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    Friday May 19 2017 87 Mount Vernon Street Boston

    9 am Nature in Early America

    Hannah Anderson University of Pennsylvania

    Lived Botany: Households, Ecological Adaptation and the Origins of Settler Colonialism in Early British

    North America

    Zachary Bennett Rutgers University

    Flowing Power: Rivers, Energy, and the Transformation of New England, 1600–1800

    Whitney Barlow Robles Harvard

    Curious Species: How Animals Made Natural History, 1700-1820

    Comment: Thomas M. Paine, founder, Boston !NSP!RES, author, Cities with Heart (2015)

    10:30 am Religion and Politics and Early America

    Tyler Rotter University of Southern Mississippi

    ‘A Firme and Perpetuall League’?: Reevaluating Religion, Politics, and War in Early New England, 1630-1690

    Ryan G. Tobler Harvard

    Purity in the Ordinances: John Cotton, Puritan Emigration, and the Politics of Religious Practice.

    Comment: James F. Cooper, Congregational Library

    11:30 to 12:30 Lunch

    12:30 Political Thought in the New Republic

    Deborah Charnoff The Graduate Center, City University of New York

    Men Set on Fire: Algernon Sidney, John Adams and Anglo-American Republicanism

    Asaf Almog University of Virginia

    Timothy Pickering on Race and Slavery: looking for a Conservative National Consensus in the Early Republic

    Comment: Mary Sarah Bilder, Founders Professor of Law, Boston College

    1:30 Envisioning Americans

    Deborah A. Fisher Penn State

    The Colonial American Janus - Mythological Characters in John Singleton Copley's portraits."

    Janine Yorimoto Boldt William and Mary

    The Art of Plantation Authority: Domestic Portraiture in Colonial Virginia

    Comment: Jane Kamensky, Professor of History, Carl and Lily Pforzheimer Foundation Director of the Schlesinger Library, Harvard

    3 pm Reflections

    David Hackett Fischer, University Professor and Earl Warren Professor of History, Brandeis

    The Program of Our Last Forum


    The Colonial Society of Massachusetts
    Graduate Student Forum in Early American History
    29 May 2015

    9 am  Dead or Alive: Scrutinizing Bodies in Early America
    Carla Cevasco, History of American Civilization, Harvard                       
    Feast, Fast, and Flesh: The Violence of Hunger in Colonial New England and New France

    Matt DiCintio, Department of Drama & Dance,Tufts     
    “Amusement for the Philosophic Genius”: Freaks, Beasts, Gadgets, and the Performance of American Exceptionalism

    Rebecca M. Rosen, English, Princeton 
    Making the Body Speak: Anatomy, Autopsy and Testimony in Early America, 1639-1790

    10:45 am Liberty at War: Race, Equity, and Constitution-Making in Massachusetts
    John Hannigan, History, Brandeis 
    To be Faithful Good Soldiers: Slavery, War, and Emancipation in Eighteenth-Century Massachusetts, 1713-1783

    James Hrdlicka, Corcoran Department of History, University of Virginia    
    War and Constitution-Making in Revolutionary Massachusetts, 1754-1788

    Lunch  Break:  12:15 to 1:15

    1:20 pm On the Move: Migration, Diaspora, and Identities in the Transatlantic World: 
    Anthony Antonucci.   History, University of Connecticut
    “Americans and the Mezzogiorno: United States Relations with the Kingdom of the Two Sicilies from Thomas Jefferson to Herman Melville, 1783-1861”

    Christina Carrick, History, Boston University    
    The Identity Dilemma in Loyalist Transatlantic Networks

    Amy Torbert, Department of Art History, University of Delaware
    Going Places: The Material and Imagined Geographies of Prints in the Atlantic World, 1750–1790

    3 p.m.  Closing Reflections 
    Fred and Virginia AndersonUniversity of Colorado

    All sessions held at the Colonial Society of Massachusetts
    87 Mount Vernon Street, Boston

    Rave Reviews from Previous Participants: “A wonderful new venue for young historians of early America; may it long continue.” (John Demos).  
    Student comments: “The warm, positive feedback and direction I received fired my enthusiasm for research. It was truly invaluable” (University of California, Davis). “Challenging, and energetic; I took away practical suggestions from both the CSM membership and other graduate student presenters” (Tufts University). “. . . stimulating scholarly exchange combined with wonderful food” (University of Connecticut). “It was my first presentation, and I certainly appreciated the comfortable surroundings" (Princeton). “A platform to voice concerns, dilemmas, and even accomplishments to a distinguished audience” (Salem State University). “My participation in the forum was really the highlight of my graduate career to date” (SUNY Stony Brook).