Dec
3
Thu
2020
Carbon Futures: Cultivating Coal Consumption in the Second Quarter of the 19th Century
Dec 3 @ 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm

Thursday, December 3rd

5:00-6:30 p.m. est

Drawing on period texts and illustrations (travelogues, almanacs, journals, advertisements) promoting coal, this talk will consider how contemporary audiences came to understand this fossil fuel in three ways: through the lens of landscape, as a geological specimen, and as a central component of the domestic sphere. Come learn about how coal’s multiple roles in the visual economy of the early-19th-century prompted a broadening of its use in the following decades.

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About Rebecca Szantyr

Rebecca Szantyr was the 2019-2020 William H. Helfand Visual Culture Fellow at the Library Company of Philadelphia. She is currently a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of the History of Art and Architecture at Brown University, where her research focuses on 18th- and 19th-century print culture. Her dissertation on the Neapolitan-American artist Nicolino Calyo examines the overlap of popular culture and the fine arts in the Atlantic World. From 2015-2018, Rebecca was the Florence B. Selden Fellow in the Department of Prints and Drawings at the Yale University Art Gallery, where she curated exhibitions on Jacob Lawrence and the history of caricature. Her research has been supported by the American Antiquarian Society, the Joukowsky Research Travel Fund at Brown, the Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library, and the Library Company.

Dec
10
Thu
2020
Fireside Chat: The Nature of the Future: Agriculture, Science, and Capitalism in the Antebellum North (Book Talk)
Dec 10 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Emily Pawley, Associate Professor of History, Dickinson College
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Dec
17
Thu
2020
Fireside Chat: Cuisine and National Identity in the Early Republic
Dec 17 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Peter Mabli, Project Director of Online Programs, American Social History Productions, The Graduate Center at the City University of New York
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Jan
14
Thu
2021
Fireside Chat: Plum Pudding and Spartans Brave: The Pamphlet War Over the Paxton Massacre
Jan 14 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

John Smolenski, Associate Professor of History, University of California, Davis
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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
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
11
Thu
2021
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
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
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

 

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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May
20
Thu
2021
Fireside Chat: Cry of Murder on Broadway: Woman’s Ruin and Revenge in Old New York (Book Talk)
May 20 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

 

Julie Miller, Specialist for Early American History, Library of Congress
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