The History Department at Rutgers–Camden announces its Lees Seminar for 2023-2024, 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.

Unless otherwise noted, the Lees Seminar is held in the first-floor seminar room of 429 Cooper Street at 4 pm. Maps and directions are available on the Rutgers-Camden site. If you are planning to attend a session, please RSVP to the Director of the Program, Professor Emily Marker, at least one week in advance. 

2023-2024 Schedule

October 13, 2023 (Friday) 4-6pm
“’Why Dreams of the Dead Come Before the Rain’: the Diaries of Vladimir Shvets as a Funerary Text”
Fred Cochran, UNC-Chapel Hill
Comment: Artemy Kalinovsky, Temple
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November 3, 2023 (Friday) 3-5pm, Campus Center West ABC
McNeill Center Seminar 
“Debility, Impairment, and Settler Colonialism in the Antebellum United States”
Elaine LaFay, Rutgers-New Brunswick

February 9, 2024 (Friday) 4-6pm
“Conjure and Communism in the Confederate Heartland”
Angela Zimmerman, George Washington University
Comment: Mia Bay, University of Pennsylvania

March 1, 2024 (Friday) 4-6pm
“Colonial Libya, Diasporic Sicily, and Settler Colonial US: Ego-histoire and New Morphologies of Interpretation”
Giusi Russo, Montgomery County Community College
Comment: Eileen Ryan, Temple

April 12, 2024 (Friday) 4-6pm
“Pirates Into Frenchmen”
Ignacio Gallup-Diaz, Bryn Mawr
Comment: Susan Mokhberi, Rutgers-Camden


Past Seminars