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

Commentator: Penny Von Eschen, Professor of History and 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

Commentator: 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

Commentator: Roderick McDonald, Professor of History, Rider University


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

“À la militaire: Dressing Civilians for the Civil War”

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

Commentator: Zara Anishanslin, Associate Professor of History and Art History, University of Delaware


Past Seminars