Studies,  3355 Woodland Walk, University of Pennsylvania

27 January:

Thomas Richards, Jr., McNeil Center for Early American Studies and 2015-2016 MCEAS Consortium Dissertation Fellow

“The Slumbering Volcano upon which We Repose”: Cherokee Autonomy in an Ambiguous American West, 1839–1846

3 February:

Wayne Bodle, Indiana University of Pennsylvania

To Repair Whose Broken Fortune?: Problem Portraits, Snuff Politics, and the Search for the Historical Cosby

Rutgers University, Camden, Faculty Lounge, Third Floor, Armitage Hall

17 February:

Nicholas Gliserman, Haverford College and 2015–2016 Barra Dissertation Fellow

“Levé Sur Les Lieux”?: The Lives of a Seventeenth-Century Map of Quebec

Stephanie Grauman Wolf Room, McNeil Center for Early American Studies, 
3355 Woodland Walk
, University of Pennsylvania

24 February:

Elizabeth Bacon Eager, Harvard University and 2015–2016 Barra Dissertation Fellow

The Body Remade: Saint-Mémin, the Physiognotrace, and the Physical Mechanics of Industrialization

Stephanie Grauman Wolf Room, McNeil Center for Early American Studies,  3355 Woodland Walk, University of Pennsylvania

3 March:

Rachel Engl, Lehigh University and 2015–2016 Society of the Cincinnati and MCEAS Consortium Fellow

“Not Alone in Misery”: Cultivating Camaraderie and Friendship Among Continental Army Soldiers During the American Revolution

Weigley Room, 9th Floor, Gladfelter Hall, Temple University

17 March:

Don James McLaughlin, University of Pennsylvania and 2015–2016 Hamer Dissertation Fellow

Hydrophobia’s Evil Twin: Spontaneous Generation in Early American Rabies Narratives, from Benjamin Rush to John Neal

American Philosophical Society, 2nd Floor Conference Room, Philosophical Hall,  104 South Fifth Street, Philadelphia

24 March:

Rachel Walker, University of Maryland and 2015–2016 Consortium Dissertation Fellow 

“The Mind Molds the Features”: Environmentalism, Essentialism, and the Science of Beauty in Early America

 

7 April:

Gabriel de Avilez Rocha, Drexel University and 2015–2016 Richard S. Dunn Dissertation Fellow           

Cimarrones in the Commons: Toward a Political Ecology of Marronage in the Early Colonial Carribbean           

21 April:

Scott Paul Gordon, Lehigh University

Hidden in Plain Sight: The Paxton Crisis and Moravian Archives

and

Will Fenton, Fordham University

A New Looking-Glass for the 1764 Pamphlet War: The Digital Paxton

Introduction to the Digital Paxton Project
Papers for this session will not be pre-circulated

28 April:

Clarence Maxwell, Millersville University

“Set us Free”: Bermuda and the Humanitarian Revolution

Stephanie Grauman Wolf Room, McNeil Center for Early American Studies,  3355 Woodland Walk, University of Pennsylvania

5 May:

Emma Hart, St. Andrews University and McNeil Center Sabbatical Fellow

“Combinations of Evil and Designing Men”: The Early American Marketplace in a Time of Revolutionary Crisis

Van Pelt Library, 6th Floor, 
Class of 78 Pavilion
, University of Pennsylvania

5:30-7:30 pm: End-of-the-year picnic (McNeil Center)

McNeil Center for Early American Studies, 
3355 Woodland Walk
, University of Pennsylvania