The Graduate History Program at Rutgers-Camden announces its Lees Seminar for 2016-2017, 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 snacks and a social hour. Let us know if you plan to come so we can have adequate refreshments. Maps and directions are available on the Rutgers-Camden site.

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

2016-1017 Seminar Schedule

September 23, 2016 (Friday), 4:00-6:00 p.m.
“The Business of Preservation: Antiquarian Views and Commercial Enterprise in the Early Republic”
WHITNEY MARTINKO, Assistant Professor of History, Villanova University
Commentator: Zara Anishanslin, Assistant Professor of History and Art History, University of Delaware

October 21, 2016 (Friday), 4:00-6:00 p.m.
American Grievances Red-Dressed: Imperial Politics, the Breakdown of Authority, and Theft by Boston Crowds During the Townshend Acts Crisis
DAVID NIESCIOR, Rutgers University-Camden
Commentator: Michael W. Zuckerman, Professor of History Emeritus, University of Pennsylvania

November 18, 2016 (Friday), 4:00-6:00 p.m.
“Mexico, the United States, and the Idea of Development in a Globalizing World, 1808-1830”
KAREN CAPLAN, Associate Professor of History, Rutgers University-Newark
Commentator: Lorrin Thomas, Associate Professor of History, Rutgers University-Camden

February 3, 2017 (Friday), 3:00-5:00 p.m.
To Repair Whose Broken Fortune?: Problem Portraits, Snuff Politics, and the Search for the Historical Cosby(Joint Rutgers-Camden/McNeil Center Seminar)
WAYNE BODLE, Indiana University of Pennsylvania
Location: Faculty Lounge, Third Floor, Armitage Hall

March 10, 2017 (Friday), 4:00-6:00 p.m.
“The Whig Party at Prayer: Anglicanism and the Politics of Toleration”
NOAH McCORMACK, Harvard University
Commentator: Catherine L. Chou, Postdoctoral Fellow, Villanova University

April 7, 2017 (Friday), 4:00-6:00 p.m.
“The Missing Women of the Warrior House in Medieval Japan”
DAVID SPAFFORD, Assistant Professor of East Asian Studies, University of Pennsylvania
Commentator: Amy Stanley, Associate Professor of History, Northwestern University


Past Seminars