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.

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.

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