Seminar sessions are held on Thursdays from 5:30 pm – 7 pm at the Newberry, 60 West Walton Street, Chicago, Illinois.
This seminar provides a forum for works in progress that explore any aspect of early American life, politics, and culture, broadly conceived. We welcome papers on early North American or Caribbean history, from roughly 1500 to 1830, as well as papers treating the Americas from comparative, Atlantic, and global perspectives.
The seminar’s co-sponsors are the history departments of DePaul University, Loyola University Chicago, Northern Illinois University, the University of Illinois at Chicago, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, the English department of Northwestern University, and the Karla Scherer Center for the Study of American Culture at the University of Chicago.
To attend, please read our Registration Information.
To see a listing of past seminars, please select a year below:
“Native Tongues: Threatening Speech and Language Exchange in the Borderlands of the Colonial Northeast”
Katherine Grandjean, Wellesley College
“Freedom Entrepreneurs and Family Groups: Settlement Patterns among free African-American Pioneers on the Antebellum Midwestern Frontier”
Anna-Lisa Cox, Independent Scholar
“ ‘Borders Thick and Foggy’: The 1837 Upper Canada Rebellion and Emerging American Nationhood”
Karen Marrero, Independent Scholar