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 will convene (via Zoom) at 3:00 PM (exceptions are noted on the schedule). Requests to receive access to seminar papers on-line should be sent to

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Spring 2021 Seminar Schedule

22 January: 

Christopher Blakley, University of California, Los Angeles and 2018-2019 MCEAS Consortium Fellow

Mkaumwa, Calumba, and Miami Columbo: Slavery and Expropriated Pharmacology from the Swahili Coast to the Ohio Valley

5 February:

Matthijs Tieleman, University of California, Los Angeles and 2018-2019 Society of Cincinnati Fellow

“Mutual Interests and Reciprocal Benefits”: The American Revolution and Dutch Political Economic Thought, 1775-1787

12 February:

Randy Browne, Xavier University
Lisa A. Lindsay, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
John Wood Sweet, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Rebecca’s Ordeal, from Africa to the Caribbean: Sexual Exploitation, Freedom Struggles, and Black Atlantic Biography

5 March:


Simon P. Newman, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Freedom-Seekers and the Invention of “Runaway Slaves” in Restoration London

19 March:

Peter Olsen-Harbich, The College of William and Mary and 2019-2020 Advisory Council Fellow

Seceding from the Sachemship: Indigenous Coercion and Colonial Failure in Early Historic New England

26 March:

Timothy L. Fosbury, University of California, Los Angeles and 2019-2020 Friends of the MCEAS Fellow

Namontack When He Was (Not) Here

23 April:

Barnet Pav√£o-Zuckerman, University of Maryland

The Role of Livestock in Millenarian and Revitalization Movements: Animals as Symbols of Colonial Oppression

30 April:

Ann Daly, Brown University

“Men of High Honor and Intrinsic Worth”: Commercial, Scientific, and Southern Cultures at the New Orleans Mint

7 May:

Marisa J. Fuentes, Rutgers University and 2020-2021 Barra Sabbatical Fellow 

Refuse Slaves, Disposable Lives: Rethinking Racial Capitalism and the Transatlantic Slave Trade