Sep
24
Thu
2020
Fireside Chat: William Paterson and the Afterlives of the Patriot Opposition, 1740-1762
Sep 24 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Zach Bates, Ph.D. Candidate in History, University of Calgary

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Oct
1
Thu
2020
Fireside Chat: The Hymnal: A Reading History (Book Talk)
Oct 1 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Christopher N. Phillips, Professor of English, Lafayette College

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Oct
8
Thu
2020
Fireside Chat: Female Husbands: A Trans History (Book Talk)
Oct 8 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Jen Manion, Associate Professor of History, Amherst College

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Oct
22
Thu
2020
Fireside Chat: Crying the News: A History of America’s Newsboys (Book Talk)
Oct 22 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Vincent DiGirolamo, Assistant Professor of History, Baruch College

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Oct
29
Thu
2020
Fireside Chat: Cultivated by Hand: Amateur Musicians in the Early American Republic (Book Talk)
Oct 29 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Glenda Goodman, Assistant Professor of Music, University of Pennsylvania

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Nov
5
Thu
2020
Fireside Chat: When Novels Were Books (Book Talk)
Nov 5 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Jordan Alexander Stein, Professor of English and Comparative Literature, Fordham University

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Nov
12
Thu
2020
Fireside Chat: Art & Spectacle in the 19th-Century United States (Session 1)
Nov 12 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Erin Pauwels, Assistant Professor of American Art, Temple University and Erika Piola, Curator of Graphic art and Director of the Visual Culture Program, Library Company of Philadelphia

Session 1

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Nov
19
Thu
2020
Fireside Chat: Art & Spectacle in the 19th-Century United States (Session 2)
Nov 19 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Erin Pauwels, Assistant Professor of American Art, Temple University and Erika Piola, Curator of Graphic art and Director of the Visual Culture Program, Library Company of Philadelphia

Session 2

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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
17
Wed
2021
Fireside Chat: Body and Soul: A Conversation with Jessica Johnson about Slavery, Gender, and the Atlantic World
Feb 17 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

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.
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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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