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, 2014-2015:

September 19@4pm: Ralph Bauer (Maryland), "The Alchemy of Conquest: Discovery, Prophecy, and the Secrets and the New World”. Respondent: Timothy Bruno (Maryland)

October 17@4pm: Justin Roberts (Dalhousie),"Surrendering Surinam: The Politics of Barbadian Expansion and the Early English Atlantic, 1650-1675." Respondent: Christian Koot (Towson)

November 14@4pm: Alejandra Dubcovsky (Yale), “Informing Power, Communication Exchange in the Early South.” Respondent: Nicole Mahoney (Maryland)

February 6@4pm: Susan Branson (Syracuse), “Phrenology and the Science of Race in Antebellum America.” Respondent: Ashley Towle (Maryland)

March 13@4pm: Nicholas Wood (Virginia), “The Anglo-American 'Race of Glory' & the Failure of Cooperative Slave Trade Suppression." Respondent: Christopher Bonner (Maryland) <<<< Special Location:  Fred W. Smith National Library for the Study of the George Washington, Mount Vernon

April 17@4pm: Christen Mucher (Smith), "Indian Wars and Western Antiquities."  Respondent: Matt Ball (Maryland) 

May 1@4pm: Noeleen McIlvenna (Wright State), “Colonial Democrats."  Respondent: Lucien Holness (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