Washington Early American Seminar Series

Free and open to all, the Washington 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 BonnerHolly BrewerClare 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, 2017-2018

Fall 2017:

September 29: 4pm, TLF 2110. Casey Schmitt (College of William and Mary): "'Nor any Spaniard I have met with': Iberian Expertise and English Cacao in Seventeenth-Century Jamaica." Respondent: Matt Ball

October 13: 4pm, TLF 2110. James Illingworth (University of Maryland): "Black Enlightenment: State and Society in Antebellum New Orleans." Respondent: TBA

November 17: 4pm, TLF 2110. Matthew Kruer (University of Oklahoma): "Time of Anarchy: Colonial Rebellion and the Wars of the Susquehannocks, 1675-1685." Respondent: Derek Litvak

December 8: 4pm, TLF 2110. Tyler Parry (Cal State Fullerton): "Hounds and 'Inhuman Men-hunters': Interspecies Violence in the Atlantic World." Respondent: Holly Hynson


Spring 2018:

February 9: 4pm, Location TBA. Greta LaFleur (Yale University): "Whither Rape in the History of Sexuality?" Co-sponsored with Prof. Robert Levine and the Department of English's Local Americanists Group. Respondent: TBA

March 9: 4pm, TLF 2110. Sarah Pearsall (University of Cambridge): "Polygamy and Power in Early America." Respondent: Rachel Walker

March 30: 4pm, TLF 2110. Will Mackintosh (University of Mary Washington): "Red Jacket Bathed Here: Inventing Indian Origins for Leisure in the Early Republic." Respondent: Katie Labor

April 20: 4pm, TLF 2110. Margot Minardi (Reed College): "American Internationalism in an Age of Nationalism: The Nineteenth-Century Movement for a Congress of Nations." Respondent: Roger Bailey

May 4: 4pm, Fred W. Smith Library at George Washington's Mount Vernon. Lindsay Chervsinky (Southern Methodist University): "The President's Cabinet and the Whiskey Rebellion." Co-sponsored by the Fred W. Smith Lirary at George Washington's Mount Vernon. Respondent: Lauren Michalak


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