Jan
24
Thu
2019
Library Company Seminar: Designing Afrofuturism
Jan 24 @ 6:00 pm – Mar 21 @ 9:00 pm
Library Company Seminar: Designing Afrofuturism @ The Library Company of Philadelphia | Philadelphia | PA | US

Designing Afrofuturism: Imagining Black Futures through Art, History, and Literature

January 24 / January 31 / February 28 / March 21

6:00pm – 8:00pm


“Designing Afrofuturism” will examine the surviving art, architecture, and technology from indigenous civilizations across the African diaspora. Complemented by the upcoming Library Company exhibition “From Negro Pasts to Afro-Futures: Black Creative Re-Imaginings,” this seminar, led by Dr. Walter Greason (Associate Professor at Monmouth University), will explore how historical African American leaders envisioned the future. “Designing Afrofuturism” will draw upon the Library Company’s prodigious African American History collections, including rare Afrofuturist literature and drawings, poems and songs, and speeches and protests. Participants will learn how to reinterpret these historical records as the foundation of a twenty-first-century global society and to pursue that vision through recent public exhibitions, public art campaigns, and community literacy programs.

Seminars unfold over four two-hour sessions. Each session features an intimate and interactive presentation of historical materials in our reading room, followed by dinner in the historic Logan Room. Space is limited to 20 participants on a first-come, first, serve basis.

About the Seminar Leader:
Dr. Greason’s research focuses on the comparative, economic analysis of slavery, industrialization, and suburbanization. With a variety of co-editors, Dr. Greason has published Planning Future Cities(2017) – an innovative look at architecture, urbanism, and municipal design; The American Economy (2016) – a provocative examination of race, property, and wealth in the United States since 1750; and the Afrofuturist design textbook, Cities Imagined. His scholarly monograph, Suburban Erasure, won the Best Work of Non-Fiction award from the New Jersey Studies Academic Alliance in 2014. He also won grants from the Mellon Foundation (2011) and the National Endowment for the Humanities (2016). He is also the creator of the #WakandaSyllabus. The subsequent series of essays can be found on the award-winning website, Black Perspectives.


 

To pay by check contact Colleen Gill, Development and Membership Coordinator, at cgill@librarycompany.org or 215-546-3181, ext. 136. For more information about the seminar series, contact Will Fenton, Director of Scholarly Innovation, at wfenton@librarycompany.org or 215-546-3181, ext. 119.

Mar
6
Wed
2019
Library Company Seminar: Benjamin Franklin & Immigration
Mar 6 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Library Company Seminar: Benjamin Franklin & Immigration @ The Library Company of Philadelphia | Philadelphia | PA | US

Benjamin Franklin & Immigration

March 6, 2019

6:00pm – 9:00pm


Few people of Benjamin Franklin’s generation understood better the importance of immigration to the British colonies of North America. Franklin’s ideas about immigrants and immigration evolved as his career moved from being a colonial leader in Philadelphia to a citizen of the world. His thinking about populations and about ethnic differences derive from his mutual concerns about laboring peoples and the environmental and economic circumstances of the North American colonies. By examining the Library Company’s historical records from Franklin’s time in Philadelphia, London, and Passy, we can trace how local circumstances shaped Franklin’s early thinking and how later experiences encouraged him to fashion a more global vision about immigration problems, goals, and strategies. Readings complementary to the Library Company’s holdings will enable participants to contextualize Franklin’s writings about peoples in North America and elsewhere, including indigenous peoples of North America, Ireland, and India; Scottish, Scots-Irish, and Irish peoples; Germans; Africans; French, and others.

Join Dr. Carla Mulford, a leading scholar on Franklin, as she curates original records that reveal Franklin’s shifting views on immigration, demographics, economics, and the environment. This seminar will feature an intimate and interactive presentation of historical materials in our reading room, followed by a casual dinner in the historic Logan Room. Space is limited to 20 participants on a first-come, first, serve basis.

About the Seminar Leader:

Carla J. Mulford has published widely in the field of early American studies, but Benjamin Franklin has been her preoccupation over the last twenty years. She has published twenty articles and book chapters on Franklin, in addition to The Cambridge Companion to Benjamin  Franklin (Cambridge UP, 2009) and Benjamin Franklin and the Ends of Empire (Oxford UP, 2015). She is currently working on a new book, tentatively titled Benjamin Franklin’s Electrical Diplomacy. Professor of English at Penn State University, she is the Founding President of the Society of Early Americanists.


 

To pay by check contact Colleen Gill, Development and Membership Coordinator, at cgill@librarycompany.org or 215-546-3181, ext. 136. For more information about the seminar series, contact Will Fenton, Director of Scholarly Innovation, at wfenton@librarycompany.org or 215-546-3181, ext. 119.