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

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: Reimagining Ben Franklin
Apr 22 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Chris Kuncio, Creator of Young Ben Franklin
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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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May
27
Thu
2021
Fireside Chat: Liberty and Insanity in the Age of the American Revolution (Book Talk)
May 27 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

In Liberty and Insanity in the Age of the American Revolution, Sarah L. Swedberg examines how conceptions of mental illness intersected with American society, law, and politics during the early American Republic. Swedberg illustrates how concerns about insanity raised difficult questions about the nature of governance. Revolutionaries built the American government based on rational principles, but could not protect it from irrational actors that they feared could cause the body politic to grow mentally or physically ill. This book is recommended for students and scholars of history, political science, legal studies, sociology, literature, psychology, and public health.

Sarah L. Swedberg, Professor of History, Colorado Mesa University
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Jun
10
Thu
2021
Fireside Chat: Occupied America: British Military Rule and the Everyday Experience of Revolution (Book Talk)
Jun 10 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Donald F. Johnson, Assistant Professor of History, North Dakota State University
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Jun
24
Thu
2021
Fireside Chat: Merchants of Medicines: The Commerce and Coercion of Health in Britain’s Long Eighteenth Century (Book Talk)
Jun 24 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Zachary Dorner, Assistant Clinical Professor, University Honors, University of Maryland, College Park

The period from the late seventeenth to the early nineteenth century—the so-called long eighteenth century of English history—was a time of profound global change, marked by the expansion of intercontinental empires, long-distance trade, and human enslavement. It was also the moment when medicines, previously produced locally and in small batches, became global products. As greater numbers of British subjects struggled to survive overseas, more medicines than ever were manufactured and exported to help them. Most historical accounts, however, obscure the medicine trade’s dependence on slave labor, plantation agriculture, and colonial warfare.

In Merchants of Medicines, Zachary Dorner follows the earliest industrial pharmaceuticals from their manufacture in the United Kingdom, across trade routes, and to the edges of empire, telling a story of what medicines were, what they did, and what they meant. He brings to life business, medical, and government records to evoke a vibrant early modern world of London laboratories, Caribbean estates, South Asian factories, New England timber camps, and ships at sea. In these settings, medicines were produced, distributed, and consumed in new ways to help confront challenges of distance, labor, and authority in colonial territories. Merchants of Medicines offers a new history of economic and medical development across early America, Britain, and South Asia, revealing the unsettlingly close ties among medicine, finance, warfare, and slavery that changed people’s expectations of their health and their bodies.

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Jul
8
Thu
2021
Fireside Chat: The Journal of James A. Brush: The Expedition and Military Operations of General Don Francisco Xavier Mina in Mexico, 1816–1817 (Book Talk)
Jul 8 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Karen Racine, Professor of Latin American History, University of Guelph
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Jul
15
Thu
2021
Fireside Chat: Beyond the Boundaries of Childhood: African American Children in the Antebellum North (Book Talk)
Jul 15 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Crystal Lynn Webster, Assistant Professor of History, University of Texas, San Antonio
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Jul
22
Thu
2021
Fireside Chat: Biddle, Jackson, and a Nation in Turmoil (Book Talk)
Jul 22 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Cordelia Frances Biddle, Independent Scholar and Novelist
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Jul
29
Thu
2021
Fireside Chat: Liberty Displaying the Arts and Sciences: Abolition and Empire in the Post-Revolution Atlantic World
Jul 29 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Emily Casey, Assistant Professor of Art History, St. Mary’s College of Maryland
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Aug
12
Thu
2021
Fireside Chat: Covered with Night: A Story of Murder and Indigenous Justice in Early America (Book Talk)
Aug 12 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Nicole Eustace, Professor of History, New York University
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