The History Department at Rutgers-Camden announces its Lees Seminar for 2018-2019, 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.

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. Maps and directions are available on the Rutgers-Camden site.

2018-2019 Seminar Schedule

October 5, 2018, (Friday) 3:00 – 5:00 p.m.   

“Citizen Technologies: The U.S. Post Office and the Transformation of Early American Literature” (Joint Rutgers-Camden/McNeil Center Seminar)

CHRISTY POTTROFF, Assistant Professor of English, Merrimack College

Location: Faculty Lounge, Armitage Hall, 3rd Floor


November 16, 2018 (Friday) 4:00 – 6:00 p.m.

“Capital Colony: The Project of the Third World in Washington, D.C., 1960-1980”

 ANDREW FRIEDMAN, Associate Professor of History, Haverford College

Comment: Penny Von Eschen, Professor of History & William R. Kenan Professor of American Studies, University of Virginia


February 1, 2019 (Friday) 4:00 – 6:00 p.m.

“Vagrants, Thieves, and Unruly Children: Delinquency and Discourses of Childhood in Colonial Senegal, 1888-1928”

KELLY DUKE BRYANT, Associate Professor of History, Rowan University

Comment: Owen White, Associate Professor of History, University of Delaware


March 1, 2019 (Friday) 4:00 – 6:00 p.m.

“Experiencing Slavery in the Ceded Islands, 1763-1773”

TESSA MURPHY, Assistant Professor of History, Syracuse University

Comment: Roderick McDonald, Professor of History, Rider University


April 26, 2019 (Friday) 4:00 – 6:00 p.m.

‘Six Feet of Soldier with Brass Buttons’: Dressing Men for War

 SARAH WEICKSEL, Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow, Wolf Center for the Humanities, University of Pennsylvania

Comment: David Niescior, Old Barracks Museum


Past Seminars