Jan
21
Thu
2021
Fireside Chat: Liberty Displaying the Arts and Sciences: Abolition and Empire in the Post-Revolution Atlantic World
Jan 21 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Emily Casey, Assistant Professor of Art History, St. Mary’s College of Maryland
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Feb
3
Wed
2021
The Cooking Gene: Tracing My African American Story Through Food with Michael Twitty
Feb 3 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

The Cooking Gene

Michael W. Twitty is a culinary historian and food writer from the Washington D.C. area. He blogs at Afroculinaria.com. Michael has appeared on Bizarre Foods America with Andrew Zimmern, Many Rivers to Cross with Dr. Henry Louis Gates, and has lectured to over 450 groups. He has served as a judge for the James Beard Awards and is a fellow with the Southern Foodways Alliance and TED, and was the first Revolutionary in Residence at The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation. Southern Living named him one of “Fifty People Changing the South and the Root.com added him to their 100 most influential African Americans under 45 – and as he says “Beyonce beat him out as number one!” He also made the Jewish Forwards list of most influential American Jews. HarperCollins released his book, The Cooking Gene, in 2017, tracing his ancestry through food from Africa to America and from slavery to freedom – a finalist for The Kirkus Prize and The Art of Eating Prize and a third place winner of Barnes & Noble’s Discover New Writer’s Awards in Nonfiction. THE COOKING GENE WON the 2018 James Beard Award for best writing as well as book of the year, making him the first Black author so awarded. His piece on visiting Ghana in Bon Appetit was included in Best Food Writing in 2019 and was nominated for a 2019 James Beard Award.

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Sponsored by the Program in African American History

Feb
4
Thu
2021
Fireside Chat: The Fabric of Empire: Material and Literary Cultures of the Global Atlantic, 1650-1850 (Book Talk)
Feb 4 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Danielle Skeehan, Assistant Professor of English and Comparative American Studies, Oberlin College and Conservatory
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Feb
9
Tue
2021
Race, Health, and Epidemics: A Collection Review and Discussion
Feb 9 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Race, Health, and Epidemics: A Collection Review and Discussion @ Zoom

Supported, in part, by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation

Join Jasmine Smith, our African American History Specialist and Reference Librarian for a live collection review featuring items from our first ever Mellon Scholars on-line exhibition, Déjà Vu: We’ve Been Here Before: Race, Health, and Epidemics. Explore collections from the 18th and 19th century that document the long and chronicled history of medical racism from the 1793 Yellow Fever epidemic to the present.

To register for this event, please contact Special Events & Membership Coordinator Colleen Gill at cgill@librarycompany.org.

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Feb
11
Thu
2021
Collection Review: Marronage, Medicine, and Mythology: Narrating Obeah in the 19th Century
Feb 11 @ 2:30 pm – 3:30 pm

Thursday, February 11

2:30-3:30 p.m. EST

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Led by Ainsley Wynn Eakins, Reading Room Assistant, Library Company of Philadelphia

Obeah was carried to the Caribbean through the Transatlantic Slave Trade, but its spiritual, medicinal, and peacemaking properties became stigmatized through association with Black fugitivity and rebellion. This collection review will assess several of the Library Company’s obeah-related holdings to explore how this Afro-Caribbean tradition became racialized and criminalized in the colonial West Indies.

Sponsored by the Program in African American History

Fireside Chat: A Crisis of Peace: George Washington, the Newburgh Conspiracy, and the Fate of the American Revolution (Book Talk)
Feb 11 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

David Head, Associate Lecturer, Department of History, University of Central Florida
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Feb
17
Wed
2021
Body and Soul: A Conversation with Jessica Johnson about Slavery, Gender, and the Atlantic World
Feb 17 @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm

Wednesday, February 17

5:30-7 p.m. EST

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A conversation with Sharon Block (UC Irvine), Sasha Turner (Johns Hopkins), and Jessica Marie Johnson, author of Wicked Flesh: Black Women, Intimacy, and Freedom in the Atlantic World (Penn Press, 2020). Hosted by Deirdre Cooper Owens, Director of the Program in African American History.

Offered via Fireside Chats

Sponsored by the Program in African American History

Feb
25
Thu
2021
Fireside Chat: The Practice of Citizenship: Black Politics and Print Culture in the Early United States (Book Talk)
Feb 25 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Derrick R. Spires, Associate Professor of English, Cornell University
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Mar
4
Thu
2021
Fireside Chat: Surveying Penn’s Map of Governance
Mar 4 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Agnès Trouillet, Associate Professor in Political, Economic, Social, Cultural History of the British Isles, Université Paris X Nanterre
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Mar
9
Tue
2021
Discovering the Bicycle: Women Find a Vehicle for Empowerment
Mar 9 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Discovering the Bicycle: Women Find a Vehicle for Empowerment @ Zoom

Supported by the Davida T. Deutsch Program in Women’s History

According to suffragist Susan B. Anthony, bicycling “did more to emancipate women than anything else in the world.” Temperance activist Frances Willard learned to ride a bicycle at age 53, and then used bicycle riding as a metaphor for mastering life in the book she wrote about the experience. They were two of the many women who took up bicycling after the development of the modern Safety bicycle in the 1880s. Curator of Women’s History Cornelia King will present a range of material from the collections on the history of women and bicycling.

To register for this event, please contact Special Events & Membership Coordinator Colleen Gill at cgill@librarycompany.org.

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Mar
11
Thu
2021
Fireside Chat: Prophets, Publicists, and Parasites: Antebellum Print Culture and the Rise of the Critic (Book Talk)
Mar 11 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Adam Gordon, Associate Professor of English, Whitman College
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Mar
18
Thu
2021
Fireside Chat: Horology in Art
Mar 18 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Bob Frishmen, Fellow of the National Association of Watch & Clock Collectors
Sponsored by the Visual Culture Program
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Mar
25
Thu
2021
Fireside Chat: Is Coral Feminist?: The Coded Meaning of Coral in 19th-century Women’s Writings
Mar 25 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Women have been comparing women’s bodies to coral, and women’s labor to the act of reef-making, for centuries. What’s the thinking behind this analogy? In this talk, Michele Navakas will discuss a range of overlooked writings by 19th-century U.S. women who turned repeatedly to the process of coral formation to tell one another and their supporters how to build a better polity –  one that expands by sustaining others, rather than displacing them.

Sponsored by The Davida T. Deutsch Program in Women’s History

Michele Navakas, Associate Professor of English, Miami University of Ohio
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Apr
1
Thu
2021
Fireside Chat: New Books for a New Nation: Jesuit Library Building in 19th Century Chicago
Apr 1 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

 

Kyle B. Roberts, Associate Director of Library & Museum Programming, American Philosophical Society
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Apr
8
Thu
2021
Fireside Chat: Aristocratic Education and the Making of the American Republic (Book Talk)
Apr 8 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

 

Mark Boonshoft, Assistant Professor of History, Duquesne University
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Apr
15
Thu
2021
Fireside Chat: Steady Sellers and the Problem of Inequality in 19th Century America
Apr 15 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

 

Emily Gowen, Ph.D. Candidate, Department of English, Boston University
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Apr
22
Thu
2021
Fireside Chat: Live from the Studio with Andrea Krupp
Apr 22 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

 

Andrea Krupp, Visual Artist and Conservator at the Library Company of Philadelphia
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Apr
29
Thu
2021
Fireside Chat: Past and Prologue: Politics and Memory in the American Revolution (Book Talk)
Apr 29 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

 

Michael Hattem, Associate Director, Yale-New Haven Teachers Institute
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May
6
Thu
2021
Fireside Chat: American Slavery and Russian Serfdom in the Post-Emancipation Imagination (Book Talk)
May 6 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

 

Amanda Brickell Bellows, Lecturer, The New School
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May
13
Thu
2021
Fireside Chat: The Strange Genius of Mr. O: The World of the United States’ First Forgotten Celebrity (Book Talk)
May 13 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

 

Carolyn Eastman, Associate Professor of History, Virginia Commonwealth University
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