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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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Fall 2018 Seminar Schedule

7 September:

Daniel K. Richter, McNeil Center for Early American Studies and University of Pennsylvania
Seventeenth-Century Real-Estate Porn: Proprietors and the Dream of Quitrents

Opening MCEAS Friday Seminar session, followed by a welcome-back picnic 
R.S.V.P. to mceas@ccat.sas.upenn.edu or 215-898-9251

The David Library of the American Revolution 
1201 River Road, Washington Crossing, Pennsylvania

14 September:

Melissa Morris, University of Wyoming and 2016-2017 Richard S. Dunn Fellow

Planting Colonies: Tobacco Cultivation from the Caribbean to Canada

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

5 October:

Christy Pottroff, Merrimack College and 2016-2017 Andrew W. Mellon Early American Literature and Material Texts Dissertation Fellow

Citizen Technologies: the U.S. Post Office and the Transformation of Early American Literature

Rutgers University, Camden, Faculty Lounge, 3rd Floor Armitage Hall

12 October:

 

Rebecca Rosen, Hollins University and 2016-2017 Consortium Fellow

Postmortem Life: Anatomy, Autopsy and Testimony in Early America

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

26 October:

Megan Bailey, University of Maryland, College Park and 2016-2017 Consortium and Friends of MCEAS Fellow

Precarity in a Colonial Context: Reading Elites' Nervousness in the Historical and Archaeological Record

2 November:

J. William Frost, Swarthmore College

William Penn: Ethicist

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

16 November:

Samantha Sommers, The Ohio State University and 2017-2018 Friends of MCEAS Fellow

The Sketch Book's Theory of Reading

30 November:

Nicole Eustace, New York University 

“Nor Be Angry…One Life Is Enough to Be Lost”: Clues from an Eighteenth-Century Murder Case for an Iroquois History of Thought and Emotion

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

7 December:

Nora Slonimsky, Iona College and Institute for Thomas Paine Studies and 2016-2017 Andrew W. Mellon Early American Literature and Material Texts Dissertation Fellow

Oil, Elephant Bones, and Mapping America’s Earliest Copyright Claim

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