On Thursday, April 10, Kenneth Carpenter will deliver the James Russell Wiggins Lecture in the History of the Book in American Culture at the American Antiquarian Society for the 2013-14 year. His talk will be titled “The Incredible Journey of Franklin’s ‘Way to Wealth’,” and will take place at 7:00 PM in the Society’s library building in Worcester, MA. Benjamin Franklin’s “Way to Wealth” began its existence in Philadelphia as the untitled preface to Poor Richard’s Almanac for 1758. Despite not having a formal title—or author’s name—and despite being published on the periphery of the British Empire, it gradually spread around the world, eventually being published in twenty-six languages, in well over a thousand appearances.
Submitted by Kate Viens on Friday, February 28, 2014
Deadline: March 15, 2014
Call for Papers
The Boston Area Seminar in Early American History
Underwritten in part by Cushing Academy, Ashburnham, Massachusetts
The Boston Area Seminar in Early American History invites proposals for sessions in its 2014-2015 series. Since 1989, the Seminar has been held at the Massachusetts Historical Society. Programs take place on the first Tuesday evening of most months between October and May. The Seminar’s steering committee welcomes suggestions for papers dealing with all aspects of American history and culture from the era of first contact to the Civil War. Programs are not confined to Massachusetts topics, nor are they limited to the research of historians.
On Wednesday, March 5, Sari Altschuler—an assistant professor of English at the University of South Florida and the current Hench Post-Dissertation Fellow at the American Antiquarian Society—will give a talk titled “From Empathy to Epistemology: Robert Montgomery Bird and the Future of the Medical Humanities.” This seminar series is co-sponsored by the history departments of Brown University, Clark University, and the University of Connecticut.