The History Department at Rutgers-Camden announces its Lees Seminar for 2017-2018, where scholars present cutting-edge research in progress through pre-circulated papers. Seminars open with an author’s introduction and a formal comment, followed by discussion and light refreshments. This series is supported by an endowment gift from Professor Andrew Lees.

Each seminar is followed by dinner and a social hour. Let us know if you plan to come so we can have adequate food and drinks on hand. Maps and directions are available on the Rutgers-Camden site.

If you are planning to attend a session, email Professor Emily Marker, at least one week in advance. Unless otherwise noted, the Lees Seminar is held in the first floor seminar room of 429 Cooper Street.

2017-2018 Seminar Schedule

September 29, 2017 (Friday), 4:00-6:00 p.m.
Making Sudan Count: Economic Developmentalism as Ideology in the Decolonization Era
ALDEN YOUNG, Assistant Professor of History and Director of Africana Studies, Drexel University
Commentator: Beth Rabinowitz, Assistant Professor of Political Science and Public Policy Administration, Rutgers University-Camden

November 3, 2017 (Friday), 3:00-5:00 p.m.
‘A Great Injustice’: The Fight for Land in Seneca Village and Nineteenth-Century New York City (Joint Rutgers-Camden/McNeil Center Seminar)
ALEXANDER D. MANEVITZ, Trinity College and 2015–2016 Friends of the MCEAS Fellow
Location: ABC Room, Campus Center

December 8, 2017 (Friday), 4:00-6:00 p.m.
‘This Is Truly a White Country’: French African Students in European France and the Limits of Brassage, 1945-1960
EMILY MARKER, Assistant Professor of History, Rutgers University-Camden
Commentator: Judith Surkis, Associate Professor of History, Rutgers University-New Brunswick

February 16, 2018 (Friday), 4:00-6:00 p.m.
“Universal Agitation Mediterranean Quarantine in a Time of War”
ALEX CHASE-LEVENSON, Assistant Professor of History, University of Pennsylvania
Commentator: Eileen Ryan, Assistant Professor of History, Temple University

April 6, 2018 (Friday), 4:00-6:00 p.m.
“To Change the Economics of Your Life’: Black Women in the International Ladies Garment Workers Union”
JANETTE GAYLE, Assistant Professor of History, Hobart & William Smith Colleges
Commentator: Kathy Peiss, Roy F. and Jeannette P. Nichols Professor of American History, University of Pennsylvania


Past Seminars