Past Fireside Chats

Art & Spectacle in the 19th-Century United States (Part 1)

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

November 12, 2020

When Novels Were Books (Book Talk)

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

November 5, 2020

Cultivated by Hand: Amateur Musicians in the Early American Republic (Book Talk)

Glenda Goodman, Assistant Professor of Music, University of Pennsylvania

October 29, 2020

Crying the News: A History of America’s Newsboys (Book Talk)

Vincent DiGirolamo, Associate Professor of History, Baruch College

October 22, 2020

From Boston Marriages to the Lavender Menace: Queer Women and the Fight for Suffrage

Megan Springate, National Coordinator for the National Park Service 19th Amendment Centennial Commemoration

October 15, 2020

Female Husbands: A Trans History (Book Talk)

Jen Manion, Associate Professor of History, Amherst College

October 8, 2020

The Hymnal: A Reading History (Book Talk)

Christopher N. Phillips, Professor of English, Lafayette College

October 1, 2020

Eighteenth-Century Seeds & the Case for Greening Book History

Maria Zytaruk, Associate Professor of English, University of Calgary

September 17, 2020

Grassroots Leviathan: Agricultural Reform and the Rural North (Book Preview)

Ariel Ron, Glenn M. Linden Assistant Professor of the U.S. Civil War Era, Southern Methodist University

September 10, 2020

The Making of Civil War Medicine

Carole Adrienne is the Writer/Producer of a four-part documentary series-in-production, “Civil War Medicine.”

September 3, 2020

William Penn’s Letter to the King of the Lenape: A Choral Work

Jeff Thomas, Philadelphia Composer and Producer, Stride10Nine Studios

Andrew R. Murphy, Professor of Political Science, Virginia Commonwealth University

August 27, 2020

The Mysteries of the Lost Colony and the Iroquois Confederacy

Arwin D. Smallwood, Professor and Chair of the Department of History and Political Science, North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University

August 20, 2020

Slave Revolt and the Practices of Containment

Cameron Seglias, Ph.D. candidate, Graduate School of North American Studies

August 13, 2020

Elizabeth Powel and the Founding of the Republic

Samantha Snyder, Reference Librarian, Fred W. Smith National Library for the Study of George Washington

Kayla Anthony, Executive Director, Philadelphia Society for the Preservation of Landmarks

July 30, 2020

America’s First Celebrity Preacher and How He Perfected the Protestant Art of Talking About Yourself

Seth Perry, Assistant Professor of Religion, Princeton University

July 23, 2020

How Parson Weems Remade George Washington-and Made the Nineteenth Century

Steven C. Bullock, Professor of History, Worcester Polytechnic Institute

July 16, 2020

Writing Across the Color Line (Book Talk)

Dr. Lucas A. Dietrich, Adjunct Professor of Humanities at Lesley University in Cambridge, Massachusetts

July 9, 2020

Lawyers in Early American Cities: Loyalists as Clients

Dr. Sally Hadden, Associate Professor of History and Director of Graduate Studies, Western Michigan University

July 2, 2020

Smugglers, Pirates, and Patriots: Free Trade in the Age of Revolution (Book Talk)

Dr. Tyson Reeder, Assistant Professor of History and Assistant Editor of the Papers of James Madison, University of Virginia

June 25, 2020

Juneteenth Seminar: Unfreedom: The Limits of the Fourteenth Amendment

Dr. Walter D. Greason, Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Educational Counseling and Leadership at Monmouth University

June 18, 2020

Nonviolent Protest and the American Revolution

Dr. Michael Goode, Associate Professor of History and Political Science, Utah Valley University

June 11, 2020

Lincoln and Viruses: Past and Present Collide

David J. Kent, Abraham Lincoln Historian, Lincoln Group of DC

June 4, 2020

Picturing Political Power: Images in the Women’s Suffrage Movement

Allison K. Lange, Assistant Professor of History, Wentworth Institute of Technology

May 28, 2020

The Long Reach of the Great Depression of the 1780s

Scott C. Miller, International Center for Finance postdoctoral fellow in Economic and Business History, Yale School of Management

May 21, 2020

An Archive of Taste (Book Talk)

Lauren F. Klein, Associate Professor of English and Quantitative Theory & Methods, Emory University

May 14, 2020

Joseph Lancaster and the ‘Delusion’ of Public Schools, 1818-1838

Adam Laats, Professor of Teaching, Learning and Educational Leadership, Binghamton University, State University of New York

May 7, 2020

Protestant Images of Other Religions in the Eighteenth Century

Mark Valeri, Reverend Priscilla Wood Neaves Distinguished Professor of Religion and Politics, Washington University in St. Louis

Apr 30, 2020

Mediterranean Quarantine: Perspectives of a Person of Privilege

Etta M. Madden, Assistant Department Head and Professor of English, Missouri State University

Apr 23, 2020

African Voices from the Transatlantic Slave Trade

Aaron Fogleman, Presidential Research Professor of History, Northern Illinois University

Apr 16, 2020