Early American Seminar Series

Free and open to all, the Early American Seminar Series brings senior scholars, junior faculty, and advanced graduate students to College Park to discuss their work in progress. The seminar is composed of graduate students and faculty from the University of Maryland and a host of other area institutions and is convened by Professors Rick Bell, Christopher Bonner, Holly Brewer, Clare Lyons, and Whit Ridgway.

The seminar meets at regular intervals throughout the academic year on Fridays at 4pm in Taliaferro Hall 2110.  Papers (typically 30-40 pages) are pre-circulated among seminar participants seven days in advance of each meeting. The ninety-minute workshop is followed by dinner with the presenter at a local restaurant.

To join the seminar email list or to apply to present a work in progress in future cycles, please contact Prof. Rick Bell (rjbell@umd.edu) or Prof. Holly Brewer (hbrewer@umd.edu).

Schedule of Events, 2015-2016:

September 18@4pm: Benjamin H. Irvin (Arizona), “Impaired Revolutionary War Veterans and Disability in the Early United States.” Respondent: Roger Bailey (Maryland)

October 23@4pm: Matthew Spooner (Harvard),”The Redistribution of Property and Power in the Revolutionary South." Respondent: Dusty Dye (Maryland)

November 13@4pm: James Shinn (Yale), “'Cuba Must Be Free'": African Americans and the Ten Years’ War, 1868-1874.” Respondent: David Sartorious (Maryland)

February 5@4pm: Katlyn Carter (Princeton), “The Politics of Secrecy in the Early Republic, 1789-1796.” Respondent: Nicole Mahoney (Maryland)  <<<< Special Location:  Fred W. Smith National Library for the Study of the George Washington, Mount Vernon

March 11@4pm: Joshua D. Rothman (Alabama), “Slave Traders in the Eyes of the Enslaved." Respondents: Lucien Holness and Katie Labor (Maryland)

April 1@4pm: Marjoleine Kars (UMBC), “Freedom Marooned: An Atlantic Slave Rebellion in the Early Modern Dutch Caribbean."  Respondent: Matt Ball (Maryland) 

May 6@4pm: Natalie Joy (Northern Illinois), “Finding Refuge in the Wigwam: Native Americans and the Underground Railroad."  Respondent: Lindy Cummings (Maryland)

Other DC-area seminars of interest to scholars of Early American history include:

The Slavery, Memory and African Diasporas Seminar hosted by Howard University

The Early Modern Global History Seminar hosted by Georgetown University

The 19th-Century U.S. History Workshop hosted by Georgetown University