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This seminar is a forum for scholarly conversations and works-in-progress on early American history, broadly defined. It seeks both to support scholarship on the Anglo-American colonies and the early United States (pre-Civil War), and to situate these political entities within broader frameworks (e.g. global history, early modern history, the Age of Revolution, hemispheric history, and the Atlantic World). The seminar aims to involve a wide range of historians (including specialists in Native American history, Caribbean history, and Latin American history) in this discussion about early America. Scholars of literature, religion, slavery and African diaspora, Native American studies, anthropology, sociology, and related fields are also encouraged to attend.

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Professor Hannah Farber

Professor Andrew Lipman

Yoav Hamdani

Meeting dates and locations are subject to change. Please confirm details with the seminar rapporteur.

Meeting Schedule

09/17/2019 Faculty House, Columbia University
5:30 PM
We Have Nothing to Eat: Hunger and Resistance to British Authority in the Northeastern Borderlands, 1700-1763
Carla Cevasco, Rutgers University-New Brunswick
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10/15/2019 Faculty House, Columbia University
5:30 PM
First Enslavements and First Emancipations: Slavery and Capitalism in Early Colonial Virginia, 1547-1660
John Blanton, City College of New York, CUNY
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11/12/2019 Faculty House, Columbia University
5:30 PM
A “Black Hogarth”: Prince Demah and Enslaved Artistic Labor in Colonial America
Jennifer Van Horn, University of Deleware
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12/03/2019 Faculty House, Columbia University
5:30 PM
The Century of Doña Isabel
Rebecca Anne Goetz, New York University
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01/28/2020 Faculty House, Columbia University
5:30 PM
Squanto’s Odyssey
Andrew Lipman, Barnard College, Columbia University
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02/25/2020 Faculty House, Columbia University
5:30 PM

Westenley Alcenat, Fordham University
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03/24/2020 Faculty House, Columbia University
5:30 PM

Sara Georgini, Massachusetts Historical Society
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04/21/2019 Faculty House, Columbia University
3:00 PM
Civics, Inclusion, and Power from the American Revolution to the Civil War
Elizabeth Ellis, New York University
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Johann Neem, Western Washington University
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Shirley Brown Alleyne, Brooklyn Historical Society
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Notes: Special Event/Mini-Conference. Co-sponsored by the University Seminar on Early American History and Culture and the Institute for Thomas Paine Studies at Iona College.