Boston Area Early American History Seminar 2015-2016

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The Massachusetts Historical Society is pleased to announce the 2015-2016 sessions of the Boston Area Early American History Seminar.

All programs will be held at the MHS, 1154 Boylston Street in Boston and will start at 5:15 P.M. Sessions will consider a pre-circulated paper. Those who subscribe to a series receive advance access to the papers that will be discussed. Please visit for more information.

We have a great seminar season in store for you! For the first time since 2007-2008 we have scheduled eight sessions, one each month between October and May. Jane Kamensky will open our schedule on October 6 with portions of her current project on John Singleton Copley; David Waldstreicher of the CUNY Graduate Center will offer the comment. In succeeding months we will learn about Huguenots, physiognomy, the religious beliefs of the (generally) liberal Adamses and the verse of evangelical poets, law and labor, and finally the purchase and sale of enslaved Native Americans during King Philip’s War.

A light supper follows each session, so an RSVP is requested. Email or phone 617-646-0568.


Schedule for 2015-2016

Tuesday, October 6, 2015: Jane Kamensky, Harvard University, “Copley’s Cato or, The Art of Slavery in the Age of British Liberty,” Comment: David L. Waldstreicher, Graduate Center, CUNY

Tuesday, November 3, 2015: Owen Stanwood, Boston College, “Peter Faneuil's World: The Huguenot International and New England, 1682-1742,” Comment: Wim Klooster, Clark University

Tuesday, December 1, 2015: Rachel Walker, University of Maryland, “Faces, Beauty, and Brains: Physiognomy and Female Education in Post-Revolutionary America,” Comment: Robert A. Gross, University of Connecticut

Tuesday, January 19, 2016: Sara Georgini, Adams Papers, Massachusetts Historical Society, “The Providence of John and Abigail Adams,” Comment: Chris Beneke, Bentley University

Tuesday, February 2, 2016: Wendy Roberts, University at Albany, SUNY, “Sound Believers: Rhyme and Right Belief,” Comment: Stephen A. Marini, Wellesley College

Tuesday, March 1, 2016: Abigail Chandler, University of Massachusetts—Lowell, “‘Unawed by the Laws of Their Country’: The Role of English Law in North Carolina’s Regulator Rebellion,” Comment: Hon. Hiller Zobel, Massachusetts Superior Court

Tuesday, April 5, 2016: Jared Hardesty, Western Washington University, “Constructing Castle William: An Intimate History of Labor and Empire in Provincial America,” Comment: Eliga H. Gould, University of New Hampshire

Tuesday, May 3, 2016: Joanne Jahnke-Wegner, University of Minnesota, “‘They bid me speak what I thought he would give’: The Commodification of Captive Peoples during King Philip’s War,” Comment: Kate Grandjean, Wellesley College

Also of Interest (visit for details)

Boston Seminar on the History of Women and Gender

Thursday, October 8, 2015: Jen Manion, Connecticut College, “Capitalism, Carceral Culture, and the Domestication of Working Women in the Early American City,” Comment: Cornelia Dayton, University of Connecticut. Location and time: Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe, 5:30 P.M.

Boston Environmental History Seminar

Tuesday, November 10, 2015: Elizabeth Hyde, Kean University, “André Michaux and the Many Politics of Trees in the Eighteenth-Century Atlantic World,” Comment: Joseph F. Cullon, WPI/MIT. Location and time: Massachusetts Historical Society, 5:15 P.M.