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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 2018 Seminar Schedule

12 January:

Vincent Brown, Harvard University
The Atlantic Odyssey of an African Insurrection

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

26 January:

Nancy O. Gallman, 2017-2019 MCEAS Barra Postdoctoral Fellow

“With respect to Satisfaction for Mr. Houston”: Murder, Spanish Law, and Native Justice in the Florida Borderlands, 1784-1821

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

2 February:

Lauren Duval, American University and 2016-2017 Advisory Council Fellow

“she was very fond of soldiers”: Laboring and Enslaved Women under British Military Occupation

Museum of the American Revolution, 101 South Third Street, Philadelphia

9 February:

 

Maggie McKinley, University of Pennsylvania Law School

Petitioning and the Making of the Administrative State

Temple University, Weigley Room, 914 Gladfelter Hall

16 February:

Peter Messer, Mississippi State University

William Bartram’s Uneasy Sublime: An Experiment in Early National Natural History

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

23 February:

Andrew Dial, McGill University and 2017-2018 Barra Dissertation Fellow and Carpenter Fellow in Early American Religious Studies

Spiritual Bankruptcy: The Collapse of the Jesuits’ Martinique Mission

Drexel University, Paul Peck Alumni Center, 3142 Market Street, 1st Floor, (southeast corner of 32nd and Market streets)

16 March:

Ned Blackhawk, Yale University

The Native Northeast and the Rise of British North America

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

23 March:

Nathaniel Millett, Saint Louis University 

The Indigenous Impact on Early English Barbados

 

20 April:

Amy Greenberg, Pennsylvania State University
Profit, Loss, and Freedom on the Polk Plantation, 1834-1865

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

4 May:

Jeremy Zallen, Lafayette College and 2017-2018 Barra Sabbatical Fellow
Lucifer Matches and the Global Violence of Phosphorus: Mass-Produced Bones, Child Labor, Toxic Bodies, and the Radical Democratization of Fire, 1830-1860

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